Batt, James R. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 21, Number 1 (Winter 1974/75)
Personius, Robert G.
Managing the marsh: a history of two Horicon Marsh shooting clubs, pp. 3-7
Ma nagjing the Marsh: A History of Two Horicol Marsh Shooting Clubs By Rober t G. Personius Waterfowl hunting long has been one of America's favorite past imes. Considerable effort has gone into the manage ent of waterfowl resources to perpetuate this traditio al shooting sport, so that today ducks and geese exist in sufficient numbers to provide hunting over most of the continent. Protecting this valuable renewable natural resource has required strict control of the harvest and preser- vation of ha bitat. True, the flocks of today are small in comparison to the hordes of birds the colonists saw, but mo t waterfowl have been protected against extinction-tlhe fate of the heath hen and the passenger pigeon. The private and public action that stopped the human onslaught against waterfowl took place not too long ago. During the transitional period between exploitation and conservation of waterfowl two private duck hunting clubs operated on Wisconsin's Horicon Marsh. From 1883 until about 1920, these clubs leased the hinting rights on and 'managed" fourteen thousand acr es of what are now the state and federal portions of t his reflooded marsh. The Diana Shooting Club leased about five thousand acres of the southern part of the arsh (corresponding to the present state area), and -he Horicon Shooting Club, about nine thousand ares of the northern portion (the present federal area ). The clubs each paid one hundred dol- lars a year for a twenty-five-year lease. The area they Members of the Horicon Shooting Club prepare to go duck hunting. In the absence of state or federal hunting regula- tions, club management served to preserve waterfowl from extinction. Robert G. Personius is manager of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. 3
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