2013 State Fall Board Meeting - Tournament/Circuit
The Walleye Unlimited of Montana will be having their Fall Board
meeting in Lewistown MT. at the Yogo Inn on October 11 & 12. There
is a block of rooms set aside for anyone attending. For those of
you attending you need to call the Yogo Inn at (406)353-8721 to
reserve a room for the night of October 11th. Tell them you are
with Walleye Unlimited. The tournament directors meeting will
meet following the State meeting on the 12th.
STATE BOARD MEETING AGENDA---OCTOBER 12, 2013
YOGO INN, LEWISTOWN, MT
7:30 AM...BREAKFAST BEGINS
8:30 AM…CALL MEETING TO ORDER, PROXIES, MEMBER SELF INTRODUCTIONS.
8:45 AM…MINUTES FROM STATE MEETING---APRIL 13,2013---TANJA FRANSEN
9:00AM…TREASURES REPORT---MIKE BUTZLAFF
9:15AM…FISH TALES REPORT---HOPE GOOD
9:30AM…OLD BUSINESS---JIM RETTIG MEMORIAL SCHALORSHIPS (MIKE NEWTON, MIKE BRUMBLE & JOHN KELLEY), NOXON RESERVOIR WALLEYE SUPPRESSION REPORT (JOHN KELLEY), ANGLERS FORUM REPORT (BOB GILBERT), HOLTER, HAUSER AND CANYON FERRY RESERVOIRS FWP REGULATION CHANGES (JOHN KELLEY).
10:45AM…WEBSITE REPORT---DAVE SEDLOCK
11:15AM…MEMBERSHIP REPORT---MIKE SEDLOCK
11:30AM…EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT---BOB GILBERT
12:00PM…FORT PECK/CIRCUIT SERIES REPORTS ---(DALE GILBERT)---NEW BUSINESS…DALE GILBERT RESIGNATION
12:30PM…OTHER NEW BUSINESS---ANY OTHER ISSUES/CONCERNS---INCREASE MEMBERSHIP (JOHN KELLEY)
12:45PM…NEXT MEETING---STATE BANQUIT, MAY4,2014 HELENA MT. (ROXANNE TUBBS)
1:00PM…MOTION TO ADJORN
PS---CIRCUIT MEETING FOLLOWING 2:00PM
Another summer over. Hope everyone was able to do some fishing . I was fortunate enough to attend a number of tournaments including the Governor's Cup. I met and mingled with many Walleyes Unlimited members across the state. I did find out that camping areas around many reservoir's with walleye fishing have very poor telephone and computer service. I was out of service practically everywhere I was. Just leave a message or e-mail and I will get back to you.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) had a meeting in Townsend, MT in July to discuss some fishing regulation changes that they wanted to present to the FWP Commissioners for their approval for the 2014 fishing season. Because of my commitment to the Governor's Cup I asked the Great Falls chapter president and chapter state director too attend in my place. Thanks to both of you for the representation. In a nut shell the Upper Missouri River Fishing Management plan has been triggered by a low count of perch in the Canyon Ferry and Hauser Reservoir's. The plan is to reduce the perch limit and at the same time up the walleye limit since they are one of many predators to perch. No other predators to perch were even mentioned in the fact sheets. Here we go again. Once the limit is raised then they will want too raise it again and pretty soon we are back to the 20 fish limit again. The FWP biologist do a great job but why keep picking on only walleye? We have taken the no action alternative. Leave things alone for now and the fishing will adjust itself with time. The fact sheets indicate that perch were on the rise from the 2011 hatch in Canyon Ferry.
The Noxon Walleye Decision Notice is published for the public and it stipulates that the majority of the comments were in opposition to the suppression of walleye in Noxon Reservoir. The notice states that FWP will probably make use of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to help guide them through the difficult issues and produce another environmental assessment. The notice states FWP will continue to do as they were in the past of stripping the females of their eggs and some walleye will be sacrificed to study food habits and to validate aging techniques.
Better than a month of time elapses between when this message is sent to Fish Tales and when members receive the magazine. This may be old news by the time tournament fishermen and women read it and then again it may catch someone who doesn't know. I have received the news from Dale Gilbert that he has resigned as western tournament director. I have seen the work that Dale has done over the past few years and it is incredible. Someone needs to step up and keep what Dale has accomplished moving forward. He has agreed to help the new director get started and pass everything over to he or she. There is only a couple of months before the dates have to be sent to the FWP for approval of the 2014 tournaments or the tournaments will be cancelled. Someone please step forward.
