RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous
Clam Lake, Wisconsin RMEF Bugle Days - Celebrate Wisconsin's Elk Herd
RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous
September 13, 14, 15
USFS Day Lake Picnic Area - Clam Lake, WI
What is RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous?
The Wisconsin RMEF State Leadership team invites you to experience “elk camp”
at the RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous, headquartered at the USFS Day Lake
Campground, near Clam Lake, WI. We are excited to bring you an opportunity to
enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of elk camp among your RMEF friends, a
taste of the great outdoors and the sites and sounds of bugling Wisconsin bull
elk! Highlights include:
•DNR/RMEF project to enhance elk management
•Campfire cookout and camaraderie at the Day Lake picnic area (and
•Guided tours of the Wisconsin elk range by DNR biologists
•Saturday night dinner catered by “The Original” Famous Dave’s BBQ with
Wisconsin elk update by DNR Elk Biologist, Laine Stowell, RMEF Chairman Lee
Swanson and WI Elk pioneer Bernie Lemon.
Where is Clam Lake and the RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous?
Our RMEF weekend headquarters will be the USFS Day Lake Picnic area, just one
mile North West of Clam Lake on County Highway M.
There are 52 campsites available at Day Lake and each has a parking spur, fire
ring, picnic table, and tent pad. The RMEF will have campsites reserved;
camping fees are $14/day. RMEF group meetings, campfire and dinner will be held
at the nearby Day Lake picnic area.
The Clam Lake area has various types of lodging available such as lodges,
hotels and cabins: http://www.clamlakewi.com/
What will we experience at the RMEF Bugle Days
Friday Evening RMEF Campfire Social (7-9:30 PM): Enjoy a
relaxing evening around the campfire on the shores of Day Lake, listening to
elk bugle! Bring your favorite beverages and snacks to share with fellow RMEF
members and friends.
RMEF Elk Viewing Field Trips for Volunteers (5:30 – 10:00 AM):
Saturday, and Sunday early morning field trips will provide RMEF volunteers an
opportunity to tour the Wisconsin elk range with DNR biologists who have
successfully guided many RMEF members and elk enthusiasts within site and sound
of our Wisconsin elk. Tours start at 5:30 AM and run until about 10 AM. Space
is limited to 30 each day; priority is given to RMEF volunteers.
DNR/RMEF Elk Habitat Enhancement Project (11AM – 2PM): After
the elk tours on Saturday, we have the opportunity to show our RMEF volunteer
colors by joining the DNR volunteer work on fencing used for the elk relocation
pens. Bring your work gloves! Lunch will be provided by the DNR.
Saturday Night RMEF Community Dinner and Wisconsin Elk Update
(5-9PM): Join RMEF volunteers, members, the Clam Lake community – and
all those who are “elk minded” for a catered dinner by The Original Famous
Dave’s BBQ, followed by a Wisconsin Elk Update by WI DNR Elk Biologist Laine
Stowell, RMEF Chairman of the Board Lee Swanson, and WI Elk Restoration
pioneer, Bernie Lemon. Learn more about the mission and accomplishments of RMEF
in support of Wisconsin elk and overall elk conservation in the United
States…and join in some RMEF fun!
It helps us organize the work event, elk range tours and meals. The fastest way
to register is to go to http://www.rmefwisconsin.org/
and click on the RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous link.
You can also Email your registration to Jennifer.Nieland@yahoo.com. Or call
Jennifer (WI State RMEF Chair) at 920-434-1229 (H) or 920-639-1850 (cell) with
any questions or to register.
**Registration by September 7 is appreciated. In order to plan for
the best elk field experience possible, DNR hosted elk tours recommend 30
people per tour, per day.**
What do I bring to RMEF Bugle Days
If you’re camping, bring your tent and camping supplies, sleeping bag, towels,
and lawn chairs. Food/drink for breakfasts, snacks and meals that are not with
the group. Early morning field trips may mean walking in wet brush, so bring
comfortable hiking or work boots (waterproof can be nice!), jeans, extra socks,
work gloves, insect repellent and a warm jacket. Wear muted colors or
camouflage. A rain suit is always good to have on hand! Binoculars and camera –
you’ll want to show all your buddies the Wisconsin elk!
We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at the RMEF Bugle Days
Rendezvous! Thank your for your continued support and leadership. Have a safe
trip up to Wisconsin’s elk camp!
Jennifer J. Nieland
RMEF Wisconsin Volunteer Chair
Elk can be seen in many habitats throughout their range. Best
viewing times are dawn and dusk. The most popular viewing period is September
and October during the mating season when elk are often feeding in openings.
Summer observations are possible, but heavy leaf cover makes viewing more
It is a good idea to use a National Forest map or county maps
to find your way. Road conditions will vary with the season, so drivers should
exercise caution before attempting to drive these routes.
Elk can sometimes be viewed along Highway 77 and CTH GG (south
to Loretta) in the Clam Lake area (southwest and south of Clam Lake,
Wildlife viewing areas have been established through a
cooperative effort between the Forest Service and RMEF to view many species of
wildlife, including elk.
Elk viewing is not confined to the designated areas and routes.
Many grassy meadows have been improved for deer, elk and other wildlife that
use this type of habitat.
People can disturb elk by approaching too closely. Elk should
always be appreciated and viewed from a distance. This will enhance other
viewers’ chances to see elk. While searching for elk, always respect the
animals and private landowners’ rights and privacy. Whenever you choose to look
for elk, plan to set aside some time. Remember these are wild animals. They are
on their own schedule, coming and going when and where their needs and desires
The Elk Information Kiosk can be found in front (or on
the east side) of the Clam Lake Junction gas station in Clam Lake
Community Park. The Community Park (kiosk) is handicap accessible.
Wisconsin Elk Herd Online: