Wilderness Wildlife Museum

The museum hosts exhibits, events and a museum store to bring awareness to the american field sports. 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 are reaching out to all ages with our message, especially the youth. It is our wish that the practice and heritage we have established through hunting, fishing and conservation will be brought with us into our futures.

Operating as usual

06/01/2021

Our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby on May 22nd was another great success! Thanks to all who attended including Mother Nature for a gorgeous fishing day!!

Information on all of our participants & the days results:

1) Matthew Crisci 14 yrs old accompanied by his father Monte Crisci

2) Rowan Umbel just 2 years old Accompanied by his mother and father Jena and Marc Umbell

3) Landon Umbel 11 years old WINNER of the biggest Blugill 11" New fishing rod also accompanied by Jena & Marc Umbell

4) Athony Grippo 14 years old "Most fish Caught" 17 total! Accompanied by his father George Grippo

5) Daniel Tenney 13 years old Winner of derby with a beautiful 18" Tiger trout accompanied by his father Fred Tenney

6) Aaron Kouth 13 years old " took second with a gorgeous 17" Rainbow trout accompanied by Fred Tenney as well

7) Brett Marker 12 years old accompanied by his parent Melanie Banas Marker

8) Wyatt Comn 12 years old also accompanied by Melanie Banas Marker

9) Tristan Moore only 3 years old # 3 Big fish winner with a 16" Large mouth bass accompanied by his parents Denise Moore and Emily Matthews

10) Alexander Moore 3 years old accompanied by parents Emily matthews and Denise Moore

A great thanks to our contributors:

Lunch was donated by Rosalie Jioio's Ligonier PA

Fish where donated by Amour N. Mellon

A great thanks to event helper Georgie Scott

Again thank you to everyone for a wonderfully fantastic great fishing day..

John J Keslar

Our annual WWM Kids Fish Derby on May 22nd was another great success! Thanks to all who attended including Mother Nature for a gorgeous fishing day!!

Information on all of our participants & the days results:

1) Matthew Crisci 14 yrs old accompanied by his father Monte Crisci

2) Rowan Umbel just 2 years old Accompanied by his mother and father Jena and Marc Umbell

3) Landon Umbel 11 years old WINNER of the biggest Blugill 11" New fishing rod also accompanied by Jena & Marc Umbell

4) Athony Grippo 14 years old "Most fish Caught" 17 total! Accompanied by his father George Grippo

5) Daniel Tenney 13 years old Winner of derby with a beautiful 18" Tiger trout accompanied by his father Fred Tenney

6) Aaron Kouth 13 years old " took second with a gorgeous 17" Rainbow trout accompanied by Fred Tenney as well

7) Brett Marker 12 years old accompanied by his parent Melanie Banas Marker

8) Wyatt Comn 12 years old also accompanied by Melanie Banas Marker

9) Tristan Moore only 3 years old # 3 Big fish winner with a 16" Large mouth bass accompanied by his parents Denise Moore and Emily Matthews

10) Alexander Moore 3 years old accompanied by parents Emily matthews and Denise Moore

A great thanks to our contributors:

Lunch was donated by Rosalie Jioio's Ligonier PA

Fish where donated by Amour N. Mellon

A great thanks to event helper Georgie Scott

Again thank you to everyone for a wonderfully fantastic great fishing day..

John J Keslar

12/02/2020

The WWM had it's 1st annual Handicap Pheasant Hunt November 27, 2020.
Handicapped hunter Todd Shasko has been battling a virus within both of his knees, while waiting for knee replacement surgery. Both of his knees have been removed & has been monitored weekly for infection for months.
After 3 months of being confined to bed or wheelchair we arranged a Pheasant hunt with his restrictions in mind. Our group picked him up and brought him to Onpoint Outfitters in Addison, PA for our annual pheasant hunt to kick off our whitetail deer season in Pennsylvania!
Much thanks to On-Point Outfitters for going over & above to help us accommodate Todd for this amazing & memorable hunt!!

The hunt included our handicapped hunter:
Todd Shasko

Fellow hunters:
Jonty Loukes
Jared Bowman
Kurt Bonnet

.. & WWM board members:

Jack Keslar
Troy Shasko
Marc Shasko

http://www.onpointoutfitters.com/

10/25/2020

17th annual WWM Pheasant Hunt was held Saturday October 23rd! This year's participants were:
Marc Shasko
Dr Bruce Matthews
Zack Heide
Jim Forai
Jim Forai jr.
Ken Timms
Jack Keslar

There were lots of pheasants and chuckers filling the fields for sport!
Birds were flying left as birds flying right constantly. There were a lot of misses but quite a few of our feathered friends did manage to get tossed & toppled. A great day of a fine hunt was had by all.
Mike Hartman and Eric Hoover had On-Point Outfitters in Addison, PA in prime shape. The hunting dogs were in fine shape & just as skilled as always! Thanks again to all whom attended & helped on this beautiful fall day & hunt!!

