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.l:glglJll .J£1tIJI.IILULU.LiLU.dLIIIIJIJII II,UIIIUIIIlJILIlI]IIL]LI L I l:iJI. LIILL  A J- !i:i  _ i lJ i ;;I L-  _ ...[j .J !;  j] ZZ JIJ ! l Jo !lth 'ullllllkl ' Wednesday, November 2 2011 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 15 11 Mar '.Laws e. u c enters, too phy ppli to d k h daybreak were coming in to the suffering of hunters. We may that place is not on a 4,000 acre direction of a now-closed public landing. Their reports were not place 50, 60, or more duck lake with which a hunter is not landing next to his property, [[ 0UImIJJRS I[ encouraging; they were seeing decoys on the water to lurethe familiar. Jim and l disagreed on where we might be able to get a very few ducks. It was definitely real thing, wait and watch for the exact direction of the landing, trailer close enough to the water the "lull time," that period hours, then laboriously retrieve As we would both regret, his to retrieve our boat. between the early opportunities them all when the hunt is over. complete certainty won me over. After a mile-long hike on a when local ducks are plentiful, Often, this is done in bone- "How hard can it be?" he asked county road to where we had and thetimewhenmigrants from chilling cold, accompanied by rhetorically, launched the boat and parked IT" Deliver: Murphy's Law, which some say originated in mountaineering, tells us that "anything that can possibly go wrong, does." I don't go around in life expecting the worst, but the idea has been in use and in print for over a century, so it's hard to argue that there isn't at least a grain of truth in it. I bump into Murphy's Law just often enough to be familiar with its unpleasant possibilities. Last week, for example, my luck hunting partner and I lecided to visit a spot that we had not hunted for at least 20 ,ears. We knew that in that time Ihe lake had changed, deepened .by farmland drainage, increased rainfall, and no natural outlet to [his lake. ' Because we hadn't hunted it for so long, we decided to start it midday and hunt until sunset, to avoid having to navigate it for the first time in darkness. So much goes into choosing h favorable spot to set out idecoys for a duck hunt, that it's foolhardy to try doing it in the dark if you haven't done it in tlaylight. As we launched our boat in late morning, several hunters who had been out since before farther north and west are pushed into our state by colder weather. This has been an atypically warm fall; great for last minute seasonal chores, or fishing, not so great for duck hunters. Jim and I navigated through the twisting, bulrush and cattail- lined channel to the main lake, taking pains to stay clear of the blinds and decoys of several hunters who were optimistically holding out for one more opportunity. We headed north on a zigzag course that allowed a close look at places that might be attractive to the few-and-far- between ducks, and offer enough cover to hide our boat. We also wanted a place that we could find in the dark, in case the afternoon's results gave us enough reason to come back the next morning. We finally located just such a place, set out our decoys, spread camouflage cloth and netting over the boat's interior to hide anything that might betray us to ducks flying overhead, and began our wait. "The patience of Job" is a biblical tale about enduring hardship until one is ultimately rewarded. Dedicated duck hunters are no stranger to this, and are among the most long- rain, snow, or both. Breaking ice to launch a duck boat is not at all rare. All this, for what may be just a scant few shots at decoying ducks. We passed the entire afternoon w@tching our decoys bobbing rhxthmically beyond the fringe of bulrush and cattails that concealed us. The parade of wingedlLcreamres included gulls, .a bald eagle, several wedges of geese above the far shore, and  at best - a couple of flocks 0f ducks, so distant that it took nrculars to confirm. And of Oarse," many coots, those comal, awkward flying waterfow)(Ihat novice hunters Sometirrie.mistake for ducks, to their embarrassment. We waited it out until the gtlive!Jsetting sun slipped J 6ver the on. Like Peanuts Charlie Brown and his unending faith that "next year" Lucy won't jerk the football away just as he tries to kick it, we believed that in those last minutes of daylight at least one opportunity would come. It didn't. After the labor of decoy pick-up, we set out for the landing under a clear and starry, almost moonless sky. There is a time and place for dead-reckoning navigation. But As darkness deepened, we realized that navigating out through those winding channels was a lot easier than navigating back in. After more than an hour spent searching the shoreline, we admitted that we were not even certain of where on the lake we were. The prospect of running out of gas and spending the night on the lake began to take shape in our minds. We began looking for any place where we could make landfall without fighting our way through cattails and bulrush