MAFWA Directors’ Annual Meeting

85th Annual Directors' Meeting June 24-27, 2018Please Join Us!

The 85th Annual Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Directors’ Meeting will be held  Sunday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Registration is now open! Review the schedule and details below, then sign up to participate.

The MAFWA Directors’ Meeting is for senior level management of natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife and fisheries management, information and education, licensing and administration, law enforcement, and conservation engineering.

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Schedule:

The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change (as of April 9, 2018); please check back for updates. 

Dress Code: casual attire throughout the conference.

SUNDAY – JUNE 24, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open TBD
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. MAFWA Executive Committee TBD
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. President’s Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: Sovereign Sportsman Solutions/Dakota Partners
TBD
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops
TBD
MONDAY – JUNE 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by: Archery Trade Association
TBD
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open TBD
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Greetings and Welcome to North Dakota TBD
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. State Hot Topics TBD
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: D.J. Case and Associates, Inc.
TBD
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. State Hot Topics (continued) TBD
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote SpeakerScott Davis – Executive Director, ND Indian Affairs Commission TBD
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Director Photo Group TBD
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited & Canadian NAWMP Partners
TBD
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Private/Public Partnership Panel TBD
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
TBD
3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Offsite Dinner Event at Black Leg Ranch, featuring entertainment by Blind Joe
Black Leg Ranch Barn
Sponsored by: Brandt Information Services
Departure 3:30pm, Return Departure 9:00pm
Offsite
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by: National Shooting Sports Foundation
TBD
TUESDAY – JUNE 26, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by: National Wild Turkey Federation
TBD
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Desk Open TBD
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Electronic Licensing and Tagging
Todd Schaller – Chief Conservation Warden, Wisconsin DNR
TBD
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Missouri River Fish Research
Paul Bailey – District Fisheries Supervisor, NDGFD
TBD
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: National Rifle Association
TBD
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Prairie Moose Update
Jason Smith – Big Game Biologist, NDGFD
TBD
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ND Pollinator Update
Sandra Johnson – Conservation Biologist, NDGFD
TBD
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MAFWA Committee Reports
Facilitator: Ollie Torgerson
TBD
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored by: Kalkomey Enterprises
TBD
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. MAFWA Committee Reports (continued)
Facilitator: Ollie Torgerson
TBD
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Refreshment Break TBD
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Federal/State Partnership Panel
NE – Jim Douglas/USFWS/USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services/USFS/USGS
TBD
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Federal Partners Update
USFWS/USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services/USFS/USGS
TBD
5:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Offsite Dinner Event
Sponsored by: National Archery in the Schools Program
Departure 5:00pm, Shuttle Schedule TBA
Offsite
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hospitality Room
Sponsored by: ND Natural Resources Trust
TBD
WEDNESDAY – JUNE 27, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by: Pheasants Forever
TBD
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Conference Registration Desk Open TBD
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MAFWA Business Meeting TBD
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break TBD
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MAFWA Business Meeting (continued) TBD
12:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Registration:

Registration is open! Full Conference Registration includes Welcome Reception on Sunday, Breakfast Monday – Wednesday, Lunch Monday and Tuesday, and offsite Dinners (with transportation as needed) on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Single Day Registration includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Refreshment Breaks on the day that you attend. Full conference registration rates increase after Friday, May 18; register early and save! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW, or download the paper registration form

  • Full Conference Registration: By May 18 $350; After May 18 $375
  • Sunday Only: $50
  • Monday Only OR Tuesday Only: $190
  • Wednesday Only: $110
  • Spouse/Guest Full Conference Registration: $150
  • Children Ages 15 and Under: Free
  • Optional Field Trips: 
    • Evening at Capital City Shooting Clays, including dinner (Monday) – Free, open to AMFGLEO attendees only
    • Evening at Black Leg Ranch, including dinner, featuring Blind Joe (Monday) – Free, open to MAFWA attendees only
    • Evening at Nishu Bowmen Club, including dinner (Tuesday) – Free, open to all attendees

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $50 administrative fee will be given to those who cancel by June 15, 2018. After June 15, no refunds will be given but substitutions will be allowed.

Overnight Accommodations: 

The 85th Annual Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Directors’ Meeting will be held at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Overnight accommodations are available at the Ramkota to meeting participants at a discounted group rate of $105/night, plus tax. To make a reservation, call the hotel at (701) 258-7700 and request a room in the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies block.

The closest airport to the Ramkota Hotel is the Bismarck Airport (BIS) (approximately 3 miles and a 6 minute drive). The Ramkota offers complimentary airport shuttle service to guests. Other hotel amenities includes: complimentary wireless internet, two in-house dining options, indoor pool featuring a whirlpool, sauna, and 150-foot waterslide, fitness room, and free parking. Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines all service the Bismarck Airport.

Make the most of your trip! Check out what Bismarck and the surrounding area have to offer, by visiting the Visitors and Convention Bureau website. www.bismarckmandancvb.com

Ramkota Hotel, 800 South 3rd Street, Bismarck, North Dakota 58504

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 Directors’ Meeting!

Major Level Conference Sponsors:

Brandt Information Services
National Archery in the Schools
Sovereign Sportsman Solutions

Gold Level Conference Sponsors:

Archery Trade Association
Kalkomey
National Wild Turkey Federation
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
U.S. Forest Service – Region 9
USDA APHIS – Wildlife Services

Silver Level Conference Sponsors:

Bass Pro Shops
Canadian NAWMP Partners
Ducks Unlimited
National Shooting Sports Foundation
USGS
ND Natural Resources Trust

Bronze Level Conference Sponsors:

DJ Case and Associates, Inc.
National Rifle Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Supporting Sponsors:

Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers (AMFGLEO)
Mule Deer Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
ND Chapter The Wildlife Society
The Nature Conservancy – Central Division

Signage Sponsor:

Voss Signs