Exeland Rod and Gun Club

Latest Minutes posted: 2/17/2017

The Exeland Rod and Gun Club (~130 members) is a local community organization of outdoor enthusiasts and civic minded individuals from the Exeland Wisconsin area.


Next meeting will be April 23rd @ 2:30

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The Exeland Rod & Gun Club held their annual Hunter’s Ball at the clubhouse on Friday, November 4th.  Winning rifle that night were:  Robert Deach (Exeland), Chance Brown (Exeland), Mike Waite (Exeland), Eric Rademaker (Exeland), Brody Fischer (Exeland), Scott Ring (Exeland), George Sihsmann (Bruce), Bud Waite (Eau Claire) & Dave Samardzich (Bruce).  Winning the Camp Package was John Gordon (Exeland).


The Kopras guys (Conner & Denny) had good chances of winning a gun in the dice games but both of them chocked when it came down to crunch time.  


At the Club’s monthly meeting held on Friday, December 9th, the following positions were filled for a two year term:  PRESIDENT – Al Gerber;  VICE PRESIDENT – Ryan Thome;  TREASURE – Dean Johnson;  SECRETARY – Robert Deach.


The date for the Club’s annual rabbit hunt was set for Saturday, January 21st.  Teams and hunters should report to the clubhouse by 8:30 a.m. that morning.  The public should mark this date on their calendars so when they hear all of the shooting going on in the area they know it’s not some kind of invasion but just a bunch of guys chasing bunnies around the swamps and bushes.  The Scott Ring / Larry Sanders team is the defending champs.  Club President Al Gerber said, “We don’t expect them to win this year.  They aren’t very good but have been lucky.  Eventually, that luck will run out.”


The Club also discussed some of the plans for the upcoming 2017 year. The big item talked about was the 2017 Trout Fest.  Chairman Jim Gerber commented, “This will be the 25th annual Trout Fest.  It’s a special year so we’re going to make sure this year’s event is very special.  We’re even planning on a fireworks display for Saturday night’s street dance.  We’re hoping everyone will help us start planning and making this the best  Trout Fest ever.”


The Club also reviewed the results of the past deer season.  The consensus of the members was, “The deer herd has improved but it still isn’t as healthy as it should be.  The ratio of bucks sighted this deer season was better but the overall number of deer in the area is still down.”  The Club will take their recommendation of not shooting does next deer season to the upcoming DNR meetings.  The Exeland Rod & Gun Club has a reputation of having a profound impact of setting the number of deer harvested for each deer season.


The Club also decided some improvements will be needed this spring at the public boat landing on Windfall Lake.  Putting in a new dock is probably what will happen.  This is a generous contribution the Club makes for the locals and they hope it’s appreciated by all of the fishermen and boaters who use this access into the water.


The Club’s “Big Buck Bow Contest” is still going on and won’t end until the season ends on January 8th.  At this time, Mike Granica’s 9 pointer appears to have edged out Jim Gerber’s 8 pointer for the bow.   Norm Rademaker won half of the Club’s “Big Buck Contest” and the other winner was still to be determined.


2017 MEMBERSHIP DUES CAN NOW BE PAID.  Annual membership dues of $20 can now be paid.  Remit your payment at the next monthly meeting or send payment to:  Exeland Rod & Gun Club – PO Box 92 – Exeland, WI 54835.  


NEXT MEETING:  Sunday – January 8th at 6:30 pm.  Come and join us.  We can use new members.  We do make a difference in the area’s hunting and fishing.


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2017-2018 fishing seasons

(dates inclusive)

Early inland trout (catch and release)
January 7 (5 a.m.) to May 5

General inland trout
May 6 (5 a.m.) to Oct. 15

General inland fishing
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Largemouth bass northern zone
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Smallmouth bass northern zone catch and release
May 6 to June 16

Smallmouth bass northern zone harvest
June 17 to March 4, 2018

Large and smallmouth bass southern zone
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Musky - northern zone
May 27 to Nov. 30

Musky - southern zone
May 6 to Dec. 31

Northern pike
May 6 to March 4, 2018

May 6 to March 4, 2018

Lake sturgeon
Sept. 2 to Sept. 30 (hook-and-line)

Free fishing weekends
June 3-4, 2017 (summer)
January 20-21, 2018 (winter)

Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. Hook and line fishing for many fish species on many Wisconsin waters begins on that day. However, to better manage Wisconsin fisheries, season dates are often specific to the species of fish as well as the water body.