Submit your best Wisconsin fall photo!

Get outside and share with us your best Wisconsin autumn photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our fall Facebook photo contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on October 20, 2019.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. We’ll add all submissions to a Facebook photo album on October 21, 2019. Kretz Lumber Company Facebook fans can then vote by liking their favorite image in the official album through October 27, 2019. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on October 27, 2019 will win one $25 Mill’s Fleet Farm gift card.

Enjoy the outdoors and good luck!

Submit your best Wisconsin summer photo!

Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your photo submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on August 18, 2019.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on August 19, 2019 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through August 25, 2019. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on August 25, 2019 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.

Submit your best Wisconsin spring photo!

Enter our Wisconsin spring photo contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our Facebook page by 11:59 pm CST on May 12, 2019.
    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.
  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on May 13, 2019 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through May 19, 2019. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on May 19, 2019 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.
  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!
Monday, 21 January 2019 13:09

Meet our New Head Forester, Nate Gilbert

Get to know our new head Forester, Nate Gilbert!

Question: What made you want to become a forester?

Nate's answer: I chose forestry because growing up in Upper Michigan I spent the better part of my childhood enjoying the outdoors. I became a forester so I would be able to spend more time outdoors doing what I am passionate about and sharing that passion with others, through timber management, wildlife and taking care of the environment.

Question: When did you start working at Kretz Lumber Company? What is one aspect of your job you really like?

Nate's answer: I started working at Kretz Lumber Company in July of 2018. One aspect of the job I really enjoy is the not knowing what the next day will bring and the constant challenges that arise. 

Question: What is a common question you often receive from landowners? How do you answer it? And how do you offer value to the landowners you work with?

Nate's answer: A common question I receive from landowners is how can they make their property more attractive for wildlife. My answer is to properly manage the land by doing necessary harvests, which provide food and shelter, for many different wildlife species. Also by providing diversity across the property. I offer value to landowners by assuring them that I have their best interests in mind and I am always available to answer their questions. I am here as a resource to assist them in properly managing their woodlands while ensuring they are comfortable with any harvesting or other management related to their property.

If you have forestry related questions you'd like to ask Nate personally, you can reach him by phone at 1-800-352-1438 or by contacting him using this form

Submit your best Wisconsin winter photo!

Enter our Wisconsin winter photo contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on February 3, 2019.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album February 4, 2019 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through February 10. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on February 10, 2019 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.

  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!

The gun deer season is here and it's time to get out in the woods and bag the biggest buck! Enter the 2018 Kretz Lumber Company’s Big Buck Contest and you could win more than just bragging rights. Every entrant has a chance to win!

There are two ways to win:

  1. Biggest Buck: $50 Fleet Farm gift card
  2. Wild Card: $25 Fleet Farm gift card (One winner randomly selected from all eligible contest entries.)

To enter our contest:

1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page

2. Bag your buck and post a picture on our Facebook page by 11:59 pm CST on 11/26/18.

All photos submitted must be bucks taken during the 2018 Wisconsin rifle season and shot in one of the following counties: Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Shawano, Menominee, Forest, Oconto, Portage, or Waupaca. No other submissions will be accepted.

3. With your submission, include your score. We are using a complete honor system.

To determine your score:

1 point per inch of inside spread + 1 point per “Point” number of antlers 1” and longer = Total Points

An example: 

Inside spread = 15 inches 
Eight 1-inch “points”
15+8 = Total score of 23

Kretz Lumber Company reserves the right to disqualify any entries suspected of cheating.

We will announce the winners the week of November 26, 2018 on our Facebook page.

Good luck and have a safe hunt!

This contest is in no way sponsored or administered by Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this contest's purposes.

Submit your best Wisconsin autumn photo!

Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our fall Facebook photo contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on October 28, 2018.
    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.
  3. We’ll add all submissions to a Facebook photo album on October 29, 2018. Kretz Lumber Company Facebook fans can then vote by liking their favorite image in the official album through November 8, 2018. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on November 8, 2018 will win one $25 Mill’s Fleet Farm gift card.
  4. Enjoy the outdoors and good luck! 

Submit your best Wisconsin summer photo!

Get outside and share with us your best summer scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our summer Facebook photo contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.
  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on August 1, 2018.
    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.
  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on August 2. Kretz Lumber Facebook fans can then vote by liking their favorite image through August 12. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on August 12, 2018 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.
  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!

Submit your best Wisconsin spring photo!

Get outside and share with us your best spring scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook pageWe’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The photo with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on May 14, 2018.
    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on May 15 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through May 22. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on May 22, 2018 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.
Monday, 30 April 2018 19:36

Buckthorn and white-tailed deer

By Dick Ballou, Volunteer Coordinator, Cedar Lake Buckthorn Control Project

There is a red barn in northwest Wisconsin, and adjacent to this red barn is a 3-acre woodlot that is not unlike one that might be found almost anywhere. The land was used primarily for nature walks and hunting in the fall; sadly, it is now nearly useless for either activity. The little red barn was once part of a real farm, and years ago it was converted to a popular summer theatre, where the actors, stagehands, and theatergoers all loved watching the graceful white-tailed deer around the barn. But gradually there were fewer animals, and then none at all.

This woodlot had gradually become ‘choked off’ by an invasive tree known as buckthorn. Some tall pines, oak, cherry, and other native trees could be seen above the 12-15 foot canopy of buckthorn, but all that remained underneath was a wall of invasive growth that was so thick that neither man nor animal could enter. Moreover, the invasive growth was so dense that seeds from native plants could not germinate and grow – the ground underneath was plain dirt, with no grass, weeds or other new growth. When it rained there was mud.

This example should serve as a wake up call to landowners who own woodlots – check your land for buckthorn!

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