Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby unclebuck » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:58 pm

For those of us who only know Retch for his trolling and bashing (although sometimes it was funny) of gun hunters on this forum can somebody fill us in on exactly who he is and what is going on here? I sort of got that he was against baiting, but then got busted for baiting...?

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby Dan Salmon » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:38 pm

Unclebuck,

Go to the first page the fourth post down or so and click on the link to the article at WI Outdoor Fun.com.

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby umpiremark » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:23 am

January 04, 2013 4:08 pm • PATRICK DURKIN | For the State Journal

A Wisconsin Bowhunters Association board member, who is also its legislative liaison and represented the WBH on a 2007-08 stake-holder panel that helped rewrite Department of Natural Resources policies on chronic wasting disease, was cited for illegal baiting/feeding Nov. 17 in Portage County.

Baiting/feeding deer was banned in Portage County after CWD was found there in 2002.

Ronald G. Kulas, 48, of Delafield, (*aka Retch Sweeny, Rancid Crabtree, et. al.*) one of 22 directors for the 6,000-member WBH, also represented the politically active group recently on DNR-appointed citizen committees that reviewed deer-management-unit boundaries and alternatives to earn-a-buck.

Kulas was cited about 10 a.m. on opening day of Wisconsin’s nine-day firearms deer season by Department of Natural Resources Warden Barry Meister. The citation notes Kulas was hunting from a tree stand about 40 yards from where corn was spread, and Kulas admitted dumping “about half of a 5-gallon pail of shell corn” the previous Monday, Nov. 12.

“The subject stated he placed the corn at this location because his elderly father was planning on hunting from this stand, but (his father) changed his mind and hunted elsewhere,” Meister wrote. The citation also notes Kulas shot a spike buck before Meister arrived.

The DNR banned baiting/feeding in Portage County because 80 deer on a fenced shooting preserve called the “Hall Farm” tested positive for CWD between 2002 and 2005. The farm, now quarantined DNR property, is about 20 miles south of where Kulas was cited.

The DNR has tested for CWD in Portage County annually since 2002, and confirmed the county’s first case of the disease in wild deer this past week. The sick 1.5-year-old doe was shot Nov. 18 west of Stevens Point near the Mead Wildlife Area. Two CWD-positive wild deer were also discovered in recent weeks in nearby Adams and Juneau counties.

When contacted by email Dec. 17, Kulas declined comment on his citation. He said it was a “personal matter” and he did not contest it in Portage County court in Stevens Point because of health-related family obligations.

“I own my mistake and (will) pay the cost ($343.50) but I would hope folks would respect my families (sic) privacy in this matter,” he wrote. Later that week, however, Kulas posted a 1,900-word explanation on a “Bowsite.com” forum.

Besides testifying often for the WBH at legislative hearings, Kulas has administered the WBH’s Internet forums. He also contributes often to other online forums, writing under names such as “Rancid Crabtree” and “Retch Sweeney,” characters created by humorist Patrick McManus for stories in “Outdoor Life” and “Field & Stream” magazines.

Kulas knew baiting/feeding deer is illegal in Portage County. Writing as “Retch Sweeney” on an April 23, 2012, online forum, he said: “I don’t place bait. It’s illegal in the parts of Wisconsin I hunt. If it were legal, I would still not place bait. I hunt dairy (agricultural) lands, so there is plenty of ag-intended bait I hunt around.”

On another online forum in August 2011, Kulas wrote: “Unless those ‘magic stumps’ are within 50 yards of your house, they are illegal bait sites, which makes (you) as good as a poacher.”

In explaining his Nov. 17 citation, however, Kulas claimed on Bowsite.com that he was cited for a feeding, not baiting, violation, even though Meister noted both are illegal.

Kulas further claimed he didn’t pour corn at the site, but “snapped off a few ears” in a nearby field, and wrung the kernels from the cobs. He wrote:

"It was the wrong thing to do but I rationalized it as doing what I could to help my dad get a deer for all he had done for me over the years. Besides, in six days those kernels would be gobbled up and long gone, even if it was squirrels and jays that made off with it. ... My dad was unaware of what I had done. He would not have wanted the help.”

