This the first in an occasional blog series that’s intended to allow people to learn a little bit more about some of the leaders of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association. We figured we would start with MWA President Mark McNamara.

1. Please describe your involvement with MWA.
Currently I am the President of MWA and a member of the Wright Sherburne Chapter.


Mark McNamara

2. Why did you get involved with MWA?
My father was an active hunter, especially for waterfowl, which got me interested. He also was very knowledgeable about waterfowl and waterfowl habitat and taught me the value of wetlands and wetland habitat. He was a lifelong member of MWA.

3. In your view, what’s the most important aspect of MWA?
Local dollars for local projects. In short, all the money stays in the state. Also, MWA is the only organization that is willing to take on legislative issues.

4. What are your main hobbies?
Like most in MWA, I enjoy hunting, fishing, bird watching, cross country skiing, bicycling, reading, and high blood pressure. (Basically anything outdoors)

5. Where were you born? Where do you live now?
I was born in Hastings and currently live in Monticello.

6. When it comes to conservation, what’s your priority?
Land acquisitions and habitat preservation/restoration, especially wetland habitat. I believe the preservation and restoration of block areas of habitat with wetland complexes is a priority of mine. I also believe we must come up with better incentives/disincentives to encourage habitat preservation/restoration on private land.

7. If you could hunt anything anywhere in the world, what would you hunt and where would you go?
I would like to try hunting sea ducks, maybe Nova Scotia.

8. What’s your favorite species of duck?
Dabbler – pintails. Diver – Harlequin ducks.

9. Do you have a favorite movie?
The Sting or Dances with Wolves

10. What’s something about you that would surprise people?
I have a wicked sense of humor.

We’re at about the halfway point of a public input period for a variety of DNR proposals, including one that would require hunters to use nontoxic shot on wildlife management areas in southern and western Minnesota. Following is the DNR’s news release regarding the proposals, as well as information about how to comment.

LCCs -- Prairie Wetland_Glacial Ridge, MN (USFWS)

Photo courtesy of USFWS

Input sought on proposed hunting rule changes, including non-toxic shot on WMAs

Small-game hunters and others can give input starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, on proposed rules that include requiring the use of non-toxic shot on wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Minnesota’s farmland zone.
“The non-toxic shot rule would apply to hunters using shotguns with shot, not to hunters using single-projectile ammunition, such as rifles or shotguns with slugs,” said Jason Abraham, furbearer and regulations specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We’re trying to reduce the amount of lead deposited on public land, especially wetlands.”

The non-toxic shot proposal is one of several proposed rule changes, which also include hunting game on certain refuges, use of non-toxic shot for rails and snipe statewide, and adjustments to small game possession limits.

The non-toxic shot requirement would affect hunters using shotguns to hunt wild turkey, pheasants and other small game species on WMAs in the farmland zone. Hunters currently need to use non-toxic shot for hunting waterfowl. It would not affect private land, state forest and county forest land. The farmland zone includes the far western and southern portion of the state. The forest zone makes up the northeastern part of the state and would not be affected by this proposed rule change.

“Requiring non-toxic shot on farmland zone WMAs will reduce the amount of lead deposited in or near wetlands on public lands. These are places with heavy hunting pressure,” Abraham said. “Also, federal lands already have this requirement, so our proposal makes the regulations simpler for hunters in WMAs, which are often bordered by federal land.”

The proposal would allow steel or other alternatives to lead that are approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Other proposals
“Many of the rule changes included in this package have been discussed and supported at past public input meetings and are currently in effect as temporary rules,” Abraham said. “Other proposals have not been in effect and we’re encouraging hunters to learn more about the rule proposals and provide input.”
Specifically, provisions being proposed in this rule package include:

  • Require non-toxic shot on wildlife management areas in the farmland zone, beginning in 2018.
  • Make minimum archery draw weight requirements for hunting big game and wild turkey consistent with statute by no longer requiring a draw weight of 40 pounds or more.
  • During the youth deer season, allow youth to harvest a deer of either sex.
  • Clarify requirements for registering and identifying bear bait stations.
  • Make the possession limit for migratory waterfowl, coots, gallinules, rails and snipe consistent with federal regulations for migratory game bird species by making the possession limit three times the daily limit instead of two times the limit.
  • Increase the ruffed and spruce grouse possession limit from 10 to 15.
  • Increase the sharp-tailed grouse possession limit from six to nine.
  • Increase the gray partridge possession limit from 10 to 15.
  • Increase the cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare possession limit from 20 to 30.
  • Decrease the jack rabbit possession limit from 20 to three, with not more than one jack rabbit taken per day.
  • Increase the combined gray and fox squirrel possession limit from 14 to 21.
  • Modify the prairie chicken season to improve hunting opportunity by making the season nine days instead of five and moving the season to the last Saturday in September.
  • Modify the opening-day shooting hours for waterfowl hunting by removing the requirement that shooting hours begin at 9 a.m. Instead, shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise, to sunset.
  • Allow open water hunting for migratory waterfowl, coots, gallinules, rails and snipe in limited areas in the state.
  • Require non-toxic shot when hunting snipe or rails.
  • Increase the dove season by 10 days for consistency with federal regulations.
  • Standardize common crow hunting dates by making the dates March1-31; Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, and Dec. 15 to Jan. 15.

More information about specific rules proposed and the rules process is available online on the wildlife rules input page. The DNR will accept written comments about the proposed rule changes for at least 60 days beginning Oct. 13. Comments may be submitted to DNR Wildlife, Box 20 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020 or by email at

Like many other conservation groups, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association has been supportive of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Buffer Initiative. Not only will it be a boon to clean water, but it also will benefit a wide variety of wildlife species, including waterfowl.

Following is a DNR news release that provides an update on the Buffer Initiative.

(Released October 28, 2015)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing a timeline and other details about its production of maps for the state’s new law requiring vegetative buffers around bodies of water. The information is available at the DNR’s buffer law Web page.

“We understand people have questions about the buffer initiative,” said Dave Leuthe, DNR project manager. “This information explains the process the DNR will use for the mapping project, the timeline in which maps will be developed, and opportunities for local governments and the public to engage in the process.”

Gov. Mark Dayton’s landmark buffer initiative was signed into law earlier this year. The law will establish new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams and ditches to help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment.

The DNR is responsible for producing maps of public waters and ditch systems that require buffers under the new law. Local governments will provide information on ditches, which the DNR will integrate with information on public waters to develop preliminary buffer maps. The DNR is scheduled to produce final maps by July 2016, using a four-phase approach:

  • Phase I – This fall, the DNR will use existing digital data to identify public waters that require a buffer (50-foot average width) and provide the information to local governments for review.
  • Phase II – Beginning this fall and continuing through winter, the DNR will coordinate with counties and watershed districts to transfer local information on ditches, within the benefited areas of public drainage systems, into digital data. This will be used by the DNR to help identify ditches that require a one-rod (16.5-foot) buffer.
  • Phase III – In late winter 2016, the DNR will use the combined public water and ditch system data to produce preliminary buffer maps. Local governments such as cities, townships and soil and water conservation districts, will review the maps, take input from landowners, and provide comments to the DNR.
  • Phase IV – In summer 2016, the DNR will deliver integrated buffer maps to the Board of Water and Soil Resources, local soil and water conservation districts, and other local governments. The Board of Water and Soil Resources is responsible for the implementation process.

There will be public engagement opportunities when the preliminary maps are available. The maps will help landowners identify whether they need to create a buffer and, if so, whether they need a 16.5-foot or 50-foot average buffer width.

Local soil and water conservation districts will work directly with landowners and help them use the maps to create the right size buffer, or help the landowner select an alternative water quality practice in lieu of a buffer.

Go to the buffer page to learn more about how the DNR is producing maps for the governor’s buffer initiative.

The Minnesota DNR this week released a pair of news releases regarding duck hunting in the state. The first one discusses the season to date, and offers specifics about season closures. The second is a good reminder about remembering to keep safety at the top of your mind when duck hunting.

Duck season off to great start
With three duck hunting zones in effect in Minnesota, hunters in the Central and South duck zones are reminded of closed dates in those zones that split the season into two parts to provide more hunting opportunity later in the fall.
The waterfowl season in the Central Duck Zone (south of Highway 210) will be closed from Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9, and then reopen Saturday, Oct. 10.

In the South Duck Zone (south of Highway 212), the waterfowl season will be closed from Monday, Oct. 5, through Wednesday, Oct. 14, and then reopen Thursday, Oct. 15, which coincides with a long weekend off for many students.
Goose season is also closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

Opening weekend report
Over the opening weekend of waterfowl season that began Sept. 26, duck numbers were good and hunter numbers were similar to last year. Blue-winged teal, wood ducks, and mallards comprised most of the harvest, according to Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist for the Minnesota DNR.

wearing life jackets in duck boat

Image courtesy of Minnesota DNR

“As always, results varied throughout the state, but overall I’d say it was a very good opening weekend – especially with the shirt-sleeve weather, which isn’t conducive to duck hunting,” Cordts said.

