Wisconsin TU announces 2017 Banquet Award Recipients

In the past year, Wisconsin’s 21 local TU chapters and the State Council reported a staggering 48,820 volunteer hours, participated in 82 stream restoration projects, 97 youth education projects, and raised and spent over $675,000 on conservation, education and other local projects.


And on 1 night every year we come together to honor some of the best and brightest in the world of cold water conservation.  Our Awards Committee (Bill Heart – Chair, Henry Koltz, Todd Franklin, and Mike Kuhr) "waded" thru the "current" of many worthy candidates to come up with this year’s slate of award recipients. They’re all well-deserved and we hope you’ll join us in Oshkosh on Sat. Feb. 4th to honor their efforts:


  • Joan and Lee Wulff Award for Conservation Leadership – Gene Van Dyke, retired DNR Fisheries Manager
  • Gold Trout Award – Linn Beck, WITU Council Chair
  • Silver Trout Award for Chapter Merit – Marinette TU
  • Gold Net Award – Tom Lager, FVTU President, WITU Council Secretary
  • Business Sponsor Award – Fly By Night Guide Service
  • Robert Hunt Resource Professional Award – Marty Engel, retired DNR Fisheries Biologist
  • Robert Hunt Resource Professional Award – Ben Heussner, DNR Fisheries Biologist
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Greg Dietl, Kiap-TU-Wish TU
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Jim Erickson, WI Clear Waters TU
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Dave Zeug, outdoors Author
  • Most Unsung Valuable Trouter Award – Bob Traczyk, Wild Rivers TU
  • Tomorrow’s Angler Award – Wayne Parmley, Central WI TU


Wisconsin Trout Unlimited Banquet

Sat. February 4, 2017. 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center

Oshkosh, WI

Room reservations can be made by calling 920-230-1900.


Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased online at http://witu.bpt.me/  (a small service fee may apply).  Or you may RSVP to mikek.trout@yahoo.com and arrange to pay at the door.


Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the 4th,


Mike Kuhr

Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

2017 Banquet Chair


Photo by: The Oberstadts