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About muskellunge club of wi

Who was Douglas Bournique?

Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin (MCW) was founded back in 1953 and is the oldest fishing club in the world dedicated to muskies and muskie fishing. It was April 13, 1953, when the original Articles of Incorporation were signed and with that, the Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin was formed. Douglas P. Bournique (from Thiensville, Wis) signed that original document and can be credited as the founder of MCW. Other documents name him as our founding club president as well. So, who was Douglas Bournique?

It is with sadness and regret that we have almost no information about our club founder or the origin of our club. As this Douglas Bournique inquiry note was being put together in March 2017 for this webpage, our most tenured club members are in their 70s and early 80s and first joined our club in the mid-1970s. This was 17 years after our club was founded and none of them have any concrete knowledge about our club’s founding or the people that were involved. So, we no longer have the ability to obtain first-hand or even second-hand knowledge from our members so we’re left to wonder.

One thing we can surmise about Douglas Bournique is that he was likely a muskie fisherman and had a passion – and the willpower – to form a club of people who shared in his passion. (That was in 1953 – 13 years before Muskies Inc was formed.) Thanks, Mr. Bournique for starting MCW – the oldest muskie club in the world!

If you have any information at all about Douglas Bournique or the origin of our club, or if you or someone you know has an interest in genealogy and historical research and would like to do some investigating, please email us. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your help.


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