Monthly Archives: February 2010

Minnesota deer harvest down

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A strategy to achieve deer population goals by allowing hunters to harvest fewer deer succeeded in 2009, according to final deer harvest numbers the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released.

Hunters harvested 194,178 deer during the 2009 season. The decline reflects the fact that fewer permits were available to hunters to harvest antlerless deer because the deer population has been reduced to desired levels in many permit areas.

“We regulate deer populations by allocating antlerless deer harvest,” Cornicelli said. “In 2008, one-third of deer permit areas were lottery. In 2009, half the deer permit areas were either lottery or bucks-only, so hunters could only take one deer and many did not receive an either-sex permit. Consequently, total harvest declined because thousands of antlerless deer were not included.”

 

Firearm hunters harvested 165,428 deer while archery and muzzleloader hunters harvested 20,659 and 8,091 deer, respectively. Overall, the statewide firearm harvest was down 13 percent from 2008. Archery was down 9 percent. The muzzleloader harvest decreased 15 percent.

 

However buck harvest in 2009 was only 1 percent lower than in 2008 and archery and muzzleloader hunters actually took 6 percent and 11 percent more bucks in 2009, respectively.

 

Final population estimates will be completed after the winter ends. DNR staff re-evaluates populations relative to established goals. In many areas, hunters should expect similar bag limits and possible placement of their hunting area into the lottery designation, requiring them to apply for lottery permit.

 

The final deer harvest number is calculated using information provided by hunters when they register their deer. A final report, which includes more detailed harvest information, is available online at www.mndnr.gov.

 

Hunters should pay close attention to the hunting synopsis, which comes out in early August, to see if they need to apply for a lottery either-sex permit.

 

For the 2010 season, the deadline for the either-sex permit application is Thursday, Sept. 9. Archery deer hunting will begin Saturday, Sept. 18. The statewide firearms deer-hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 6.. The muzzleloader season opens Saturday, Nov. 27.
 

 

Pheasants Forever workshop

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The Sheyenne Valley Pheasants Forever chapter will be sponsoring a Pheasants Forever hosted Landowner Workshop February 24th, 2010. Information will be presented on several programs from FSA, NRCS, NDGF, USFWS, and Pheasants Forever. Agency professionals will be on hand to present information and assist landowners on understanding and utilizing Farm Bill and agency programs on their land. There will also be explanations from professionals on how to maximize financial availability in the Barnes County area by diversifying field operations. The landowner workshop is coming to Barnes County to provide information for all interested landowners in southeast North Dakota on any farming and conservation program that is offered and may be of interest.

WHEN: February 24th, 2010
WHERE: VFW, Valley City ND
TIME: 12:00 PM (free lunch for those who attend)

For more information, please contact:

Jesse Beckers – Pheasants Forever Regional Wildlife Biologist
Phone – 701-202-8120
Email – jbeckers@pheasantsforever.org

Stephen Stensgard – Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist
Phone – 701-252-2521 ext: 129
Email – sstensgard@pheasantsforever.org

 

