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Outdoors Radio Wins OWAA awards

Outdoors Radio Wins Multiple Awards at OWAA Conference

Snowbird, Utah.

• Outdoors Radio was judged the best long-format outdoors radio show in the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) 2011 Excellence in Craft competition.

• Co-host/editor Jeff Kelm won first place in this category with a show that aired on Dec. 11, 2010.

• Co-host/producer Dan Small won second place with a show that aired on Dec. 18, 2010.

news-owaaThe awards were announced at the recent OWAA conference at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Snowbird, Utah.

Dan also won first and second place awards in the Radio Big Game category with segments on hunting in New Zealand with Rodney Smith and hunting in China with Karl Malcolm; and a third place award in the Radio Camping/Backpacking/Outdoor Recreational Travel category with a segment on winter outdoor adventures for women with Chris Heeter, of The Wild Institute.

Jeff also received an honorable mention in the Radio Big Game Hunting category for a segment on hunting bluff country bucks with outdoor writer Scott Bestul.

Dan accepted the awards on behalf of himself and Jeff, who was unable to attend the conference. Dan also won first place awards in the TV/Video Best Full-Length Program (“Deer Hunt 2010”) and TV/Video Best Feature Segment (“Asian Carp Biology”) categories.

OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Robin Ginera>, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of Americaa>, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434.

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BHS Demons repeat at Wisconsin State High School Trapshoot

Mayville, WI — May 13th, 14th & 15th. The Burlington High School Demons Trapshooting team completed the “three-peat” by winning the 39th Annual Wisconsin State High School Trapshoot sponsored by the Horicon Marsh Sportsman’s Club in Mayville WI. The event is the largest clay target event held in the State of Wisconsin with 146 squads participating over three days of competition. The five-member teams each shoot four 25-bird rounds with the team breaking the most targets coming home victorious. All of the young athletes had to overcome very windy conditions over the three days of the competition with the BHS Demons #1 squad of Adam Tunstra, Myles Walker, Jordan Hintz, Ethan Kerr and Sam Kafura breaking 448 out of 500 targets to claim the top prize for the third consecutive year. Demons #3 finished fourth to earn runner up in Class AA and all told, five of Burlington High’ School’s squads finished in the top twenty-five.

Myles Walker get award

Myles Walker is presented with the winning team trophy.

For the second consecutive year the Demons also produced the individual Grand Champion with Myles Walker taking home the gold breaking 97 of 100 targets. Senior Adam Tunstra claimed the runner-up award with an impressive score of 96.


Not to be outdone, the Lady Demons were equally successful with Mariah Kerr taking home the runner-up award with an 83. Becca Alby and Anna Sommers earned top-ten scores. Alexa McCarthy won Class A Lady and Kaitlyn Gaethke was runner-up in Class B Lady.

The BHS Demons High School Trapshooting team is hosted by the Burlington Conservation Club and has been involved in promoting the safe handling of firearms, teamwork, integrity and sportsmanship since 2006. The fifty-plus member team of 5th through 12th grade students is also a member of the SE WI SCTP Youth Trapshooting Conference comprised of eight Southeastern Wisconsin school-based teams. The Demons are led by first year head coach Denis Sommers who took over for Tom Wondrash after he stepped down to devote more time to promoting youth trapshooting on a national basis as a Regional Director of Development for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).

To learn more about youth trapshooting you can visit the SCTP website or visit the BHS Demons Trapshooting Team’s website.

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Leave the Wild Animals Wild

POYNETTE – White-tailed deer fawns are starting to be seen in Wisconsin, and state wildlife officials and conservation wardens are receiving calls from people concerned about “abandoned” fawns.

“Fawns left alone in the woods are not abandoned,” says Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “When fawns are born they have very little scent to them, and does intentionally leave them alone as a way of protecting them from predators. The mother is almost always nearby and keeping an eye on the fawn. She returns to the fawn to nurse when she feels it is safe. Deer living near residences have been known to leave fawns on patios, in backyards and other places. The best thing people can do if they come across a fawn is to move away from the area and leave the fawn alone.”

State wildlife and health officials say the same is true for almost all young wildlife seen in the wild. Most wildlife species will leave their young unattended for periods of time so they can go feed or find food to bring back.

“Closely approaching or contacting wild animals presents a risk of injury to humans and the animal. For that reason, the best and safest policy for people and animals is to leave them alone,” Kehrli said.

People should avoid contact with all wild animals, but especially those acting abnormally, whether they appear sick or unusually friendly. While unlikely, it is possible for sick wild animals to transmit some illnesses, including rabies, to humans.

State wildlife health officials say skunks and bats are the most likely species to carry rabies in Wisconsin, although dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes and even livestock have been infected. People should keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for dogs, cats, and ferrets.

If a person is bitten by a bat, woodchuck, skunk, raccoon, fox or coyote, all of which can carry rabies, it’s important to safely capture or kill the animal without injuring the brain. Brain tissue can be analyzed to determine whether or not the animal had rabies. Most domestic animals can simply be observed by a veterinarian and do not need to be tested in order to rule out rabies. Treatment for a rabies exposure can prevent the disease if initiated before symptoms occur.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Kehrli | 608-635-8123

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