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Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)

8/23/12 @ 5:50 AM
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Onalaskan
User since 1/24/02
KAMO is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that gets kids off their earbuds and into the outdoors. Never before has there been such a substantial need for adults to pass their outdoor skills on to a younger generation that has become disconnected with nature. KAMO has 5 chapters - Florence, Ladysmith, New Lisbon, Baraboo, La Crosse/ Onalaska. Kamokids.org is the group's website and provides details, contact information and photos of the group's activities. KAMO is unique in that members of the group plan, organize, and finance activities year around. These activities can be done one on one, small or large group. KAMO mentors are encouraged to contribute the time what they can comfortably give and are not pushed for more. KAMO has been popular and can always use new mentors who bring their ideas and energy to the group. The La Crosse group I'm a memeber of could use some people for Learn to Hunts or other mentored hunting experiences for events on the river and local Mississippi Valley properties. We are open to someone who may have horses or places to camp as that is what our kids are asking for.I will try to post our activities on here once in a while.

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4/14/20 @ 6:17 AM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

Fishing is not only acceptable, but encouraged as long as people maintain the social distancing guidelines. With that in mind, I have been out a few times. Mississippi River fishing is tough right now, so I headed to a Jackson County property with my brother. We drove separately. 

By luck the portion of the flowage we went to was inhabited by hungry and aggressive crappies. The ice had not been off this water body very long. Fish 9 inches and below were released and there were still 26 to clean.

 It is KAMO's intention to teach families both how to fish and places to go (see next post).

I had a nice fish picture, but have had trouble uploading pics on here lately??

4/14/20 @ 5:59 AM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

During this period of time when we our movement is more restricted may be a great time to view and study the Wisconsin DNR's Mapping Application Tool. It is free, comprehensive, and kept up to date. It is one of the most impressive resources for the outdoors person of my lifetime.

It shows places to go hunting and fishing, some of which you are probably not familiar with. Just to get the satellite view of the bodies of water in your county makes it worth a look. My brother found that there was a DNR easement along one side of his property into a state natural area by viewing it.

Here's the link to the app. If you try it out and have any problems using it, you can pm me and maybe I can help you.

Public Land Use Mapping Tool

If you want to do a deeper dive, there are apps that give landowner information and also have a navigation feature. These involve cost, but are reasonable.

3/9/20 @ 12:16 PM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

This class was cancelled! KAMO and the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association are hosting a hunters education internet field day in Onalaska on April 4th. This is an opportunity to get a kid certified before turkey season the following weekend. Also,if there are any instructors who would like to get certified in IFD, this class can serve as an apprenticeship towards that. The GoWild site student - enroll has details. Like it or not, IFD is where the demand in the future is headed. I was an IFD skeptic I got the certification and have run a few classes and saw how well it works. It's all hands on except for the written test.

2/26/20 @ 8:16 PM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

There was a meeting in Beaver Dam last week to discuss starting a KAMO chapter there. Twenty five people showed up. Our state convention is in Stevens point on March 21st.

2/16/20 @ 9:26 PM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

There will be a meeting in Beaver Dam this week about starting a chapter there. Mark Walters would be the guy to talk to. His contact info is on the website - An Outdoorsman's Journal.

2/3/20 @ 2:06 PM
Oalaskan
User since 10/2/14

Some USFWS, DNR, U.W. La Crosse students, and KAMO mentors are teaming up to teach Angler R3 in the La Crosse area. The intent is to teach adults who never learned how to fish how to catch, clean, and cook fish. Our first classes are in February and we could use some more students.

12/31/19 @ 12:11 PM
jakman
User since 3/3/11

Thanks Tim will check into them

12/29/19 @ 6:55 PM
Tim_T
User since 6/17/11

jakman, check out the United Special Sportsmens Alliance. I donated mine to them several years ago.

Tim

12/28/19 @ 9:16 AM
chaw
User since 9/11/02

What a great idea and organization Onalaskan. Well done. Get this kids outside. 

12/14/19 @ 2:25 PM
jakman
User since 3/3/11

Oalaskan I have roughly 10-11 bear points and was considering donating them to a disabled hunter. Can you please point me in the right direction to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated 

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