to solid ground. We settled on a farmstead where we could see cattle standing on shore, and when we nosed the boat into the shallows, we were met by a most unwelcome committee of four larger-than-life Holsteins. We beached the boat where a fence line met the water, keeping the "bossies" on the opposite side of the boat. We slipped between loose strands of barbed wire, and headed for the light from the farmhouse windows. A weathered, pleasant old man in a plaid shirt, with a mechanical prosthesis arm telling of a life around dangerous farm machinery, listened, and smiled at our tale. He pointed in the Minnesota deer facts owner income - $151 million. • State and local tax revenue - $33 million. • Number of directly supported jobs - 5,300. • Economic impact is greatest in Greater Minnesota. Enjoy hunting? Then share the fun with someone new. When Minnesota's firearms deer hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 5, many people who would like to huntwon't. Why? No one invited them. "A lot of men, women and children will be sitting on a couch instead of a stand because no one has offered to take them Vinyl, Printed & Lighted Signs Banners • Logo Design Striping & Graphics Truck Lettering " " • ' • • hunting," said Jenifer Wical, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) customer relations manager. "This year, we're encouraging hunters to invite buddy to camp because it is not always about the buck; it's about friends, family and making memories that last a lifetime." Years ago, it was more difficult to introduce someone new to hunting because of certain firearms safety requirements. Today, firearms safety is still required for those born after Dec. 31, 1979, but Minnesota offers a two-year exemption when certain safety precautions are followed. As a result, it's easier to introduce someone new to hunting, even on the spur of the moment. "Many deer camps are changing," said Wical. "Older hunters are dropping out. Younger hunters aren't filling the void. That means there's an opportunity to pass the hunting tradition onto someone new, someone who has been sitting on the sidelines but would have been a player if only they had been asked." People who want to hunt but have not completed a firearms safety course can use the Apprentice Hunter Validation Program. Under this program, adults and youth age 12 or older purchase a $3.50 validation and the appropriate hunting license. Together, these purchases enable the person to hunt when accompanied by a licensed adult hunter who is within unaided sight and speaking distance at all times. Since this program began in 2007, roughly 14,000 people have purchased the apprentice hunter validation, according to Wieal. Nearly 40 percent of these people went on to complete firearms safety courses and 30 percent are still hunting today• Those statistics, she said, suggest that many people i Deer: The Animal • Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 pounds, males 170 pounds - the average weight of female and male humans. ', • The biggest white-tailed deer ever recorded was a 500-pound Minnesota buck.  • A whitetail's home range is about one square mile. i: • Minnesota's deer population is about 1 million deer. Texas is aumber one with 4.7 million deer. ',' Deer: Hunting '. • Overall success rate for v[innesota hunters in 2010 was 38 ercent. ' • 70 percent of Minnesota's rearms deer harvest typically bccurs during the first three or four ays of the season. ', • The average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesota's irearms deer season. ', • Last year's total deer ,harvest was 207,313, with 98,834 of those deer antlered bucks. • License options, which allow unters to buy individual licenses #or all the seasons, now give aunters more choices in where and ,when they can hunt deer; hunters an take as many as five deer in many parts of the state. i "Minnesota has averaged a deer harvest of 267,000 over the last ive years; Wisconsin is number ne with an average harvest of almost 450,000. • The largest typical whitetail buck ever taken in Minnesota had a Boone & Crockett score of 202; h was shot by John Breen in 1918 :near Ftmkley, Minn. • Minnesota's number one non-typical whitetail buck had 43 points; it was shot by 17-year- old Mitch Vakoch in 1974. A deer recently taken during the Camp ipley archery hunt may exceed the record. . Deer: Licenses • In total, more than 800,000 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were sold in 2010. • Ninety-eight percent of deer licenses are sold to Minnesota residents. • The DNR Information Center remained open two hours later on the day before last year's deer opener to answer more than 2,000 telephone inquiries, most of them xetated to the firearms opener. Deer: Economics • 475,000 deer hunters in Minnesota. • Retail sales - $260 million. • Overall economic impact I_ $458 million. • Salaries, wages, business number printed on the deer license, a hunter will be prompted for the information needed to complete registration. People who use electronic