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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!



Deer zone estimates for 2015 stakeholder meetings

How the Magic Eraser has eroded the deer experience in Minnesota

Image from DNR Website

In a February 12, 2015, email to Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations and regulations manager, MBI President Brooks Johnson asks for an updated estimated deer herd number for the stakeholder meetings.  Brooks also provided a video entitled 'How the Magic Eraser has eroded the deer experience in Minnesota' which presents some of the data manipulation that Brooks has observed in the past.

Link to the email message in 'Brooks Blog'

Link to YouTube video: 'How the Magic Eraser has eroded the deer experience in Minnesota'

Link to this years DNR goal setting zones, public meetings and online input (DNR website link)



Brooks Johnson Photo

MBI President Brooks Johnson


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 the latest on the MN Deer Density Initiative at Brooks' Blog


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.  Please note "MDDI fund" on the check and mail to:  MDDI Fund, 1769 Lexington Ave. N #138, Roseville, MN 55113

Download Petition:      PDF Version      MS Word Version



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Comments sought April 2 - 15 on proposed Minnesota deer population goals

Image of DNR input blocks

Image from DNR Website

Comments on proposed deer population goals recommended by citizen advisory teams in 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer

permit areas will be accepted Thursday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 15, on the Department of Natural Resources website.

The DNR will evaluate advisory team recommendations and public comments on those recommendations before determining the final deer population goal for each of five goal-setting blocks. Once goals are established, the DNR will announce those goals, and wildlife managers will implement harvest strategies to meet and maintain them.



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.”



MN Surplus spring turkey licenses go on sale March 16

Hunters who applied for a spring wild turkey hunting license but were not selected in the recent lottery are eligible to purchase a surplus license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, March 16. A total of 2,789 surplus licenses are available.

People who did not participate in the lottery may purchase any remaining surplus licenses starting noon on Wednesday, March 18, when all remaining licenses are made available to anyone. Unlimited over-the-counter licenses for time periods D-H also go on sale at this time.

Surplus licenses will be available at any statewide Electronic License System agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense. A list of hunting dates, permit areas and the number of surplus permits available in each area is available at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey.


Rehab public archery ranges through DNR grant program

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

Matching grants of $1,500 to $5,000 are available to city, county and regional parks for work including: purchase and replacement of target frames and targets; installation of bow racks and ground quivers; and installation of safety signage and other features deemed essential to maintaining a safe and functional archery range. The application deadline is Friday, March 27. Projects must be completed by Tuesday, June 30.



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.


MN 2015 House and Senate bills related to "Hunting and Game"

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.

Link to House bills

Link to Senate bills

Women new to archery or bowhunting can learn basics in DNR class

Women interested in becoming archers or learning how to bow hunt can sign up for a three-part class series on archery basics, equipment, target shooting and hunting skills in a class series starting Saturday, Feb. 28.

“Women can learn the basics of archery, and those with intermediate archery skills can learn how to bow hunt,” said Linda Bylander, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) outreach program coordinator. “They will learn-by-doing in a supportive atmosphere.”



Deer population goal-setting public meetings begin Feb. 2

Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Monday, Feb. 2, in Monticello.

“Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in a given area.”

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.

For those unable to attend a meeting for the area in which they are interested, details on how to submit written or online comments will be available soon at:  www.mndnr.gov/deer



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


Youth Archers Harvest 6 Deer at Ripley and Lake Alexander Preserve


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)


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