2016 RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous
September 9, 10, 11
USFS Day Lake Picnic Area – Clam Lake, WI
Enjoy a weekend full of elk-centered activities including field trips, volunteer work projects, campfires, friendship, food and fellowship.
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 cookouts and camaraderie at the Day Lake picnic area (and camping)
Guided tours of the Wisconsin elk range by DNR biologists
Saturday evening social hour, raffles, dinner and DNR, USFS and RMEF
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
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. 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 housing available such as lodges, hotels and cabins close by: http://www.clamlakewi.com/
What will we experience at the RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous?
Friday Evening RMEF Campfire Potluck social (6 PM): Enjoy a relaxing evening around the campfire on the shores of Day Lake, listening to elk bugle!Bring your favorite dish to pass 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 for a field work project. Bring your work gloves! Lunch will be provided by the DNR.
Saturday Evening RMEF Social, Raffles, Dinner and Wisconsin Elk Update: Join RMEF volunteers, members, the Clam Lake community – and all those who are “elk minded” for dinner, followed by a Wisconsin Elk Update by WI DNR, USFS and RMEF! 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!
Sunday Breakfast and Volunteers meeting – close out the weekend with breakfast and volunteers meeting to prepare for the rest of 2016 to 2017.
It helps us organize the work event, elk range tours and meals. Email or call Jennifer (WI State RMEF Chair) Jennifer.Nieland@yahoo.com at 920-434-1229 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 cool, 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!