RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous
Wisconsin RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous
September 11-13, 2015
USFS Day Lake Picnic area near Clam Lake, WI
You’re invited to the WI RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous, September 11-13 in Clam Lake, Wisconsin!
A great weekend, spent with RMEF volunteers and members – and the sights & sounds of our Wisconsin elk!
This weekend includes:
- WI DNR led tours of the Wisconsin elk range on Saturday & Sunday mornings – early!
- UPDATE: a “boots on the ground” work opportunity – lunch provided by the WI DNR: This year’s work even will be the dismantling of the Thornapple/Haystack acclimation pen
- UPDATE: An outdoor RMEF dinner at the Day Lake picnic area catered by Hayward’s new restaurant “Old Southern BBQ” http://www.oldsouthernbbq.com/home
- UPDATE: WI DNR Big Game Biologist Kevin Wallenfang will provide an update of both WI elk herds: Black River Falls and Clam Lake
- We’ll be having opportunities to support RMEF through memberships, donations, raffles and the 2016 Big Gun Calendar sales!
Information and registration available on the WI RMEF Website (and in PDF form) along with registration:
The Clam Lake area has various types of lodging available such as campgrounds, lodges, hotels and cabins:
Where is Clam Lake and the RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous?
Clam Lake is located in northern Wisconsin, generally:
-From Milwaukee: 325 miles
-From Madison: 280 miles
-From La Crosse: 200 miles
-From Green Bay: 230 miles
-From Wausau: 140 miles
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!
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
It helps us organize the work event, elk range tours and meals. The fastest way to register is to go to 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 1 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 Rendezvous?
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 suite is always good to have on hand! Binoculars and camera – you’ll want to show all your buddies the Wisconsin elk!
Jennifer J. Nieland
RMEF Wisconsin Volunteer Chair
Public Viewing Opportunities:
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 difficult.
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, respectively).
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 take them.
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:
- Wisconsin DNR Clam Lake Herd Updates
- Clam Lake Elk Herd Range & Driving Routes
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation National Site
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wisconsin Web Page
- Elk FAQ’s
- Wisconsin Elk Management Plan
- Clam Lake, Wisconsin Elk Education Kiosk in Downtown Clam Lake has additional elk information