Lac qui Parle Refuge had the second best opening day in 26 years with 3.6 ducks per hunter. Big White Oak Lake had the best opener in at least 15 years with three ducks per hunter. Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, Roseau River WMA, Big Rice WMA near Remer, and Swan Lake all averaged more than two ducks per hunter and above their long-term averages for opening day.

“The outlook for the rest of the season remains good, athough there will be the typical lull until new birds migrate into the state,” Cordts said. “Migrant ring-necked ducks will soon begin to build in numbers in northern Minnesota. Teal and wood ducks will still be fairly common in southern Minnesota this weekend.”

For more information on waterfowl hunting, including waterfowl migration reports, click here.

Late season waterfowl hunters reminded that cold water kills
Wearing a life jacket is best defense against dangers of cold water. Late season waterfowl hunters are reminded that with water temperatures rapidly dropping across the state, wearing a life jacket is the best defense against the dangers posed by cold water, the Minnesota DNR said.

In Minnesota, one-third of all boating fatalities occur during the cold water season, when water temperatures are below 70 degrees. Cold water shock can cause even the strongest swimmers to drown in a matter of seconds if they fall in while not wearing a life jacket.

“If you ask the average duck hunter for safety advice, they will most likely recite firearm safety rules,” said Debbie Munson Badini, Minnesota DNR boat and water safety education coordinator. “But year after year, more waterfowl hunters die from drowning, cold water shock and hypothermia than from firearm accidents.

“The importance of water safety and life jacket use needs to be impressed upon waterfowlers in the same manner as the tenets of firearm safety,” Munson Badini said. “Duck hunters are boaters, too, and they are often boating on dangerously cold water.”
Since 2010, five Minnesotans have died in duck hunting-related boating accidents, including two minors. Last year, two drownings occurred; neither victim was wearing a life jacket.

Common causes of these fatal accidents included falling overboard, capsizing, or swamping due to overloading of passengers and/or gear, but in nearly all cases the accident would not have been deadly if the victim had worn a life jacket.

“The message is clear: Cold water kills, and life jackets save lives,” Munson Badini said. “Waterfowl hunters can hit two birds with one shot by simply wearing their life jackets.”

The wide variety of comfortable life jackets designed specifically for waterfowl hunting includes inflatable vest and belt-pack styles, insulated flotation jackets, and foam-filled vests with quilted shoulders and shell loops. Flotation jackets and foam-filled vests will offer hunters the best insulation against cold air and water.

At the very least, all boats must carry one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each passenger, and boats longer than 16 feet must also have a throwable flotation device immediately available. Children under 10 must wear a life jacket. Other water safety tips for duck hunters include:

• Don’t overload the boat; take two trips if necessary.
• If wearing hip boots or waders, learn how to float with them on.
• Stay near shore and avoid crossing large expanses of open water, especially in bad weather.
• Share trip plans with someone and advise them to call for help if traveling party does not return on schedule.
• Use a headlamp, spotlight or navigation lights to alert other boaters to your presence in dark and/or foggy conditions.

For additional information, visit the boating safety page to download the DNR’s “Water Safety for Duck Hunters” brochure, or call 888-646-6367 to request one by mail.

We’d like to congratulate the Hautman brothers – Bob, Jim, and Joe – for their recent performance in the federal duck stamp contest. As you may have heard, they took the top three places in this year’s competition.

Joe Hautman’s winning painting. Photo courtesy of USFWS

Joe was the winner, while Bob and Jim took second and third place, respectively. It’s really an amazing accomplishment, and marks the 11th times one of the brothers has won the contest.

Following is the news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A trio of brothers from Minnesota made history today as they took the top three spots in the 2015 Federal Duck Stamp art contest. The announcement was made by Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, at the annual art contest, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.V.
Joseph Hautman, of Plymouth, Minn., won the contest with his acrylic painting of a pair of trumpeter swans.  This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp contest win, making him one of only two artists to have his art appear on five duck stamps.

Bob Hautman 2nd place

Bob Hautman’s second-place painting. Photo courtesy of USFWS

Hautman’s painting will be made into the 2016-2017 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2016.  The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.

Robert Hautman of Delano, Minn., placed second with his acrylic painting of a pair of mallards.  Robert Hautman has won the Federal Duck Stamp contest twice.

James Hautman of Chaska, Minn., took third place with his acrylic painting of a pair of mallards.  He is a four-time winner of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.

Among them, the Hautmans have won 11 Federal Duck Stamp contests.

