Wilderness Unlimited Honors Long Standing Landowners
Wilderness Unlimited (W.U.), the west’s largest hunting and fishing club founded in 1987, has been celebrating its twentieth year of operation throughout the 2006 fiscal year.
The primary focus of Wilderness Unlimited is to manage private ranches for the use of responsible outdoors enthusiasts. From an inauspicious beginning of just three ranches W.U. has grown to encompass over 120 ranches in California and Oregon. In addition to managing and providing access to their leased lands, W.U. is also known as the leader in education and participation programs.
W.U. sponsored a two-day event December 12th and 13th, at their Sac Valley RV Camp near Williams, California. Numerous outdoor community leaders were on hand to partake in pheasant hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing at nearby W.U. properties. Tuesday evening over 50 guests gathered for a sit down banquet honoring W.U.’s 20-year landowners. Recognized were Gene and Larry Massa, Jim Soper and Ed Hulbert. They were honored for their stewardship and their long-term support of W.U.’s outdoor heritage focus including education, youth and women’s programs.
Butte Creek Farms (Hulbert) located in the Butte Sink area of the Sacramento Valley played an important environmental role back in the late 1980’s. Back then, the then less than 1000 Aleutian Canadian Geese (near population collapse) called it home for 3-4 weeks during their winter migration. For several years, W.U. and the ranch set aside 20% of the leased land as a refuge to help aid in the Aleutian’s recovery. Remarkably, the Aleutian geese have returned to huntable populations.
The evening concluded with a raffle raising much-needed funds for the Wilderness Unlimited Foundation (WUF). The WUF is the non-profit entity charged with carrying on the heritage programs and habitat programs both in conjunction with W.U. and others. A .17 rifle and scope, courtesy of local hardware store, Messick’s, was the grand prize.