Wisconsin Muzzzle Loading Association, Inc.
6108 Woods Crossing McFarland WI 53558 US
Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Association
"To Preserve and Promote Muzzleloading Heritage"
As we enter into the second full week of Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" quarantine, I hope you are managing your individual situations well. There is hope on the horizon. Yet, at this time, I must update you on all the collateral damage of this quarantine, which will continue through Friday, April 24th.
Here are the events that are completely cancelled or postponed:
Outdoor Life/Field & Stream WI Expo has been rescheduled for Friday, August 7th, through Sunday, August 9th, 2020, at the Alliant Energy Center. Please contact Dwight Claggett for additional details
WMLA Annual Meeting and 3 Person Phil Siehr Team Shoot on Saturday, April 18th,at the Beloit Black Powder Lodge is cancelled. I am thinking that, again due to the COVID-19 group gathering limitations, the annual meeting will be moved to our July quarterly meeting. I'm open to suggestions as to locations for the meeting. Please feel free to share your thoughts. This is a very important meeting to elect a Vice President and Treasure.
WTA Selfbow Jamboree at Ojibwa Bowhunters on Saturday, April 18th, has been cancelled. I will provide information as to a new date when and if one becomes available.
Bloody Lake Rendezvous scheduled for the last week of April and first weekend of May has been cancelled.
The Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (MOHEE) scheduled for May 20th-21st, 2020, has been cancelled. The dates for 2021 are Wednesday, May 19th, and Thursday, May 20th. Please put those dates into your calendar. This is one of our major educational events and please considers participating. Everybody has something to share.
That does it for cancellations. Now, there are 2 very important events that have NOT been cancelled or postponed and must have your participation.
Thank you Carolyn for identifying that I had put down the wrong date for the 2020 DNR Spring Hearings. The correct date is Monday, April 13th. The major change to this event is the Governor's edict of limiting the size to less than 4 people. Well, you can call into the hearing and you must vote online. There a numerous questions for this year. Thank you to Jim Swanson for your document that I sent out yesterday. There are 3 questions that you, really, might want to pay attention to. Those questions are #2 talking about non-toxic projectiles, #10 would remove a separate Muzzle Loading season and #24 moving up the Deer Season by one week and extending the season to 16 Days. Please, if you value the solitude of your own Deer Hunting Season, you must become educated in what is happening in Madison. Talk to Charlie and Carolyn Brown, or better yet, contact your local DNR office and ask the tough questions and don't leave until you get the answers you need to make an informed decision. However, be respectful and use your passion to your advantage and not a determent.
Finally, WI Spring election is Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. You might not think there is much at stake this Spring, however there is a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice seat. And as we have seen, at the National Level, our rights are being challenged every single day. Governor Evers and his Attorney General want a "Red Flag Law". If you are not sure what is going on within your county or city, call somebody. Whether you vote in person or absentee, I don't care. You, all of us must vote. Period!
Do not let this COVID-19 make our Muzzle Loading heritage a footnote in history.
Thank you all for your continued support and please take care of yourselves. I want to see each and every one of you this summer or fall.