Conservative 2014 deer season will rebuild herd, challenge huntersOct 30, 2014
Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, shared this submission as deer season approaches:
Like more than 400,000 others, I am anxiously awaiting Saturday, Nov. 8, when Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season begins.
There’s nothing like it. The days of advance scouting. The physical struggle of putting up the new stands. The straining for vision and sound in the pre-dawn light of opening day. Anticipation is in full swing for weeks, and then it is upon us.
As I prepare for this year’s hunt, I am fully aware that I, like many other hunters, am less likely to bag a deer than in recent years. In fact, the lowest deer harvest in decades is expected under a harvest plan designed to rebuild the herd. We are conserving deer – does in particular -- this season to improve deer numbers in the future.
Cook County to host Lake Superior Storm Festival Nov. 7-9Oct 26, 2014
Visit Cook County Nov. 7-9 to celebrate the power and beauty of the Big Lake during the second annual Lake Superior Storm Festival.
During the gales of November, visitors will see Lake Superior in its most malevolent season, not to mention, participate in various events and collect prizes all weekend long.
Judge hears arguments on South Fowl snowmobile trailOct 24, 2014
U.S. Forest Service Superior National Forest representatives were back in court on Monday, October 6, 2014 to defend the 2006 decision to construct the South Fowl snowmobile trail between McFarland and South Fowl lakes in Hovland. The organizations suing to block the trail argue that they did not have sufficient opportunity to comment on the Forest Service’s “adaptive management” plan.
Attorney Kristen Marttila, working pro bono for Lockridge Grindahl and Nauen, spoke for her clients— the plaintiffs, Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., Wilderness Watch of Missoula, Montana, Sierra Club Northstar Chapter and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW).
Marttila first addressed the concept of a buffer zone around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). She said the concern about a buffer zone was a “red herring.” She said her clients have never requested a buffer zone.
DNR encourages hunters to register earlyOct 24, 2014
With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. Licenses are now available.
The 2014 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.
“Buying now beats buying later as last year we sold more than 150,000 licenses on the Thursday and Friday before the firearms season,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “A lot of those folks end up standing in lines who didn’t need to be.”
DNR urges hunters to think safety 24/7Oct 21, 2014
Another season of hunting is here, and along with it comes all the responsibilities to ensure a safe hunt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Taking the best shot at the right time ensures a safe and productive hunt.
“Until you are completely sure of your target, don’t even raise your gun,” said Acting Capt. Jon Paurus, DNR enforcement education program coordinator. “Always make certain that you have a safe backstop or background since the bullet will likely pass through the primary target and strike whatever is behind it.”
Hunters also need to keep track of buildings, roadways, and other hunters. Don’t ever shoot at sound---it may be a child, a hunter, or an innocent bystander. When hunting, know the identifying features of the game you’re after. Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces, such as water, rocks, or steel because of ricochets.
“Be certain of your target and your line of fire,” Paurus said. “Keep your trigger finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.”
Hunters are also reminded to: