Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

August 24, 1998

Read the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook

One of the first steps in accomplishing a safe, enjoyable hunt and hunting season is to read and review the 1998 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

There are many factors that affect the success and enjoyment of your hunting trip and season.

Ethics, laws, and regulations are definitely among the most important factors. Being confident and knowledgeable of the regulations will keep you out of questionable situations in the field that may force you to compromise your ethics.

It will also help to ensure a safe and successful season for yourself and those that hunt with you.

The 1998 handbook is only a summary of rules and regulations, but it does offer the basics and the "must know" information on deer, bear, moose, small game, wild turkey, and waterfowl hunting in Minnesota.

The handbook also provides information on ethics, hunter and firearms safety, public lands, sunset and sunrise tables, and phone numbers to obtain more information.

To many well-experienced hunters, or those, let's say, that just hunt grouse, it may seem like a waste of time to completely review the handbook every year.

However, there are rules and regs that change every year (listed in the front of the book) and the hunter who is only after grouse does have the need to know when bear and deer seasons are being held and possibly what regulation changes they may have to deal with.

Special things for all hunters to note in the handbook are season dates, blaze-orange requirements, trespass laws, game transportation requirements, new regulations for 1998, and the answers to commonly asked questions on page seven.

Read and review the 1998 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. It will help to ensure a safe, successful, and enjoyable hunt for all of this season.

Handbooks are out and available at area license vendors. The waterfowl hunting supplement will be available sometime in mid-September.

Life with Angus

I hate to disappoint anyone, but Angus, my 11-week old-pup, had a fairly uneventful week.

His training regiment has increased a bit and, by most accounts, he is doing well. He is now very familiar with a choke collar and check cord.

He is slowly learning how to sit, stay, and stick. The retrieving part was there from day one and he actually took his first dive off the dock last week.

He loved it, and now makes it common practice when going out after the dummy. The check cord came out just after the word come was added to his training. Right now, Angus thinks "come" means run the other direction.

A little puppy mischief did occur when Angus managed to crawl his way into the dog food bin and send chunks of dog food flying all over my garage floor.

He had a hay day until I got it all swept up. The bin is now strapped to the wall and he has since quit trying to tip it over or get inside.

In this case, prevention was the better choice over discipline. The word "no" doesn't mean much to an always-hungry, 35-pound, 11-week-old puppy.

Outdoor notes

  • A Minnesota pheasant stamp costs $5, state waterfowl stamp $5, federal waterfowl stamp $15, and special Canada goose permit $3.
  • Visit the DNR booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • The application deadline for antlerless deer permits is Sept. 10.
  • Experts are predicting an excellent ruffed grouse hunting season in Minnesota's northern forests this year. Most biologists are saying the population is at the top of the 10-year cycle and will probably decrease next season.
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26.
  • Plan now to get a kid involved in the outdoors this fall.

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