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Minutes: January 29, 2022

WTA Meeting
January 29, 2022

The 01/29/22 Board of Director’s meeting of the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association was called to order at 9:03 am by Fritz Thistle, President.  Directors present were N/E Ken Michels and YZ Weisensel, N/W Keith Lehmann, S/W LaVerne Lehmann (phone), S/E Tyler Buchanan, ATA Delegate Kevin Doerring, 1st Alt. Delegate Tyler Buchanan, 2nd Alt. Delegate Fritz Thistle, Executive Assistant/Shoot Coordinator Amy Jenkins.  Absent: N/W Aaron Katzenberg, S/E Bob Ebbers, Treasurer Taylor Katzenberg.

Also present were:  Glen Grabski, Don Chrapla, Dwight Paulin, John King, John & Julie Atkielski, Chops, Gary Witzke

Meeting started at 9:03 am.

Treasurer’s Report:
Checking Account Balance is $41,598; Camping account is $22,517; Savings account $13,500; Expansion account $62,500; Summit Loan is $655,050.  Taylor reported that 1099s have been filed; Glen’s W2 has been filed.  The first half of the property taxes have been paid.  DFI Corporation Annual Report has been filed, permit for the highway sign has been renewed, and the Town of Rome business license has been renewed.  Some sponsorship fees have been received; we are still waiting on $4,000.00 in sponsorships yet.  Trophy orders have been placed. The total with estimated shipping with all vendors besides Sterling Cut Glass is within the budgeted amount.  Steve and Mary Downs will be working on the hall of fame banquet this year and photos for the state shoot for trap and field.  Steve and Mary Downs have offered to take over the state shoot trophies next year, but do not have a place to store them and/or wouldn’t be able to haul them to the state shoot. We would also need to make sure trophy delivery was scheduled on the days Glen, or the current employee, would be there; but need a place to store them.

Target Stock is at $20,879.40

Transferred $20,000.00 from camping account into our checking on 1/24 to help cover expenses.

Kyle Sacia Memorial Donations received totaled $2,650.00.

Rhino made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report.  Ken seconded.  So carried.

Secretary Report:
Amy continues to work on registering shoots for the 2022 target year.  Her and Carol Keely will get everything finalized as soon as possible so Carol can start working on the shoot calendar.  Amy continues to work on state shoot camping.  The waiting list is still really long and there are not many sites left to fill.  She is waiting for payments to arrive for those that have been offered sites from the waiting list.  As everyone knows, Kyle Sacia passed away and the family asked that all memorials be given to the WTA.  Some of the memorials were completed through the WTA PayPal account.  Amy is working with Arlene to try to get control of the paypal site to be able to transfer the money to our bank.  The bank associated with paypal is River Cities; Prevail stated the money would still transfer, but it will be best to get the paypal security information updated now.  The camping website went live again on 01/15/22 and people have been booking sites like crazy.

Friends of WTA:
John Coniff and the Friends are working on the gun for the Kolar raffle.  It will be a custom over/under with very high grade wood upgrade.  It will have the WTA logo on the underside and tickets will be $100 each and we will sell 400.  Also working on another gun for a separate raffle and sell the tickets for $10; 3 for $20 or 7 for $40.

Old Business:

TV Responder/Antennae:
Kevin spoke with Tom last night but did not have any new information.  There is some update going on with 3S and it is unknown if we need to pursue this.

PA System:
Ken took a unit home and is working on it.  He continues to look for a box to put them in.

Fritz received a message regarding the NRA grant; we should hear something in February to see if we received it; this is for the HOF building.

Fritz would like to get two more trap fields yet this year.  We would need to get the permits.  Tyler said we would have to do all of the dirt work first and add the traps as we can afford them.  A pond would need to be made as well for drainage. Kevin said if we can add two more traps you could easily gain an extra hour of daylight for shoot offs.  Fritz asked Tyler if he can get some information about the permits.  Amy and Chops asked if we should be concerned about what will happen with our shooting based on shells, prices, etc.  John A. said that if we are going to add 2 more traps, this will affect pre-squad.  We will not have an answer before May when pre-squad opens.

Lead Reclamation:
YZ, Chops, Tyler and John King were on the committee to review all of the quotes.  YZ gave an overview of the information that they received from all of the vendors.  Recommendation is to go with Gross out of South Dakota.  They go with a one pass system.  They would come in after the state shoot.  They would need a few campsites while they do the work.

YZ made a motion to use Gross for the lead reclamation after the state shoot.  Rhino seconded.  So carried.

Fritz has been to Flambeau in Baraboo and they are working on the design.  He also checked with Lauren Mueller and wants to see where the Grand got theirs made and pricing.

Camp Host:
The WTA joined the “work camper” periodical.  Fritz has highlighted some  camphosts that he wants to call.  He plans to work on this next week.  Many want extra money other than the free site but Fritz is hoping to not go that route.  He would like to have at least one to be able to work up front on the trapline and the other to run the camping Amy has a person that may be interested as well.  Fritz and Amy will keep in touch and try to get at least one or two lined up for the summer.

Rome Pistol / Rifle Range:
They will not do anything until Spring.

Donations for Fall Classic:
We have $2000 in donations so far.  Ken will put information on the back of the shoot flyer so it comes out in the shoot calendar.  We will also have the newsletter and the list of shoots for the year as well in the shoot calendar.

New Business:

2022 Season Pricing:
Fritz recommended leaving the state shoot target price the same.  We raised it $1 the last couple of years.  Many of the directors suggested raising to $38; we charged $35 last year.   The satellite grands are charging $42 a round.  Marathon targets were $25 last year; proposed to raise to $26 this year.  Practice targets for the state shoot were $6 in the past; recommendation to charge $7 a round and $14 for 25 pair of doubles for practice targets at the state shoot. The May and Fall shoot will be $28 for targets.  Daily practice shooting at Homegrounds will remain at $6 per round.

YZ made a motion to raise target prices to $38 a round.  Tyler seconded.  So carried.

Rhino made a motion to charge $26 for targets on Marathon Monday.  Ken seconded. So carried.

Kevin made a motion to charge junior and sub-juniors $28 for targets at the state shoot.  Rhino seconded.  So carried.

Kevin made a motion to charge $7 a round for practice and $14 for 25 pair of doubles for state shoot.  YZ seconded.  So carried.

YZ made a motion to charge $28 for the other WTA shoots and to keep daily shooting at $6 per round.  Tyler seconded.  So carried.

Youth Shoot Pricing:

2021 Pricing:
KM $23/100 plus $1 maintenance fee – they provide loaders, scorers; we provide grounds ($24 total).  HSCTL is $28/100; we provide loaders and grounds; they do their own scoring.

SCTP $25/100 for singles, caps, doubles, $1 maintenance fee; WTA/ATA daily fees for singles only ($32 total for singles; $26 total for caps/doubles).  We provide scorers, loaders and grounds for SCTP.

YZ made the motion.  Don seconded.  So carried.

Proposed 2022 Pricing:

KM $24/100 plus $1 maintenance fee – they provide loaders, scorers; we provide grounds ($25 total).  HSCTL is $28/100; add $1 maintenance fee – we provide loaders and grounds; they do their own scoring ($29 total).

SCTP $28/100 for singles, caps, doubles, $1 maintenance fee; WTA/ATA daily fees for singles only ($35 total for singles; $29 total for caps/doubles).  We provide loaders and grounds for SCTP and they will provide their own scorers this year.   Rates will be altered if they do not provide their own scorers.

Tyler suggested going up $1 for each event and if the groups require workers go up another $1.

Tyler made the motion for pricing as listed above.  Kevin seconded.  So carried. 

Zone Shoot Rotation – 5 year plan:
Amy will publish the zone shoot rotation until 2025 (see below).

Zone shoot directors.  Both SE zone directors will not be at the zone shoot as they will be shooting in Utah.  It will be their responsibility to ensure that the election is covered.

Shoot Date Projections:

State Shoot: 

  • July 12-17, 2022
  • July 11-16, 2023
  • July 9-14, 2024
  • July 8-13, 2025
  • July 7-12, 2026


  • June 11 & 12, 2022
  • June 10 & 11, 2023
  • June 8 & 9, 2024
  • June 7 & 8, 2025
  • June 6 & 7, 2026


  • June 25 & 26, 2022
  • June 24 & 25, 2023
  • June 22 & 23, 2024
  • June 21 & 22, 2025
  • June 20 & 21, 2026

Zone Shoots:

  • 2022 – Sauk & Brown County = June 4 &5
  • 2022 – Weston & Beaver Dam = June 18 & 19
  • 2023 – Janesville & Berlin = June 3 & 4
  • 2023 – Eau Claire & Beaver Dam = June 17 & 18
  • 2024 – Weston & Beaver Dam = June 1 & 2
  • 2024 – Sauk & Langlade = June 15 & 16
  • 2025 – Eau Claire & Beaver Dam = June 14 & 15
  • 2025 – Janesville & Fox Valley = June 28 & 29

Spring Kick Off Shoot – April 30 and May 1, 2022

Fall Classic – Sept. 24 & 25, 2022

Kettle Moraine – May 21, 2022

State Shoot:

  • Program: Went over changes to the program with John.
  • Sponsors: Bernie and Chantelle Merchlewitz will be sponsoring Event 2 now in memory of Kyle Sacia.  Big thanks to Lee Fischer for allowing us to use his event this year.  They will be ordering their own trophies.  They would also like to do something special in honor of Kyle.  They want everyone to wear red in memory of Kyle on Tuesday.

Fritz proposed a handicap doubles shoot off in Kyle’s memory.  It would be a lucky number slider type shoot off.  It will be done in conjunction with the pig roast.  John will add this to the program and just post that details will be posted at the state shoot.

  • T-shirts 10th Anniversary:

The designs were reviewed and the board discussed which option to go with.  The Fine Design option was not chosen.  Shirts will be sold for $20 at all events.  Chops will take care of ordering the shirts for the season.

  • Scorers/Loaders – Gary Witzke has stepped up and will be overseeing the scorers and loaders for the 2022 shooting season. He has at least 9 teams/clubs that are willing to offer services.  He has a plan and will be working with Fritz on finalizing all of the plans.
  • Trophy Budget – may be over budget due to shipping costs not being free this year. Kevin has the pins ordered and buckles for the zone shoots.

Golf Carts for 2022 Season:
Chops met with Master Karts.  Golf carts are ordered and we will have 30 carts for the state shoot and we will be charged $35 a day.  Billing will start on Monday to Sunday.  They will deliver the carts the Wednesday to Friday prior to the state shoot.   Amy will rent out 20 carts and the rest will be used for workers.  Amy sent an unpaid invoice to Taylor for golf carts from last year.

Coverage of Directors at all Events:
Directors to bring their schedules to the next meeting to determine coverage for all of the events for the shooting season.

Email Responses / Minutes Review:
Fritz just reiterated what was discussed at the last meeting.  Need input from everyone.  All Directors need to respond to emails and review the minutes and offer input.

Last year, the brine held up very well.  We definitely need to do this again for the 2022.  Fritz will get in touch with Tim to get it scheduled for this year.

Memorial Pavers:
Fritz had an idea about putting pavers out in the gravel near the flagpole out front of the building.  He would like to have them all made the same and people could purchase them for shooters that have passed.  Fritz has an example of what they would look like.  Fritz will get some prices and the board will vote on a price.

Landscaping on South Side of Building:
Fritz has been working on this.  He has a plan of what it will look like.  All of the sand will need to be dug out, replaced with top soil and seeded.  A seven-foot state of Wisconsin sign will be installed as well in a raised bed for people to sit on and can be used for taking pictures.  Fritz has two different plans and each are about $8000.  YZ asked what exactly the $8000 covered.  If anyone reading these minutes has some landscaping skills, please reach out to Fritz so that we can try to increase the curb appeal on our building. We would like to accomplish this before the shooting season starts.

Hilgendorf Donation:
In December, Chuck Hilgendorf donated his Silver Seitz gun to the WTA.  It includes three barrels and two complete sets of wood. It has release triggers in it.  He also has a set of K80 wood that he donated.  The WTA can do what it chooses with it (sell it outright or auction it off).  He also has a Ponsness-Warren hydraulic shot shell reloader that he is donating as well.  A huge thank you to Chuck for doing this.

Round Table:

ATV clubs wants us to advertise in their map.  It is $175 and Fritz will take care of that.

We have not fertilized since 2017.  We probably should do it again this year.  Last time it was around $3000 and it was twice what we needed.  Fritz will get a quote and follow up.

Fritz announced that this will be his last term on the board.  When his term is up, he will not seek re-election.

He is working on all state team trophies.  Ten shooters will be getting leather bags.  He is working on the award for the other members.

He is willing to volunteer for projects this season.

Amy asked when we will be opening in the spring.  She has received a request to have a bachelor party/shooting day the first Saturday in April.  Fritz will contact this person and come up with a plan.  Tom and Nora Bristol are working on the food vendors for the season and that is going well.

He is going to Florida and is going to talk to the people from New York about coming to work for the state shoot.  We could offer them free primitive camping.  He will be in touch with Fritz if any further questions arise.

He will bring sample shirts to the next week.  He asked who will pay for the shirts up front (Friends or WTA).  Fritz will get back to him.

The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 9am at Homegrounds.

YZ made a motion to adjourn.  Rhino seconded.  So carried.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30pm.