10/23/2020

The museum had some visitors last Sunday & 1 in particular was REALLY taken by all the animals! Little Sonny Shasko-Loukes (2 +yrs) brought his grandfather Troy Shasko to show him all of the exhibits! 😉 Both gentleman enjoyed their time together
Visiting and spending time with Big Jack at the museum!

08/21/2020

Stop by for pastries & info on the WWM!

Once again Jack & Rosalie will be selling The Original Pie Shoppe baked goods from our porch again on Saturday morning. We will have these items beginning 8am -11am (or until sold out). 😁

08/15/2020

We are at Jioio's Little Italy again today! Come visit us for more info on the WWM!

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We will be selling The Original Pie Shoppe baked goods from our porch again today. We will have these items beginning 8am -11am (or until sold out). 😁

08/11/2020

The WWM has had some recent visit for fishing on 2 different occasions by Ken Tims & family. He & his sister Jennifer have brought his niece Katrina & nephew Troy. The kids have really enjoyed fishing but even more on their self made fishing poles!! They enjoy the challenge of catching minnows & crayfish with sticks & fishing line. They then use the minnows for bass & trout. Jennifer even caught a nice tiger trout! Thanks for supporting the museum Troy, Katrina, Jennifer & Ken!!!

08/07/2020

We will be selling The Original Pie Shoppe baked goods from Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy's porch on this Saturday August 8th, 2020. We will have these items beginning 8am -11am (or until sold out). Rosalie Jioio's Little Italy 333 W Main Street Ligonier, PA 😁

07/06/2020

Joining us this past weekend was the Dr. Ted Matthews family for some fishing! Ted was fishing with his daughter Emily, and his grandchildren Denise, Tristan & Alexander.

07/06/2020

On Sunday June 21st & 22nd the WWM
had 9 handgun and shotgun students.
Joining us Sunday was Rex Pynos and his family. Their class included
handguns: automatics and revolvers.
Also Saturday Jamie Winters and Elliott Rush with their class that included shotguns and revolvers.

05/22/2020

Winners of 2020 WWM annual Fish Derby

From left to right:

Sophie Marcelli 2nd place
19" tiger trout

Champion Bobby Smithnosky
Trout 21"

3rd place Brett Marker 18"tiger trout (also biggest bass at 18" large mouth)

Biggest blue gill champion
Dawson Wolfe 10.5"

05/22/2020

10 contestants entered the WWM annual Fish Derby last Saturday. Many fish were caught by all!

Bobby Smithnosky
Anthony Grippo
Sophie Marcelli
Brett Marker
Dawson Wolfe
Mattea McIntyre
Chase McIntyre
Avery Chappelle
Aaryn Chappelle
Matthew Crisci

05/22/2020

We celebrated some of our past annual fish derby winners this past Saturday:
Past 2019 champion Bobby Smithnosky with his 20" Rainbow trout & past 2018 champion Anthony Grippo with his
21" Rainbow trout! Both compliments of Shaffer Taxidermy.

11/02/2019

One last hunters safety class before deer hunting season 2019.
Instructors: Dennis Marcelli and Jack Keslar .
At White Oak Rod and Gun club.
50 students.

10/28/2019

Here is a clear photo of the New Year's ticket.

10/26/2019

Hello patrons,
The annual WWM Guided Pheasant hunt was a great success.
Today we had 8 participants of all skill levels including 1st time pheasant hunters!

The results of the animal pheasant hunt were great.
Kelly Carlson collected her first ever Ringneck pheasant. A wonderful specimen.

Thank you to the following participants:
Shelli Apicella, John Apicella, Troy Shasko, Marc Shasko, Jonty Loukes, Kelly Carlson, Paul Carlson and Jack Keslar.

We all enjoyed a great lunch between our morning and afternoon hunts.
Our hosts On-Point Outfitters in Addison, PA were great as always which made for a fantastic day all around for everyone today!
15 years and counting....

10/10/2019

Just wanted to let everyone know that The Original Pie Shoppe of Laughlintown will be supporting the Wilderness Wildlife Museum this Fort Ligonier Days! The WWM will have a table out front of Jioio's Little Italy this year. We will have a good variety of the Pie Shoppe's goodies for sale... along with information on our museum's programs. Stop by and say hello Friday thru Sunday 10/11-13!

[10/08/19]   Just wanted to let everyone know that The Original Pie Shoppe of Laughlintown will be supporting the Wilderness Wildlife Museum this Fort Ligonier Days! The WWM will have a table out front of Jioio's Little Italy this year. We will have a good variety of the Pie Shoppe's goodies for sale... along with information on our museum's programs. Stop by and say hello Friday thru Sunday 10/11-13!

09/08/2019

Sept 8th at the museum.
We had several guests over the weekend just to stop and see the animal collection and take a ride to the ponds and feed the fish. That is the real James E. Legal behind the exhibit.

08/17/2019

Bryan Welling, Veteran and longtime museum supporter came today for Rifle Saturday here at the museum. Bryan is getting prepared for our Wyoming antelope hunt in October. It is great practice to shoot your fi****ms and get comfortable with them, so when the moment of truth comes you are ready...Calibers shot today, 300 wby mag, 6.5 creedmore, 222 rem mag, 7mm Re*****on magnum, 204 r***r, 25-06 Re*****on.

