Welcome to TCSC Online

Article added on Monday, April 20, 2009

Welcome to Taylor County Sportsman's Club Online

Welcome to Taylor County Sportsman’s Club online! Taylor County Sportsman’s Club supports outdoor traditions through quality wildlife management, youth education and development of recreational opportunities. Our group works out of Medford, Wisconsin and the surrounding Taylor County, but our members come from across the Midwest. Nearly every dollar is spent locally to help local youth and outdoors people benefit.

MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS take place on the third Monday of every month in the Medford Cooperative board room above County Market. All members are encouraged to attend!!

TCSC sponsors Fish Crib Construction on area lakes

TCSC sponsors fish crib Construction on area lakes each winter. Contact us if you have a lake suggestion.

Through numerous hands-on projects, TCSC is helping improve wildlife habitat to create more quality recreational opportunities for future sportsmen and women. Annual fish crib construction on area lakes is a popular annual wildlife project along with wood duck and blue bird house construction, fish stocking, lake improvement projects, Crane’s Foundation’s Operation Crane Migration and much more.

TCSC works side by side with our state wildlife managers, helping them make decisions that will influence wildlife habitat right here in Taylor County, Wisconsin. The list of recreational projects that TCSC has been involved in over the years is endless. This organization takes pride in maintaining our opportunities as outdoor enthusiasts. Our organization has supported every area sportsman’s group in their endeavors as well as taking on a few major projects of our own.

Taylor County Sportsman’s Club has played a role in public rifle range construction and maintenance, updating Chelsea Conservation Club, MRC Sportsman’s Club and Northwoods Archers facilities, mowing public hunter/walker trails, repairing the Hull’s Lake boat landing, maintaining Pershing Wildlife Area trails, roadside step construction on Miller Dam Flowage and much more.

Through education, more youth and adults become interested in continuing outdoor traditions like hunting and fishing. TCSC supports local ATV safety classes, boating safety courses, trapper education workshops, Esadore Area Lake Association youth fishing clinics, bow hunter safety course, Little Hills Youth Pheasant Hunt and the Taylor County Outdoor Youth Expo.

ATV Safety and Hunters Education

Article added on Friday, September 20, 2013

As of September 2013, all ATV and Hunters Safety courses in Taylor County are done for the fall. Interested persons will need to go to the Wisconsin DNR website to see if there are anything other courses nearby that might work for you.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a Trapper Education Workshop taking place on October 4, 5 and 6 in Chelsea, WI. This course is co-sponsored by Taylor County Sportsman’s Club. If you wish to register for this course, please stop at Shay Creek Sports in Medford, WI.

Taylor County Youth Expo 2013

Article added on Friday, May 31, 2013

Taylor County Outdoor Youth Expo 2013Friday, May 17, 2013, TCSC organized the Taylor County Outdoor Youth Expo at the Taylor County fairgrounds. Fifth graders from across the area, both public and parochial schools, were in attendance. This year we had 24 different activities for the kids to participate in. It took nearly 150 volunteers from 29 different local, state and national organizations and government agencies to make these activities possible. An introduction to shooting sports with a BB gun range for hands-on experience along with casting and archery were among the favorites. Here students have the opportunity to learn firearm safety with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept and certified hunter’s safety instructors. The event has been the pride of the Taylor County Sportsman’s Club and the center of our youth program since it began.

This is the sixth annual event hosted and organized by Taylor County Sportsman’s Club to introduce every single area fifth grader in the area to the outdoor activities the club’s member value. The volunteers have made the Youth Expo a reality! It is only by cooperation of our efforts that we can reach so many youth. Each and every one of the expo volunteers is invited to the Fall Appreciation Banquet, which is held in September.

We encourage you to take a look at the Youth Expo Photo Gallery to check out this wonderful event.