Jim Hautman 3rd place

Jim Hautman’s third-place painting. Photo courtesy of USFWS

Of 157 entries in this year’s competition, 10 entries made it to the final round of judging today.  Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, gadwall, mallard and trumpeter swan.

“I congratulate Joseph Hautman on his win and the entire Hautman family on their artistic talent,” said Ford.  “This is not just any piece of art, but one whose impact will be felt for generations to come.  Duck Stamps have helped to protect more than six-and-a-half million acres of waterfowl habitat in our National Wildlife Refuge System; now that is a lasting legacy.”

“Buying Federal Duck Stamps remains the simplest way to make a difference in conserving our nation’s birds and their habitats,” said Ford.  “For more than 80 years, hunters, bird watchers and millions of people who simply care about the environment have ‘put their stamp on conservation’ with their Duck Stamp purchases.”

The judges for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were: Deb Hahn, international relations director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Donald Messersmith, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, who taught courses in entomology, ornithology and environmental education; James O’Donnell, museum specialist in the Collections Department of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum; Constance Sanchez, director of the Important Bird Areas Program with the National Audubon Society; and Jonathan Alderfer, an artist and author who is the birding consultant for National Geographic Books.

Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry the current Federal Duck Stamp. Conservationists, stamp collectors and others may purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation.  A current Duck Stamp can be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.

Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the Federal Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of migratory bird habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. You can contribute to conservation by buying Federal Duck Stamps at many national wildlife refuges, sporting goods stores and other retailers, through the U.S. Postal Service, or online at
Electronic files of the winning artwork can be downloaded from  A gallery of all 2015 Federal Duck Stamp Contest entries is at:

It’s pretty likely that many people haven’t heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, even though it’s been around for 50 years. That’s too bad, because it’s super-important to wildlife habitat and the outdoors in general, and it’s set to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress takes action.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Here’s how the fund is described in a letter, signed by 100 outdoor industry businesses in 23 states, that was sent to House and Senate leadership: “Supported by off-shore gas royalties – not taxpayer dollars – the Land and Water Conservation Fund has served to improve habitat and provide public access for hunting and fishing across America for 50 years. Since its inception in 1964, the fund has been used to invest over $16 billion in conservation and outdoor recreation, including the establishment of new public fishing areas, new access into landlocked and checkerboarded parcels of public lands, and the acquisition of new public lands for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and the sporting public.”

And this from Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, which was responsible for spearheading the letter: “Where conservation so often loses out in the federal budget, it wins big in the Land and Water Conservation Fund without being a burden on taxpayers. Congress has enough to debate before the end of the fiscal year. Reauthorization of this successful program should be a no-brainer.”

We agree that it’s an important program, and encourage everyone to contact their member of Congress to encourage them to support the LWCF’s reauthorization.

Every year, the Minnesota DNR surveys a random group of hunters who bought small-game licenses for the previous year. The responses, then, become the basis for an annual report on small-game hunting in Minnesota.


The results from the 2014 season aren’t exactly great.

According to the DNR’s survey, hunters harvested an estimated 699,620 ducks in Minnesota in 2014. There were an estimated 75,170 duck hunters in the state last year. The average hunter killed 9.3 ducks last year, which actually is a pretty good number.
The concern, of course, is in the number of duck hunters in the state. The number of duck hunters in Minnesota in 2014 was the lowest since 2010, when there were an estimated 72,770 in the state. Those are the two lowest years since at least 2002, when the DNR estimated there were 111,619 hunters in Minnesota.

One bit of good news is that state duck stamp sales appear to have stabilized. Last year, the DNR sold 90,376, which was a hair down from 2013 but about the same as it has been since 2008.

If you want more details, the full report is here.

Below is the DNR’s press release announcing this fall’s duck and goose seasons.

DNR announces fall duck and goose seasons
Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 26, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“While the season structure is similar to recent years, we adjusted the duck season dates in the south duck zone based on hunter preferences,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

MallardThe waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway.

More information on duck, goose, sandhill crane and other migratory bird hunting seasons will be available in the 2015 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, available in mid-August in booklet form and online at

Duck seasons and limits
Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.

• In the north zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
•In the central zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 10, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.
• In the south zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4, closes for 10 days, then reopens Thursday, Oct. 15, and runs through Friday, Dec. 4. The re-opening coincides with the annual statewide teachers’ conference on Oct. 15-16 when many schools do not schedule classes.

