Month: May 2024

Planned Giving

Donate your taxidermy to The Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch to benefit Wildlife Education!

  • If you have pieces of taxidermy that you don’t want to go unappreciated, you may donate your piece to The Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch.
  • If you are looking for a good home for your collection, The Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch will see that your collection benefits future youth, Veterans, and wildlife conservation.
  • In exchange for donating your collection, we would proudly display a plaque in your name in The Wildlife Center.
  • The collection would be sold at auction and the proceeds of the sale would be used towards programs of your choice.

Our late friend John J. Wolfe passed in 2020. John’s wife, Charlotte, and son, Mark decided to donate 82 pieces of John’s taxidermy collection. Through this selfless act, John’s passion for hunting will continue to thrive, benefiting the Youth Challenge Hunt and Purple Heart Hunt at The Wildlife Center.

Sheryle Weller approached The Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch and donated her husband’s esteemed 20 piece collection of taxidermy. Gary Weller, an advocate for wildlife and an avid outdoorsman, amassed a collection that reflects his lifelong commitment to conservation through hunting. These proceeds are directly benefiting the Veterans’ programs at the center, including the much-anticipated Veterans’ Retreat in August and the Purple Heart Hunt in September.

Spring 2024 Newsletter

Spring Update: Wildlife Center Progress and Outlook

Dear Wildlife Center Supporters,

As we move into the summer of 2024, we would like to give you an update on our progress and upcoming events after a busy year and start to 2024. This past year has seen a significant increase in visitors, including first-timers and return guests, totaling at 5,230 visitors.

Our free school tours program has expanded to include home school groups and summer camps. This along with 4 more schools visiting for the first time will increase our students by 800 from last year.

We also had a successful showing at the Safari Club International Annual Convention in Nashville and Dallas Safari Club Convention, which helped fund our programs through art sales.

Looking forward, we have a series of summer programs lined up, such as our private tours, Veterans’ Retreat, SCI Leadership Training, and 6 Michigan Hunter Education field days.

Overview of our achievements since last newsletter:

  • Welcomed groups from 42 schools to The Wildlife Center.
  • A forecast of over 3,500 students participating in our Passport Tour.
  • Received 2 Family Taxidermy Collection Donations.
  • Hosted 5 Wild Game Dinners and 7 Private dinners from January to May.
  • Participated in two conventions, including the Dallas Safari Club and SCI Convention in Nashville.
  • Sold over 350 pieces of art.
  • 6 Hunter Education Field Days are on the schedule for 2024.
  • 77 individuals harvested their first white tail with us, 64 of whom were under the age of 17.

We are proud of our start to 2024 and excited about the activities we have planned for the rest of the year. Please ask us about getting involved! Best regards, Robert Sergi, Ranch Director & The Wildlife Center Team

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