Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

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

August 23, 1999

The best place to start your 1999 hunting season

With the 1999 Minnesota black bear hunting season starting on Sept. 1 and the early Canada goose season opening Sept. 4, the 1999 hunting season is truly just around the corner.

Each year, the anticipation and the start of the season is marked in mid-August by the appearance of the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

At this time, the 1999 version is out and available at county auditor offices and license vendors across the state.

The book builds my anticipation and gets me off and rolling to a fun, safe, and hopefully successful season.

I read and review it from cover to cover and always makes sure one is included in my hunting gear.

From season dates and limits to sunrise and sunset tables, there is more in it than just laws and rules.

In fact, the handbook is heavy on ethics and by all means is a must read for anyone who will be involved in any hunting in Minnesota this season.

If you haven't picked one up yet, get one now, and take the time to read it.

The handbook is about 125 pages long. Here are a few key points in it:

On page two, you will find a listing of new regulations for 1999 and page numbers directing you to more info on them.

On page six, there is a neat feature on commonly asked questions that is a must read.

On page 11, there is sone new text from other years that clearly explains the rules of water access and recreational use. These points are especially important information for waterfowl hunters who will often trudge anywhere to find good hunting.

Pages 32 and 33 outline season dates and limits for small game hunting.

A folding map detailing information, zones, permits areas, and season dates for the firearms deer hunting season in on page 65.

Getting close to the end, beginning on page 118, there is a great section on news you can use from the DNR. Page 125 includes phone numbers and information on how to reach the DNR, and the handbook ends with sunrise and sunset tables.

Please take the time to read and review the handbook. It's the best place to start your 1999 hunting season.

On a final note, the 1999 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Supplement will be available in mid-September.

Outdoor notes

  • In next week's column, look for the scoop on the upcoming September Canada goose season which opens on Saturday, Sept. 4.
  • As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, look for the fishing on our area lakes to pick up. Labor Day weekend often marks the start of great fishing for lunker northern pike.
  • The Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in Minnesota is set for Saturday, Sept. 18.
  • The 1999 archery deer season in Minnesota opens Saturday, Sept. 18.
  • The application deadline for deer antlerless permits and special hunt permits is Thursday, Sept. 9.
  • The Winsted Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 16th annual banquet Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted. Tickets are available at the Blue Note, or call Chip Biske at 320-485-3885 for more information.
  • If you would like to take a peaceful walk through a beautiful woods, head to William May County Park just east of Winsted.
  • To sharpen your shotgunning eye and get used to handling your firearm again, head to the Lester Prairie Sportsmen's Club for a round of trapshooting. The club is open on Wednesday evenings through early September for league and practice shooting.
  • Now is the time to get your hunting dog in shape for the upcoming seasons.
  • As you plan your fall hunting trips and outings, take some time to remember the places you have enjoyed in the past. Who was the steward of land and who was concerned about the conservation of the land and the wildlife on it? Those people gave you a great gift. Will you give that same gift of conservation and stewardship to others?

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