Wilderness Wildlife Museum

Wilderness Wildlife Museum The museum hosts exhibits, events and a museum store to bring awareness to the american field sports.
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These traditional sports helped to build and establish our country. We are reaching out to all ages with our message, especially to the youth. We strive to educate all ages with courses and programs such as NRA certifications, Boy Scouts of America Merit badge Program and PA Game Commission Hunter and Trapper Courses. Our museum is filled with well over 100 beautifully mounted specimens, as well a

s, a wide variety of educational material. Museum and courses are available by appointment so please contact us for any further information.http://www.wildernesswildlife.org/images/images/education%20brochure.pdf

Congratulations to the WWM Kids Fish Derby winners!! #1 Judah Sleasman  16" Trout #2 Emily' Reiner  15.5" Trout #3 Zande...
05/04/2024

Congratulations to the WWM Kids Fish Derby winners!!

#1 Judah Sleasman 16" Trout
#2 Emily' Reiner 15.5" Trout
#3 Zander Delgrosso 15.5 " Trout

Biggest bluegill at 10"
Caught by Emily Reiner

Also Awarded was last years #1 rainbow trout at 23" to RJ Davis (taxidermy by Jeff Shaffer)

Our anglers are out & about the ponds! Soon we will be moving towards the end of fishing & onto our awards luncheon of  ...
05/04/2024

Our anglers are out & about the ponds! Soon we will be moving towards the end of fishing & onto our awards luncheon of Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy !!!

05/04/2024

Our anglers are off & the 🐟 derby is underway! Good luck to all & show Mother Nature what you're got!!!!

Guess what arrived today at the Wilderness Wildlife Museum's ponds... Heeere fishy, fishy! 🐟 🐟 🐟 Now that they are stock...
05/01/2024

Guess what arrived today at the Wilderness Wildlife Museum's ponds...

Heeere fishy, fishy! 🐟 🐟 🐟

Now that they are stocked, it's time for those that signed up to get ready for our annual 🎣 derby on May 4th!

The WWM would like to send out a special thank you from us and our young anglers for the event. Thank you Mr. Armour Mellon for your generous donation of stocking the ponds. They are ready for the 14th annual Wilderness Wildlife Kids Fish Derby

02/26/2024

We do want to acknowledge Rosalyn Keslar & her staff from Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy for the amazing buffet that included wild game at our WWM 18th annual Big Game Feast & Bash. For those that couldn't attend or plan to attend next year here is a "taste" of our buffet:

Jioio's Pizza
Macaroni Salad
Tortellini Salad
Smoked Pheasant
Shrimp Cocktail
Mule Deer Hot Sausage
Moose Burgandy
Sweet Sausage
Green Beans
Antelope Jalapeno & Cheese Summer Sausage
Meatballs & Sauce
Buttered Noodles
Mule Deer Jalapeno & Cheese Summer Sausage ... & Multiple Cakes & Cookies

We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all that supported our WWM 18th annual Big Game Feast & Bash! Congratulatio...
02/26/2024

We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all that supported our WWM 18th annual Big Game Feast & Bash! Congratulations to all of our winners as well! You all made it a great day & even greater success. We couldn't have done it without the help of some others & want to thank the following:
*All of those that purchased tickets to the event & those that attended yesterday
*Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy -Rosalyn & her staff
*Huber Hall of Latrobe
*Highlands Sporting Clays & Mike Mohr
*On-Point Outfitters- Mike Hartman & Eric Hoover
*The Original Pie Shoppe & Tom Columbus
*Sarnelli's Distributing- Mike & Jeff Sarnelli
*The WWM Board of Directors .....and a special thanks to our Bash volunteers/workers because it couldn't be done without you all!

For those that have purchased our WWM annual Bash tickets we thank you! Our bash is this coming Sunday February 25th at ...
02/21/2024

For those that have purchased our WWM annual Bash tickets we thank you! Our bash is this coming Sunday February 25th at Huber Hall in Latrobe, PA noon-4:30 pm. There are only a few tickets left. For those of you that aren't attending but anxiously awaiting drawings on Sunday here's some info on our museum & thank you!!

