WOHVA wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! This is a time to spend with family and reflect on the things that are most important to us. It's also time to endulge in a feast of Turkey and all sorts of side dishes and watch some football.
This is alo a time to remember those that are less fortunate. Please consider making a donation to your local food pantry.
Deer Hunting Safety
Can you believe it, Wisconsin's annual deer hunting season is right around the corner. As over 600,000 hunters will take to the woods next weekend it's a good time to remind us all, no matter how experienced we may be, about the 4 basic rules for all hunters.
1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
3. Be certain of your target and beyond
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot
It is likely there will be a fair amount of corn still standing in the southern half of the state. Hunters should use their binoculars - not their rifle scope - to verify their target and what is beyond. Twigs, branches or standing crops will not stop your shots if you miss your target. You must be certain you have a safe backstop before you shoot.
One-third of all hunting incidents during the gun deer season are self-inflicted injuries. This makes it a must to keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are certain you are ready to shoot.
According to the WI DNR website there were 9 incidents during the 2015 gun deer season with 3 resulting in fatalities.
WOHVA wishes all hunters a safe and rewarding hunt!
Sokaogon Chippewa – Thank you for your partnership with WOHVA.
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA) would like to thank the Sokaogon Chippewa Community for the opportunity to partner together for the past 10 years in OHV enthusiast a venue for education and recreation.
Recently WOHVA was informed that the Tribal Resolution Agreement between the Sokaogon Chippewa and WOHVA has come to a conclusion. We are saddened to hear of this news.
It was a pleasure to host our Annual OHV Enthusiasts Workshops and Membership Meetings at the Mole Lake Lodge and Casino. WOHVA also enjoyed the opportunity to develop and maintain a remarkable 4 wheel drive trail network on Tribal Holdings.
WOHVA would like to wish the Sokaogon Chippewa Community all the best in the future!
WOHVA Board of Directors Vacancies
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association is governed by a Board of Directors (BOD). These positions are presented and voted upon at the Annual Membership Meeting each spring. BOD positions run from June 1 through May 31 of each year. The BOD meets every other month to carry out the operational functions and business of WOHVA.
Recently WOHVA has restructured its organizational composition, commonly referred to as an Org Chart (see attached). We have also revised our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reflect the new Org Chart and redefine the responsibilities for each position.
Currently WOHVA has a few vacancies within the BOD and is looking for anyone interested and willing to volunteer some time to be on the BOD. Below is a list of openings available.
Membership Director – Responsible for oversight of Individual and Club Membership Chair positions, as well as association memberships WOHVA supports. This position includes voting privileges as a member of the Executive Committee.
Sponsorship Chair – Works with business’ for monetary sponsorship and prize donations.
Club Membership Chair - Researches and coordinates visits with OHV clubs both organized and social based to promote WOHVA membership levels.
Volunteer Chair – Oversight of the Volunteer committee, works with the COO ensuring WOHVA has appropriate volunteers to staff events and trail maintenance work days.
9th Annual Great Northern Trail Ride
Mole Lake, WI
On August 18th – 20th WOHVA hosted our 9th Annual Great Northern Trail Ride (GNTR). This year was another record year for participation with 56 vehicles and over 100 attendees in all. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans.
The event started out with tech inspection and trail sign up on Thursday afternoon. WOHVA provided a brat and burger stand to welcome visitors and members alike. This was a great opportunity for all to mingle and get to know each other.
Friday the dust was held down by an overnight rain on Thursday evening. After a brief drivers meeting and the Pledge of Allegiance it was time to hit the trails. At noon all groups assembled at the ATV parking area for a build your own deli sandwich bar with all the fixin’s. After the trail rides were done we all gathered for a great dinner provided by the Mole Lake Lodge staff, followed by some refreshments and stories in the Rice Lake lounge.
Saturday was another story. Again the rain came Friday evening and Saturday Morning, Saturday mid-morning, Saturday noon, well you get the picture! Unfortunately WOHVA had to cancel the trail rides for the afternoon at the lunch stop. This was due to our commitment to the principles of Treadlightly®! and our respect for the access we have to the tribal lands.
Finally but not least, the event was wrapped up with a dinner banquet with sponsor raffles to follow. This year we had one sponsor in particular step up big time, Todd Secore from Toys for Trucks donating over $1300 in prize donations. The grand prize was a 9000lb winch donated by 4X4 Forever. A HUGE Thank You to all the sponsors! With all prizes in total there was about a 50% chance of walking away with something.
A big Thanks to Joel Kasper, event coordinator and his team for this year’s GNTR’s success!
Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual GNTR. Plans are already being made to make next year’s event the biggest and best yet!
WOHVA Fall Trails Meeting
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association will be hosting our Annual Fall Trails Meeting October 15th beginning at 11:00am at the Busted Knuckle near Fredonia, WI.
This meeting is open to all OHV enthusiasts, need not be a member of WOHVA to attend. This is a great opportunity to see what WOHVA is doing to forward OHV opportunities in WI.
Attached is the agenda for the meeting. Bring your own chair and refreshments!
We will have a pot luck lunch following the meeting. Dishes to share welcome.
Hope to see you there!
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Every five years the State of Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources conducts a survey to determine the level of participation in various outdoor activities and recreation. The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is done to identify essential and contemporary issues that affect the future of outdoor recreation in Wisconsin. These activities include hunting, fishing, skiing, biking, hiking, camping, boating, bird & wildlife watching, motorized recreation, basically any type of outdoor activity Wisconsinite’s participate in.
This survey is conducted through UW Madison and is sent to random households throughout the state. The information is then calculated and compiled to help give guidance as to where the state should focus efforts on either improving or creating recreational opportunities, or to detect declining trends. On August12th 2016, they have opened this survey to the public for comment.
Wisconsin publishes the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to serve as a blueprint for state and local outdoor recreation planning as required by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. For the 2011–2016 Wisconsin SCORP, the State not only met the requirements of the LWCF Act but also reflected on the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative, launched in 2010 by President Obama, for an approach that asks the American people to become partners in preserving and enhancing their conservation and recreation heritage for the 21st-century.
Here is a link to the current 2011 – 2016 plan if you’d like to review. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/planning/scorp/
One point I would like to highlight is, in past survey’s 4WD’s concerns were not considered. In the current survey there are a couple areas referencing 4WD interests. This is a huge opportunity in getting our voices heard!
Below is the link to the survey, please take a moment to fill out this survey. As well, share this with friends and family who love outdoor recreation in WI.
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association exists for the sole purpose of proactively assuring that public and private off-highway motorized vehicular recreational opportunities are expanded in Wisconsin for safe use by this and future generations