Women’s mentored turkey hunt applications due Tuesday

February 17, 2014

by Chris Schultz

From the DNR

Women who have never hunted wild turkey but would like to can apply for a mentored hunt offered through the Minnesota Department and Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Participants will be selected through a random lottery if the number of applications exceeds the number of available opportunities.

Women are encouraged to sign-up with a friend or adult daughter.

The application and general information is available at www.mndnr.gov/discover.

“This program is aimed at those who have no or very limited turkey hunting experience,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “By working through skilled turkey federation volunteers and private landowners, our goal is to provide quality skill-building at known locations.”

Most hunts will occur Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, at locations near Hugo, McGrath, Detroit Lakes, Morton and Plainview. Participants must attend a turkey hunting clinic prior to the hunt.

Participants will do most of their hunting on private land thanks to private landowners and the NWTF volunteers who obtained permission.

To be eligible, a women hunter must be 18 on or before Saturday, May 17.

All participants must possess a valid firearms safety certificate; purchase an Apprentice Hunter Validation; or be born before Dec. 13, 1979.

The program is for first-time turkey hunters or has very limited experience.

Preference is given to first-time hunters.

Participants will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who will accompany them throughout the entire hunt.

Participation in the hunts is only restricted by the number volunteers and private lands that are available.

Property owners, who have an interest in providing a quality experience in turkey hunting or NWTF members who could share their hunting expertise, should contact Keith Carlson at: kcanoka@comcast.net for information about lending some land or a hand.

LPSC to offer firearm’s safety training this spring

The Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club will be offering firearms’ safety training thsi spring, every Tuesday and Thursday in April.

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

Firearms safety training offered at Watertown Rod and Gun Club

Firearms safety training will be offered at Watertown Rod and Gun Club in Watertown.

Registration will take place Sunday, March 2 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Class dates will be Tuesday, March 4; Thursday, March 6; Tuesday, March 11; Thursday, March 13; Tuesday, March 18; and Thursday, March 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night.

Field day will take place Saturday, March 22, starting at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Pat at (612) 709-1243, or watertownfst@icloud.com.

CO weekly report
From the DNR

• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers during the past week.
CO Mies attended training in Brainerd.
CO Mies also checked sleds and ATVs.

• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) investigated a TIP call on a possibly illegally taken deer which turned out to be a car kill and a permit had been issued.
Landowners were met with on several deer feeding on their hay fields.
Anglers were checked all week having mixed success.
Snowmobile trespass calls continue to be handled.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) patrolled the Luce Line Trail and GIA trails by snowmobile this week.
Activity seemed down overall most likely due to the consistent arctic temperatures.
Time was also spent working small game and trapping enforcement.

• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) patrolled snowmobile trails and checks snowmobilers during the week.
Mueller also assisted with training at Camp Ripley for the State Patrol academy.

With winter trail recreation strong, DNR urges caution
From the DNR

With winter trail recreation up this year, the Department of Natural Resources advises people to be aware that some winter trails, such as groomed ski trails, are not open to bicyclists.

“We have had a great snowmobile and cross-country ski season so far,” said Andrew Korsberg, state trail program coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Snowmobile registrations and ski pass sales are up from last year, and we have seen an increased interest in other types of winter sports, such as winter bicycling.”

The DNR grooms, plows and packs trails for many types of winter recreation and asks trail users to pay close attention to which are which.

There are legal restrictions on trail use in some cases and safety considerations in others.

In addition to the usual questions about whether it’s OK to walk or snowshoe on groomed ski trails (it’s not), the DNR has been getting a variety of questions this year about where fat bikes are allowed.

Fat bikes have wide, low-pressure tires designed for use on snow and sand. They are not allowed on groomed ski trails.

They are also prohibited on the state’s 21,000 miles of grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, many of which are on private property, where landowners have given permission only for snowmobiling.

For winter cycling enthusiasts, there are an increasing number of places to ride fat bikes throughout the state.

There are about 10 miles of groomed trails for fat bikes at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Brainerd.

The DNR also allows fat bikes on two state trails in the Twin Cities. In the east metro, fat bikes can ride the 12-mile stretch of the Gateway State Trail from Cayuga Street to Jamaca Avenue.

In the west metro, they can ride the 7-mile segment of the Luce Line State Trail, from Vicksburg Lane to Stubbs Bay Road.

For more information about the fat-bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, visit www.mndnr.gov/cuyuna.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: Do I need to put my name on my fish house if I’m not leaving it on the lake?

A: All shelters, except for occupied portable shelters, placed on the ice must have one of the following: complete name and address; driver’s license number; 9-digit DNR number.

A person using a portable shelter on the ice that does not display identification must remain within 200 feet of the shelter.
A shelter may not be left unoccupied or unattended anytime between midnight and one hour prior to sunrise unless the shelter is licensed.