The trumpeter swan you see on this page nested at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center this summer.
The nest was built by the male, the finished with fine grasses and feathers by the female. The nest floats on a cattail and sweetgrass bog, helping it stay dry during high water. Four eggs were laid in the nest, but due to unseasonably cold weather in June and other natural causes the eggs did not hatch. Staff at the Learning Center removed the eggs so the female could resume normal feeding habits.
In normal conditions swan eggs incubate in 31-37 days. The staff tried incubating these eggs for 55 days, then gave up and disposed of them. It was a failed first attempt at nesting for this pair of swans. Perhaps next year will bring different results.
3-D archery, improved sporting clays comes to Wealthwood
The Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club recently opened a new 3-D archery range, with 15 targets on a one-mile trail. The range is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. until dark, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost to shoot is $6 per round (30 arrows) for members and $8 per round for non members.
A new automated 10-station sporting clays trail also has opened with 10 stations. Cost is $14 per round (50 birds) for members and $16 per round for non-members. For more information phone (218) 678-2281.
Beginning Aug. 17 and continuing through Sept. 26 is a 3-D archery league featuring three-person teams that will shoot six rounds of 30 arrows. Cost is $5 per person and $8 per round. Contestants will shoot four rounds on outdoor 3-D targets and two round inside on video simulator. For more information call 218-678-2281.
Vendors sought for Hunting and Fishing Expo
Vendors are sought for the Hunting and Fishing Expo at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby on Sept. 10-11. Expo hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Phone (218) 546-2616 for more information.
Cambridge artist wins trout stamp design contest
Jason Alan Brown, a part-time artist from Cambridge, has won the 2005 Minnesota Trout and Salmon stamp contest. Brown's oil painting of a brook trout was selected from among 13 entries.
Brown, an avid hunter, angler and outdoorsman, won the contest despite this being only his second try. He made extensive changes to his winning painting the night before the deadline.
"I didn't think it would win the way it was," Brown said. "I stayed up all night. I guess it was worth it."
The trout and salmon stamp is required of anglers who fish in designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, Lake Superior, or who possess trout and salmon.
Duck stamp entries to be accepted Aug. 30
Entries for the 2005 Waterfowl Stamp Contest will be accepted beginning Aug. 30 and must be received no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at DNR headquarters at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. Judging is scheduled for Sept. 16.
The contest is open to Minnesota residents only and offers no prizes. A reproduction rights agreement, granting the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other purposes, must be signed and submitted with the design to be considered eligible. Eligible designs are the common merganser and the white winged scoter. Phone (888) 646-6367 for more information.
Deer population remains high
Minnesota's deer population remains high thanks to abundant habitat, readily available food and another relatively mild winter.
Firearms deer season opens Nov. 6, archery deer season Sept. 18 and muzzleloader deer season Nov. 27. There also will be several special youth deer hunts. See the new DNR hunting regulations handbook for specified dates.
Application deadline for either-sex and special hunt permits is Sept. 9.
Firearms safety training slated for September
Firearms safety training will be conducted next month at the Brained American Legion. Those who are interested in the classes may call Cal White and register at 829-7582. Interested persons are asked to refrain from calling the Legion.
The six-session course will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus one Saturday session. Class dates are Sept. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23.
Range day will be conducted on a Saturday.
The cost is $10 and is due on Sept. 7.
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