If you are not working to protect hunting
then you are working to destroy it. - - Fred Bear
The Pope and Young Club is sponsoring a college fund drive to honor a wish of Kevin’s in establishing college accounts for his two minor children. The P&Y Club and the Hisey family plan to use funds from the drive to open two accounts in the Minnesota College Savings Plan (state sponsored 529 plan) on behalf of the children. If you would like to make a donation to the college fund, please make your check payable to The Pope & Young Club and note “College Fund Drive” on the Memo line and send to the address below. By making the check payable to the P&Y, your donation is considered a tax-deductible charitable donation and we will send you a written acknowledgement of your contribution for tax purposes. You can honor Kevin’s memory by making sure his children’s educations are taken care of. Please refer all questions related to the college fund drive to Karla in the main office. email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 507-867-4144
Pope & Young Club
Chatfield, MN 55923
Jim Willems, P&Y President
Kurt Ebers, P&Y Treasurer
Bob DeLaney, P&Y Trust Fund Committee Member
------ NOTE: Kevin Hisey was an MBI Board Member and a dedicated Minnesota bowhunter. Please consider contributing to this great cause - every little bit helps!
Successful turkey hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties can help determine if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present in Minnesota wildlife by allowing a sample to be collected from their turkeys.
“HPAI has not yet been found in wild turkeys, but it has been found in domestic turkeys in these and other Minnesota counties,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We chose those five counties to enlist the help of hunters because they have sufficient wild turkey populations.”
While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially spreading the virus.
To date, highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in Cottonwood, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Meeker, Nobles, Pope, Stearns and Watonwan counties. So far, it has only been confirmed in domestic turkey farms. Waterfowl are the natural reservoirs for the virus.
Wild turkeys are presumed to be susceptible to HPAI. Raptors are known to be susceptible.The virus presents a low risk to humans but it is important to avoid contact with sick birds.
Archers formed a long line over the length of an indoor athletic facility to shoot arrows at targets during the 11th state high school archery tournament in Minnesota. Yet this long line of competitors represented only a fraction of everyone in the tournament.
The tournament has grown from 67 archers its first year to 1,313 this year. The growth reflects a booming interest in recreational archery, said Kraig Kiger, who oversees the Archery in the Schools Program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 1, at any Department of Natural Resources license agent, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.
A total of 3,700 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $45 for residents and $231 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, and closes Sunday, Oct. 18.
Two bull elk were illegally shot and killed near Grygla in an area that holds Minnesota’s smallest elk herd and has been closed to hunting since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“Our investigation found that these elk had been shot and left,” said Lt. Pat Znajda, a supervisor with the DNR’s Enforcement Division. “The illegal killing of these bulls chips away at the outdoor heritage valued by law-abiding people in this state.”
Barry and Gene Wensel are very proud to offer an outstanding Limited Edition custom print of Fred Bear by world renowned artist/bowhunter Andrew Warrington. Andrew has created only 190 of these works of art. An excellent montage drawing of Fred Bear is strikingly portrayed centrally with a collection of six of his big game bowhunting trophies. Elephant; tiger; brown bear; Cape buffalo; whitetail and Stone sheep are all realistically captured along with Fred. The impressive illustration will be extremely popular with Fred Bear fans, as well as a historic documentation of bowhunting's early history.
Each 11 5/8" wide by 16 4/8" high print will be personally signed and numbered by the artist adding to the collector's value. They will be sold first-come/first-served for $100 each, plus $10 S&H. The best part is Andrew has generously and proudly offered to donate 70% of all proceeds to the St. Jude's Research Hospital for Children via the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation in a collaborative program to benefit sick children who can't afford quality medical care.
Because Andrew is from England, he has asked Barry and Gene to exclusively market this print here in the U.S. For more information or to order go to Gene & Barry's Brothers of the Bow website.
The 2015 session is underway. If there is a bill you feel strongly about be sure to let your legislators know your thoughts about it. Not sure who represents you? Find your legislators here.
Charges have been filed against a number of violators following a five-year deer investigation recently completed by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
On Oct. 21, conservation officers executed a search warrant on a residence in Dawson, Minnesota owned by Joshua Liebl, 37; simultaneously, other conservation officers conducted a traffic stop near Dawson on a pickup owned by and being driven by Liebl and executed a second search warrant on the truck.
