Youth wood duck building day is Saturday

March 19, 2012

by Chris Schultz

The annual Youth Wood Duck Building Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 24.

The event will take place at Burns Excavating Shop, kiddy-corner to the southwest of the Hollywood Sports Complex located in Hollywood Township.

There will be a kid’s laser shoot, an archery range, and food and drink.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are enough kits cut out to build 220 houses this year.

If anyone is interested in helping out, or would like additional information on the event, contact Chip Hentges at chentges@co.carver.mn.us, or at (952) 200-3176.

Winsted Sportsmen’s Club annual hog roast March 31

The Winsted Sportsmen’s Club will have its annual hog roast Saturday, March 31 at the Winsted Legion Club from 5 to 8 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $8 and are available at the Winsted Co-op, Winsted Floral, Keg’s Bar, Corner Bar, Blue Note, and from club members.

The cost is $9 at the door.

This is a membership drive, and take-outs are available.

Firearms safety training in LP

There will be a firearms safety training class taking place at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club.

Registration for the class will be Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the LP Sportsmen’s Club, with classes beginning that evening.

The class will then run every Tuesday and Thursday night through early May.

For additional information, contact Doug Minnick at (320) 395-2143.

McLeod County PF spring banquet will be Saturday

The 26th annual McLeod County Pheasants Forever Spring Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the commercial building at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The program begins at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., and special events following at 7 p.m.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, March 16.

There will be $25,000 in prizes given away at the banquet.

All profits raised will be spent in McLeod County.

Cost to attend the banquet ranges from $55 to $100.

To register, or for additional information, either call (320) 587-0052 or visit www.McLeodPF.org.

Conceal and carry class at Waverly Gun Club

The Waverly Gun Club will be hosting conceal and carry classes Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 21.

For additional information, contact Kevin at (763) 242-4553.

LP trapshooting league starting soon

The Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club is ready to kick off the 2012 trapshooting season.

Practice night will be Wednesday, April 11, with league shooting kicking off Wednesday, April 18.

For additional information, or to sign up a team, contact Ed Mlynar at (320) 395-2258.

Wright County PF banquet March 26

The Wright County Pheasants Forever chapter will host its 27th annual banquet at the Buffalo Civic Center Monday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The chapter has been active since 1984, and has contributed over $1 million to conservation and education projects within Wright County and Minnesota.

The banquet this year will include a silent auction, live auction, assorted raffles, and games for all ages.

According to Chapter President Brandon Murphy, “We have great prizes and auction items this year, including a 3-day/4-night pheasant hunt in South Dakota. More importantly, all of the funds raised at the banquet will be put to good use promoting conservation and education within Wright County and across Minnesota.”

If you would like more information about attending the banquet or providing a sponsorship, contact Bruce Bartl at (763) 682-0653, visit the website at www.wrightcountypf.org, or via facebook at www.facebook.com/wright county pheasants forever chapter #95.

Residents, dealers reminded to review dock and boat lift canopy regulations
From the DNR

Spring boat shows are popular this time of year, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents to review dock and boat lift canopy regulations before investing in new equipment in order to ensure it will meet current standards.

Boat equipment dealers are also asked to review the regulations to ensure they are not selling equipment to their customers that does not meet the standards.

Canvas watercraft canopies are allowed; however, boat lifts with metal or other hard-surface roofing do not meet current Minnesota statutes.

State law defines a watercraft canopy as “a structure or device with a fabric covered roof and without walls or a floor that is placed on the bed of a public water, is designed to shelter a watercraft, and is designed and constructed so that all components may be removed from the lake or stream bed on a seasonal basis by skidding intact or by disassembly by hand tools.”

“The current regulations have been in existence for quite some time, but not everyone is familiar with them,” said Capt. Ken Soring, DNR Northeast Region Enforcement supervisor.

“Residents might assume that a product is sold in Minnesota meets the rules for the state. Sometimes that isn’t the case,” Soring said. “We would rather have residents informed of the standards before they make the purchase, instead of having to tell them later that they need to remove a structure they already installed.”

Dock size, length and position are also regulated to provide a balance between the protection and utilization of public waters.

Extensive dock and lift systems may shade out important aquatic plants and eliminate critical habitat where fish spawn, feed, grow, and find shelter from predators.

Lakeshore owners are encouraged to visit the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/boatwater/index.html for guidance on shoreline dock and lift structures.

The DNR website also contains links to other helpful information for lakeshore owners about shoreline erosion control and restoration projects to help improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.

Lakeshore residents and equipment dealers are also reminded to check for aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, before moving boats, docks and boatlifts.

More information about preventing the spread of invasive species is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/preventspread.html.

CO Weekly Reports
From the DNR

• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers.
CO Mies worked on fish houses left out after deadline.
CO Mies worked on a trapping complaint.

• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted at Camp Ripley with preparations for the Academy starting at the end of the month.
Reller also assisted CO Salzer with a commercial taxidermy inspection and investigation.
Snowmobile activity was high on a couple days and enforcement action was taken for trespass, no registration or trail sticker.
Work was also put in on ice shelter removal.

• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) inspected lakes for fish house removal and litter left behind.
Landowners were assisted with decisions on whether to enroll their farm land in set aside programs or turn it back to crop land.
Presentations were given at firearms safety classes in Norwood Young America and Waconia.
A District 13 meeting was attended.

• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) monitored fish house removal on area lakes.
She followed up on a dumping complaint on the Luce Line State Trail.
Nuisance animal complaints were handled as well as a trapping violation.
She also attended a district meeting.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) worked that last bit of snowmobile enforcement for the year this week.
Time was also spent making sure ice shelters were removed by the deadline.
CO Oberg also spent time working ATV enforcement and predator enforcement.
Several firearms safety talks were also scheduled.

• CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and shelter removal activity.
Additional time was spent check ATV and snowmobile activity.
Hatlestad also checked predator hunting and trapping activity.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: Does a calm winter indicate we’ll be seeing more sets of triplet fawns?

A: It certainly could, but it may not be measurable.

Nutritional status of pregnant females can influence the number of fawns they have in the spring.

Indeed, triplets are more common in the southern Midwest because deer do not have to contend with severe winters and can maintain a high nutritional plane, thus their reproductive rates are typically higher than what we see in northern Minnesota.

It may not be measurable in the sense that while some deer may have three fawns instead of two, it likely does not occur at a high enough rate to influence the overall deer population.

The other phenomenon related to mild winters and deer pregnancy is that some fawn females will come into estrous later in the season, get bred, and carry a fawn to term.

Given the mild weather, we may see more late born fawns in northern Minnesota this year.

So, if you see a spotted fawn in September or October, it’s likely the result of a late bred fawn deer.