Pheasant outing today.  Board members meeting in the field.
02/09/2024

Pheasant outing today. Board members meeting in the field.

12/21/2023

Attention Museum patrons.

The WILDERNESS WILDLIFE MUSEUM Big Game FEAST and Gun and Cash Bash is back by popular demand. (After the covid stuff) It will be our 18th annual Bash.
The unlimited all you can eat buffet will feature, hot and sweet venison sausage
Moose burgundy, smoked pheasant, the big shrimp bowl and of course Jioio's pizza and rigatoni meatballs , just to name a few items. Jioio's of ligonier takes care of all the catering..(regular food also on buffet) also all you can drink! Responsibly.
This event is open to all so acting accordingly will be expected.
Date: February 25th 2024
Where: Huber hall, 300 s Alexandria street. Latrobe, PA 15650
Time: 12 noon to 4:30pm
Donation: $50.00
This is our biggest event of the year!
Tickets will be available after the first of the year.
You can pick up tickets at Jioio's ligonier or send checks and money orders to the Wilderness Wildlife Museum
PO BOX 63
Rector, PA 15677
For table reservations call Jack Keslar at 724 593 9400 all round tables have 6 to 8 seats
There are 12 prizes of fi****ms and cash on the entrance ticket.
Many more 50/50s and firearm raffles during the FEAST..
ONLY 400 tickets available

In November our Big Game Hunt ticket winner Bryan Welling was very successful to say the least.  And he had invited Jack...
12/21/2023

In November our Big Game Hunt ticket winner Bryan Welling was very successful to say the least. And he had invited Jack Keslar Chairman of the Wilderness Wildlife Museum to accompany him on his big adventure. They were very successful. And had a wonderful time. Check out the fine specimen.

Drumroll please.......🥁🥁🥁🥁The winner of the 2024 WWM Montana Hunt tickets for 2 is Monte McFadden! Congratulations🎉 Mont...
12/02/2023

Drumroll please.......🥁🥁🥁🥁
The winner of the 2024 WWM Montana Hunt tickets for 2 is Monte McFadden! Congratulations🎉 Monte from the WWM.

Last day to purchase the WWM Montana hunt tickets for the 2024 Hunt is tomorrow! In the meantime you can take in Brian W...
11/30/2023

Last day to purchase the WWM Montana hunt tickets for the 2024 Hunt is tomorrow! In the meantime you can take in Brian Welling the 2023 ticket winner & his trophy! Tickets are available at Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy tomorrow until just before drawing.

Today some seasoned hunters joined our youth hunters on their first  guided pheasant hunt. Regardless of the elements th...
10/21/2023

Today some seasoned hunters joined our youth hunters on their first guided pheasant hunt. Regardless of the elements these teens were troopers & bagged their first pheasants. Congratulations to
Thomas Canzian & Gianna Canzian with a successful guided pheasant hunt. These 2 were joined by some very seasoned hunters to help show them the ropes:
Troy Shasko
Greg Bittner
Travis Bittner
Hunter Bittner
& Museum Chairman Jack Keslar.
Also along were some adult first time guided pheasant hunters to share in this experience:
James Plescovitch
Andrew Plescovitch
Matt Canzian
Everyone had a great day with a morning hunt followed by lunch. Once again the staff at On-point Outfitters in Addison Pennsylvania were top notch

10/10/2023

Hello there,
As we get ready for Fort Ligonier Days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct 13th thru 15th)...

Remember:
Jioio's Little Italy is open for whole pizza sales for take out only until 4pm. The dining room will open at 4pm Friday & Saturday only.

The big bakery sale to benefit the WWM is until 4pm Friday thru Sunday.
We have The Original Pie Shoppe baked goods and Mennonite baked goods, as well as, Roz's cannoli. So if you are hungry for something really good please stop by & see us!
Also check out all of the wonderful vendors all around the side & back of our restaurant.

