Ducks Unlimited banquet April 8 at the Blue Note in Winsted

March 3, 2008

by Chris Schultz

Ducks Unlimited will be hosting their 28th annual banquet and Crow River dinner Tuesday, April 8 at the Blue Note in Winsted.

For additional information on the banquet, call (612) 308-5275.

Prairie Archers to host dinner at Dodge House

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

Call in reservations before 6 p.m. Friday, March 7 to either Jim Richardson (320) 395-2721 or the Dodge House at (320) 395-2877.

LP Sportsmen’s Club to host firearm’s safety training classes

There will be DNR firearms safety classes at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club Monday and Thursday nights starting March 31, and running through May 1.

The classes will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Class sizes are limited, so don’t wait to apply. To register, call Gary Godel at (320) 395-2561.

2008 firearms safety training course in Delano

The registration date is Monday, March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Delano Sportsman’s Club for the firearms safety training course.

There is a $7.50 registration fee. A parent or guardian is required to register each student.

Students must be 11 years old by March 3, 2008. Adults are welcome and encouraged to take this course.

Class hours are 7 to 9 p.m. each night.

Saturday, April 5 is the field/range day from 7 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

A parent or guardian is requested to attend the March 4 class.

Class dates are as follows:
• March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 24, 27, April 1, and 3; April 5 will be field/range day.

The firearms safety training course will cover hunter responsibility, firearms handling, archery, marksmanship, wildlife identification, game management and game care, survival, water safety, and first aid.

If you have any questions, call John McClay at (763) 675-2397, after 6 p.m.

Minnesota 2007 fishing licenses valid through April 30
From the DNR

A legislative change effective Aug. 1, 2007 extended the expiration date of 2007 fishing licenses for resident and nonresident anglers through April 30, 2008, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Any stamps or tags to harvest particular species also are valid through April 30, 2008.

Angling licenses, stamps and tags for 2008, which will be effective from March 1 through April 30, 2009, went on sale Feb. 18.

Fishing licenses are required for resident anglers age 16 and older and all nonresidents.

Nonresidents younger than 16 may fish without a license if a parent or guardian who is licensed accompanies them.

Licenses can be purchased in person at one of 1,750 statewide Electronic License System agents, online at mndnr.gov or by phone at 1-888-MNLICEN (665-4236).

There is a $3.50 convenience fee for telephone or online purchases.

2008 Minnesota deer and turkey expo
News Release

The Minnesota Deer and Turkey expo will be Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.

There will be a locked antlers display, a trail cam photo contest, along with more than 20 seminars on deer, turkey, bear, and food plot topics.

Other items at the expo include: a food plot demonstration area, deer/bear/moose trophy contest with a 125 entries expected, hands-on optics tryout areas, new-product special display area, wild game cooking and venison butchering demonstrations, archery, airgun, and laser firearms shooting ranges.

Byron Ferguson will perform archer trick shots March 8 and 9.

Hours of the expo are 2 to 9 p.m. March 7; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 8; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9.

Tickets available at the door. Youth ages 11 and under admitted free March 7 when accompanied by an adult.

For event details, including seminar topics and schedules, special ticket offers, lodging rate information, maps, and directions, visit www.deerinfo.com.

Sandhill cranes and farmers to benefit from newly approved bird repellent
From the DNR

The Minnesota departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture have been notified by the US Environmental Protection Agency that temporary approval has been given for the use of the nonlethal bird repellent Avitec for a third year.

For the second year, a more effective liquid formulation will be available to complement use of a powder formulation.

Farmers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota can use this repellent to treat seed corn in areas where cranes have been damaging corn fields by eating the seeds shortly after planting.

This approval significantly reduces potential conflicts arising between farmers and the increasing population of sandhill cranes.

Avitec has an active ingredient of 9,10 Anthraquinone, a naturally occurring substance used by plants to repel birds. The use of Avitec represents a cooperative effort by the International Crane Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, and the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife to prevent damage that cranes cause.

Cranes eat newly planted corn seeds that occur in straight rows at predictable intervals.

Planted kernels are most vulnerable for about two weeks after the corn seedlings emerge.

Cranes detect Avitec at very low levels and avoid it. When treated, cranes do not eat the planted kernels and the birds continue to forage on waste grains and other foods in those same fields.

This benefits the farmer because waste corn and many types of beetle larvae can later cause problems as the crop matures.

Avitec is a practical and ecologically sound solution to crane crop damage.

Importantly, the deterrent does not prevent cranes from foraging in cultivated areas where they remove waste grain and insect pests.

By developing an effective nonlethal seed treatment, agriculture and conservation have developed a win-win situation where people and wildlife co-exist more harmoniously.

This first agricultural application of 9,10 Anthraquinone, approved within the United States as a bird repellent, is the result of extensive collaboration among federal, state and private organizations as well as Arkion, the manufacturer of Avitec.

Applications for longer-term use of Avitec are being pursued for the 2009 planting season.

The recovery of Minnesota’s sandhill crane population is a conservation success story.

From the 1930s, when the state’s crane population was estimated at fewer than three dozen birds the population has increased dramatically.

The sandhill crane is a nongame wildlife species that can now be seen and enjoyed across much of Minnesota.

People personally benefit sandhill cranes and other nongame wildlife by donating to the nongame wildlife checkoff on Minnesota tax forms.

For more information on the availability of Avitec, people can check with a current seed retailer, seed distributor or call the Avitec help line at 1-800-468-6324.

The more effective liquid treatment can now be used but requires planning before the planting season. Growers in Minnesota can also reach Dr. Eileen Cullen (UW-Extension) for more information on the use of Avitec at (608) 261-1507, or can obtain a two-page fact sheet about sandhill cranes with damage abatement recommendations by contacting a DNR area wildlife manager.

Wildlife manager’s phone numbers are available by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: Humans and fish are similar in that they rely on the senses of taste, smell, sight, hear and touch to live and cope with their surroundings.

However, fish also have a sixth sense. What is it?

A: Fish have a built-in motion detector called the lateral line, a row of tiny holes that run along each side of the body.

The sensitive hairs inside each hole help detect the location and direction of vibrations in the water.

This is especially important to anglers. The sound and movement of bait in the water attracts attention.

Once at an anglers lure, fish will use their other five senses to determine if the bait is something that sounds like, feels like, looks like, smells like and tastes like something they might usually eat.

While the lateral line helps fish find a meal, it keeps them avoid becoming one, too.

The lateral line also enables a school of fish swim together without bumping into each other.