The only bag limit change from the 2015 season is for canvasback, which increases from one to two per day. The daily duck bag limit remains six ducks per day. The mallard bag limit remains four per day, including two hen mallards. The daily bag limits remain at three for wood duck and three for scaup.

All states in the Mississippi Flyway were offered the option for a September teal season or two bonus blue-winged teal during the regular season. Minnesota did not participate in either teal option last year and again made the choice not to take a teal season or bonus blue-winged teal option this year.

“We’ve had nearly two decades of liberal duck seasons with 60 days of hunting and six-duck daily bag limits,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “In recent years, the duck season has opened one week earlier than in the past, which has afforded Minnesota hunters more opportunity to take teal and wood ducks.”

In addition, waterfowl hunting in open water on five large water bodies in Minnesota has also been allowed.

“For these reasons, we don’t believe that an early teal season or further liberalization by adding two bonus blue-winged teal to the daily bag for the first part of the season is needed,” Landwehr said.

Mallard abundance from a continental spring survey that includes Minnesota is used to determine overall duck season length. This year’s estimate was 11.8 million mallards, which was well above the long-term average. Since 1997, duck season length has been 60 days each year and the mallard population has ranged from 6.8 million to 11.8 million mallards.

“The status of mallards, and most other species of ducks important to Minnesota hunters, is very good this year based on spring populations surveys,” Cordts said.

Youth waterfowl day
Youth Waterfowl Day will be Saturday, Sept. 12. Hunters ages 15 and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Youth may take Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from a half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoy restrictions are in effect. Five geese may be taken statewide. The accompanying adult can’t hunt ducks that day and does not need a license. However, an adult may take Canada geese if properly licensed.

Canada goose seasons and limits
Canada goose hunting is open in the three duck zones, and also in an intensive harvest zone. For a map of the intensive zone and other information, see

The August Canada goose management harvest is Saturday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in the intensive harvest zone only. The bag limit is 10 per day. A $4 permit is required. This is the third year Canada goose harvest has been allowed during August due to high populations of Canada geese and the damage they cause to agricultural crops.

The early September Canada goose season will open statewide on Saturday, Sept. 5, and run through Tuesday, Sept. 22. Bag limits for Canada geese are 10 per day in the intensive harvest zone and five per day in the rest of the state. A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese during the September season. The restriction prohibiting hunting within 100 yards of surface water remains in effect in the northwest goose zone, Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, Ocheda Lake Game Refuge and an area surrounding Swan Lake in Nicollet County. Early season goose hunters should consult the 2015 Waterfowl Supplement for zone maps and additional details.

Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 26, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season.  “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

Sandhill crane season
The season for sandhill cranes is Saturday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Oct. 18, in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this week released its report on migratory bird hunting activity during the 2014 hunting season. (It also includes data from 2013.)

These reports are based on responses to Harvest Information Program responses, and give an initial indication of the waterfowl kill the previous fall. The state also reports on the number of waterfowl killed, usually in the early part of August.

Image courtesy of USFWS

Image courtesy of USFWS

According to the report, hunters in Minnesota killed a total of 571,300 ducks in Minnesota during the 2014 duck season. That’s down from 607,800 in 2013 and well down from the early 2000s, when hunters were shooting more than 800,000 ducks every year.

While the number of ducks killed certainly is interesting, what’s even more notable about these annual reports is the information they contain about the number of active waterfowl hunters. Last year in Minnesota, there were 70,500, a number that looks good when compared with the 2013 total of 58,600. But when you put the number in perspective, things change. The past two years – 2013 and 2014 – have seen the lowest number of active waterfowl hunters in more than a decade. In fact, up until about 2005, there were more than 100,000 active waterfowl hunters each year.

While hopefully we’ve been able to reverse the trend of declining waterfowl hunter numbers, it’s going to be difficult to increase them. After all, even though the USFWS tells us there are more breeding ducks now than there ever have been – and numbers have been exceptionally high for years – we’re still not doing great when it comes to hunter numbers.

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association held its third annual charity golf tournament on Monday the New Prague Golf Club. It was a hot and muggy day, but another great event!

The Hautman brothers won the golf tournament with a score of 58.

The Hautman brothers won the golf tournament with a score of 58.

We had 15 teams participate in the tournament, which was a scramble-style format. The Hautman brothers – Jim, Joe and Robert – won the tournament with a score of 58. The 15 teams that participated this year was the most we’ve had in the tournament.

It was a fun event that drew people of all ages. Included among the tournament field was two kids who will be attended Woodie Camp next month.

In addition to the golf, there was a marshmallow drive competition, chipping contest, beer raffle, wine raffle, and gun raffle.