Area Lions Clubs are collecting deer hides again this year as part of a statewide campaign to raise money for the Wisconsin Lions Camp, a summer program that serves children with hearing, sight and cognitive problems, and children and adults with diabetes.
The deer-hide collection program began in the seven-county 27-D2 Lions Club district in 2001, with 90 hides collected in the district, out of 2,249 statewide. In 2016, the district collected 1,325 hides, and the statewide drive brought in $76,785 for the camp.
The goal this year is to collect $84,688 in deer hides, which would put the program over $1 million total statewide since the deer hide collection first began 30 years ago.
Area drop-off sites, run by affiliated local Lions Clubs, include the following sites:
- Bangor: The Vault, Turnmires, Purple Cow, Likely Spot
- Barre Mills: Nick’s Bar
- Coon Valley: Koon Kreek Feed Mill
- Genoa: Whitsler Farm, Don Oliver Farm, Norwegian Hollow Hideaway
- Holmen: Smokey’s Bar and Grill
- Kendall: Kendall Fastrip
- Mindoro: Allied Co-op
- Morman Coulee: Ace Hardware, Charlie’s Inn
- Onalaska: La Crosse Archery, Petticoat Junction, Island Outdoors, site south of Great River Landing
- Seneca: Greener’s Corner BP
- Soldiers Grove: Royal Bank, McCormick’s Bar & Grill, Bill McCormick’s, TazZee’s Wonder Bar
- St. Joseph: St. Joseph’s Ridge Lions Park
- Stoddard: Troy Jacobson
- Tomah: Roscoe’s Live Bait, Paul’s Tire
- West Salem: Ace Hardware
- Wonewoc Area: Degner’s Bar