Dane County Conservation League (DCCL)

Did you know that DCCL is the SECOND-OLDEST conservation group in the State of Wisconsin?


DCCL's mission is the protection and propagation of fish and wildlife, both game and non-game species, and the promotion of public education and plans to restore and conserve Dane County's natural resources, and to increase opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Concerned about the future of Dane and surrounding counties' natural heritage

You will want to attend the Dane County Conservation League’s 21st annual fundraiser banquet. Proceeds from the event support educational scholarships, local DNR wildlife habitat projects, the purchase of trout stream bank easements, prairie chicken recovery efforts, the raising of pheasants, and the construction of Blue Bird, Wren, Wood Duck, and Bat Houses.

Need to renew your membership?

You have two choices, click on this link Print Membership online (dccl.org) or use our new membership form and send in your payment.

Upcoming events:

 ¤ Wisconsin | Open Season Sportsman's Expo (openseasonsportsmansexpo.com)  is March 22nd-24th.  Richard Brye is looking for volunteers to help out at the Expo in the DCCL information booth.  Please contact Richard if interested at: rbrye@charter.net 

 ¤ Heather Doughtery, NRCS Farm Bill Biologist, will be the guest speaker at the March 26th membership meeting (read more)

 ¤ WI Prairie Chicken Festival April 12th-14th Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival.  Contact Sharon Schwab at:  wisconsinprairiechickenfest@gmail.com to find out if observation spots are still available.  They are free to DCCL members!  You might ask, “What’s the connection between DCCL and Prairie Chickens?”  Answer - DCCL owns land critical to the Prairie Chicken around the Buena Vista Wildlife area in central Wisconsin.

¤ The Pheasant Farm opens up for work activities on April 22nd at 8:00 AM.  We will be preparing to receive 1000 pheasant chicks!  If you put in 12 volunteer work hours you are eligible to receive a certain number (determined later based on survival) of pheasants in the fall.  

Membership Meetings

 Membership meetings are on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 pm featuring guest speakers on farm issues and conservation efforts. Everyone is welcome!

Annual Prairie Chicken Festival will be held on April 13, 2024.
Some reserved blinds will be available on 4/12, 4/13, and 4/14. 

1,000 pheasant chicks have been ordered and will be delivered on or about May 20, 2024.

DCCL Calendar

Board Meetings**

Board meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.**

Join us at our annual picnic in September.