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Minnesota Bill Would Ban Wolf Management
A Sportsmen's Alliance Alert

Ignoring overwhelming evidence that wolf populations are on the rise, a Minnesota senator has introduced legislation that would prohibit the establishment of a hunting season for gray wolves. Current law prohibits the state from opening a hunting season unless the gray wolf is removed from the federal endangered species list. Senate Bill 2969, introduced by Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL-40), removes that stipulation, resulting in a total prohibition on gray wolf hunting regardless of their populations.

Link to Sportsmen's Alliance Entire Article

Link to Sportsmen't Alliance Take Action Form Letter

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 6

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 6, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,850 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 16.      More...


MBI Crossbow Resolution

Back in 2015 we conducted a members survey to gauge the temperature from you all on crossbows and hunter satisfaction. Needless to say the responses we got were great and about what we the board expected. The vast majority of you did not want to see crossbows fully allowed into the archery season. And overwhelmingly many of you were unhappy with the hunting experience MN is producing as of late.

Through many contacts across the state and talks with other hunting organizations we caught wind of a crossbow movement just after the first of the year. To the point that the Brainerd MDHA put up a resolution to the state meetings to get legislation going this spring to full adopt crossbows into the archery season. While MBI has always supported crossbow use during the archery season for individuals with a disability, we do not believe crossbows should be opened up to full inclusion of everyone during the archery season. They are already allowed during firearms, bear and turkey seasons. And because of legislation last year, those 60+ years in age can use a crossbow during bow season in MN effective Fall 2015.  This most recent push motivated us to write our own resolution on crossbows and we will be distributing it on our Facebook page, on this website as well as printing it and handing it to specific elected officials. Our goal is to lay the ground work to further head off any future pushes to fully incorporate crossbows into the bow season. Oh, by the way, the MDHA voted down the Brainerd chapters resolution at their state meeting and will not be pushing for crossbow legislation, this year.....next year though, who knows.

The resolution is below but if you would like a copy to forward:  Resolution.pdf




WHEREAS, Minnesota law currently allows for the use of crossbows during the archery season by special permit for persons permanently or temporarily disabled, a provision that Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. (MBI) fully supports; and 

WHEREAS, current Minnesota law also allows crossbows to be used by persons age 60 years or older that have a regular archery license, and by all licensed hunters during the regular firearms seasons for deer, bear, and turkey; and 

WHEREAS, hunter satisfaction with the number of deer seen on stand has reached lows not seen in decades; and 

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s deer management program is currently being audited by the Office of the Legislative Auditor; and 

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has yet to draft a written plan on how to manage deer in the state; and 

WHEREAS, expanding the use of crossbows in the archery season would be premature to the findings of the audit and the drafting of the state’s deer management plan; and

WHEREAS, some organizations believe that allowing crossbows in Minnesota’s archery season will result in an increase in hunter recruitment – particularly persons that may not have the strength to draw a traditional or compound bow, a claim that is misguided since this issue was addressed by legislative action in 2007 that reduced the minimum draw weight from 40 to 30 pounds, making it easier to draw a bow and still retain the necessary energy to effectively harvest deer; and

WHEREAS, crossbows would remove the challenging heritage of bowhunting in Minnesota, which because of this difficulty, warranted a longer season; and

WHEREAS, a crossbow is similar in characteristics, and how it’s used when hunting, to a gun and should be limited to firearms season or warrant development of a separately managed and monitored crossbow season, with the length of the season determined based on the difficulty of the hunter to harvest their game; and

WHEREAS, the crossbow manufacturers are the only group desiring the expansion of crossbow use in the archery season and, barring any group desiring the change, additional opportunities are not needed;

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Directors of Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. that Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc., a Minnesota 501C-3 corporation, opposes the expansion of crossbow use in the Minnesota archery season from what is currently allowed in state law and urges the Minnesota Legislature to not allow additional provisions in state law that would expand crossbow use in Minnesota’s archery season. 


Brooks Johnson, President


Matt Johnson, Vice President


DNR hires new big game program leader

The point person for management of Minnesota’s deer, elk and moose populations and hunting seasons for deer and elk will be Adam Murkowski. He starts Monday, Jan. 11, as big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Murkowski worked in a similar position, deer project leader, in Vermont from 2012 to 2015. Since March 2015, he worked for the Wisconsin DNR as assistant deer, bear and wolf ecologist in Madison.    More...

Develop or enhance public archery ranges through DNR grant

Local governments can apply for funds to develop, improve or rehabilitate public archery ranges through a program that makes grants of $5,000 to $25,000 available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.    More...

Anti-hunters get Canadian hotels to cancel hunting shows

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport location and the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan last week cancelled the hosting of the African Hunting Exposition.  The hotels caved in to a petition signed by 3,000 anti-hunting extremists. SCI is striking back with a hunter response email campaign to the hotel management groups.  SCI has created a letter and a simple form to enable hunters to easily respond.  Take a minute to complete the email form and get our voices heard!

MN Bowhunters can hunt all six 2016 spring turkey periods!

will-2013-mn-turkeyHunters this spring will get more time to enjoy being outdoors while trying to bag a wild turkey, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  Turkey hunting time periods will be longer, all will include weekends and more time periods will be available to each hunter.

