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then you are working to destroy it. - - Fred Bear
A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.
The latest case of the CWD-infected deer was an adult female, taken near Preston very close to four other positive animals, providing another piece of evidence that suggests the disease is localized. This brings the number of CWD positive wild deer in southeastern Minnesota to six; results are still pending on more than 100 samples.
In its Nov. 28th news release the DNR made it pretty clear they didn't want representation from Minnesota's many bowhunters. A statement in the release from Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, included “These committee members represent a broad range of interests...” Sorry bowhunters but that 'broad range' does NOT include you!
Not only was Minnesota Bowhunters Inc. not invited as an organization our President, Brooks Johnson, was not accepted as an "at-large" member. The news release stated 'Applicants were selected based on criteria including their knowledge of deer management, interests related to deer, familiarity with different areas of the state, and their interest and experience working collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals.' Brooks background and many efforts throughout his bowhunting and business history certainly document he meets all of these criteria. One must simply conclude that because Brooks has been critical of DNR past practices they simply didn't want him or anyone else from MBI on the group. Maybe the one most important criterion not officially stated is 'a willingness to go along with DNR's wishes.'
Sorry DNR but Minnesota's bowhunters deserve more! At this time it would appear as though any bowhunter input on Minnesota's deer management future may well have to be through the legislature.
DNR initiates disease response plan; offers hunters information on field dressing
Test results show two deer harvested by hunters in southeastern Minnesota were infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
One deer has been confirmed as CWD-positive. Confirmation of the second is expected later this week. The deer, both male, were killed near Lanesboro in Fillmore County during the first firearms deer season.
The two deer were harvested approximately 1 mile apart. These are the only deer to test positive from 2,493 samples collected Nov. 5-13. Results are still pending from 373 additional test samples collected during the opening three days of the second firearms season, Nov. 19-21.
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.
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)
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.
This amazing young man knows no boundaries. His attitude and outlook on life is truly inspirational.
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.
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."
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)
The 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
This 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 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
The 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!