Mule deer foundation annual banquet

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The Northern Badlands Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation is pleased to announce our ninth annual banquet on:
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the AMVETS Club in Bismarck
(2402 Railroad Ave.)
The doors will open at 4:30 pm with the start of the Silent Auction, Raffles, and cocktails; dinner will be served at 6:00 pm followed by the Live Auction and conclusion of silent auction and raffles.
Please consider making a commitment to conserving wild places by doing the following:
1. Become a member or renew your membership. All members of the Mule Deer Foundation that attend the banquet will be entered in the Members only Raffle for a Weatherby Vanguard (choice of caliber)!
2. Renew or upgrade to a Sponsor or Life member.
Ø For every 5 sponsor and new life members, we will draw for a Weatherby Vanguard 270 Win rifle.
Ø All sponsor and new life members that attend the banquet will receive: 1 meal, $100 in General Raffle Tickets, a ticket to our new Deer Hunter Raffle, and a ticket to our new Deer Bowhunters Raffle. (This is a $160 value and is in addition to the 1 in 5 chance at a Weatherby Rifle!)
Ø All sponsor and life members receive a MDF plaque, cap, and pin
3. Purchase your tickets early! Seating will be limited. Late sales will be available only as facility capacity allows. If you purchase your tickets before February 21, 2010, you will be eligible for the early bird raffle for a Savage 7mm WSM rifle!
4. Purchase your state wide Mule Deer Raffle Tickets. Prizes include:
Ø ND Statewide Mule Deer Tag.
Ø Three Weatherby Vanguard Rifles (Choice of Caliber).
Ø Hunting Pack, Binoculars, & Shooting Sticks.
Ø MDF Knife
Order your tickets by mail using the attached form. We look forward to your continued support and commitment to conserving wild places for future generations.
If you have any questions, please contact: Paul Eslinger @ (701) 202-0196; Les Mason @ (701) 255-4750; Ryan Krapp @ (701) 471-8788 or email, nbc.mdf@gmail.com.

 

NASP tournament

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The state Game and Fish Department invites all North Dakota schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to register for the second annual state tournament.

Jeff Long, NASP coordinator, said the 2010 tournament will be held March 6 at the NISHU Bowmen’s new indoor archery range in Bismarck. “This year we are holding an actual on-site, all inclusive tournament,” Long said, while mentioning last year’s inaugural event was a virtual tournament held in schools across the state.

Schools can enter teams in the following grade level divisions: elementary (4-6), middle (7-8), and high school (9-12). Teams must have 16-24 members, with a minimum of five from each gender. If smaller schools wish to form a team, archers may participate up one grade division for team competition, but still be considered in their true division for the individual category.

Small schools of 100 students or fewer (all grades combined) may also assemble teams from NASP schools in the same town, county or district. Schools that cannot form a team may register students for individual competition.

All-star teams and teams from multiple schools (with the exception of the small school rule) are not permitted.

Recognition will be given to the top placing team in each division, the top five males and females in each division, and the top scoring male and female regardless of division. Top scoring individuals and teams win an automatic national tournament bid. Additionally, teams that achieve minimum scores set by NASP also win a national tournament bid. The national tournament takes place May 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky, where 6,000 students from all across the country are expected to compete.

“To help cover travel expenses, Game and Fish will offer grants of $1,000 to teams and $250 to individuals who qualify and participate in nationals,” Long said. “In addition, the North Dakota Bowhunters Association will offer grants to teams and individuals attending nationals, and has also been financially supportive to schools needing replacement equipment. The cooperation from the NDBA, and NISHU for the use of their facility and providing volunteers, has been outstanding.”

For more information regarding the tournament, schools should contact Long by e-mail at jrlong@nd.gov, or call (701) 328-6322. To learn more about the archery in the schools program, visit the NASP website at nasparchery.com.

weekend Outdoors Live radio

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Saturday at 4PM we’ll talk some bighorn sheep with Fargo native and NDSU grad Brett Weidmann also biologist Marty Egeland on how the critters are making it through this winter.And as always we bring the latest from across the state with Pat Stockdill and our Central Dakota Outdoors report.

Listen live on AM 790 http://www.kfgo.com
podcast at http://www.outdoorslive.podcastpeople.com
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SD mountain lion season closes

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2010 South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Closes

PIERRE, S.D.- The 2010 South Dakota mountain lion season closed today with the harvesting of the 40th lion.

Although the season in the Black Hills is closed, licensed landowners outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District can still harvest a lion on their own land.

yes we have tree’s..and some big ones

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Bottineau – State Forester Larry Kotchman is pleased to announce two new state champion trees have been added to the 2009 North Dakota Register of Champion Trees. The Register is the official list of the first and second largest trees of each native and non-native species in the state. One of the state champions also has a new owner, and four trees moved into second place.

