Winsted Ducks Unlimited Banquet Sept. 15

September 7, 2009

by Chris Schultz

Quack quack it’s back.

The 26th annual Winsted Ducks Unlimited Chapter Banquet will be Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Blue Note in Winsted.

The cost is $25 for a single, and additional $10 for a guest or spouse.

Previous years ticket cost was $45 for a single.

It all kicks off at 6 p.m. with live and silent auctions, raffles, games, and door prizes.

Your ticket includes a Ducks Unlimited membership, dinner, and the opportunity to participate in the auction, silent auction, and numerous drawings.

For tickets or more information, contact Dale Gatz at (320) 485-2474.

Wright County/West Metro Whitetails to host banquet Sept. 13

The Wright County/West Metro Whitetails Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will be hostings its 19th annual fundraier banquet at the River City Extreme entertainment complex in Monticello Sunday, Sept. 13.

Social hour begins at 4 p.m. and the all-you-can-eat broasted chicken and prime rib dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.

There will be lots of raffles, games, a silent auction, and free bowling for the kids.

The main purpose of the banquet is to raise funds to send kids to the MDHA’s Forkhorn Camps, which introduce kids to the outdoors and the importance of proctecting our state’s valuable natural resources.

This year the Wright County/West Metro Whitetails Chapter sent 23 kids to camps and would like to send even more next year.

If you are interested in attending tickets are $30 for those age 16 and under; $50 for one adult; and $70 for a couple.

The cost includes a dinner and a one year membership to the MDHA.

For more information, call Jim McCarty (763) 682-2061 or Al Weller (763) 370-1206.

Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club to host Fall Shoot

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.

Dassel Rod & Gub Club archery shoot

The Dassel Rod & Gun Club will host its first ever Fall Archer Shoot Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a five-animal target meat shoot, a 301 dart target tournament, and concessions will be on site.

Stop out and see the new archery range complete with nine foot by 13 foot elevatead shooting tower, a 20- to 60-yard target range, 3-D deer and turkey targets, broadhead targets, and youth bows and targets.

The club is located at Sportsman Park on the north side of Lake Washington.

Mary’s Wish pheasant hunt Sept. 26

The first ever Mary’s Wish Pheasant Hunt will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Major Avenue Hunt Clun in Glencoe.

The hunt will consist of teams of three to six hunters with a minimum cost of $400 per team, or $100 per hunter.

All the proceeds go to benefit Mary’s Wish.

On-site check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with orientation to start at 9 a.m.

The day will consist of two hours on the field with 16 birds – feel free to bring your hunting dogs.

There will also be one round of clay pigions (25 pigeons),a nd a luncheon.

If you participate, you will need to provide your own gun and ammunition.

For additional information, go to www.majoravehunt.com.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, call (612) 328-4292.

Shedding light on changes to deer shining law
From the DNR

Laws related to the shining of deer have been changed to help stop abuses, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Deer shining is “freezing” deer in bright lights to temporarily immobilize them. Recreational shining is legal at times for viewing wildlife.

However, previous statutes made it too easy for people to poach wildlife while posing as recreational shiners.

The DNR met with stakeholder group leaders to determine how to curb abuses.

“Their collective opinion is that deer shining is a statewide problem,” said Capt. Rod Smith, a DNR regional enforcement manager. “It’s also one of the most common complaints to law enforcement officers.”

Those concerns led to several legislative changes in the shining law that went into effect Aug. 1.

• Shining with firearms, bows

The old law allowed an unloaded and cased firearm or cased bow to be carried in the rear portion of a vehicle while shining.

The new law prohibits shining with an artificial light while in possession of a firearm, bow or any other implement that could be used to take wild animals.

Marty Stubstad, a board member of the Bluffland Whitetail Association in Lewiston, supports the change.

“The old law became an enabler for poachers because the firearm or bow was easily retrieved when shining and then used to take a deer illegally.”

The new law gives law enforcement officers probable cause to search a shiner’s vehicle for a firearm, bow or other implement that could be used to take wild animals.

• Shining without firearms

The old law allowed shining without firearms, onto private agricultural or residential property, or onto posted property until 10 p.m. from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, with no time restriction the remainder of the year.

The new law removes the Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 provision and now allows recreational shining up to two hours past sunset throughout the year.

The old law gave people up to five hours to recreationally shine.

That extended period generated complaints among farmers and rural residents.

Law enforcement officers found that the extended period also enabled poachers, giving them more time and cover as recreational shiners to scope out potential areas to poach.

“The new law allows for some traditional wildlife viewing, but more clearly protects wild animals and landowners from harassment or disturbance,” said Gary Botzek, executive director and legislative lobbyist for the Minnesota Conservation Federation.

Law changes extend protection beyond livestock and poultry to all types of fenced livestock and domestic pets.

The changes also extend protection to fenced agricultural property as well as all livestock and domestic pets.

Another change prohibits shining onto residential property or building sites, a common complaint to law enforcement.

“People find having a spotlight shined onto their house and yard to be very intrusive,” Botzek said.
The new law also allows a landowner to post agricultural, residential and non-agricultural property to “no shining.”

This change also includes a higher penalty option for violators.

• Shining exceptions

Some shining law exceptions are still in place for agricultural lands, safety or emergency purposes, normal vehicle operation, and some occupational and outdoor recreation activities.

An exception allows the retrieval of dead or wounded big game animals past sunset using an artificial light while on foot, as long as the person does not possess a firearm or bow and arrow.

This will protect hunters from incidentally violating the shining law.

• Warnings to be issued

For one year starting Aug. 1, to help educate people about the new laws, conservation officers are issuing written warnings to individuals stopped for misdemeanor shining.

Those warnings are to individuals who are shining but not in possession of a firearm, bow or other implement to take deer.

Smith said the changes in the shining law will benefit everyone.

“The shining law changes are aimed at providing better protection for wild animals, protecting landowner rights, decreasing wildlife and livestock disturbance, and allowing reasonable opportunity for recreational shining.”