 Overall Camp Ripley hunt harvest up 41 percent

(DNR 11-09-2915 news release)ScheiberBuck__2015_2BomanBuck_Ripley_2015_2

L-R: Terry Scheiber of Annandale and Evan Boman of Howard Lake each harvested bucks over 200 pounds at the second Camp Ripley archery hunt, held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

In a sign that deer populations are rebounding, archers this year harvested 41 percent more deer in two hunts at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls.  More...

DNR offers interactive deer map preview & seeks feedback

DeerMap_DesktopHunters now can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at www.mndnr.gov/deermap.

Minnesota’s 2015 elk hunts successful

The 2015 elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota wrapped up on Sept. 20 with another successful season in the Kittson County area. Five of seven hunters harvested nice-sized bulls.

DNR approves new deer population goals

New deer population goals have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for large portions of 2015deergoalmap_snortheastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, covering 40 of 128 deer permit areas in the state.

“These new goals will result in management to increase deer numbers in relation to last year’s levels in most of the 40 permit areas,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations manager.

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Are some of our long-held hunting beliefs simply wrong?

Some interesting reading on a Penn State website about deer movements and behavior.  The study appears be shooting holes in some long-held hunting beliefs.

Link to Penn State deer study website

Ever Wonder How to Respond to an Anti-hunter?

Check out this very professional and honest answer to an email Darrell B. from Kansas received.   Don't tuck your tail and retreat, be positive with a response like Darrell's.  (Response used with permission)

Wisconsin 3-year Deer Mortality Study Results

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Outdoors Editor Paul A. Smith summarizes the results of the 3-year study.  The study ranks the leading causes of WI deer mortality attributable to coyotes, human hunters, starvation, vehicle collisions and wolves.  And, no, the preceding isn't in the correct order.

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My 2015 Minnesota Buck My Wife Calls “Stealth” - by Brad Juaire

Brad Juaire with "Stealth"

Brad Juaire with "Stealth"

Back in 2013 I got a few pics of a 2.5 year old eight pointer that had some potential with tall tines. One year later I was able to capture the same buck on camera again and he had grown quite a bit.  However, most of his activity was during the night. As the rut approached, the more aggressive I became setting up closer and closer near his core bedding area.

Read the rest of Brad's exciting hunt...


2016-01-01  Dr. Warren Strickland Archery Super Slam

This is not really an article but rather an awesome series of posts and photos on Bowsite.com about his recently completed quest for a Super Slam.  Dr. Strickland, AKA 'Full Draw' on Bowsite.com, states his bowhunting passion began at age 12:  "I was born and raised in Dermott, Arkansas a small farm community located in the southeast corner of the state. A life changing moment was Christmas morning on my 12th birthday when i opened a gift from my parents that contained a bow with 3 ARROWS. After opening that gift the flames and passion for the sport of archery and bowhunting began to burn hot. I read ever book and watched every movie on bowhunting and archery that i could get my hands on. While most of my friends idols were Sports figures, mine was Fred Bear!. I was determined, at all cost, to walk down similar paths of Papa Bear. My trophy room is a tribute to that man who made it possible for all of us to experience this great sport of archery and bowhunting."   (link to Bowsite.com thread - ENJOY!)

2015-12-31  The Outdoor Life Book of World Records 

Ever wonder what was the heaviest whitetail, biggest black bear, the toughest game laws or who was the fastest gunslinger?  Take a look at the records Outdoor Life has assembled.  (link to article at outdoorlife.com)

2015-12-15  Have We Lost Our Way As Hunters │ Why Do You Hunt? (link to article at Scout.com)

2015-12-13  Late Season Deer Hunting Strategies (link to article at Skinnymoose.com)



Why do you hunt?  Might it all be about ANTICIPATION?

2015-07-13_MBI Anticipation videoThe answer for James Jacobs is presented in his short award winning video. I think for many of us he has clearly identified a major factor, or maybe THE factor...anticipation. The video features excellent videography, scenery and an eloquent description of anticipation. Well worth five minutes of your time.  James Jacobs:   Facebook   Website

"Who We Are" - an awesome video by Donnie Vincent.

donnievincent2This seven minute video presents Donnie's views about why we are hunters and includes some unbelievable videography. Some of his productions have been shown on the Outdoor Channel. Unlike most of the bowhunting shows today his aren't rolling advertisements for the latest gadgets, gimmicks and equipment. Instead you will see some amazing country and experience the rigors of some tough hunting through the wonders of a camera lens.

MBI President Brooks Johnson's 2014 "Maybe Next Year" bear hunting video (link to YouTube video)

Minnesota Legislature


The 2015-2016 Legislature is in session.  As bowhunters we should all provide input on proposed bills that will impact us.  It may seem a bit trite but 'the rules are made by those who show up!' Below are links to Hunting and Game bills and Natural Resources Department bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate.   Please follow these bills and provide input to your senators and representatives.  Your input does matter!

 Hunting and Game Bills

House                  Senate

Natural Resources and Natural Resources Department bills 

House                  Senate


National Archery in the Schools Program

MBI is proud to support the National Archery in the Schools Program.  We have donated thousands of dollars over the years to enable a number of Minnesota schools participate in this great program.  See  MBI's NASP page if you are interested in applying for an MBI NASP grant or would like more information about the program


Minnesota Archery
Hall of Fame

MN_Archery_Hall_FameThe Minnesota Archery Hall of Fame was formed in the mid "90's with it's first induction ceremonies in 1997. The Hall is located at the Pope & Young Museum in Chatfield, Minnesota. All Minnesota bowhunters should take the time to see the Hall of Fame and tour the P & Y Museum - it is really impressive!


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