WILD WINGS HUNT CLUB
The Property and the Organizers
In 1985 a group
of sportsmen leased a large piece of property in Woodland Township,
Burlington County, to use as a bird-hunting club.
The original 25 members began hunting operations that Fall. Over
the ensuing years, the membership gradually evolved, but the core
group of organizers remained and provided direction and stability.
Improvement of the Property
The organizers and
members did a great deal of work
the property to improve it as an upland-hunting venue.
They engaged woodcutters to clear fields, which they
then burned and
in food and cover crops. They built a network of
stocking roads to make more of the property accessible
and to spread out the birds and the hunters. A
professional forester was engaged to assist in planning
the future of the property and obtaining special status
such as U.S. Forest Stewardship Tree Farm, Farmland Tax
Assessment, and Woodland Township/Pinelands forest
Attempts to Purchase the Property:
With such an investment
in time, effort and money there was always a concern
about the potential loss of the property. The
organizers explored purchasing the property for many
years - without success. Finally, in the Fall of 2001,
the landowner agreed to sell.
Purchase of the Land and Formation of the Wild Wings
the purchase of the land, the organizers dissolved the
former club and formed the Wild Wings Hunt Club to
accept members through the sale of “membership shares”
similar to a Country or Golf Club. They incorporated as
“Wild Wings Hunt Club, Inc.”, drafted By-Laws to govern
the Club’s operations, and applier for and obtained a
Commercial Preserve License. In the Fall of 2001, Wild
Wings was in full-scale operation with many of the
members of the original club as well as a number of new
The Future of the Club:
The organizers and
founders of Wild Wings are also members of Wild Wings.
They provide the land and decades of experience
as the Officers and Directors of Wild Wings. Although
Wild Wings is run by its elected Officers, the continued
active involvement of its membership assures quality hunting opportunities
and smooth operations.
Wild Wings Hunt Club