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Winsted Sportsmen’s Club’s hog roast this Saturday

March 28, 2011

by Chris Schultz

Winsted Sportsmen’s Club’s annual hog roast is set for Saturday, April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Winsted Legion Club.

Advanced tickets are $8, or $9 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at Winsted Farmers Co-op, Winsted Floral, Keg’s Bar, and from any member.

Winsted Sportsmen’s Club

Tom Keiser of the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club reported the club has been very active lately and has several projects on the agenda for the rest of the year.

The club recently completed its annual wood duck house maintenance and lake clean-up, and noted that anglers are doing a much better job of cleaning up after themselves on our area lakes.

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Chapter is teaming up with the club to build wood duck houses, and walleye stocking sponsored by the club in scheduled for the fall.

The club also maintains lake landing on a few area lakes.

Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club

The Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club is near completion of major renovation and remodeling of the interior of the clubhouse.

In recent years, the club has made major improvements to a majority of its facilities.

At this point in time, the remodeling work looks great and should be completed by the time the trapshooting season rolls around in mid-April.

Look for more on the project in next week’s column.

For information on the upcoming trapshooting season, call (320) 395-2258.

Car retrieved from the bottom of Lake Mary

The information I have is not confirmed, but the word from several local ice anglers is that on or about Dec. 20, a car fell through the ice in deep water on the east side of Lake Mary.

There were no injuries or fatalities in the incident, but the car was left at the bottom of the lake until it was pulled out in early March.

At this time, I am not aware of any pending charges to the owners of the car and have not confirmed any information with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

Apparently, there are photos of the car being pulled from the lake floating on Facebook somewhere.

Prairie Archers steak/shrimp dinner

Prairie Archers will be hosting a steak/shrimp dinner at the Dodge House in Lester Prairie Saturday, April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Options for the dinner include steak and shrimp combo ($12), steak ($10), butterfly pork chop ($8), six shrimp ($8), and ribeye ($14).

Each meal includes baked potato, tossed salad, bread, dessert, coffee or milk, and a complimentary drink.

Reservations need to be made by Friday, April 1 before 6 p.m., and be called in to the Dodge House at (320) 395-2877 or to Jim Richardson at (320) 395-2721.

Wavery Gun Club upcoming events

The Waverly Gun Club will be hosting Ladies Night along with a conceal and carry training.

For more information or to register, call Kevin at (763) 242-4553.

The Waverly Gub Club is at 4465 DeSota Ave. SW, Waverly.

• Ladies Night begins Tuesday, May 10, and will continue the second Tuesday of every month.

It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will go on rain or shine. You may shoot from the comfort of a shelter.

You may bring your own center fire handgun and ammunition, if you prefer, otherwise .22 cal. pistols, rifles, targets, and ammuntion are provided at no charge.

A NRA-Certified Range Safety Officer will be present on the shooting line, with instruction available upon request.

Targets for hanguns will be from 7 to 25 yards out, with rifle targets at 50 yards.

• Conceal and carry training will be Monday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 20.

Both nights will run from 6 to 10 p.m., with the class taking a total of eight hours.

This course fulfills the required training to apply for a Minnesota handgun “permit to carry.”

The cost of the class is $100 for the eight total hours, and will conclude with a range instruction/practice/skills test, and a written test.

The course will go over firearm safety, firearms and the law, an introduction to defensive shooting, and basic defensive handgun skills.

Habitat Day in Litchfield April 9

Everyone is welcome to attend Habitat Day, a free event in Litchfield, Saturday, April 9 from noon to 4 p.m.

Participants may build a birdhouse or wood duck box at the event.

The Raptor Center in St. Paul will present, with live birds from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Wildlife Wizard will be on hand to quiz children and adults on wildlife and habitat of the area.

Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) will staff a booth at the event. There will be several other booths displaying items, as well.

The event will take place at Litchfield Wetland Management, located at 22274 615th Avenue in Litchfield.

This event is sponsored by Litchfield Wetland Management, CRWO, Litchfield Civic Arena, and David Johnson (the Branding Man).

For Snelling State Park is closed until further notice
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul in response to rising water levels on the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, which surround the park.

The park will remain closed until further notice.

The “Maple Syruping in Your Backyard” programs scheduled to take place at the park on March 26 and 27 were also cancelled.

The DNR advises calling the park at (612) 725-2389 or checking the Visitor Alert on the park’s Web page on DNR website for updates.

Outdoor notes

• Spring officially arrived March 20. Although the calendar has declared the arrival of spring, I usually don’t consider spring to be here until our area lakes are free of ice.

On the brighter side, ducks and geese are arriving in the area, and the days are getting longer.

• We’ve had snow on the ground since Nov. 13. The new total is now 131 consecutive days of snow cover.

• Be aware of flooding and please stay away from rivers and streams.

The water is ice cold, the currents are incredibly fast and strong, and areas along the banks can be soft and much more dangerous than we assume.

• We can expect a late ice out this year – typical ice out on the lakes in our area is around April 12.