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Upcoming Opportunities to Provide Input on the DNR’s Deer Management Plan

Next week (Jan. 31) DNR will kick off a series of 12 public input meetings around the state, where participants can discuss a list of draft topics and goals being considered for inclusion in the Deer Management Plan. A full list of meeting dates and locations is now available at www.mndnr.gov/DeerPlan. The list of draft topics and goals will be posted on the Deer Plan webpage by early next week.

Whether or not you attend a public meeting, you can also submit comments between January 30 and March 5, 2017, via snail mail, email, or through an online questionnaire that will go live on the Deer Plan webpage early next week. Here’s how:

· Email DeerPlan.DNR@state.mn.us

· Mail a letter to Adam Murkowski, Deer Plan, 500 Lafayette Rd, Saint Paul, MN, 55155

· Complete an online questionnaire (again, link will be available through the Deer Plan webpage next week)

How to be part of DNR’s Deer Management Plan process (download the PDF document)


MNBowhunters 10 Week Archery Leagues Start February 6th

No set times, shoot at any Archery Country location (Rogers, St Cloud, Brainerd)

MNBowhunters Inc has accepted a generous offer from the Archery Country stores located in Rogers, St Cloud and Brainerd. For $100 you shoot once a week for 10 weeks any time there is open shooting. Archery Country is donating $50 from each shooter back to MNBowhunters Inc.

Contact any of the Archery Country stores for details. Ask for info on the MNBowhunter leagues.

  • Brainerd store: 218-822-3933
  • Waite Park store: 320-253-4786
  • Rogers store: 763-400-8826

The league will consist of paper targets with faces varying every week…. NFAA 300 round one week, Vegas round one week, field target round one week, animal target round one week, etc..

No equipment restrictions. Bring your rig with and have some fun.

Everybody that can beat Board Member Dale Hagen’s weekly score will win a one year membership to MBI. Gonna be a lot of new members!

Special thanks to Archery Country for this opportunity. See you at the range.

Special deer hunt ends;
CWD found in 1 more deer

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.



DNR says 'NO' to you bowhunters

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.

Link to full news release.


Tests confirm 2 CWD-positive deer near Lanesboro - 11/22/16 DNR News Release

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.



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...

Penn State deer study...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.

Where can I shoot my bow?


Articles/Other Items


No Hands, No Feet, No Problem...An inspiring hunting video

This amazing young man knows no boundaries.  His attitude and outlook on life is truly inspirational.

Link to YouTube video


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)


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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