Annual youth wood duck building day coming up Sat., March 15

March 10, 2014

by Chris Schultz

The 15th annual youth wood duck building day is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 and will take place at Burns Excavating Shop located in Hollywood Township in Mayer from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

A laser shoot, duck identification, and archery range will be available for children, along with refreshments for everyone.

For additional information, call Chip Hentges a call at (952) 200-3176.

Sponsors for the event are Waconia Lions, Carver County Pheasants Forever, Watertown Lions, New Germany Fire Department; Ducks Unlimited, Carver County Committee members; Deer Hunters Association, Minnesota River Valley Chapter; Mayer Baseball Club, Cologne Lions, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Watertown Rod and Gun Club, Hamburg Hunt and Fish Club, Lester Prairie’s Sportsman Club, and Bob Roepke Memorial Fund.

Prairie Archers steak/shrimp dinner Sat., March 15

Prairie Archers will have a steak/shrimp dinner at the Dodge House in Lester Prairie Saturday, March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Reservations need to be called in before 6 p.m. Friday, March 14 to either Jim Richardson (320) 395-2721 or the Dodge House (320) 395-2877.

The steak and shrimp combo costs $13; steak only is $11; pork chop is $10; six shrimp is $9; or a ribeye is $15.

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

McLeod County 28th annual Pheasants Forever Spring Banquet March 22

The 28th annual McLeod County Pheasants Forever chapter spring banquet will take place Saturday, March 22 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The program begins at 4 p.m. and will include a prime rib dinner at 6 p.m., and special events at 7 p.m.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 11.

To register, call (320) 587-0052. If there is no answer, leave a name and phone number.

For additional information, go to www.McLeodPF.org.

LPSC to offer firearm’s safety training this spring

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

The first class and registration night is Tuesday, April 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club.

Classes, which are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will be April 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 28.

The test will be Tuesday, May 6. The test for the online course is Saturday, May 3.

All classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

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

Fundraising clay shoot set for March 22

Minnesota Lady Slippers Pheasants Forever, and Bird Bustin’ Babes sporting clay teams are hosting a fundraiser event Tuesday, March 22 at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, located at 3300 220th Street East in Prior Lake.

The sponsoring women’s groups are accepting donations until the day of the event.

All proceeds go to help purchase a 600-acre parcel of land destined to be the publicly-owned Veterans Memorial WMA in Wright County.

Check in starts at 9 a.m. Admission is $60 for adults; $35 for children ages 12 to 18; and $200 for a team of four shooters (includes 50-target shoot and lunch).

“This is a fun sporting clay shoot for all experience levels,” explained Kristi Backer Palmer, one of the event’s organizers.

“We’ll award prizes to the winners of the shoot, share lunch, and accept bids on silent auction items that have been donated by generous businesses and individuals.”

The Minnesota Lady Slippers Pheasants Forever, and the Bird Bustin’ Babes sporting clay teams are a group of women who enjoy shooting, hunting, and fishing together. They are passionate about the outdoors and preserving access for these activities.

For more information and to get tickets, email birdbustinbabes@hotmail.com, or call (612) 423-4402.

CO weekly report
From the DNR

• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) attended district training.
CO Mies also worked on fish house information.
CO Mies checked sleds in Stearns and Wright counties.

• CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes and issued summons and written warnings for fish house registration, failure to display registration, and no reflectors.
He checked snowmobilers on grant-in-aid trails.
He also took enforcement action on a number of snowmobile violations.

• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent time making sure fish houses had litter picked up around their house before they needed to be off the lake.
A lot of anglers forgot to get their 2014 fishing license before heading out on the lake this past weekend. 2013 licenses expired February 28, 2014.
Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and drug possession.

• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) assisted with a VIP detail at Fort Snelling State Park. Game farms were inspected for proper paper work.
Fish houses were documented for possible litter left behind.

• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) assisted another officer with a turtle inspection.
Mueller dealt with some issue regarding ATV registration during the week.
She conducted aeration inspections.
During the week she checked anglers and answered questions on the upcoming deadline to have shelters removed from area lakes.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) focused on aeration and commercial inspections.
Time was also spent working trapping and angling enforcement.
Oberg trained officers on rifle maintenance.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: It is not uncommon to find antlers lying on the forest floor in the spring.
Why do buck deer, bull moose and other antlered species shed their antlers?

A: Annual cycles in deer antlers are related to the changing seasons.

Deer have adapted their physiology and behavior to respond to seasonal changes, including antler growth and shedding.

The environmental cue that regulates antler growth is the amount of day length; the physiological cue is the hormone testosterone.

Simply put, the changing day lengths are sensed by the eyes, which send this message via the optic nerve to the pineal gland located at the base of the brain.

The declining day length in late fall and early winter causes a decrease in testosterone, which results in antler shedding.

The actual process of antler shedding involves the formation of a thin layer of tissue destruction that forms between the antler and the pedicle, called the abscission layer.

The degeneration of the bone-to-bone bond between the antler and the pedicle is considered to be the fastest deterioration of living tissue known in the animal kingdom.