Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club will host annual Fall Shoot Sept. 13

August 24, 2009

by Chris Schultz

The Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club will be hosting its annual Fall Shoot Sunday, Sept. 13.

There will also be a pancake breakfast, and first-ever hog roast.

The day begins with the pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by .22 rifle offhand shoot – any sights and 50 feet – starting at 10 a.m.

Also at 10 a.m. will be the running deer shoot – shotgun slug or high power rifle.

A trap meat shoot will then begin at 11 a.m., followed by the hog roast at noon.

If you have questions, contact Tim (320) 980-0460 or Dave (612) 670-1916.

You can also go to the web site, www.rainbowsportsmenclub.weekly.com.

Either-sex deer permit deadline Sept. 10
From the DNR

Minnesota hunters who hope to harvest an antlerless deer this fall will want to review 2009 regulations prior to Sept. 10, the deadline to apply for an either-sex permit.

That’s because over-the-counter, either-sex permits will be valid in significantly fewer areas this hunting season, especially in portions of northern and southwestern Minnesota.

Therefore, hunters who typically did not need to apply for an either-sex permit will need to do so for this hunting season.

Nearly half of Minnesota’s 127 deer permit areas are designated as “lottery” this year, according to Lou Cornicelli, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) big game program coordinator. “We encourage all deer hunters, no matter if they hunt with a firearm or muzzleloader, to determine the status of their hunting area now so that it doesn’t come as a surprise to them after the Sept. 10 permit application deadline.”

Archery hunters may harvest an antlerless deer in lottery areas without applying for an either-sex permit.

The DNR has reduced the number of deer permit areas where over-the-counter, either-sex permits are valid.

In some parts of Minnesota, the deer population is now within management goals as a result of several years of abundant harvest coupled with a moderate to severe winter in northern Minnesota.

In other areas, where the deer population is below population goals, the restriction is an effort to increase deer numbers.

Hunters who are selected to receive an either-sex permit in a lottery area can harvest a buck or antlerless deer. Those who are not selected can harvest a buck only.

Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife section chief, said hunters younger than 18 who want to harvest an antlerless deer in a significant portion of southwestern Minnesota must apply for an either-sex permit by Thursday, Sept. 10.

Only youth hunters selected by lottery will be allowed to harvest an antlerless deer in these areas.

“We made commitments through our goal-setting process to increase southwestern deer populations,” said Simon. “To accomplish this, we need to restrict antlerless deer harvest.”

Permit areas affected by the change are 234, 237, 274, 275, 282, 283, 284, 286, 288, 289, 294.

“We’ve been lowering lottery permits in these areas for several years, but that hasn’t increased local deer populations,” said Simon. “The next logical step is to allow only hunters younger than 18 who participate in a lottery for either-sex permits to harvest antlerless deer.”

The other significant change is that muzzleloader hunters must apply for an either-sex permit if they want to harvest an antlerless deer in a lottery area.

Unlike previous years, there is no exemption for a person who only hunts the muzzleloader season.

Hunters who choose to hunt in a lottery area and want the option of taking an antlerless deer must decide by Sept. 10 if they will hunt with a regular firearm or muzzleloader, stipulating that choice on the lottery application.

If selected in the lottery, the permit will be valid only for the season the hunter specified on the application.

Hunters who are not selected only may harvest a buck in lottery areas during the regular firearms and muzzleloader seasons.

Detailed information about deer season licenses and permit requirements is in the 2009 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations and on the DNR Web site.

Goose hunting application period set for Lac qui Parle controlled hunt
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon begin accepting applications from hunters wishing to reserve a date to goose hunt in the controlled hunting zone at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.

Applications, postmarked between Aug. 24 and Sept. 16, will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, hunters must submit a standard 3-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch postcard with full name and address, and must list their first and second choice of hunting dates.

The limit is one postcard per hunter.

Applications should be sent to: Controlled Hunt, Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, 14047 20th ST NW, Watson, MN 56295.

Successful applicants will receive notification by mail designating the date of their hunt, and may be accompanied by one or two guests.

All hunters in the Lac qui Parle controlled hunting zone who are 18 years of age or older will be charged a $3 fee on the day of their hunt to partially cover controlled hunt expenses.

The DNR will assign goose-hunting stations during a drawing held on the morning of the hunt.

A split regular Canada goose season of 41 days is proposed at Lac qui Parle (West Central Zone).

