An important aspect of enjoying the outdoors involves the camaraderie one is able to experience with fellow sportsmen, family, and close friends through the shared passion of hunting and fishing. Wistful campfire stories of “the one that got away” bind sympathetic outdoors-folk as surely as photographs held by trembling hands and their accompanying tales of triumph. It is through this common bond that the multitudes of present-day hunting and fishing clubs and organizations have been established.
One such organization is Muskies, Inc., an active, service-oriented, non-profit organization open to men, women, and children of all ages. The focus is simple - to improve the sport of musky fishing everywhere the toothy critters are found. Founded in 1966 by Gil Hamm, the original group of 13 anglers has since grown into an international fellowship, with over 50 chapters found throughout the United States, 11 of which are found right here in the state of Wisconsin.
While many of the chapters have been around for decades, the continued growth and expansion of Muskies Inc. has led to the formation of new chapters as well. Two of the newest happen to be within close proximity of North-Central Wisconsin – the Northwoods Chapter calls Minocqua home while the Wausau-Area Chapter of Muskies Inc. is headquartered right here in Marathon County.
Although in its infancy, the Wausau-Area Chapter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is already planning for the future. Youth Director Jeff Micholic plans to build a strong connection between the chapter and area schools and youth-based organizations such as the D. C. Everest Fishing Team. Research Director Joshua Dickerson is looking forward to getting the club working with local DNR personnel on stocking and other various projects affecting musky fishing in our area. The chapter will also run a members-only release contest, hold monthly meetings, participate in state and regional Muskies Inc. outings, and run an annual local tournament.
Involvement in fishing clubs and organizations such as Muskies, Inc. can be a rewarding experience. Not only is the camaraderie of working with fellow outdoor enthusiasts enjoyable and exciting, the sharing and networking that so often takes place leads to members learning new tactics, tips, and tricks from each other, ultimately improving their angling skills and success. If you haven’t been involved with fishing or hunting clubs in the past, stop standing on the sideline and instead get in the game – you’ll be glad you did. I’ll see you on the water…
Joel DeBoer is a Professional Musky Guide, Author, Internet Personality, Outdoor Educator, and Tournament Angler. He can be reached through his website at: http://www.wisconsinanglingadventures.com. Joel will be sharing hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related information through the perspective of one of North-Central Wisconsin's most successful and accomplished guides.