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Attention – Classes Canceled

In light of COVID-19 and the emergency order, all SAFETY EDUCATION CLASSES are canceled until further notice. This includes ATV- Bow hunting – Boating- Hunter – Internet Field Days -Snowmobile- Trapper Education. This also includes programs such as Learn to Hunt Events, Hunt for Food and Fish for Dinner events.

Attention – Sporting Club Meetings

For over 110 years sporting men, women and their organizations have worked together for the betterment of Manitowoc County. In an effort to protect our clubs, officers and members, Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association is canceling its March Director’s Meeting at City Limits. A decision will be made on the April meeting once more information is available.

The Manitowoc Unit has canceled its April and May meetings to protect its members. They have also postponed their Fish Fry scheduled for April 3 at 7 Lakes Golf and Dining. A Fall target is being considered for this event.

Many other member organizations have canceled meetings and events. If you have information you want to share please email and we will post.

2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention Moves to Virtual Platform

The 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention, originally planned for April 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, will now be happening as a completely on-line convention. The three days of web-based programs should appeal to lake and river advocates, scientists, managers, educators, and the general public who have an interest in protecting Wisconsin’s waters.

Leaders from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW Madison Division of Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes, and many others are collaborating to move the conference to a live, online format. Using the Zoom platform, this event will be able to accommodate hundreds of participants from across Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Attendees can join the meeting on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Moderators will be in each session to facilitate viewer questions in real time.

This Convention features over 40 concurrent sessions, 10 half-day workshops on April 1, and a plenary session on each day (April 2nd and 3rd). The online platform will allow people to participate from the safety of their own homes. This will also provide the opportunity for a wider audience, including students, educators, and the general public, to join us and learn from experts in the water industry.

The Thursday keynote, Doug Beard, will share his personal interpretation of the resiliency concept. He has worked on river and watershed issues around the globe and he oversees the United States Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center. USGS sponsors path-breaking collaborative science to help communities understand and prepare for climate impacts.

Friday we will hear from Lauren Salvato from the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association. The wetter than normal weather has been placing tremendous stress on the entire Mississippi, and Lauren will share insights into how states are working together to build the resilience needed to keep the river a robust economic and ecological resource.

To most accurately plan for the number of people planning to join the meeting, there is a registration process with a nominal fee. Each half-day workshop will cost $5 and the whole day of Thursday or Friday are $10 each.

For more information on topics covered, keynote speakers, and how to register – click here

Two Videos Posted

Learn about skinning and preparing your game from trapping with these two new videos! Click here to learn more.

2019 FORWARD Grants Awarded

The FORWARD Endowment Gift Committee met February 6th and awarded grants of just under $8,300 to 6 projects in celebration of its 25th year of giving. The FORWARD Endowment, the Manitowoc County trust established to fund projects focused on hunting, fishing, conservation and related education. It continues the 112-yearheritageof conservation stewardship in Manitowoc County that began when Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association was founded in 1907. It is recognized as one of the oldest groups of its kind in the nation.Five organizations were granted funding for projects in Manitowoc County:
Valders High School Fishing Club – Equipment & Competition Needs, Pigeon Lake Association – Fish Stocking Program, Bullhead Lake Association – Alum Treatment for Lake Restoration, 4H Camp TaPaWingo – Geocaching and Navigation Program, Conservation Education Inc. –Snowshoe Program Development, Wisconsin Maritime Museum – Sensory Friendly Nights Education Program.
“We are thrilled that we can support great projects like this in the area”, said Dean Halverson, Chair of the Gift Committee. “The projects we fund must have public benefit and we love partnering to further education and help develop the next generation of sporting men and women in the area.”FORWARD stands for Friends Of Resources, Wildlife And Recreational Development. It was founded in 1993 by The Manitowoc Unit of Manitowoc County Fish & Game and is an independent 501-C3 charitable trust. It is now supported by a combination of funding from area sporting clubs and private donations.
Manitowoc County Fish and Game has been a major supporter of the fund and provides a percentage of their Annual Banquet proceeds each year.The FORWARD Endowment has provided over$130,000 in grants awarded to projects and groups in Manitowoc County. These represent completed projects in the community.
FORWARD donations can make checks payable to The FORWARD Endowment c/o Associated Bank. Michael Wicks is the contact person at the bank. Only interest incomes from the fund are spent so that the fund will continue to grow and be there for future generations. Memorial or estate planning gifts are possible with the fund.

Fish & Game Website Featured in NEW Website

Life’s All Here – Manitowoc County is a new community website to share all that is positive about Manitowoc County. The site was developed by CEDAR Collaborative, a new local company that is developing new tools and resources for community development.
Dean Halverson is a partner in the new company and noted that our great outdoor environment is a key offering in the community and he has linked the site in many areas of site. He believes that the new site offers a new contact and traffic source for fish and game and can help in future development.
Visit or to learn more!

2019 Annual Banquet

GRAND PRIZE: Browning X Bolt White Medallion 6.5 Creedmoor w/ Leopold Scope/Sling/Case; Donated by Pozorski Hauling & Recycling; Winner was John Dugau from Whitelaw.

COMMITTEE SELECT PRIZE: Browning Auto 5 Standard 12ga.; Donated Lakeshore Family Funeral Homes; Winner was Barb Dietrich from Reedsville.

PRESIDENT’S SELECT PRIZE: Henry Long Ranger Lever Action .223 cal; Donated by Just Orthodontics; Winner was Brianna Sieracki from Manitowoc.

VICE PRESIDENT SELECT PRIZE: Weatherby Wood SS 300 w/ Nikon Scope; Donated by Stock’s AH MFG Corp; Winner was Denise Bohman from Manitowoc.

CHAIRMAN SELECT PRIZE: Winchester SX3 Sporting 12ga.; Donated by Cleveland Fish & Game; Winner was Jared Patek from Valders.

View more from the 2019 Annual Banquet

Fish & Game Memorial Park Bricks Now Available!

We are moving forward with the development of the Memorial Park and are now taking orders for Memorial Bricks from all participating organizations. This is a great way to recognize members we have lost who have made significant impact on our clubs and for conservation in Manitowoc County. Download the form below to complete this and return the form to the address posted.

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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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