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
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