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McLeod County 28th annual Pheasants Forever Spring Banquet March 22

March 17, 2014

by Chris Schultz

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.

CRDU banquet set for Mon., April 14

The annual Crow River Ducks Unlimited banquet will take place Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m. at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

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.

DNR, MDHA announce hunting listening session dates
From the DNR

Deer hunters are invited to attend one of a series of listening sessions jointly hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).

“We’ve been hearing that deer numbers are too low and this year’s severe winter is exacerbating those concerns in many regions of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “These listening sessions will give deer hunters and the general public an opportunity to communicate directly with DNR staff who make deer management decisions.”

“Deer populations and health are important to MDHA members and all deer hunters,” said Mark Johnson, MDHA executive director. “We’re pleased to be able to offer these meetings so people regardless of their affiliation or interest can express their opinions on deer populations.”

All listening sessions will be from 7-9 p.m. Meetings are scheduled in:

• Brainerd - Wednesday, March 19, Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive, cafeteria.

• Cambridge - Thursday, March 20, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Drive South, rooms G201 and G202.

• Bemidji - Monday, March 24, Bemidji High School, 2900 Division St. West, auditorium.

• Morris - Tuesday, March 25, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 Minnesota Highway 329, Ag Country Auditorium.

• Nicollet - Thursday, March 27, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane.

• Virginia - Tuesday, April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. West, auditorium.

Online comments also will be accepted beginning Wednesday, March 19, at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

CO weekly report
From the DNR

• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) worked on fish house cases all week.
CO Mies worked on checking sleds and ATVs.
CO Mies worked on a trapping case along with a litter case.

• CO Mitch Sladek (Big Lake) worked fishermen on area lakes.
He followed up on fish house removal and issued summons and written warnings for a number of violations.
He checked grant-in-aid snowmobile trails.
He followed up on a number of liberalized fishing questions.

• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a presentation to a Youth Firearms Safety Class in Hanover.
CO Reller also spent a lot of time checking lakes for fish house removal compliance and making sure anglers were picking up litter on the ice.
Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, no shelter license, litter, trespass and leaving fish house on the ice after deadline.

• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) spent most of the week monitoring fish house removal and returning lots of calls.
A district meeting and training was attended in Roseville.
Litter was removed from lakes left behind from anglers.

• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) checked area lakes for ice houses left on after the cutoff date.
She followed up on an ice house that had been left on a public access.
CO Mueller checked anglers throughout the week. Complaints of deer caucuses found were investigated.
Snowmobile trespass complaints were also investigated.
CO Mueller spoke at the Buffalo Lake Rod and Gun Club annual meeting.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) trained officers on patrol rifle maintenance.
CO Oberg also worked the ice house deadline with overall good success.
CO Oberg attended a regional meeting.