CWF3 hosted their annual banquet and it was awesome. Enjoy these photos.
The Little Hills Youth Event 2011 was huge success with numerous youth enjoying their first opportunity at shooting sports and much more with CWF3 members and friends mentoring.
Members of the Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin & Feather organization recently joined other generous volunteers and donors at Little Hills Hunting Preserve in Gilman, for a fun and educational weekend of hunting activities for kids and have been doing so since 2009.
The 8th Annual event offered many young outdoor enthusiasts a safety orientation, dog training demonstration, opportunities to shoot compound bows and clay pigeons, and a chance to shoot pheasants over beautiful pointers with the help of seasoned guides.
“This type of event is right in line with our mission statement of providing hunting opportunities for kids, women and handicapped individuals wanting to get outdoors and enjoy these activities,” said Jeff Kellnhofer, CWFFF President. “Along with a donation of cash to offset the weekend’s costs, we think it’s important to be an active participant in these types of local events. It’s why we started F3 in the first place. We were honored to be invited by Dave and Amanda and their team to participate this year.”
The weekend event ran from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with kids coming in groups of 8 about every hour. “Although set up as a youth activity, the adults seemed to enjoy themselves almost as much as the kids”, said Ron Herman, CWFFF Treasurer. “The kids were polite, eager to listen and you could see them improve and gain confidence as they picked up pointers from the adult volunteer coaches.”
The event was well organized, and the kids were taught how to clean their birds after the hunt by their guides. “The safety and the details covered in this fun event really set this apart”, said Herman. “Most of us had to learn these things the hard way when we were growing up.”
“Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin & Feather will definitely be involved in a bigger way next year, and we encourage others to support this worthwhile local outdoor sports event for kids,” said Kellnhofer.
Learn more about Little Hills Huting Preserve by visiting their website.
Dylan was 15 years old when the CWF3 board met him. We were introduced to Dylan through CWF3’s 2009 Sportsman of the Year award recipient, Brent Decker. Initially, we were going to show Dylan an exciting day of shooting trap and skeet at a local sportsman’s club, but after getting to know Dylan and his story a little bit better, Decker and CWF3 board decided to buy Dylan his own Winchester SX3 Flanigan exhibition shotgun to shoot at the range that day and keep as a gift. As it turned out, Dylan was a natural talent at shooting clay birds—right away he was breaking 20 out of 25 birds with his brand new shotgun.
Board member Ron Herman, set up a meeting with the board and Dylan to meet Patrick Flanigan, the exhibition shooter whom the Dylan’s gun was named after. The board, Brent, and Dylan packed up and headed to Oshkosh to watch Flanigan’s show and meet with him afterwards.
Dylan was also able to hunt black bear with Minnesota Viking’s Defensive End, Jared Allen, Brent Decker, and CWF3 during the 2008 Minnesota bear hunt. CWF3 was fortunate enough to accompany Dylan when he harvested a 200 pound bear during the trip.
As time went on, Dylan’s situation worsened, but we were able to have one more outing with him. We were right there when Dylan bagged a turkey during the spring 2009 hunt in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, a month later, Dylan lost his long battle with Leukemia and we lost a great friend and an outdoorsman. Dylan will live-on each year in our banquet as we will be giving out the Dylan Crabb award each year to one deserving person that goes “above and beyond” for someone or something. Brent Decker was the first recipient of this award and we know there are many others in the area that are just as generous! If you or someone you know have a story like Brent and Dylan’s, we’d love to hear it. Email email@example.com with your nomination for next year’s Dylan Crabb award.
In April of 2009, the board members of Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin & Feather were
approached by the Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors, Inc. sponsorship committee about an
unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local handicapped outdoor
Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors was formed in 2003 is the operational arm for Dale
Petkovsek at Dale’s North Mound in Willard, WI, to handle the funding, promotion and
sponsorship of all disabled activities including the largest disabled deer hunting the US
held each year.
In 2000, Dale established an 80-acre recreational property called Sunset Pines Resort. It
includes 3 cottages, trails through fields and woods, and a fishing pond with a pier – all
accessible by wheelchair. This resort provides barrier-free enjoyment of the outdoors for
individuals from all over the Midwest.
“This project is exactly the type of opportunity that we had in mind when we started CWF3”, says Brian Hanson, Treasurer. “It is right in line with our Mission Statement to
provide outdoor activities for those that may not have the opportunity on their own
without a helping hand.”
This facility would make a wonderful headquarters for Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors;
However, the costs of construction and mortgage in establishing this require capital.
The CWF3 board all agreed that this was a cause worth supporting, and agreed to pledge $1,000 toward the Rock Creek Outdoors headquarters. “Although this was a large
percentage of what we raised from our banquet – this had the potential to help so many people – we just had to contribute as much as possible,” said John Kleczewski, CWF3
Vice President. “The chance to have our donation matched 100% was too good to pass up.”
Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin, and Feather is honored to be a supporter of this worthy cause, and encourages our friends and fellow sportsmen and women to contribute as well. Check out photos of activities at the resort at www.sunsetpinesresort.com and consider making a tax deductible donation of any size
to: Dale Petkovsek, Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors, Inc., W8902 Rock Creek Road, Willard, WI 54493-9016. Tell them their friends at F3 sent you!