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Time to STEP UP TO THE PLATE and Sign the Petition for a Legislative Audit of the DNR's Deer Management Program!

Are you seeing fewer and fewer deer each year?  Do you think the DNR could manage the MN deer herd better?  If so, join other MN hunters who are requesting the MN Legislature to do an independent audit of the DNR's deer management program.  Audits like this are done on numerous programs so don't think of this a a punishing effort, think of it as an opportunity to improve MN deer hunting!

 

Get Archery in Your Local Park Through DNR Grant Program

Minnesota park and recreation departments that would like to construct a recreational archery range can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.

 

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Get the latest on the MN Deer Density Initiative
Brooks Johnson Photo

by MBI President Brooks Johnson

at Brooks' Blog

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Support the MN Deer Density Initiative

MBI has established a dedicated fund to support this effort.  Please consider a donation...your deer hunting future may depend upon it!  MBI is a tax deductable 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

NOTE: Donations are redirected to PayPal's secure server for  payment. You DO NOT need to have a PayPal account to make a donation.  MBI does not see or have access to any account information used for payment.

You can also send a check.
           Make check out to Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. 
                   Note "MDDI fund" on check and mail to:
                            Minnesota Bowhunters Inc.
                            MDDI Fund
                            1769 Lexington Ave. N #138
                            Roseville, MN 55113


Download Petition:      PDF Version      MS Word Version
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MBI to Support the MN Deer Density Initiative!  

At their January 7th meeting the MBI Board voted unanimously in favor of a position supporting the efforts of the MN Deer Density Initiative.

MBI will be partially funding distribution of petitions to help raise the deer density goals in areas of the state short term, and to help retool the upcoming DNR stakeholder input process for transparency and equitable stakeholder representation.

If you are concerned with the number of deer in your area, and would like to help collect signatures, I suggest you approach your local archery shop to see if they would like to expose the petition to their league shooters.  We will send them a kit that includes a postage paid envelope to send them back in.  They can contact me to get a signature packet or for more information (763-213-6811).

 If your area is enjoying numerous deer, I hope you enjoyed the past season and wish you luck next year.

 Brooks Johnson
 MBI President

 

Bowhunting News

 

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

 

MN 2014 Conservative Deer Season Set

 

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)

 

Preliminary MN 2013 firearms deer harvest numbers show success down 6%.  More...

 

Doug Bermel shoots the first turkey legally taken in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge since it was established in 1962

Doug Bermel 2013 Turkey photo

 

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