Call us and schedule some range time.

08/12/2019

Good Day to everyone!
Weather has been great.

I wanted to let everyone know that I have been hearing so much about people getting their concealed carry permits and the 2nd amendment. I have to let everyone know to relax and if you want a concealed carry permit make sure you know how to use a handgun.

PLEASE. .Put all your fears aside. You know what takes away fear = education!!
Knowing that you know how to handle your firearm any firearm gives you confidence, so God forbid that something happens and you are in fear for your life you can react and stay alive.
You can TAKE A NRA HANDGUN CLASS RIGHT HERE WITH ME AT THE WILDERNESS WILDLIFE MUSEUM.

I have helped 100's of people over the years to get theirs. We have been an shooting NRA DESTINATION FOR 15 YEARS. And anyone can schedule a time for the ranges. You just need the range safety officer with you. Jack Keslar.
I instruct all disciplines. Pistol, Rifle and Shotguns.
Private and personal instruction.
Ask yourself is it scary to know that there are people out there that have a permit and don't know how to handle a firearm?? It scares me.

More than you would expect. So be a responsible gun owner and educate yourself.

That is a big reason why we started the Museum. To educate. Firearm and outdoor conservation.
We will have a class with as few as 2 students.

Terrorism always feasts on the uneducated and unprepared. Our little community is more prepared than most. Know the laws.

Everyone is welcome here, everyone needs a refresher as well. Even sportsmen that have experience.

Jack Keslar

[08/05/19]   Saturday October 26 2019
15th annual Pheasant hunt.

Forgot lunch is included

08/05/2019

The season is approaching quickly....
I can smell the that aroma of freshly ignited gun powder in the morning....mmmmm.....Photo from last year's pheasant hunt, some of the participants. This year is our 15th annual pheasant hunt. Please contact Jack if you want to participate? Children 11 and older accompanied by parents. Jack will give a pre hunt safety talk. Just as a refresher.

All inclusive guided pheasant hunt (dogs and guides)

Location: On Point outfitting, Addison, PA

DATE: SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 2019

TIME: 8AM

DONATION: $275.00 PER HUNTER

Maximum # of hunters 16 (groups of 4 hunters )
Register directly with Jack

SEE YOU IN THE FIELD MAN!!

06/18/2019

Hello my friends, I hope all is well with everyone?
We had some young people here today to try and capture some of the trout in the museum waters. Check out the pictures and let us know what you think? We have an abundance of fish. SO
Anyone who is a supporter of the Museum has the ability to make arrangements for a small fishing party to enjoy our wonderful waters. Just get in touch and see if our schedules can meet....Fish on..
Bobby and Sofia

06/01/2019

NRA. FIRST STEPS COURSE.

06/01/2019

Onyx Fyock, 10 yrs old. First Rifle shots.

05/18/2019

100 yd free hand . Target " not to bad

05/18/2019

Freehand @ 100 yards training at the museum shooting range. Big Jack and Troy Shasko. Great day to shoot.

05/18/2019

Its Saturday here at the museum and it's a heavy Rifle target practice. Rifle of choice 7mm Re*****on magnum.

05/18/2019

Board of directors member Troy Shasko prepares for a spring bear hunt in Canada at the museum ranges

05/11/2019

AT THE OHIO GUN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION MEETING. WILMINGTON OH.

05/11/2019

The "WAR CHEST "
MADE IN THE USA
MANUFACTURED BY JACK KESLAR
SERIAL #0003
ON DISPLAY AT THE OHIO GUN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION.
IT IS A JEWELRY AND HANDGUN LOCKABLE STORAGE SYSTEM.

05/05/2019

RJ was another of our youngest participants at only 4yrs of age! Don't let him fool you with his confidence by adding a whole year to his own age! What a trooper and fun to watch. Keep the youth fishing!!

05/05/2019

Another returning winner from previous annual fish derbies was Matthew! He got a lot of hits too!

05/04/2019

Finn displayed much aptitude for being able to reel in the fish today. He was a bit more guarded with his secrets to multiple catch & he caught quite a nice number of them!

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Hello my friends,  I  hope all is well with everyone?We had some young people here today to try and capture some of the ...
RJ was another of our youngest participants at only  4yrs of age! Don't let him fool you with his confidence by adding a...
Another returning winner from previous annual fish derbies was Matthew! He got a lot of hits too!
Jake managed to use his tactics today to land the largest bluegill today with a solid 8" Pumpkin! Congratulations Jake!
Brett managed to implement his skills into catching the 2nd largest rainbow trout at 15". Congratulations Brett!
Angles for fishing from an old pro and 3 times champion of our past annual events...
Some angles for fishing from our little angler Isaiah...
Today the museum stocked a lot of trout into our ponds! Our annual Kids Fish Derby  participants will definitely catch s...

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Courses offered in American Heart Association cpr & first aid, various NRA firearm certification and Introduction to Big Game Hunting. Museum store also offers hats, t-shirts,jewelry and hunting dvds.

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147 Kesler Dr
Rector, PA
15677

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