Minnesota's firearms deer season opened at a pace that could eclipse last year's harvest of 222,000 and become one of the top three seasons in history, the DNR said.
Registrations on opening weekend were up 25 percent over last year, said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game coordinator. Numbers are comparable to 2002 and Cornicelli said efforts to increase the harvest of antlerless deer appear to be working. To date, 51 percent of registered deer were antlerless. Last year during the same time period antlerless registrations were 38 percent. An estimate of the total firearms deer harvest will be available in December.
Ski swap set for Nov. 15
The annual Brainerd Nordic Ski Club Ski Swap is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Items to be sold must be brought to the cafeteria between 7:30-9 a.m. Ski club members will help tag items and answer pricing questions. The sale begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. Sellers have until 1 p.m. to collect money from items sold or pick up unsold items. Unclaimed items will be discarded, donated to area non-profit organizations or become property of the BNSC.
The BNSC collects 15 percent of each item sold by a non-club member. Club members pay 10 percent. Sales over the past three years have been averaged more than $25,000. Phone 829-7472 for more information.
Minnesota artist wins duck stamp contest
Minnesota artist Scot Storm's acrylic painting of a pair of redhead ducks flying over a North Dakota pond was chosen from over 213 other entries as the 2004/2005 Federal Duck Stamp.
Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the annual art contest draws many top wildlife artists, who compete to have their art displayed on this symbol of the nation's wildlife conservation success. This is Storm's first win in 12 attempts since 1990.
Hunter generated revenues increase in 2002
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said there was a 2.4 percent increase in the total value of hunting licenses, permits and stamps in 2002. While the total number of hunters remains near 115 million, hunters spent 2.6 percent more in the latest reporting year -- a total of $658,993,798. In special taxes paid only by hunters and shooters since 1939, almost $4 billion has been contributed toward wildlife conservation.
Outdoors question of the week
Erosion is an on-going problem for many landowners with property on Minnesota's lakes and rivers. Are there ways to control or stop it?
"The best defense against shoreline erosion is natural vegetation," said Kevin Bigalke, DNR shoreland habitat coordinator. "Property owners should create natural buffer zones using native plants. Buffer zones protect lakes and rivers from overland run-off.
"Another option is riprap with an adjoining vegetative buffer strip. The best time to do the work depends on the project. Autumn is best for riprap (water levels are lower) while spring is best for planting native vegetation.
"Permits are required with either type of project. Brochures and other information about shoreline protection and erosion control projects is on the DNR's Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us."
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