© 2019 by Silver Lake Sportsmen's Club - all rights reserved.

CURRENT OFFICERS:

President: Marty Bilecki Sr.

Vice President: Ed Koenig

Secretary: Don Owen

Treasurer: Don Fremling

Tom Carlson

Brian Wagemann

Scott Pfarr

Marty Daniels

Marty Bilecki Jr.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Our History

In the spring of 1957, Sheldon Faber and Edwin Lech purchased, banded, and released two pheasant roosters in the Silver lake area.  This act became the basis for forming a sportsmen’s club in the area.

   

In June of 1957, the following men joined together as the charter members of the Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club: Henry Andre, Francis O’Neil, Howard Koubener, Eldon Schenning, Joeseph Czebotar, Frank Cason, Robert Rodolph, Sheldon Faber, William Kruzan, and Edwin Lech.

 

The club was incorporated in July of 1958.  Shortly thereafter, the group purchased 40 acres from Phil Van Halter in the Salem Township.  This property became the home of the club, and in short order a clubhouse and trap shooting range were constructed.  Later on, an archery range was added as well as various improvements to the property for conservation purposes.

 

Because of the rapid growth, the club limited membership to 80, and formed a junior club to train boys in gun safety, fishing, hunting, and trap shooting.  Upon becoming adults, the members of the Junior Club automatically become members of the club.

 

Many of the club’s conservation efforts focus on improving the local habitat.  They provide access to the marsh areas so the Carthage College Horticultural Dept. can conduct research on plant and animal life there.  Each spring the club members build and erect 40 plus wood duck and mallard nests through out the area.  In addition, they maintain a pond for rearing northern pike fingerling; assist the D.N.R. to remove trash and debris from Silver Lake spawning areas for pike, and donate monies to the Camp and Center Lake Rehabilitation District for improving the Walleye stocking program underway in both lakes.  We current have two members (Dave Lois and Mike LaRose) who are on the Wisconsin Conversation Congress.  We also sponsor and support the Wilmot High School Trap and Pistol shooting teams.

 

Club activities focus around the sportsmen that make up the group.  There are trap and archery leagues through the summer that have spirited competition as well as picnics and a year-end awards presentation and BBQ.   The highlight of the summer is the Juniors Trap Shoot.  This event is supported by many of the local business in the form of prizes and other donations.  The funds raised by the juniors pay for the fishing and hunting trips they take.    The main fund raiser and social activity for the club is the annual Picnic and Sportsman’s Raffle in August. This is the highlight of the year for the members and wives alike and good opportunity for nice family picnic outing at the club grounds.

 

Our Current Officers:

Marty Bilicki - President

Ed Konig - Vice President

Chris Sarver - Secretary

Stephen Vorderbruggen - Treasurer

Tom Carlson, Mike Paulson, Dave Gentz, Kody & Kevin McCarville - Board Members

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