The Waverly Gun Club will be having a conceal and carry class Monday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Waverly Gun Club, Waverly.
Call Harry at (763) 682-1576 to register.
Future dates are Monday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 20.
Watertown firearms training course
Watertown firearms training course will begin in March.
Class registration is Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Watertown Rod and Gun Club.
Class dates; 3/5, 3/7, 3/12, 3/14, 3/19, 3/21, and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The field day is schedule for Saturday, March 23 starting at 8 a.m.
To participate, you must be 11 years of age or older before start date in order to be eligible to take this course.
For additional information, e-mail WatertownFST@yahoo.com or call Cory at (763)218-3228.
Register for firearms training Thursday in Mayer
There is an error in the recent city newsletter pertaining to the date set for the signup for the upcoming firearms training course.
Registration will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center. The course will take place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. until April 4.
Minnesota Firearms Safety Hunter Education is sponsored by the Mayer-New Germany Sportsmen’s Club, and is for anyone 12 years or older. Parental consent is required. The cost is $10.
For more information, call Beth Schrupp at (952) 442-4443 during the day.
Lake service providers required to take aquatic invasive species training
From the DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering aquatic invasive species (AIS) training to owners of lake service provider businesses in Minnesota so they can legally work in the state’s waters.
For lake service providers that don’t already have permits, the DNR is offering a number of training sessions in the next several months.
The schedule is available at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/permits/lsp/lsp-ais-training.pdf.
Businesses are legally required attend AIS training and acquire a permit before being hired to place or remove water-related equipment from state waters.
The law, passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2011, aims to help prevent the spread of AIS.
“More than 800 lake service businesses attended AIS training last year and are now in compliance with the new law,” said April Rust, AIS training coordinator. “We’re eager to train the remaining businesses in Minnesota.”
The businesses that have taken training are included on the DNR’s list of permitted service providers at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/permits/lsp/lsp-permits.pdf.
Lake service providers include canoe outfitters, dock haulers, marina owners, dock/lift installers, boat or yacht clubs, irrigation equipment installers and others who conduct work that involves placing or removing water-related equipment from any state waters.
Visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp to learn which businesses need a permit.
For more information or to register for a training session, contact April Rust at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (651) 259-5706.
No bovine TB found in NW MN deer
From the DNR
After eight years of monitoring and aggressive management, bovine tuberculosis (TB) is undetectable in wild deer in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Bovine TB was first discovered in area cattle operations and wild deer near Skime, MN, in 2005.
“We have accomplished what many believed was not possible,” said Michelle Carstensen, DNR wildlife health program supervisor. “By reducing the incidence of TB in wild deer to an undetectable level and hopefully eliminating it, Minnesota has become an international example on how to successfully respond to a disease outbreak that has a significant wildlife component.”
None of 325 deer harvested during the 2012 firearms season tested positive for the disease, marking the third consecutive year of negative TB testing results and ending DNR sampling of hunter-harvested deer in a 164-square-mile disease management zone.
Cooperation from farmers, landowners and hunters allowed DNR and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to successfully combat the disease outbreak.
Bovine TB is a progressive and chronic bacterial disease that primarily affects cattle but also infects wildlife.
“These people made significant sacrifices to make sure Minnesota livestock and wildlife are free of this disease,” said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian and executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. “Their cooperation does not go unnoticed.”
Minnesota regained its TB-free status in cattle in 2011, but the DNR continued testing wild deer until achieving three consecutive years of negative findings for bovine TB.
This provides assurance that the disease has been controlled in wildlife as well.
“We appreciated the patience of hunters as we managed this disease,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader.
The deer population was reduced throughout the TB management zone through the use of liberalized hunting seasons.
Landowner shooting permits, aerial shooting, and sharpshooting by professional contractors were also used in the core area where the TB positive deer were found.
“We recognize that this had a significant impact on hunters’ opportunities to harvest deer,” McInenly said. “We’re looking forward to increasing deer densities in the area back to goal levels.”
This will be accomplished through more conservative regulations limiting harvest of antlerless deer, allowing the population to grow.
“Deer populations are resilient and history has shown that they can recover in a short period of time when harvest is restricted,” McInenly said.
Carstensen said the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and its Roseau River chapter were particularly helpful during disease surveillance efforts by sponsoring a firearm raffle each year to help encourage hunters to submit harvested deer for sampling.
Questions of the week
From the DNR
Q: What is the current drought situation in Minnesota and will winter snows have an impact on the drought?
A: Currently, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map places more than 80 percent of Minnesota in the “severe drought” or “extreme drought” categories.
The drought situation will remain unchanged until spring because the deeply frozen soil assures that very little winter precipitation will make it into the ground.
As of late autumn, the soil moisture content in the plant rooting zone was near all-time low levels at many locations.
Without abundant spring rains, a number of critical drought issues involving agriculture, forestry, horticulture, tourism and public water supply will begin to emerge.
For more information about the drought in Minnesota, go to www.mndnr.gov/climate/drought.
CO weekley reports
From the DNR
• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers.
CO Mies checked coyote hunters.
CO Mies worked on tip calls.
• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) assisted setting up the TIP display for the St. Cloud Sportsman’s Show.
Reller also checked anglers on area lakes and a few snowmobilers that were out last week.
Enforcement action was taken for taking a bobcat out of season.
• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) checked anglers on special regulation lakes.
Car kill deer permits were issued and injured deer complaints responded to.
State trails and grant-in-aid trails were patrolled.
• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent time checking anglers on area lakes.
Crappies appeared to be biting well in the early evening till just after sundown judging by the numbers of nice size fish in the pails.
One couple boasted that it didn’t take them long before they were almost at their limit, it was then noticed they had two extra lines down.
Enforcement action was taken on the fishing with extra lines.
A trespassing complaint was also investigated with a coyote hunter in Sibley County.
CO Mueller also assisted CO Oberg with a trapping complaint.
Time was also spent throughout the week on snowmobile enforcement.
• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spent time working a vacant station in the area.
A good crappie bite on one lake led to extra line citations as well as an over limit.
Enforcement action was also taken for ATV violations.
Extra lines were also the theme on another lake where anglers were having success, more citations were issued.
Snowmobile enforcement was also worked with enforcement action taken for fail to stop at road crossings.
CO Oberg also attended a use of force meeting/instructor training this week.
The meeting primarily addressed the upcoming spring in-service training.