Youth Turkey Hunt 2013

Article added on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Since 2005, TCSC’s Youth Program has held an annual spring youth turkey hunt which gives kids the opportunity to hunt turkeys if they don’t have a parent or other adult to take them. The hunt is a great way for youth to learn how to properly handle and shoot a firearm. This hunt also exemplifies good stewardship giving kids a good example of how to conduct themselves in the field.

Please take a look at our photo gallery to see additional photos of the successful hunt.

 

 

2012 Fall Appreciation Banquet

Article added on Friday, July 20, 2012

Taylor County Sportsman’s Club’s Fall Appreciation Banquet will be taking place on September 12 at the Siemek Rec Center. There will be door prizes for all attendees and raffles as well. Watch for your invitation mailing. Contact Kim Bernklau or Brian Bucki for more information or questions about this event.

Taylor County Youth Expo 2012

Article added on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012, TCSC organized the Taylor County Outdoor Youth Expo at the Taylor County fairgrounds. Fifth graders from across the area, both public and parochial schools, were in attendance. With the help of over 100 volunteers, there were 21 different activities for the youth to take part in, hands-on. An introduction to shooting sports with a BB gun range for hands-on experience along with casting and archery were among the favorites. Here students have the opportunity to learn firearm safety with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept and certified hunter’s safety instructors. The event has been the pride of the Taylor County Sportsman’s Club and the center of our youth program since it began.

This is the fifth annual event hosted and organized by Taylor County Sportsman’s Club to introduce every single area fifth grader in the area to the outdoor activities the club’s member value. Volunteers from nearly 30 different organizations, agencies and businesses have made the Youth Expo a reality! It is only by cooperation of our efforts that we can reach so many youth. Each and every one of the expo volunteers is invited to the Fall Appreciation Banquet. The banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

To view additional photos from the Youth Expo check out our gallery.

2012 Taylor County Deer Trapping

Article added on Thursday, February 9, 2012

On Saturday, February 4th,  members of the Taylor County Sportsmans Club along with the help of others placed deer traps in the Chequamegon National Forest.

It was a great day to be outdoors and all went very well. This is the first citizen based deer study in the state . TCSC member Mike Riggle has been very involved in the deer study in the northern and eastern part of the state and now has brought his knowledge to the local area. The preliminary results of these studies are somewhat surprising and will aid in managing deer for years to come.  Tracy Swedlund’s Biology Class will be working very closely with this project and getting hands on experience for his students.

A big thank you goes out to Medford and Rib Lake Schools for building the deer traps, the traps were built very well and performed great, and to Julia Thums for taking these great pictures.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project ! It is up and running and will be a valuable tool in managing the deer herd.

This project will run through this winter and will resume again early next winter.  Anyone interested in helping with checking traps or helping in anyway, please call Mike @ 715-965-4121.

Click here to view this project photo gallery

2011 TCSC Member Banquet

Article added on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Members: The Taylor County Sportsman’s Club Annual Member Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 24th at the Simek Center. As usual, the banquet is the perfect opportunity to reward our valued members with a wonderful meal, prizes and fun! And of course, the banquet is TCSC’s primary fundraising event. Please watch your mail for your banquet letter and let us know if you did not receive it.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Black River Trout Release 2011

Article added on Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Rainbow trout released in the Black River in Medford, Wisconsin

Rainbow trout released in the Black River in Medford, Wisconsin by Taylor County Sportsman's Club.

The Taylor County Sportsman’s Club released 600 rainbow trout in the Black River on Monday May 2, 2011. This project coincides with the fishing opener on May 7. The trout were released from the millpond dam area down to the Perkins St. bridge in the city of Medford, Wisconsin.

Tracy Swedlunds, of the Medford Area Senior High AP Biology class, assisted with the handling of the fish this year. TCSC club members Nick Nice, Mike Riggle, Chip Courtney and Brian Bucki assisted in the trout program.

Area fisherman, both youth and adults, spent to afternoon fishing for the trout following the release. The tradition has become well know in the area and continues to build family values based on the outdoors.

