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Doe permit deadline is Thursday

September 6, 2010

by Chris Schultz

From the DNR

Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader in a lottery area and want to harvest an antlerless deer must apply for an either-sex permit by the Thursday, Sept. 9, deadline established by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Nearly half of Minnesota’s deer permit areas now are lottery areas.

They include deer permit areas 103, 108, 118, 119, 127, 152, 155, 169, 171, 172, 173, 176, 183, 184, 197, 218, 219, 223, 224, 229, 230, 235, 238, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 255, 258, 259, 262, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 285, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296, 299, 338A, 338B, 347A, 347B.

“Annually we estimate deer numbers using a population model that considers harvest and over-winter survival,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator. “We then use that information to determine which areas would be designated as lottery.”

In lottery deer areas, firearms and muzzleloader hunters may only harvest a buck unless they apply for and receive an either-sex permit, which allows them to harvest an antlerless deer.

For 2010, all firearm and muzzleloader hunters must apply if they want to take an either-sex deer.

Successful applicants will be able to take an antlerless deer in that area only during the season listed on the application.

“For example, if you apply for the permit for the muzzleloader season, it’s not valid during firearms season”, Cornicelli said.

This year, hunters are able to apply for one firearm and one muzzleloader permit.

However, a hunter cannot take more than one deer from all lottery areas during all deer seasons, which include archery, firearms and muzzleloader.

Individuals who are successful in both lotteries may only fill one permit.

If the permit is filled during the firearm season, the muzzleloader either-sex permit is no longer valid.

If a hunter harvests a deer during the firearms season in a lottery area, that hunter still can hunt statewide during the muzzleloader season in any managed or intensive area.

Lottery winners will receive permits via U.S. mail.

Hunters may apply for an either-sex permit through any Electronic License System agent, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by calling 1-888-665-4236.

Bonus permits cannot be used in lottery deer areas, regardless of weapon type.

Hunters who are unsuccessful in the lottery may only harvest a legal buck throughout the season in lottery deer areas.

Archery hunters may take a deer of either sex in a lottery area without applying for a permit.

Archery hunters who are successful in any lottery area may not harvest another deer from any other lottery area using a bow, firearm, or muzzleloader.

They may harvest additional deer using bonus permits in managed and intensive areas.

Annual DAEF Trap Shooting fundraiser

The sixth Annual Delano Area Educational Foundation’s annual Trap Shooting Fundraiser will take place Sat., September 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The DAEF Trap Shoot Fundraiser was started in 2005 with a small group of mostly hunters and trap shooting enthusiasts.

It, however, has grown into a significant fund raising event for Delano Schools.

The Park Sportsmen’s Club in Orono is the site of the event which is held the first Saturday after Labor Day in September.

During the afternoon, trap shooters of all ages and skill levels test their marksmanship.

After a few tips from club instructors, even beginners find they can hit targets after a few tries.

Many local businesses donate door prizes, silent auction items and shooting awards.

Lunch and refreshments are available throughout the afternoon.

The Principals’ Cup Challenge was introduced as a friendly competition between the Principals of the three Delano schools and their staff.

The coveted Principals’ Cup is awarded to the winning team.

The trophy proudly displayed in the trophy case of the winning school for the next 12 months.

Matt Shoen’s high school students and staff are current holders of the cup.

The public is invited to attend this fun event.

For information please contact Larry Hutchins (612) 518-3113 or Mike Gallagher (612) 386-8830.

Special mentored youth/women pheasant hunt

If you are a youth, age 12 to 17, or a woman who has not experienced the rush of the flush as a pheasant explodes from cover, we want you.

The Minnesota DNR and Pheasants Forever have teamed up to provide a very special mentored pheasant hunt in Minnesota Saturday, October 23.

This great opportunity will teach you about hunting techniques, skills, safety, and wildlife habitat.

Applicants will be randomly drawn by lottery to participate in the county of their choice.

On the application/waiver page, please indicate which county you would prefer to hunt in.

You may also tell us how far you would be willing to travel if you are not drawn for your first county choice.

Please keep in mind, the farther from the seven-county metro area you apply for, the better the odds of being drawn for the hunt.

Experience your heart racing as rooster pheasant busts from nearly under your feet and you pull the trigger on an incredible outdoors opportunity.

Applications must be received at the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources Central office by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.

For additional information, contact Mike “Cold Front” Kurre at Michael.Kurre@state.mn.us.

