Spooner Shell Lake Trego Lions Need Deer Hides To Send Kids To Camp

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2011 Updated Dec 4, 2011 at 11:38 PM CDT

Shell Lake, WI (Northland's NewsCenter)
Bill Taubman of the Shell Lake and Spooner area has been a member of the Lions Club since 1960.

"A college professor I had said when you move to a new community, get involved in a service club." said Taubman.

Perhaps best known for their pancake breakfasts, the Lions also serve people with deer hides.

"You don't need a Sherman tank to go deer hunting but the Lions Clubs of this region hope hunters will help out folks in need by donating hides." said Dave Anderson at Spooner's WI Army National Guard Armory.

"We collect deer hides for the Lions Camp through all of Wisconsin and the proceeds all go to Lions Camp." said Rudy Kessler of the Lions.

Lions Camp is a place for disadvantaged children to have a little fun.
Three weeks of the camp are reserved for kids with visual impairment because of a 90 year old promise to a famous American.

"We were challenged by Helen Keller to become the knights of the blind and Lions took that on as their main program and it is to this day." said Taubman.

Wisconsin hunters with hides to donate should just search their town for a donation box like this one.
The hides are then stockpiled and sold to tanners.
They don't even need to be deer hides.

"Any hide. We've had sheep hides, cow hides, bear hides." said Kessler.

This statewide fund raiser makes up to fifty thousand dollars a year for the Wisconsin Lions camp.
Bill Taubman and Rudy Kessler are glad to serve people in this way.

"Especially the kids and disadvantaged children that don't get the advantages some of the other kids get." said Kessler.

In Shell Lake and Spooner, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Wisconsin's muzzleloader deer season runs until Wednesday.
Antlerless deer season will go from December 8th to the 11th.
The Shell Lake Trego Spooner Lions will accept deer hides through mid December.