Hunters participating in this fall's bear hunt, which opened Sept. 1, should avoid shooting radio-collared animals. These animals help researchers collect valuable data about Minnesota's black bear population, according to the DNR.
DNR researchers are monitoring about 30 radio-collared black bears, including at Camp Ripley. Most of them are in northwestern Minnesota near Thief Lake, New Main, Twin Lakes, Pelan, Beaches Lake, Skull Lake and Caribou wildlife management areas as well as the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. Additional radio-collared bears reside in and around the Chippewa National Forest, Cloquet Forestry Station and Voyageurs National Park.
Most of the monitored bears are fitted with highly visible blaze orange-colored collars. Many of the collars contain global positioning devices that collect and store data that is downloaded when researchers visit the bears in their winter dens. Photos are available on the DNR Web site at www.mndnr.gov/bear to help hunters identify radio-collared bears.
Hunters who shoot collared bears should call the DNR Wildlife Research Office in Grand Rapids at (218) 327-4146 or (218) 327-4133.
Ruffed Grouse Society banquet in Aitkin
The Aitkin Area Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society's 22nd annual Sportsmen's Banquet is scheduled Sept. 17 at The Landing, 170 Southgate Drive, Aitkin, beginning with a reception party at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.
The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes.
Membership and dinner tickets are $50, spouse dinner tickets $25 and youth membership and dinner tickets $25. Youths under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify same, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.
Banquet, Conservation and Sustaining sponsorship packages also are available at $275, $500 and $1,000, respectively.
Proceeds will be used to restore and protect regional grouse and woodcock habitat.
For more information on the banquet and/or tickets, call Jim McDonald at (218) 927-9998 (day) or (218) 927-2669 (evening).
Morrison County Chapter of Let's Go Fishing raffle
A Morrison County Chapter of Let's Go Fishing raffle and fundraiser is scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the American Legion Hall in Little Falls.
Raffle tickets are available at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls, from any LGF volunteer and, Sept. 18-19, at Coborn's Grocery in Little Falls.
Raffle tickets are three for $10 for prizes that include household items, fishing trips, sports items, jewelry, health club passes, gift cards, cash, certificates and art and golf, theater, casino and vineyard outings. You need not be present to win.
For more information, call Terri Sanoski at (320) 616-2011.
MCHS Garden Gala scheduled Sunday
LITTLE FALLS - The Morrison County Historical Society will be celebrating home-grown produce with a Garden Gala event from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
Erik Warner, founder and coordinator of The Soul Patch community garden that benefits the Morrison County Food Shelf, will explain how the project got started and how it has progressed through the summer. Jan Warner, executive director of the MCHS, will lead a discussion of gardening and food preservation of the past.
The program will start at 2:30 p.m., with light refreshments to follow. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own garden produce to trade or share.
The Garden Gala is open to the public. There is no cost.
For more information, call (320) 632-4007.
MCHS annual business meeting Sunday
LITTLE FALLS - The Morrison County Historical Society's annual business meeting is scheduled Sunday at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.
The meeting will take place following the Garden Gala program scheduled at 2:30 p.m.
The nominating committee will present a slate of three candidates to be elected to serve on the board of directors. The board consists of nine members, three being elected each year. Board members may succeed themselves.
All members of the historical society are eligible to vote.
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