All of us from the Wilderness Wildlife Museum & Jioio's Little Italy look forward to seeing you.
Jack

09/16/2023

Update:
Reminder we have a few spaces available for the youth pheasant hunt this Saturday. Any interest please let me know asap. Thank you

Reminder: youth pheasant hunt is set for October 21st 2023 with on point outfitters in Addison pa.
We still have openings.
Contact
Call Jack
At the Museum # 724 593 9400

Also up and coming is the return of our wild game FEAST and cash and gun bash
That is slated for February 25 2024 .BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!
LOCATED AT HUBER HALL IN LATROBE BY THE BREWERY.
TIME TO CELEBRATE A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE WHOLE COVID MESS.
EASY CALL JACK AT 724 593 9400
OR EMAIL: JACK .ORG

Also the bake sale during FORT LIGONIER DAYS . This year's baked goods will be supplied by the Original Pie shop and Moo Echo dairy. .The best baked goods in the world....Located on the porch of Jioio's little Italy.

Hope to see all of you!
Thank you
Jack

08/27/2023

PA HUNTER SAFETY CLASS:
Attention : PA Hunters
Pa Hunter Safety Class is set at
WHITE OAK SPORTSMAN'S CLUB in north Huntington.
Date: October 7th 2023
Time: 9am to 4pm
We have teamed up with White oak sportsman's for HTE .
GO ON LINE TO THE PA GAME COMMISSION SITE TO ENROLL.. ONLY SO MANY SEATS AVAILABLE.
Look forward to seeing you there.

07/19/2023

New WWM program event. Includes an hour of safety instruction. For more information follow contact info below.

07/19/2023

Announcing a WWM YOUTH SHOTGUN EVENT!!!

WHERE: WILDERNESS WILDLIFE MUSEUM

DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 12
10AM TO 1PM

AGES 11 TO 18

ONLY 12 SPOTS
AND ANY PARENTS THAT WANT TO JOIN.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FIRST

25-50 CLAYS

LUNCH PROVIDED BY JIOIO'S LIGONIER

DONATION 25.00 PER PERSON

ANY INTERESTED PARTIES CALL JACK KESLAR 724 875 7368

Announcing the annual WWM hunt tickets are now on sale for the Montana Hunt. You may purchase through our museum or Rosa...
05/22/2023

Announcing the annual WWM hunt tickets are now on sale for the Montana Hunt. You may purchase through our museum or Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy as well! For more information please contact us through our fb page or message us!

The 13th annual WWM Kids Fish Derby was a whopper of a day! On May 13th Mother Nature stepped in but she did not impede ...
05/22/2023

The 13th annual WWM Kids Fish Derby was a whopper of a day! On May 13th Mother Nature stepped in but she did not impede or young anglers. Our anglers even managed to set a few records regardless of the weather.
The largest trout caught (in any of our derbies to date) was angled by 7 year old RJ Davis. It was a whopping 22' rainbow trout earning him a solid 1st place.
2nd place was reeled in by Braden Matthews with a 16" tiger trout.
3rd place came in at 15" angled by 2 year old Graham Snyder with his rainbow trout.
The largest Blue Gill of the day was angled by CJ Ohler & came in at an impressive 10."
We would like to thank all of our anglers (& family members) who attended & braved the elements.
We also need to thank our event helpers: Andrew Pleskovitch & Delphine Hofecker for taking great care of our anglers during the day.
Also a big thank you to Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy for the angles lunch!

Happy anniversary to our WWM visitors Crystal & Mark McGeary. They came today to take a tour of the museum & listen to a...
04/03/2023

Happy anniversary to our WWM visitors Crystal & Mark McGeary. They came today to take a tour of the museum & listen to a few stories with Big Jack. Thank you for visiting & hope the rest of your day is very special!