To view additional photos, go to our trout release photo gallery.

Youth Turkey Hunt 2011

Article added on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
TCSC Youth Turkey Hunt 2011

TCSC Youth Turkey Hunt 2011 group photo taken after the morning of hunting as the group gathered at Northwoods Archers clubhouse.

Since 2005, TCSC’s Youth Program has held an annual spring youth turkey hunt which gives kids the opportunity to hunt turkeys if they don’t have a parent or other adult to take them. The hunt is a great way for youth to learn how to properly handle and shoot a firearm. This hunt also exemplifies good stewardship giving kids a good example of how to conduct themselves in the field.

View more turkey hunt photos.

This hunt has been the foundation of the club’s Youth Program since it began in 2005. In cooperation with the Wisconsin DNR Learn to Hunt Program, this event is organized to introduce youth to the sport of turkey hunting. Youth must apply to the program with an interest in turkey hunting. All applicants are considered, but youth without this opportunity at home and without prior hunting experience are given priority in the tag drawing process.

This event includes a mentor preparation meeting where mentors declare their hunting land and receive the name of their youth. Then, at the Friday Evening Rendezvous at Northwoods Archers clubhouse, youth are taught how to properly handle and shoot a shotgun. In addition, youth are shown the difference between toms, jakes and hens and a short calling demonstration is performed. Youth receive a variety of useful tools including a camo face mask and gloves, a turkey call, multipurpose knife-tool and educational materials. A dinner is provided so youth have the opportunity to plan their hunt with their mentors.

TCSC Youth Turkey HuntBright and early on Saturday morning, youth meet their mentors and head to their hunting ground. The youth hunt is not restricted by unit boundaries. Back at the clubhouse, warm beverages and snacks are waiting the returning hunters. As the youth and hunters arrive, stories are shared and birds are tagged. In the past, our youth spring turkey hunt has had a 40 to 50% success rate. This is very high considering this is the first experience for most youth. A group photo is taken before hunters head home or head back out to try their luck in the afternoon.

"I’ve hunted all my life, but I’ve never had such a rewarding experience as when I got to enjoy the thrill of the hunt with my youth. I can’t wait ’til next spring." – 2006 Mentor Paul Hemmer

Learn more about TCSC’s Youth Program.

Deer Research with the Schools Project 2011

Article added on Monday, January 3, 2011

TCSC is teaming up with the University of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources on the largest deer research project in Wisconsin.

Wood and metal shop students at Rib Lake High School are working on a project that could have a significant impact on wildlife in Wisconsin. This deer trap is a part of a statewide project that will track the buck recovery and fawn mortality rate. Rib Lake Student Phillip Shupp says “I’ve been doing a lot of deer hunting and I’m noticing the population has been low the last couple of years and we want to find out what’s killing them.”

Mike Riggle of Taylor County Sportsman's ClubThe class was contacted by the Taylor County Sportsman’s Club to help out with what will become the largest whitetail deer research project in the state’s history. According to Mike Riggle of the Sportsman’s Club, “Approximately 40 bucks will be radio-collared and ear-tagged and about 40 does will be captured and ultrasounded for pregnancy.” A chip is then placed inside the does to track when they give birth, that way radio-collars can be placed on the fawns when they are born. Riggle says this will give researchers more information on what is preying on deer.

Shop teacher William Hackbarth says this project means a lot to the students. “They were very enthused about it,” he said. “They really wanted to get involved. Not only in building the trap, but in the follow-up… trapping and tagging and some of the other things that go along with it.”

Students wanted to make sure they weren’t delivering a faulty product, so of course they tested it out. Two delicious snack cakes were all that were needed to draw in the test subject, and it worked like a charm. Involvement in an important project coupled with the class having a good time in the process makes this group of Rib Lake students News Channel 9 Class of the Week.

Read more about this story on WAOW News Channel 9′s website.