DNR asks bear hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears
From the DNR

Hunters participating in this fall’s bear hunt, which opened Sept. 1, should avoid shooting radio-collared or ear-tagged animals, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Taking a bear with a radio collar is legal unless the bear is accompanied by a researcher who has identified the bear to the hunter as a research animal.

DNR researchers are monitoring about 35 radio-collared black bears, most of them in northwestern Minnesota, especially near Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge.

Additional radio-collared bears reside in and around the Chippewa National Forest, Camp Ripley, Cloquet Forestry Station and Voyageurs National Park.

Bear research also is being conducted between Ely and Tower near the Eagles Nest chain of lakes in northern St. Louis County.

“Hunters near these areas should be especially vigilant for collared bears,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear research biologist. “However, bears travel widely in the fall, sometimes 50 miles or more, so collared bears can turn up almost anywhere.”

Most of the monitored bears have brightly-colored ear-tags to make them more visible to hunters.

Some bears also have brightly-colored tape or streamers on their collars.

Photos of some of these are available on the DNR website.

“We’re asking that if hunters see ear tags or a collar on a bear, they refrain from shooting it” Garshelis said. “Researchers have invested an enormous amount of time and expense in these bears. Many of the collars have global positioning units that collect and store data, which is downloaded when we visit the bears in their dens and helps us monitor and manage the bear population.”

DNR officials recognize that a hunter may not be able to see a radio collar or ear tags in some situations.

Any hunters who do shoot collared bears should call the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids at (218) 327-4146 or (218) 327-4133.

DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2011 walleye stamp
From the DNR

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2011 walleye stamp from Monday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 22.

Designs should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container.

The words “Walleye Stamp” should be clearly marked on outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted.

The walleye (Sander vitreus) must be the primary focus of the design.

Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries.

Any entry that contains photographic products will be disqualified.

Entries will be accepted via mail and in person at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul. Mailed entries should be addressed to 2011 Walleye Stamp Contest; DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife; Box 20; 500 Lafayette Road; St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.

The contest, which offers no prizes, is open to Minnesota residents only.

Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds.

Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to walleye stocking and stocking related activities.

A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational, and informational purposes related to walleye, must be signed and submitted with the design.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

For complete contest criteria and information contact the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020, and online.

Surplus fall wild turkey licenses available Sept. 13
From the DNR

Fall wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the landowner and regular lottery drawings will be available at noon on Monday, Sept. 13, at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agents and online.

Leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Surplus fall turkey licenses also will be also be available online at noon on Sept. 13.

Until noon on Sept. 20, hunters who were not chosen in the fall turkey permit lottery may purchase a surplus license.

After noon on Sept. 20, people who did not apply in the lottery may purchase a license.

Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before purchasing a leftover permit.

For 2010, the fall hunt has been changed to a single 30-day season running from Saturday, Oct, 2, to Sunday, Oct. 31.

Hunters may check the availability of leftover licenses or the status of their lottery applications on the DNR website.

Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt deadline is Sept. 15
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters looking to reserve a date to goose hunt in the controlled hunting zone at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area that the application deadline ends Wednesday, Sept. 15.

This year’s goose season will be 85-days starting Oct. 2.

Reservations will only be accepted from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30.

From Dec. 1 until the end of the goose season, hunters still can use designated hunting blinds but access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to Oct. 21, the Lac qui Parle State Game Refuge will be closed to waterfowl hunting.

Hunters must apply on a standard 3-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch postcard bearing the applicant’s full name and address, and listing their first and second choice of hunting dates.

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

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

Fall color reporting started Sept. 2 on the DNR web site
From the DNR

Catch the shimmering wave of autumn color as it ripples across the state during the fall season.

As they have for the past several years, Minnesota state park staff will provide weekly updates on the progression of color in the area, beginning this week, as a public service.

The fall color reports, to be updated by noon every Thursday beginning Sept. 2, are posted on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.

The information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The reports will include percent of color change, peak color projections, flowers and grasses in bloom, and the mix of colors people can expect to see.

Online traffic to the fall colors pages has grown steadily over the past three years.

The fall color pages were viewed a total of 356,227 times between Sept. 14 and Nov. 6 last year.

Most online visitors went on to look at individual park pages for camping information and driving directions, and another large percentage went on to look at hunting information.

Members of the media use the fall color site in their weather reports or pick up on stories related to where the best viewing will be.

Others use it to make travel decisions, then upload their fall color photos to the site when they return from a trip to a Minnesota state park.