Honor. Courage. Conservation.

The spirit of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors® began in 2016 when a small group of Veterans and First Responders got together to use outdoor activities to help address both physical and mental health challenges along with restoring a sense of comradery. In 2018 we officially became a component of Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c(3) and recently expanded state wide with a partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic.

The mission of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors is to help connect Veterans, First Responder and their families to outdoor activities in Wisconsin. We conduct our own outdoor events and also support existing 501c3 organizations with a focus on outdoor activities that serve the veteran, military and first responder community. Our goal is to help bolster effective programs and encourage new opportunities.

Our founders and advisors operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a 100% volunteer team and ALL donations directly serve Wisconsin Heroes. We are Veterans and First Responders who have also been successful private civilians. Along with personally utilizing services at the Veterans Administration, our founders and team leaders have been involved in a variety of non-profit and government organizations throughout Wisconsin as leaders, participants, volunteers and financial supporters. We are honored to be able to help focus funds and resources to programs that are efficient and effective in accomplishing the on-going mission of helping connect Heroes to outdoor activities.

From personal experiences we have found that there is a gap between the professional medical/mental establishments and the Alternative Therapies that many non-profit and private organizations provide. We have seen great success when these programs have been used in addition to the professional Doctors/Therapists. Some of the outdoor alternative therapies that we have found successful are Kayak Fishing, Ice and Open Water Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Sports, SCUBA Diving Equestrian Therapy, Therapeutic Farming, Biking, Service dogs and even golf. No one form of therapy is a perfect fit for everyone. Helping make a variety of options available is our goal.

Fishing Tournament and Fundraiser

OPEN Fishing Tournament

$10,000 in cash and prizes
Guaranteed $9,000 payout
4 weigh-ins throughout the day
21 chances to win
Grand prize of $2,500 for big bass
More than 100% payout!


Saturday, June 8, 2019
Tournament hours: 6:30am-2:30 pm
Live music and bucket raffle: 2:00-6:00 pm

Gina’s Sports Dock, Pewaukee Lake, WI

Please contact tournament organizer Ryan Chuckel at
414-698-7132 or ryanc@gunpowderinc.com with
questions. For more information visit www.wwotw.org

2019 Spring Turkey Hunt

Wisconsin Hero Outdoors teams up with USSA to get veterans on the early Spring Turkey Hunt with Mentors from Almond Rod and Gun club April 7, 2019

Tribute to Heroes Fundraising Event March 16, 2019

Special Thanks to all our supporting companies and organizations for
their contributions to the fundraiser. Thank You.

Modern Woodman of America has been one of our most involved sponsors, from helping connect us to Waukesha County Community Foundation to financial and logistical support. We are honored and humbled by their continued support helping connect Wisconsin’s Heroes to the Outdoors

Special thanks to Nathan Grendahl and Kyle Damrow

Thank you Jason Hansen and Northwestern Mutual for the nomination and award of $4,000 on 12/21/2018 for the Days of Giving award to support our Heroes!
Pictured Left to Right: Shelli Marquardt, President Waukesha County Community Foundation, Doug Ruplinger and Eric Falkner of the WHO Executive team and Jason Hansen of Northwestern Mutual

*Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund™ is administered by Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c3 & Legal Aide provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic
**All donations are tax deductible but ultimately depend on an individual’s personal situation. Donors to the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Foundation™ will receive receipt with each donation.
**The National Standards program was established to ensure the values of community foundations are demonstrated through their commitment to legal compliance, philanthropic best practices and excellence that benefits communities. It builds capacity to carry out missions and it makes community foundations distinctive from other types of organizations. In 2015, the Waukesha County Community Foundation’s accreditation was reconfirmed through 2020 with Community Foundations National Standards Board.