Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Herald Journal

December 31, 2007

Archery fun league coming to Lester Prairie

The archery club at Prairie Archers in Lester Prairie will be starting an indoor fun league Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Anyone interested should contact Ron Greehey at (320) 282-4285 for more details.

Prairie Archers steak/shrimp dinner in LP

Prairie Archers will be hosting a steak/shrimp dinner at the Dodge House in Lester Prairie Saturday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Call in your reservations before 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 to either Jim Richardson at (320) 395-2721, or to the Dodge House at (320) 395-2877.

Nomination deadline approaching for deer hunter ethics award
From the DNR

Minnesota deer hunters who know an exemplary example of someone who used ethical hunting behavior this fall are being asked to nominate that person for the 15th annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award.

Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 4.

Anyone may nominate a hunter by writing a letter or e-mail explaining the actions of the nominee and why that person is worthy of this recognition.

Both youth and adults are eligible, but nominees must be Minnesota residents.

The incidents for which hunters are nominated must have occurred during any of the 2007 Minnesota deer hunting seasons (archery, firearm or muzzleloader).

The Deer Hunter Ethics Award is sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA), the Department of Natural Resources and Turn In Poachers.

“We want nominations of hunters who serve as examples of admirable hunting practices to all hunters,” said MDHA State President Dan Splittstoser. “Time is running out. Show them their ethical behavior and actions count.”

Awards for youth and adult divisions will be presented at the 2008 MDHA Habitat Banquet Saturday, Feb. 23 at Breezy Point Resort near Brainerd.

The winners also receive special recognition gift certificates from Cabela’s.

Nomination letters should be sent to Ethical Hunter Award, MDHA, 460 Peterson Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-8413, faxed to (218) 327-1349, or e-mailed to bri@mndeerhunters.com.

More information is available on MDHA’s web site at www.mndeerhunters.com.

Minnesota conservation officer tales – January
From the DNR

• Dart in a duck

Conservation Officer (CO) Tricia Plautz (Henning) assisted CO Gary Forsberg (Fergus Falls) on a complaint of a duck with a dart in his head.

With the help of corn and a landing net, the COs captured the duck, and removed the dart from the side of the drake mallard’s head. The duck was released and is apparently doing okay.

• Can you produce a farm animal in a fish house?

When CO Tim Collette (Longville) asked an angler about his long-expired ATV registration,the man replied he didn’t need one because he was using it for agricultural purposes.

Collette challenged the man to come up with a farm animal in his fish house.

The man sheepishly admitted he didn’t have any with him, so a ticket was issued.

• What a line

CO Mike Shelden (Alexandria) cited an angler who was fishing with too many lines.

When asked why, the angler said he was “just setting the lines for proper depth.”

Shelden discovered that all the lines were down 20 feet with shiner minnows on them.

• It’s in the laundry basket

A concerned citizen called CO Greg Salo (Mora) regarding a hawk that was injured by a bird feeder.

The homeowner had trapped the hawk in a laundry basket.

Salo removed the laundry basket and discovered an injured partridge from a nearby game farm.

• Weeding out the little fish

CO Aaron Kahre (Minnetonka) was checking anglers on Black Lake in Hennepin County when he came upon a man with two piles of sunfish on the ice.

One pile had really small sunfish and the other pile contained larger sunfish.

When Kahre asked the angler about the piles, he said he had to “weed out” the little fish.

A few minutes later, the officer turned around just in time to see the angler stomping the smaller bluegills back into the hole with his foot.

Kahre retrieved the fish and confronted the man.

The angler’s excuse was that he thought he could just put the fish back that he didn’t want.

Kahre explained the rules and sent the angler away with the appropriate paperwork.

• Why there are rules

CO Todd Kanieski (Osseo) located two snowmobilers who had caused a car accident and left the scene in Hennepin County.

The snowmobilers were illegally riding against traffic at night and on the shoulder of the road.

The driver of a car saw the snowmobile headlights coming at him.

The driver believed it was a car traveling in the wrong lane.

Fearing a head-on crash, the driver of the car veered into the ditch.

The juvenile snowmobilers didn’t understand why the car swerved at them and also drove into the ditch.

The snowmobilers thought the driver was impaired but later discovered the driver was trying to avoid hitting them.

The suspects’ parents were called to the scene to work out an agreement to resolve the damage and towing bills.

• Who’s been sleeping in my bed?

Conservation Officer (CO) Gary Forsberg (Fergus Falls) received a nuisance raccoon complaint from a Otter Tail County homeowner who said a raccoon followed the owner’s dog into the house.

The raccoon took up residence in the bedroom.

The homeowner spent the night on the couch after unsuccessfully attempting to capture the raccoon.

Forsberg, with assistance of a DNR Wildlife employee, removed the raccoon in the morning after it was found curled up sleeping in the homeowner’s bed.

• It’s inside the house watching TV

CO Tom Hemker (Winona) had an interesting situation following up on a complaint of a person running a game farm without a license.

When Hemker asked if there were any more animals than what were in the pens, the homeowner said there was one more pheasant inside the house watching TVwith his daughter.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: I’ve heard of the Take A Kid Fishing weekend in the summer. Is there anything like that in the winter?

A: During the last Legislative session, the Minnesota DNR was authorized to provide a free fishing weekend in the winter to promote ice fishing and getting kids outside.

Take A Kid Ice Fishing weekend is during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday that coincides with President’s Day. This year, the dates are Feb. 16 -18.

During this designated weekend, any Minnesota resident may fish without and angling license, as long as they are accompanied by a child.

This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and guardians to get those special kids in their life outdoors enjoying the fun and beauty that is a winter in Minnesota. What better way to celebrate

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