Jeff Schinkten, Whitetails Unlimited President, has announced in a letter from his national headquarters in Wisconsin that WTU will close its operations due to a statewide "Safer at home" order.

Schinkten said in his letter the Whitetails Unlimited national headquarters is closed, due to a state-wide "Safer At Home" order imposed by the Wisconsin governor, and field operations have been suspended across the country.

"This closing is scheduled to last through April 24, although that date may be modified by future events," he wrote. "The health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance and we are complying with all regulations that have been put in place.

"While the national headquarters is located in Wisconsin, WTU has field directors in 19 states, and all employees are complying with all local regulations.

"We also want our members, friends, and supporters to know that we truly appreciate the support you have shown for our mission of conservation, education, and the preservation of an American tradition, and we look forward to seeing you at a future WTU event - so take care of yourselves and your families."

The Mecosta County chapter of WTU had its banquet scheduled for March 18 at the Eagles Lodge in Big Rapids but postponed and announced it would reschedule it to another date to be determined.

"We have retooled our operations and many employees are telecommuting to maintain operations and be ready to hit the ground running when this threat to our health is over," Schinkten said.

"And it will be over. Americans have always worked together to overcome immense obstacles, and I am confident that while this will not be easy, that by working together we will emerge as a great nation, accomplishing great things.

"If you have tickets for an upcoming WTU event, check our website for instructions for a refund, or to see if the event has been rescheduled."