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Workers needed for MBI activities at Game Fair  -  Aug. 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16

kids_shootMNBowhunters Inc is still looking for help on Friday August 14th and Saturday the 15th. Shifts run 10 - 4 and most of the funds are dedicated to NASP program matches to get kids shooting archery in the schools.

Its a great chance to clear your record with Santa if you may be on the naughty list.

Please email mbipresident@gmail.com if you can spare 6 hours to keep bowhunting and archery alive in MN.

We get you in for free and you will have the first and last hour of the show to see the sights.

Thank you for you consideration,

Brooks Johnson
President MNBowhunters Inc


Pope & Young Club Sponsored College Fund Drive

Photo courtesy of Pope & Young Club

Photo courtesy of Pope & Young Club

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:  admin@pope-young.org  phone:  507-867-4144

Pope & Young Club
Box 548
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!



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Red Bull Archer's Paradox - August 22, 2015

    ====>  Like to shoot your bow?Redbull

    ====>  Like to run?

    ====>  Like a chance to win a new bow?



Here you go. Something new in the archery competition world.

Red Bull says "A race like no other, competitors must be fast on their feet and on target to make it to the end. The course will feature a challenging mile long loop with five unique shooting stations along the way. You will need to have the best of both skills to move on to the final round of competition. first, second and third place will reap the rewards of a new Mathews Bow."

For bowhunters like us I would probably have said "An archery shoot like no other..." Oh well, check out the rules at: Red Bull Archer's Paradox

Good luck to all of you!


Apply by Aug. 14 for youth deer hunts at state parks and refuges

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 14, to apply for one of 18 special deer hunts in October and November.

“Youth can hunt in select state parks and other refuge areas with a parent, guardian or mentor during these annual opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “One-on-one time with a youth is time well spent afield by making memories only the outdoors can provide.”

Of the 18 special hunts, 16 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12 to 15, and two are archery hunts for youth ages 12 to 17.


Dakota County to hold two deer management hunts in 2015

In 2015, Dakota County will be controlling deer populations in Lebanon Hills Regional Park (compound bow) and Miesville Ravine Park Reserve (shotgun) through controlled hunts. There will be no hunt in Spring Lake Park Reserve again this year due to trail construction, but hunts will most likely resume in future years.

There have been several changes made to the registration process this year. There is a lottery system in place to award registrants a spot on the hunt roster. Applications will be accepted from July 20th to September 1st. There is no limit on how many people can apply, so you can apply anytime between these dates. There is also no fee for applying; but if you are selected in the lottery, there will be a $14 non-refundable and non-transferable fee for securing your spot.

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.

View James Jacobs Video
James Jacobs website
James Jacobs Facebook page


DNR accepting applications for 2015 Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Wednesday, July 1, for the 2015 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 14.


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. “The new goals largely reflect the desires shared by stakeholders who participated in the deer goal setting process and generally reflect the public feedback we’ve heard during the past few years.”



State tournament shows robust interest in high school archery

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.



Death of two bull elk under investigation in northwestern Minnesota

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.”



Want a great Fred Bear print AND donate to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital?

Fred Bear Print

Fred Bear Print

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.


7 guns and 28 sets of antlers among items seized in deer case

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.


Mounts & Antlers Seized

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.



4 plead guilty to 2013 deer poaching case

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.



Canadian and U.S. investigation leads to heavy fine for game violation

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.


Ruling classifies Minnesota wolves as threatened

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.


Penn State deer studywhitetail-buck-doe2

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.  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:

  • Peak rut has nothing to do with moon phases
  • Bucks don't go nocturnal from hunting pressure BUT they do change their movements.
  • Peak buck movements in early November were from 2 to 5AM and from 11AM to 2PM.  Finally a study that supports my desire to sleep in!
  • One doe studied appears to know more about her hunters than they do about her.

Link to Penn State deer study website


Brothers plead guilty to deer hunting charges

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


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

This seven minute video presents Donnie's views about why we are hunters and includes some unbelievable videography.  (Link to Video)

donnievincent2Some 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

More film trailers by Donnie Vincent:  The River's Divide    Adventure    Kodiak    Terra Nova



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)


MBI President Brooks Johnson's 2014 "Maybe Next Year" bear hunting video

Link to YouTube Video


Leading Charity Evaluator Slaps Animal Rights Groups with Donor Advisory Warnings

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.


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.


"The Recipe for Collapse"

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)


"In a Dark Wood - Can Bows and Arrows Save Hunting in America"

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).


"America's Pest Problem: It's Time to Cull the Herd"

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)


Who is Working Against Your Opportunities to Hunt, Trap, Fish and Enjoy the Outdoors?  Take a Look at the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Dirty Dozen!  More...

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