Author: Wildlife Center

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

SCI Nashville Supports Conservation

The 2024 SCI Convention in Nashville has set a new benchmark for success! As a team we’d like to thank each individual who visited our booth – your overwhelming support was truly impactful! This year was remarkable, surpassing all previous years in engagement and excitement. 

From seeing friendly faces to forging new friendships amid the vibrant buzz of Music City, our experiences were unforgettable. We’re honored to be a part of a community that shares our passion for conservation and the great outdoors. Your enthusiasm fuels our mission.

Here’s to the memories we made and the future we’re building together! Nashville 2024 will be remembered as a milestone year for us, and it’s all thanks to you – our friends, supporters, and partners in conservation.

Elevating Conservation: DSC 2024 Recap

The 2024 DSC (Dallas Safari Club) Convention, which took place from January 11th to 14th at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, was another fundraising success. It helped support our vital programs that support Conservation, Education, and Advocacy.

Our deepest gratitude extends to every exhibitor, supporter, volunteer, attendee, and the diligent individuals working behind the scenes who collectively elevated this event to new heights.

Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship Recipient

We are thrilled to announce that Cole Hoffman received the 2023 Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship! Cole is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Michigan Technological University with a particular interest in conserving public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreating. He aspires to find a career within organizations such as the Michigan DNR or the U.S. Forest Service.

Each year, the Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch recognizes one outstanding Michigan undergraduate who has shown exceptional dedication to the Center’s mission of conservation and education. This year, Cole has proven his commitment to these values, standing out through his academic excellence and fervent passion for Michigan’s outdoors.

Cole Hoffman, with his enthusiasm for conservation and his impressive achievements in the field, embodies the spirit of this award. The $5,000 scholarship will offer him financial support as he furthers his education and pursues a career that aligns with the conservation and hunting industry’s entrepreneurship ethos.

Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship

Each year, The Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch awards a $5,000 scholarship to two Michigan undergraduate students with proven dedication to the WLC’s Mission. The scholarship has recently been renamed the “Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship” to honor past Legends Ranch employee Dan Rosman for his many years of commitment to conservation and education. Dan is responsible for building The Wildlife Center into what it is today, having curated and installed a majority of the mounts we display. Without Dan’s hard work, The Wildlife Center would not be the magnificent educational foundation it currently is.

The mission of the Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship is to encourage and promote conservation in Michigan’s wildlife, animal science, hunting, and agriculture university programs. Each year’s scholarship recipients are two outstanding Michigan undergraduate students that distinguish themselves through academic excellence and their passion for the outdoors. This scholarship gives students financial support to pursue entrepreneurship and careers in the hunting and conservation industry.

Wild Game Dinner Recap

The Wildlife Center hosted two wild game dinners per month in January through May of this year. Proceeds from the events went to a different highlighted program each month. These dinners are exciting affairs, including:

Appetizing hors d’oeuvres Unique desserts following the meal
A guided tour of The Wildlife Center A cash bar throughout the event
Snack stations throughout the tour A lighted nature trail
Our gourmet wild game dishes A roaring fire and hot cocoa
  • January’s highlighted program was our First-Time Hunter Program. During this event, our dedicated staff will guide a first-time hunter through an exciting day learning the basics of hunting, culminating in the harvesting and packing of a doe.
  • February’s dinners supported bus transportation for school tours. In the first quarter of 2023, The Wildlife Center brought in over 2,200 students for tours and hikes through the Legends Ranch property. During the tours, students learned about our mission of wildlife conservation through hunting.
  • March’s proceeds helped fund the Daniel F. Rosman Wildlife Conservation Scholarship. The mission of this scholarship is to encourage and promote the conservation of wildlife through hunting. Scholarship recipients are two outstanding Michigan undergraduate students that distinguish themselves through academic excellence and their passion for the outdoors.
  • April’s dinners benefited our Youth Challenge Hunt. The Youth Challenge Hunt gives children from various walks of life the opportunity to enter the woods, perhaps for the first time, to experience hunting and fishing. We make great efforts to remove life’s difficult barriers while attending this hunt. During this event dreams are realized, relationships fostered, and lives are forever changed.

May’s dinners will benefit our new and upcoming Veteran’s Retreat. For this event, we will host nine veterans with with a guest of their choice at Legends Ranch. During their time here, the veterans will hike around the property, take part in skeet shooting, and receive tours of The Wildlife Center and the Gutierrez Cervid Company breeding facility. They will also go on a rafting trip down the Pere Marquette River.

Thank You to DSC & Attendees

The return of the 2023 DSC Convention and Sporting Expo January 5-8 to Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center brought with it record attendance, dollars raised and energy in support of the DSC mission of Conservation, Education and Advocacy.

A massive thank you to all who exhibited, supported, volunteered, attended, and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this the best Convention DSC has ever had.
“We truly appreciate our exhibitor partners, sponsors, attendees and the DSC 100 volunteers,” said 2023 Convention Chairs, Russell and Mary Edith Stacy. “All of these groups contributed significantly to the success of the 2023 Convention.”

SCI Convention Success!

The 2023 SCI Convention in Nashville was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and for the incredible support! We got to catch up with old friends and make new ones while experiencing the wonderful atmosphere that Nashville offers.  The Wildlife Center and Legends Ranch team enjoyed the numerous exhibits. auctions, and the variety of entertainment provided throughout the week.
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