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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party who shot a Bald Eagle in the Mishicot area increased another $800 this week.  The Manitowoc Unit pledged $500 dollars at its March meeting and Mishicot, Larabee and the Manitowoc Gun Club pledged $100 each towards the reward.  The eagle was shot in December of 2018 and the DNR is part of the investigation into the death of this federally protected bird.

Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association pledged $1,000 in addition to the original $1,000 private pledge by Don Kiel in Memory of his late father in law, Andy Endries.  The total reward is now at $2,800.  These conservation organizations are challenging other organizations and community groups to join in and make a statement that this behavior will not be tolerated in the community

The 25 individual units of Fish & Game work together to address conservation, hunting and fishing issues in the area.  Founded in 1907, Manitowoc County Fish & Game is recognized as a leader in conservation in Wisconsin and served as a model nationally.  The organization works to protect the rights of sporting men and women and promotes conservation and related education.  They have partnered on most of the public accesses on area inland lakes and has 450 acres of property across the county for public use.  Information is available on the website

Anyone with information must call Crimestoppers at 920-683-4466 to be eligible for the reward.

DNR Spring Hearings/Conservation Congress Annual County Meetings April 8

Wisconsin residents will be able to nominate and elect local representatives to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and express support or non-support for a range of proposed rule changes and advisory questions on natural resources management issues at the DNR Spring Hearings and Conservation Congress’ Annual County Meetings held in every county of the state on Monday, April 8 starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s Spring Hearings will offer additional opportunity for the public to weigh in. The DNR and WCC will provide an online option for input for those people who aren’t able to attend a hearing in person or for those who’d rather provide input at the hearing using their smart phone. For security, and to ensure the integrity of the results, individuals will be required to sign in to use the online version, just as they do in person.

The online version of the Spring Hearing questionnaire will be posted on the Spring Hearing website ( search “spring hearings”). The input form will go live at 7:00 pm on April 8 and remain open until 7:00 pm on April 11.

The county meetings are held jointly with the Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is a statutorily established advisory group to the state Natural Resources Board (NRB).

“The joint DNR and Conservation Congress annual meeting for Manitowoc County will be held at the UW Manitowoc, in Manitowoc,” said Larry Bonde, chair of the Manitowoc County delegation.

At the meeting, citizens will have the opportunity to comment and provide input on Congress proposals that could someday become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin. They may also submit resolutions addressing conservation needs or concerns they observe.
“Citizens have the opportunity to weigh in on natural resources issues that may affect them. The Congress asks these questions to gauge the public’s support, or lack thereof, on any given issue,” said Bonde.

Results of the public’s input on these proposals will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in May 2019. If there is support for a proposal, the advisory question could become a DNR rule change proposal in following years.
This year the Conservation Congress will seek public input on 39 advisory questions on a range of topics, some of which include:
• a proposal to designate the hickory nut as the Wisconsin state nut;
• a proposal to remove the 36-inch size limit on sturgeon during spearing season;
• a proposal to require pheasant, grouse and quail hunters to wear blaze orange or pink;
• Reduce the bag limit of walleye from 5 to 3 on the Lake Winnebago system;

“Conservation Congress advisory questions generally originate from citizens’ ideas.” said Larry Bonde, Chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. “If resolutions presented at the county level meetings are supported, the resolution is advanced to one of the Congress’ advisory committees and the District Leadership Council for consideration.

“Last year, there were over 300 resolutions submitted locally. Not all resolutions pass, but the ones that do have the potential to become a rule, policy or legislative change in the subsequent years,” Bonde said. “It is a true grassroots process that empowers the citizens of this state to shape natural resources policy.”
Anyone submitting resolutions must submit two copies of their resolution typed on 8-1/2 by 11-inch white paper. Resolution writing instructions and a template for writing a resolution are available online at

In addition to the Congress advisory questions, the county meeting is also reserved for the election of delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. To vote for Congress delegates, one must be 18 years old, provide identification along with proof of residency in the county, and attend the spring hearing in person.

“There will be two seats up for election, in Manitowoc County in 2019,” stated Bonde ” Any citizen of the county, who is a Wisconsin resident and is at least 18 years of age may be nominated to the Congress for a two or three-year term. Nominees must be willing to volunteer their time and represent their local citizens on natural resource issues.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Bonde, (920) 286 – 3327.

About Us

We have totally redesigned our website to better meet the needs of the sporting community in Manitowoc County. You will find more information on whats going on in Manitowoc County and how you can get involved. There is education, history, links to resources and much more. We even have our own YouTube channel and will post video from meetings and events. This site has meetings and events and the locations of our clubs and properties. Let us know your thoughts on how to improve the site in the future.

For over 100 years one organization has protected the resources of Manitowoc County and represented the rights of sporting men and women. Founded in 1907 Manitowoc County Fish and Game Protective Association continues to fulfill its mission of “Conservation and Education Today for Tomorrow’s Sportsman.” The organization is recognized as one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S. and has been a model for groups across the country.

Twenty five individual clubs work together to make Manitowoc County the special place that it is for hunting and fishing. Manitowoc County Fish and Game has lived out their mission through:

  • Development and Maintenance of Public Access to 19 County Lakes and Lake Michigan
    • Maintenance & Replacement of Piers
    • Improvement to Handicap Access
    • Support for Lake Improvement Projects
  • Purchase of nearly 450 acres of Land for Public Use and Access
  • Close Working Relationship with the DNR, Conservation Congress, National Sporting Clubs, State and Local Governments and more
  • Support of Youth Programs & Education
    • Hunter Education
    • Youth Scholarships
    • Youth Shooting & Junior Riffle Programs
    • Youth Archery Programs
    • Support of Youth Fishing Events and Mentoring
  • Major Supporter of the FORWARD Endowment
    • Friends Of Resources Wildlife And Recreational Development
    • Funding Over $100,000 in Public Projects
    • Working with Area Schools and Colleges

We need your support to continue this mission and protect our rights and resources! Join one of our member clubs and bring the family. We need to get the next generation of sporting men and women to continue the 100+ years of service to the area. All Clubs welcome and encourage you to become a member. Club meeting dates and time can be found by navigating to the “Local Units” page.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3
Manitowoc, WI 54220

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