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DNR announces special youth deer season

July 19, 2010

by Chris Schultz

From the DNR

Youth ages 10-15 also are eligible to participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 24, in 12 permit areas of southeastern and 15 deer permit areas of northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“This youth-only season provides an opportunity for parents, guardians and mentors to schedule and plan a special deer hunt with youth,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.

Deer permit areas open to the hunt are 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349 and 601.

Youth must meet all firearms safety requirement, purchase a license and use the appropriate firearm for the permit area in which they are hunting.

Youth may take a deer of either sex.

An adult mentor must accompany the youth but may not hunt or carry a firearm.

The special season should occur when students are on school break.

Public land is open as is private land, provided the youth hunter has landowner permission.

Participating in the youth deer season does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit.

Prairie Archers steak/shrimp dinner

Prairie Archers will be hosting a steak/shrimp dinner at the Dodge House in Lester Prairie Saturday, July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Reservations need to be made by Friday, July 23, and can be called in to Jim Richardson at (320) 395-2721 or to the Dodge House at (320) 395-2877.

Watertown firearms training class

Registrations for Watertown firearms training class will take place Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watertown Rod and Gun Club.

Class size is limited, and participants must be 11 years old, or older, before class date in order to be eligible to take this class. The cost is $15.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 2, and continue Tuesday, Aug. 3, Thursday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 7, there will be a field day that starts at 8 a.m.

For additional information, call (612) 709-1243, or send an e-mail to watertownFST@yahoo.com.

Apply by Aug. 20 for October special youth deer hunts
From the DNR

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 20, to apply for 15 mentored deer hunts in October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“With a relaxed pace, these hunts provide high-quality introductory experiences where the total focus of the adult is on mentoring the youth hunter” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Youth deer hunts provide the ideal learn-by-doing experience.”

Youth ages 12-15 may apply for one of 11 special firearms youth deer hunts at selected state parks and refuges.

Youth ages 12-17 may apply for special archery youth deer hunts.

Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit.

A limited number of either-sex permits are available for the following hunts:

ARCHERY

• Camp Ripley Archery Hunt (open to youth 12-17), Archery, Morrison County, Oct. 8-10, 150 permits

• Lake Alexander Preserve, Archery, Morrison County, Oct.8-10, 20 permits

• Arden Hills Site A, Archery, Ramsey County, Oct. 21-22, 30 permits

• Arden Hills Site B, Archery, Ramsey County, Oct. 23-24, 30 permits

FIREARMS

• Lake Bemidji State Park, Firearms, Beltrami County, Oct. 16-17, 20 permits

• St. Croix State Park, Firearms, Pine County, Oct. 30-31, 90 permits

• Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Firearms, Polk Count, Oct. 23-24, 20 permits

• Savanna Portage State Park, Firearms, Aitkin County, Oct. 30-31, 20 permits

• Buffalo River State Park Hunt A, Firearms, Clay County, Oct. 23-24, 10 permits

• Buffalo River State Park Hunt B, Firearms, Clay County, Oct. 310-31, 10 permits

• Tettagouche State Park, Firearms, Lake County, Oct. 16-17, 10 permits

• Itasca State Park, Firearms, Clearwater County, Oct. 16-17, 75 permits

• Banning State Park, Firearms, Pine County, Oct. 30-31, 6 permits

• Father Hennepin State Park Hunt A, Firearms, Mille Lacs County, Oct. 30-31, 3 permits

• Father Hennepin State Park Hunt B, Firearms, Mille Lacs County, Dec. 4-5, 3 permits

Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul; or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, a lottery will be conducted.

Youth may only apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt.

An adult parent or guardian must accompany the youth at all times while hunting but only the youth may hunt.

Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation session.

Successful applicants also must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase all appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: With slot limits on nearly every Minnesota lake it is important for anglers to know the fish they keep are of legal size.
What is the proper way to measure a fish?

A: An accurate measurement of an angler’s catch may be difficult for a number of reasons.

The boat may be pitching and rolling on the lake.

Fish are slippery creatures that do not like to lay still.

Also, there are many obstacles in the boat like hooks, tackle boxes and other anglers.

However, accurately measuring any fish caught helps sustain fish populations and evens the playing field for all anglers.

And of course, an accurate measurement is necessary to comply with slot limit regulations.

To properly measure a fish, anglers should use a rigid ruler affixed to a flat surface with an “end stop” at the zero end.

Lay the fish over the ruler with the nose pressed against the end stop.

Pinch the tips of the tail together.

The length of the fish from nose to the tip of the tail is considered the legal length of the fish.

While in rough water, the end stop acts as a measurement aid, preventing the fish from sliding around on the ruler.

Flexible tape measures or rubber rulers do not provide an accurate length.

In addition, measuring “stickers” should not be used because they can shrink in the sun.

A metal or plastic measuring device is best.