I have also been e-mailed by Travis Scott and his wife that they are resigning as directors of the Fall Classic. Here again we need someone to step up to the plate or the Fall Classic will not be going next year. Thanks and keep fish and fishing alive.
John R Kelley
President Walleyes Unlimited of Montana
2416 Central Ave. West
Great Falls, Montana 59404
Membership & Communications News
By Mike Sedlock
CHECK YOUR MAGAZINE ADDRESS LABEL TO SEE WHEN YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES – THANKS. Several years ago our membership had dipped to around 3,000. Since then our chapters have been more active in retaining members and signing up new members. This is being accomplished by mailing membership renewal notices and hosting new member signup events at local dealerships to name a few. Our membership for the past several years has remained fairly consistent in the mid 3,000 range but it would be great if we could get it to 4,000. Therefore, please sign up a new member whenever possible. Please read my January magazine message because I will be providing a lot of information about memberships.
Many of us will be attending the State Board meeting on October 17th in Lewistown. I’m especially looking forward to it so that the results from our website survey can be presented to the Board. There were several reasons for doing the survey; 1: evaluate our website for graphics and navigation ease and; 2: information content and; 3: acquire viewer opinions about other information and/or services they would like our website to provide. In addition, in order to ensure we are fulfilling your expectations in the magazine, I encourage you to send me your thoughts and suggestions on what other information you would like in our magazine.
My thanks to everyone of you for being a member and supporting WUM!
Executive Director News!
Well, it's time for another update on the continuing saga of warm
water fishing in Montana. And a couple of other items.
It looks like the situation regarding Walleye in the Thompson Falls area just gets more convoluted as the Department of Fish & Wildlife tries to justify moving ahead with "their" plan regardless of overwhelming support for adding Walleye as another game fish in these waters. You hear, from them, a lot about "science" and "biology". Ask them how that worked with Mysis Shrimp in Flathead Lake. Some times you just gotta go with "common sense" and "logic". Hang in there guys and do not give up.
Sort of the same thing is occurring in Canyon Ferry Lake where, according to the Department it is only Walleye who are decimating the perch population even though they admit that "everything eats perch". What appears to be happening is the Department selects a method of managing an issue without considering all sides of the problem and then attempts to justify their "solution". There are a number of good hard working and common sense folks working for the Department but they seem to get about as much credibility from the decision makers as we do. This needs to be about the big picture and not about a favorite snapshot. Again, we need to hang in there and push for a logical, workable solution.
I am serving on Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council which was appointed by the Director of the Department, Jeff Hagener. There are 13 members who represent many different outdoors interests. So far we have had two meetings and will have up to six more. The last one being in March. The topics include, looking at how free and discounted licenses impact the ability of the Department to be adequately funded without having to charge far greater license fees for those who don't get the free and discounted licenses. The impact is in the range of $2.5 Million to $4.5 Million per year depending on who is making the assumptions and how they arrive at the numbers. I tend to lean towards the $2.5 to $3.0 Million figures. Regardless, there are some big give-aways and discounts which need to be addressed. We will also look at efficiencies and some fee increases which will be needed. The next meeting is on October 18, 2013 in Helena. There is a time for public comment at noon at all these meetings. I don't think any subject is sacred but don't expect miracles. I have forwarded the summaries of these meetings to Fish Tales Magazine.
The next Anglers Forum is on the 17th of October and one of the subjects will be about limiting the number of people who can represent one particular angling entity. It appears to restrict the number of folks who can "sit at the table" during the meetings. The question seems to be aimed at whether "Chapters" of angling groups may be an active part of the discussion or just the spokespersons for entity. Our Chapters are spread across the State and face many diverse issues which vary from area to area. Hmmmm????? I guess we'll see how this all shakes out.
It is getting time to don our thinking caps and look at any proposals for legislation in the 2015 Session of the Legislature. These should be fleshed out prior to September of 2014 and this is just around the corner in the Legislative world.
Think fall fishing and also ice fishing. What great opportunities for all. Till the next edition.
Catch ya later,
To: Regional Directors, Chapter Presidents and other information providers
At the October 2010 State meeting, the Board approved creating policy for all incoming information for our website and Fish Tales magazine. The goal of this policy is to improve and ensure that all information is equally distributed to both media. In addition, the Board approved creating the Communications Director position to receive, document and route the information and develop goals for gathering information that would be of interest and benefit to our membership. Therefore, all information needs to be routed through this email address; email@example.com. This is not to say that you cannot send information directly to the Webmaster or Fish Tales Editor but does require that you also include this email address with your correspondence.