Near the end of his online explanation, Kulas said he called the WBH’s president, Mike Brust, Wausau, to explain the situation. He wrote: “I am going to be resigning my position on the (WBH) board and as legislative liaison. It’s the correct thing to do. Nobody asked me to resign. ... I can continue to help the (organization) as an active volunteer, though not on the board.”

When contacted last week, Brust declined comment on Kulas’ citation and whether he or the WBH board accepted Kulas’ resignations. Brust said the organization doesn’t have specific policies for directors who violate fish-and-wildlife citations, but the board would discuss Kulas’ actions Jan. 12 at a directors meeting in Stevens Point.
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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby X Factor » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:34 pm

Trolling is awesome ...... if you're talking 'Bago walleyes. Any predictions on WBH meeting tomorrow? I'll predict they'll try to sweep it under the rug and continue to let him volunteer and run their tiny forum which is actually one sided as there is no disagreeing with the moderator or you're booted. No wonder there are only a handful of semi-active participants. Perhaps time for a new state org?

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby X Factor » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:59 am

Just read on Archery Talk that the WBH board accepted his resignation at a recent meeting. I was under the impression that any member convicted of a game violation lost membership and could apply for reinstatement a year later. Hopefully they stuck with that because he was cited for placing illegal bait during bow season even (though he was caught hunting over it opening day of gun).

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby whiteoaks » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:24 am

I've been a WBH member since 1979. Never involved in their politics, don't know RK (except from his posts - plenty of good ones about crafts and woodsmanship), and never been to a WBH meeting. So does that make me a bad member?

I belong to WBH because I love bowhunting and no one has done anything more for the sport in WI than them. I also rifle hunt, and fish, and duck hunt, and pheasant hunt, and snowmobile. I'm OK at some of those things, better at a few. I just like being outdoors and I try to obey the bazillion laws. That's what most of us do I hope. I have my opinion on crossbows, and on baiting, and on politics. I really never paid all that much attention to the politics of WBH until these forums showed me how riled up folks get. I just joined because I figure more members is good for the sport. I also belong to NRA, DU, PF, snowmobile clubs, etc for the same reasons.

I know my opinions are only that...mine. Hell, with all the things I like to do I'll never find anyone with exactly the same list of likes and dislikes as me. How can any organization exactly represent the exact views of every one of it's members? That's fricken impossible. I'm certainly not going to quit WBH because of what one guy who is now gone did. Thanks Ron for running the forum for all those years, shame on you for baiting where you shouldn't have. Yer paying yer price. I'll still climb trees next fall to hunt deer if I am able, first with a bow, and later with a rifle.

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby MAT » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:38 pm

Well we are really close to getting an xbow season, all thanks to the morons running the WBH. Read about it in WON. And we have Kulas to thank for it. He wanted them to get really cozy with one hunting group that is now stabbing the WBH in the back. Hope you think your money is well spent, cause it's just about over for the WBH unless a miracle house cleaning happens at the annual meeting.

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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby kellory » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:55 pm

MAT wrote:Well we are really close to getting an xbow season, all thanks to the morons running the WBH. Read about it in WON. And we have Kulas to thank for it. He wanted them to get really cozy with one hunting group that is now stabbing the WBH in the back. Hope you think your money is well spent, cause it's just about over for the WBH unless a miracle house cleaning happens at the annual meeting.

MAT, your position is unclear. Are you choosing to bash other people, the crossbow as a weapon, or the fact that there might be a season for it's use? And since you are in a bashing mood, perhaps you should start a new thread about whatever has ticked you off. This thread seems to be Dump on a guy you don't like[b][/b]. And as I happen to know, how hard this guy worked to destroy the use of crossbows in your state (I have gone head to head with him about it, using facts, physics, and history, in place of name calling, vitriol, and slurs,) I would have to say that this unguided attack is both wasted, and inverse to the topic at hand.
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Re: Infamous WI Bowhunters Busted

Postby X Factor » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:57 pm

Those blindly adoring the current administration will eventually find out it's all about money and a little 5,000 and falling state bowhunter group isn't nearly enough votes to worry about when there are tens of thousands of crossbows to be sold.

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