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If you are not working to protect hunting
then you are working to destroy it. - - Fred Bear
Over the years MBI has looked for ways to get it’s member together for some socialization and to fling some arrows. In years past MBI had put on banquets like many other membership organizations. Some of them were well attended and others were not so much. The main reason the membership organizations hold these banquets is to raise funds for the organization and to give back to it’s members. Since we withdrew from holding banquets, we purchased the LaPorte machine and we set up a station at Game Fair. Success of this endeavor is heavily dependent on member volunteer help and the weather. Therefore, the board started looking for other ways in which we could connect with members and raise some funds to help us in our ongoing efforts of monitoring crossbow inclusion, the current deer plan process, hunter license fee increases & donating to NASP / other archery clubs requests.
With that, we are excited to announce our first annual 3D shoot in partnership with our 100% club Rochester Archery Club (RAC). Each month the RAC holds a 3D shoot and during the July event MBI will join forces and invite our members to come out, fling some arrows, win some prizes and have a good time with other like minded bowhunters of MN. The event will be from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sat. July 22nd and from 8 a.m - 2 p.m. on Sunday July 23. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website for more details to come as the date gets closer.
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!