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Famed writer and conservationist Aldo Leopold stumbled upon the small Wisconsin town of Riley in 1931 while on an expedition searching for a new place to hunt.


After lamenting the lack of game with local farmer Reuben Paulson, who was likewise troubled by hunter trespass on his land, the need for game and land management in the community became more apparent.


With the help of other Riley farmers and friends from the Madison area, the Leopold-Riley Game Cooperative was formed. This cooperative served a way to

  • Socialize,

  • Share in the land work,

  • Share in the hunting rewards of this work.

Stan Temple's article below goes into further detail about the structure and trials the cooperative faced. 

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