Officers seized 37 guns and 28 sets of deer antlers from the residence, which included 11 shoulder mounts, most of which were trophy class animals. Also seized were four sets of elk antlers and a set of mule deer antlers. In a freezer, officers also discovered a fully intact piebald deer, which was untagged and had been killed with a high-powered rifle. Piebald deer have a spotting pattern of large white and black patches.
Four men pleaded guilty to a 2013 deer poaching case and had their hunting privileges revoked following an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Jacob L. Sandberg of Crystal, and Nathan C. Lindgren and Zachary W. Pike, both of McGregor, pleaded guilty to various gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor hunting charges.
Taylor N. Busse, also of McGregor, will pay joint restitution costs for the three does and one buck poached near McGregor. The four face fines and restitution totaling more than $10,000. They also had their hunting privileges revoked for three years.
A joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Ontario Canada Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry resulted in a heavy fine for a Minnesota man.
Cody E. Christensen, 42, of International Falls, Minnesota, pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 Dec. 19, 2014 for failing to report acquisition of a game carcass.
Court officials in Canada heard that in 2013, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers received information that Christensen and a Fort Frances Ontario resident had unlawfully hunted a bull moose near Fort Frances.
A joint investigation by the law enforcement agencies revealed that on Oct. 10, 2012, the Fort Frances resident arranged for another individual to export the moose to a taxidermist in International Falls. Neither Christensen nor the taxidermist reported the acquisition of the moose carcass to the ministry as required. The mounted moose head was later seized from Christensen’s residence by Minnesota conservation officers and forfeited to Canadian officials. The Fort Frances resident pleaded guilty to related charges last October and fined $1,700 for unlawfully acquiring and transporting a bull moose.
To report a natural resources violation, call the 24-hour, toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093. Cell phone users can dial #TIP.
Effective immediately, Minnesotans can no longer legally kill a wolf except in the defense of human life.
A federal judge’s decision to immediately reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan place the animals under protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wolves now revert to the federal protection status they had prior to being removed from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region in January 2012. That means wolves now are federally classified as threatened in Minnesota and endangered elsewhere in the Great Lakes region.
Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if depredation occurs.
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. The study is of deer in Pennsylvania big woods so I suspect there are some differences from bowhunting smaller wood lots. They do mention that archery season didn't have much impact on deer movement compared to rifle season. That makes sense but I suspect that repeatedly bowhunting smaller woods with archery might be similar to gun impacts.
Some interesting findings:
Two brothers charged with illegal hunting violations in late 2013 recently pleaded guilty in a plea bargain agreement in Nobles County District Court, reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
On Nov. 18, Steven E. Joens, 53, of Wilmont, and Eric A. Joens, 45, of Reading, pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm at a big game animal from a public highway. Each man was fined $1,000 and had their hunting privileges revoked for three years. Charges dismissed in the plea bargain included unlawful transportation of wild animals, illegally transporting a loaded a firearm in a motor vehicle and taking a wild animal with a firearm from a motor vehicle. More
This seven minute video presents Donnie's views about why we are hunters and includes some unbelievable videography. (Link to Video)
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. Here is a short YouTube video about Donnie done by Midco Sports Magazine - Taking Aim: Donnie Vincent
"The River’s Divide" is an award-winning documentary that features his bowhunting journey in the badlands of North Dakota; it is available for purchase on his website: donnievincent.com
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)
Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has stripped their rating of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and replaced them with a “Donor Advisory” warning.
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.
A very good article by Bill Winke on his Midwest Whitetail website about Iowa's deer management and the variables that have driven the number of deer down significantly. (Go to Midwest Whitetail Article)
This article from The Economist weekly news magazine provides a thought provoking look at hunting today compared to Teddy Roosevelt's vision for American and hunting. You might not agree with everything the author has to say but it may just encourage hunters to ask themselves 'what is it I really want to get from hunting.' (Go to The Economist Article).
Time Magazine Cover Story, December 9, 2013
The article goes on to say "Across the country, hunting is poised for a comeback, and not just because the folks on Duck Dynasty make it look like so much fun. We have too many wild animals — from swine to swans...The same environmental sensitivity that brought Bambi back from the brink over the last century now makes it painfully controversial to do what experts say must be done: a bunch of these critters need to be killed. (Go to Time Magazine Article)
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