1. Notify Regional Directors, chapters and other information providers of this policy.
2. Create an email communications network to gather monthly information such as fishing reports or chapter events and projects. This person can be a member, a business such as a marina, sporting goods business or a biologist or warden, etc. Please return contact person’s information ASAP.
3. In the month preceding Fish Tales publication, send reminders to Regional Directors and chapters that “chapter chatter” and other information they wish to have published needs to be submitted.
4. Remind Regional Directors and chapters to solicit advertising for our news media. It was again discussed at the meeting that all chapters need to contact their local businesses and/or gather the business information and send it to the Membership Administrator who will send the solicitation.
LONG RANGE GOALS:
1. Obtain input from all interested persons for information variety that would be of interest to our members.
2. Offer discount advertising to businesses that commit to annual advertising for our website and Fish Tales magazine. Goal is to evaluate this option and send it to current businesses ASAP.
3. Other suggestions?
1. Fish Tale articles are due prior to December 31st, preferably by December 20th. Suggested articles are, but are not limited to; chapter chatter, and an update of all projects that were done in 2010, and future scheduled events, and your 2011 chapter banquet info, and chapter officer changes.
2. Contact your local businesses for advertising and leave the website advertising form with them -or- if you want the application mailed to them (1)Fill in the applicable information and mail the form to: Mike Sedlock, PO Box 1293, East Helena, MT 59635-1293 -or- (2)Email the information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note: The website advertising form can print it from our website.
3. Send your ideas back to me for Long Range Goals before December 20, 2010.
4. Reminder that when you complete your 2011 officer election, email me the officer updates so that we can update the website and they also will be forwarded to Nora and Fish Tales Editor. Please use the wum-news email address.
Your chapter’s fiscal year 2010 taxes must be filed prior to March 1, 2011. Doris Leader from CHMS is our new account person. Mail your tax info to her at; Doris Leader, 741-3rd Avenue South, Glasgow, MT 59230 or email them to; email@example.com. If you mail them it is advised to send them by certified mail and if you email them check the delivery notice option box. These delivery recommendations are advised so that you have a delivery receipt in case problems occur.
I look forward to coordinating with everyone and hope to have a lot of input back from everyone.
Mike Sedlock, Communications Director
PO Box 1293
East Helena, MT 59635
Phone: (C) 465-0031
2013 Nomination Forms
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2013 Walleyes Unlimited Circuit
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WALLEYES UNLIMITED OF MONTANA MISSION STATEMENT
Walleyes Unlimited of Montana (WUM) is the largest sport fishing organization in Montana with over 4,000 members. It was formed and incorporated in 1983 to inform and educate the public about the importance of warm water sport fishing in Montana and to support building and maintaining suitable warm water fish hatcheries and develop a hatchery program which can accommodate the needs of warm water fishing. Montana walleye sanctioned tournaments require that you be a member of WUM to fish these tournaments in order to collect prize money. WUM has no administrative authority for any tournament; they are administered by a separate board of directors.
The mission of WALLEYES UNLIMITED OF MONTANA is:
The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes or to foster national or international sports competition under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code.
Improve and conserve walleye and other warm water fish in suitable bodies of water:
Organize and educate fisherman to promote walleye and warm water fishing:
Develop and maintain forage fish programs in suitable bodies of water:
Support building and maintaining suitable warm water fish hatcheries and develop a hatchery program which can accommodate the needs of warm water fishing:
Support any worthwhile fishing, hunting, wildlife or recreational program organized for pleasure, or other non-profitable purpose:
Dedicate its members by social and educational means to the conservation and propagation of warm water fish; to support true sportsmanship in a lawful and legal manner among those who fish; to promote and encourage good fellowship among sportsmen; to encourage support of fish and game laws; to work for the respect and knowledge of the just rights of property owners’ and to work for, support and encourage a close, friendly relationship between property owners and sportsmen:
Dedicated to introducing youths to fishing; educate them to become ethical and responsible sportsmen that respect and conserve fish and wildlife, respect and preserve our public lands and public access and abide by fish and game laws and acknowledge the just rights of property owners.
Have a positive presence in our local Chapter communities through participation in worthwhile projects and activities.