Certified instructors Dr Dennis Marcelli & Jack Keslar of the Wilderness Wildlife Museum teamed up with Frank Maldonaldo...
03/05/2023

Certified instructors Dr Dennis Marcelli & Jack Keslar of the Wilderness Wildlife Museum teamed up with Frank Maldonaldo on Saturday at the White Oak Gun Club. Together they had 37 students for the PA Game Commision HTE Course (Hunter Trapper Education). The students ranged in age from 11 years to 60 years in this class at the White Oak Gun Club in North Huntington, Pennsylvania. For more information on certified HTE classes: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Hunter-TrapperEducation/Pages/default.aspx

01/02/2023
The Wilderness Wildlife Museum has some new exhibits within our collection. The African Lion with his Nyla are  displaye...
01/02/2023

The Wilderness Wildlife Museum has some new exhibits within our collection. The African Lion with his Nyla are displayed below a set of native African scribed elephant thigh bones.
The African Leopard has is Dik Dik treed for privacy.

The official winner of the WWM Montana hunt ticket is Mr Bryan Welling! CONGRATULATIONS!
12/02/2022

The official winner of the WWM Montana hunt ticket is Mr Bryan Welling! CONGRATULATIONS!

The 19th annual WWM Pheasant Hunt was a great success! A fabulous day was had by all. Amoung our hunters were: Mark Mula...
11/21/2022

The 19th annual WWM Pheasant Hunt was a great success! A fabulous day was had by all. Amoung our hunters were:
Mark Mularski
Marlene Mularski
Paul Mularski
Mark Shasko
Troy Shasko &
Dr Bruce Matthews

We missed having any youth this year to mentor but enjoyed entertaining a future sportsman Hudson! He is the son of Chelsea & grandson of Eric Hoover!

08/30/2022

WWM 19th annual Guided Pheasant Hunt to benefit WWM Youth Programs.

When: Saturday October 29th, 2022
Where: On-Point Outfitters Addison, PA
7am check-in with instruction & morning hunt to directly follow.
$250 donation to WWM per hunter 15 & older (children 11-14 are free with participating parent/guardian hunter).
Morning hunt will be followed by lunch together before continuing into the afternoon hunt.
On site hunter instruction will be available for all novices by PA Hunter Safety instructor #25023: Jack Keslar.
Only 8 spots left at present so please call Jack to reserve a spot or for further information.
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UPDATE: As of 1:25pm his mama came to edge of the woods by our porch & we watched him wobble up the grassy incline back ...
05/23/2022

UPDATE: As of 1:25pm his mama came to edge of the woods by our porch & we watched him wobble up the grassy incline back to her! Does can leave their fawns 10-12hrs so remember don't touch them. I found him about 6:15am this morning but don't know when she left him with us

We have a guest this morning. Here's to hoping this little boy's mama makes it back soon! We have bear & coyote around our house & the WWM so we assume mama deer decided he was safe with us for awhile this morning. He did move in closer to porch under a butterfly bush for a little more privacy while he waits 💕

It may have been a dreary day for our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby but it did NOT curb our young anglers enthusiasm in the...
05/07/2022

It may have been a dreary day for our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby but it did NOT curb our young anglers enthusiasm in the least!! Congratulations to this year's fish derby winners (Left to Right):

☆1st place: Brett Marker (13yrs) with catching his 17.75" Trout
☆Largest Bluegill: Conell Kober (6yrs) with catching his 9" Bluegill
☆2nd place: Isaiah Sleasman (7yr) with with catching his 16.5" Trout
☆3rd place: Michael Kober (8yrs) with with catching his 14.75" Trout

A very big thanks to our anglers & their friends/family that accompanied them to the annual fish derby.

Also thank you to all of our volunteers for this event:
Todd Kaiser
Denny Marcelli
Delphine Hoffecker
Sophie Marcelli

A big shout out to Jioio's Little Italy for preparing the well deserved lunch for all as well.

The ponds for our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby were stocked yesterday! We are grateful to Armour Mellon & his helpers for ...
05/05/2022

The ponds for our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby were stocked yesterday! We are grateful to Armour Mellon & his helpers for making our event extra special for the participants. Good luck to all of the kids participating in our annual event this coming weekend!

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