Deer Hide Collection
Project Chairman – Environmental Chairman
PDG Virgil Thompson
342 Neshonoc Road
West Salem Wi. 54669
(608) 799 – 3897
Clubs involved in collecting Deer Hides for District 27D2
Bangor, Barre Co-ed, Brice Prairie, Coon Valley, De Soto, Elroy, Gays Mills, Genoa, Hillsboro, Holmen, Ithaca, Kendall, Mauston, Mindoro, Mormon Coulee, Onalaska, Plain, Prairie du Chien, Seneca, Stoddard, Tomah, Warrens, Wauzeka, West Salem, Wonewoc
2022- 3,640 hides were donated district wide!
The Lions of Wisconsin wish to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all Wisconsin archery and gun sportsmen who are very supportive of the Wisconsin Lions Camp. During the summer months, this camp is used at no charge by youth with various disabilities. These sportsmen have been donating their deer hides to their local lions clubs for over thirty years, who in turn take them to a central collection point to be sold. This money is used to help fund this camp which has an annual budget of around 1.7 million dollars. State wide last year over 18,000 deer hides were collected and helped support the camps budget by $109,000.
Our Wisconsin Lions District 27D2 is only one of the states ten districts. The counties in which we have clubs includes; La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Vernon, Crawford, Richland, and Sauk. We have forty eight lions clubs in this area and many of them are active in the Deer Hide Collection Project. The first year our district participated, we collected only 99 deer hides. In 2022 we collected 3,640 hides and hope to maintain this count level if deer hide prices are again as low as last year. The Lions Camp is not the only project of Wisconsin Lions. Other programs include Diabetes Awareness, Children’s Vision Screening, Youth Exchange Program, Hearing Aid Program, Childhood Cancer and the operation of the Eye Glass and Hearing Aid recycling center.
About Wisconsin Lions Camp
The Wisconsin Lions Camp is located near Rosholt, Wisconsin. It is situated on 440 acres with 40 of them being a private lake. Being a wildlife refuge, it is very safe for camping with many hiking and back packing trails. The camp consists of nine duplex cabins and the Pine Wood Lodge. They are fully handicap accessible, air conditioned and winterized with modern bathroom facilities. The duplex cabins sleep 20 campers in two separate cabins with counselors that stay with them 24 hours a day. The Pine Wood Lodge sleeps 48 campers in 6 separate cabins and also has a large meeting room. This camp also has a large dining hall and a health center staffed with nurses providing all medical needs around the clock. Activities include crafts, water sports, archery, the climbing wall, the mud pit and much more.
Wisconsin Lions provide a great experience for 1250 to 1500 campers each year. Our camping weeks are by the particular disability. Weeks are divided by the blind or visually impaired, the deaf or hard of hearing, by the cognitively disabled, by those with diabetes, and by adults with disabilities. We always need a very important week of training for all of the counselors so they can handle each week with confidence in the campers best interest. The camp is also available for rent during the months of September through May for retreats, conferences or meetings.