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   "The man who is still looking for free hunt- 
ing in America has either lived too long or was 
born too late." 
                              Otto G. Beyer 
  This leaflet is intended for the busy businessman- 
sportsman. It covers briefly and concisely the in- 
tents and purposes of the Neenah Valley Pheasant 
Reserve. It does not deal in superlatives and no 
time is wasted on detailed descriptions. The proof 
of the pudding is in the eating, and the interested 
sportsman is invited to visit the reserve for a 
thorough inspection. An appointment is advisable. 
While wishing to avoid anything that resembles 
high-pressure methods the management must call. 
attention to the fact that under no circumstances 
will more than thirty members be accepted. Make 
your appointment now. 
SERVE is a licensed preserve operating under 
Section 29.573 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It occu- 
pies nearly 3000 acres of the finest game country 
in the entire middlewest. The reserve surrounds 
the OTTO BEYER GAME FARMS, the largest com- 
mercial game farm in the state, with a capacity of 
upwards of 4000 pheasants annually. Both projects 
are under the management of Otto G. Beyer, one 
of the country's leading authorities on game con- 
servation and propagation.    Approximately 2500 
acres of the reserve are in fields, virgin timber, 
marshes and sloughs and less than 500 acres are 
under cultivation. It is bisected by three sizable 
streams. Neenah Creek, a spring fed stream of 
from 35 to 60 feet in width winds for four miles 
through the heart of the area, offering splendid 
small-mouth bass and pike fishing. Big Slough, 
300 feet wide at the club house, is ideal for large- 
mouth bass, northern pike and pan fish. Its sandy 
bottom makes for splendid bathing. Big Slough 
empties into the Neenah in the northern half of 
the reserve. Briggsville Creek carries the waters 
of Lake Mason into the Neenah at the northwest 
corner of the area. 
  There is not a single road bisecting the entire 
reserve, which has a circumferenoe of about nine 
miles. The only road into the reserve is our private 
road that winds one mile through virgin timber 
and leads to the game farm and club house. The 
reserve is reached by a good county highway which 
crosses Wisconsin Route 51 about three miles north 
of Portage, Wisconsin. Follow this for 5 miles 
west to the sign marking our entrance. The dis- 
tance from Madison is 46 miles, Milwaukee 105 
miles, Chicago (loop) 190 miles. 
             PLAN OF OPERATION 
a club-membership basis. Membership is by invi- 
tation only-there will be no solicitation of the 
general public. Only thirty members will be ac- 
cepted. Membership is divided into two groups of 
fifteen members each, one group to shoot one week 
and the other group the next week. In this way 
there Will probably never be more than ten hunters 
on the entire 3000 acres at any one time. The first 
fifteen members accepted may begin shooting on 
Thursday, October 6th, on which day the season 
opens. The shooting season extends from October 
6th to January 5th. The first three and one-half 
days of each week will be rest days and shooting 
will begin at noon Thursdays, lasting until sun- 
down on Sunday. 
  Each member may invite one shooting-guest and 
as many non-shooting guests as he wishes. Ladies 
are welcome and once introduced to the fine sport 
to be had here with gun and dog your daughter, 
wife or sweetheart will no doubt take as keen an 
interest in hunting as any man. 
  Shooting-guests will be charged a ground-fee of 
$1.00. Pheasants bagged by guests will be charg- 
ed against their host's quota or may be paid for at 
the rate of $4.00 each. In the latter case the 
ground-fee will be remitted. THE USE OF GOOD 
                   THE COST 
  Inquiry among sportsmen who travel to South 
Dakota for their pheasant shooting discloses the 
fact that rarely, if ever, is a trip made at a cost 
of less than $150 to $200. If they abide by the 
law they are obliged to stay a week or ten days in 
order to take their limit. Once there they must 
take the weather as they find it, more often than 
not undergoing extraordinary hardships and return- 
ing home more exhausted than rested. Or again 
the weather may be warm and many of the birds 
killed will spoil. As a rule, however, the sports- 
man magnanimously distributes them among his 
friends with the result that the few birds that find 
their way to his table represent an investment of 
about $20.00 each. 
  The membership fee In the NEENAH VALLEY 
PHEASANT RESERVE is $100.00. There are no 
further assessments excepting nominal charges for 
food and lodging as desired. Each member may 
shoot and is guaranteed twenty-five pheasants of 
which not more than fifteen are to be cock birds 
and the balance hens. There being no daily bag 
limit he may shoot his entire quota in one day or 
may pro rate it to suit himself so as to enjoy good 
sport over the entire three months open season. He 
may shoot as many more than his quota as he de- 
sires at a charge of $4.00 per bird. 
  This cost is a great deal less than that on any 
other private shooting club. Under the regulations 
made by the Conservation Commission the opera- 
tor of a preserve is permitted to shoot only 75% of 
the birds liberated each year. In addition to this 
loss of 25% some of the birds will leave the pre- 
serve; others will be wounded to die unretrieved 
and some will fall victim to predators. In order to 
guarantee each member his quota of twenty-five 
irds the management of the NEENAH VALLEY 
PHEASANT RESERVE will be obliged to liberate 
fifty birds. Were the sportsman to purchase this 
number for liberation on his own shooting place 
they would cost about $100.00. He would still need 
to pay for the lease of the grounds, proper vermin 
control, patrolling against poachers and numerous 
unforeseen items. A survey of private clubs in the 
state of Michigan operating under a law similar to 
the Wisconsin law shows the cost to be between 
$7.00 and $10.00 for each bird brought to bag. 
             OTHER ADVANTAGES 
  THE NEENAH VALLEY plan not only elimi- 
nates all the myriad of tribulations that beset the 
management and members of the ordinary shooting 
club but it cuts the ever-rising cost of shooting to 
an absolute minimum while at the same time of- 
fering a maximum of sport. The recreational facil- 
ities of the club are not confined to hunting alone. 
Being less than five hours from Chicago, members 
may run up for a week-end at any time during the 
year. Travelers by air will find an official landing 
field at Portage; amphibian planes can be landed 
in Big Slough and taxi to the very door of the 
club house.   Spring and summer offer splendid 
fishing, boating and swimming. Fall and winter 
will bring hunting, snow-shoeing, skiing, skating 
and other winter sports. And all of it in the 
heart of a veritable wilderness such as cannot be 
found short of an additional 200 mile trip into the 
  Make a reservation now to spend a week-end in 
this sportsman's paradise and inspect it at your 
leisure. Pheasant dinners are in season through- 
out the year providing we have twenty-four hours 
notice. We can also supply pheasants for your 
table at any time. One bird will serve three people. 
  Again we emphasize the fact: Not more than 30 
sportsmen will be admitted to membership in the 
Neenah Valley Pheasant Reserve. For your con- 
venience a membership agreement is inclosed. Re- 
turn it with your check for $50.00 and so be assur- 
ed that you will not lose an opportunity which 
you have long sought. 
  Write to the City Bank of Portage for refer- 
ences. A further list of personal and business re- 
ferences will be sent on request.