The first segment is four-days in length beginning Thursday, Oct. 15 thru Sunday, Oct. 18.

The season will then close for five-days reopening Saturday, Oct. 24 and continuing thru Sunday, Nov. 29.

The reservation system will be in effect for the entire goose season.

For more information, call the Lac qui Parle headquarters at (320) 734-4451.

Moose advisory committee presents recommendations
From the DNR

A committee charged with making recommendations that may forestall a decline in Minnesota’s moose population presented its findings to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Duluth.

The committee, whose work will be incorporated into a Legislatively-mandated research and management plan, shared its insights on research needs, habitat management and other considerations during a meeting with DNR leaders.

The expert committee was formed, in part, because moose numbers have declined dramatically in northwestern Minnesota during the past two decades and may be declining in northeast Minnesota.

Rolf Peterson, chair of the DNR Moose Advisory Committee, said key committee findings include:

• While climate change is a long-term threat to the moose in Minnesota, moose will likely persist in Minnesota for the foreseeable future.

• Moose hunting can continue in northeastern Minnesota though key harvest and population data must be monitored as part of a strategy to identify when a closure would be appropriate.

• White-tailed deer should be managed at low densities in northeast Minnesota’s moose range – essentially the Arrowhead portion of the state – to reduce the deer’s parasite-related impacts to moose. Recreational feeding should be prohibited in the moose range.

• Monitoring of the moose population is critical. Additional research is needed to improve habitat, management, and understanding of the species.

The committee also called for increasing the moose’s public profile through vigorous outreach and education.

Peterson, a professor at Michigan Technical University who studies wolf and moose in Isle Royale National Park in one of the world’s longest wildlife study, said committee members are concerned about high mortality among moose from health-related causes. Still, details are poorly understood.

“For example, the connections between parasites, disease and mortality exist but how they interrelate is not clear,” he said. “Managing white-tailed deer at a density of fewer than 10 per square mile would reduce the potential for parasite-mediated impacts on moose.”

Peterson said committee members recognize climate change as a clear long-term threat to the persistence of moose in Minnesota but the rate and extent of change during the next 50 years are unknown.

Worst-case scenarios would create a serious threat but, for the foreseeable future, committee members expect moose to remain in Minnesota.

The committee did not believe evidence supported listing moose as a state-designated threatened or endangered species.

A narrow majority of committee members who voted believe the moose should be identified as a “species of special concern,” a designation that would more accurately reflect the animal’s vulnerable status.

This designation is advisory and conveys no additional legal status.

The DNR created the committee in September 2008 in response to growing concern about the long-term future of this iconic species of the north.

Committee members represent a cross-section of moose interests, including land managers, wildlife managers, tribal staff, conservation organizations and tourism.

Minnesota’s current moose population is about 7,600, almost all located within the heavily forested and wetland-rich northeast portion of the state.

This contrasts to Minnesota’s northwest moose population, which declined from at least 4,000 in the early 1980s animals to fewer than 100 today.

“We commend the committee for its hard work, commitment and diligence,” said Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife section chief. “This is exactly the kind of information, consideration and discussion we need to develop a moose management and research plan that creates every opportunity for moose to persist in Minnesota.”

DNR will review and consider the committee’s recommendations as it drafts a moose management and research plan, Simon said.

Once completed, the draft plan will be released for public comment

Information about the committee and its complete report is available on the DNR Web site at www.mndnr.gov/moose.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: What should anglers do if they are fishing on a catch-and-release only body of water, and they catch what they think may be a record-setting fish?

A: Catching a big fish regardless of the species is always a thrill for any angler. Since a potential record fish needs to be transported for weighing and identification it must be harvested and only fish that are caught and can be kept legally are eligible for state record verification.

So a state record fish could not be recognized on these bodies of water.

For full record fish rules go to www.mndnr.gov/fishing/staterecords.html.

However, there is another way for anglers to enjoy the rewards of catch and release.

The Master Angler program, which is sponsored by the DNR and Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, aims to recognize responsible anglers who release quality fish.

The program is open to all licensed anglers in Minnesota, and includes categories for both adults and youth.

Details about this program are available at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/masterangler.

Want a memento other than a picture? Some taxidermists will build a replica from the measurements and photo you might take before releasing the fish.

Additional information on state record fish and proper catch and release techniques can be found on page 72 in the 2009 Fishing Regulations.