The Rocky Mountain/Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) owned by Dennis Roaldson at 818 – 18th Street NE, Jamestown ND 58401, is a new addition to the register. The tree was nominated by Vernon Quam, Jamestown City Forester. The new state champion has a total of 60 points for having a circumference of 2-feet and 5-inches, a height of 28-feet, and an average crown spread of 12-feet.

The white poplar (Populus alba), owned by the City of Bowman and located in their park, overtook the current champion located in Lindenwood Park in Fargo. This tree was also nominated by Vernon Quam, Jamestown City Forester. The new state champion has a total of 261 points for having a circumference of 14-feet and 9-inches, a height of 72-feet, and an average crown spread of 86-feet.

The current champion white fir (Abies concolor) located at 1122 – 8th Street South in Fargo now belongs to Tom Monda.

The four trees that moved into second place in the Register, which were all nominated by Vernon Quam, include:

(1) European white birch (Betula pendula) owned by Alan Kolden of Bowman and located at 109 – 6th Avenue NW. It has a circumference of 5-feet and 6-inches, a height of 54-feet, and an average crown spread of 50-feet for a total of 133 points.

(2) White fir (Abies concolor) owned by the US Corps of Engineers and located at the south point of Bowman-Haley Dam near Bowman, ND. The tree has a total of 64 points for having a circumference of 3-feet, a height of 24-feet, and an average crown spread of 17-feet.

(3) White poplar (Populus alba) owned by Todd Walby of Bowman and located at 16 – 2nd Avenue SW. It has a circumference of 11-feet and 9-inches, a height of 78-feet, and an average crown spread of 78-feet for a total of 239 points.

(4) Golden willow (Salix alba) owned by Gary and Louvicia Mayer of Jamestown and located at 328 – 5th Avenue SW. The tree has a total of 347 points for having a circumference of 22-feet, a height of 66-feet, and an average crown spread of 68-feet.

Champion trees located on public land can usually be visited without a problem. However, if a champion tree is located on private land, we ask that you respect the private landowner and ask permission before making a visit.

The Champion Tree Program in North Dakota is sponsored by the ND Forest Service, Dakotas Society of American Foresters and ND Tree Farm Committee. It is patterned after the National Big Tree Program sponsored by the American Forestry Association.

All state champion tree records are on file at the state headquarters of the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service and can be viewed on the web site at www.ndsu.edu/ndfs under Information and Education. To obtain a Register or information on how to nominate a champion, contact Glenda Fauske, Information and Education Coordinator, NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service, at (701) 228-5446 or glenda.fauske@ndsu.edu.

really this is it…

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midnight tonight North Dakota spring turkey applications close

apply online at https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/gnf/onlineservices/lic/public/online/main.htm

spring turkey apps…time is running out

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Applications for this spring’s turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight Feb. 10. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.
Prospective hunters can submit a lottery application online, or print an application, at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Applications can also be submitted by calling (800) 406-6409. Online or phone applications must be logged before midnight Feb. 10.
Application forms are also available at most license vendors, county auditors and Game and Fish offices.
Anyone with an apprentice hunting license in 2009 must pass a certified hunter education course to apply for a 2010 spring turkey license. The apprentice hunting license expires March 31, and the spring turkey season opens April 10.

 

tiger meat recipe

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Can’t remember for sure where I was given this recipe, but this is a great tiger meat recipe:

with 5 and 1 pound recipes
5 lb. ground beef (93% lean)
5 raw eggs (1 raw egg)
2 tsp. cayenne pepper (.4 tsp cayenne pepper)
6 dashes Tabasco sauce (1.2 dashes Tabasco sauce)
2 medium or 1 large onion, (.4 medium or .2 large onion)
diced
3 sticks celery, diced (.6 sticks of celery)
4 Tbsp. black pepper (.8 Tbsp black pepper)
3 1/2 Tbsp. salt (.7 Tbsp. of salt)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (.1 tsp. Garlic powder)
(optional)
Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand.
Cover and let set for 20 hours. Spread on crack-
ers.