registration need to have a pen and paper to write down the confirmation number generated by the registration system. This number must be written on the license in the appropriate area once electronic registration is complete. Complete phone registration instructions are printed on licenses that allow electronic registration. Full instructions for all methods are available online at www.mndnr donate to the program. To donate a deer, hunters will need to adhere to the following guidelines: • Only whole carcasses with the hide on can be donated; processors will not accept cut and wrapped meat or portions of carcasses. • Information such as permit area of harvest and the DNR number will be collected for tracking purposes. • Processors can only accept carcasses for donation that are free from signs of illness, free of visible decomposition or contamination, and properly identified with a Minnesota DNR registration tag. govlgameregistrationhelp. • Processors will reject deer for In situations where phone or lithe donation program that appear Internetregistration is notpossible i to have been mishandled in any or available, hunters must take way. theirdeertoabiggameregistration% Hunters are strongly advised station. This process. €lto contact the processor prior emains unehangedeV:donating the deer. The list of years, reqmres the pergon whose processors accepting deer will name appears on the licenge to be  regularly updated as more personally present their deer. Once registration is complete, they will receive a big game possession tag that must be attached to the hind leg, ear or antler where the site tag was attached. A complete list of all stations, organized by city and county, is available at any DNR wildlife office or on the DNR website www.mndnr gov/deer Electronic registration is not available for deer taken in some permit areas, including the Bovine Tuberculosis Management Zone (deer permit area 101) as well as the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone (deer permit area 602) and the surrounding permit areas of 233, 293,341,342, 343 and 344. Harvested deer can be donated for Idistribution to food shdves. Mflmesota hunters can donate processed venison to food shelves at n9 or very little cost thanks to, a program coordinated by the  Mhmcsota departments of natural'resbui:ces and agriculture. The state'k venison donation program ides a prized food source toose in need while encouraging-'hunters to harvest additiona mals. "We recognize that ethically, hunters:will"not take more deer than chef-.k0. 9w can be consumed," said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulation p:rograms  v 'hanager for the Minnesota epartment of Natural Resources (DNR). "Simply asking someone to take another deer to manage populations provides only half of the picture. The venison donation program was developed to provide hunters an avenue to donate the extra deer they harvest without having to pay processing costs." More details on the venison donation program, as well as a list of participating meat processors, are available online at www. mndnr gov/hunting/deer/donation. Processors who accept deer are paid $70 to process each animal for food shelf distribution. "There are a few processors who are charging an additional fee to cover expenses, so hunters should check with the processor prior to donating a deer," Merchant said. Funding for the program comes from surcharges placed on antlerless permits and nonresident hunting licenses. Individuals have an opportunity to donate to the program when they buy their deer license or by informing a DNR license agent they would like to processors register. DNR to continue bovine TB surveillance in northwestern Minnesota. No deer tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) in 2010, but surveillance efforts will continue in northwestern Minnesota when the firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. "We are encouraged by last year's test results," said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program director for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "If this fall's testing efforts do not detect any more positive deer that will build confidence that TB has been eliminated or is at an undetectable level." Hunters who harvest deer in deer permit area 101, also known as the bovine TB management area, must register their deer at one of six check stations so tissue samples can be taken for testing. Electronic registration via phone and Intemet will not be available for hunters who indicated they would hunt in permit area 101 when purchasing a license. • Check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 20. Stations will be located at the Wannaska forestry office, Wannaska; Olson's Skime Store, Skime; D&G Pro Station, Hayes Lake; Hayes Lake State Park; Grygla Sporting Goods, Grygla; Fourtown Store, Fourtown; and the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area headquarters. Hunters who harvest deer from surrounding deer permit areas also can register deer at these stations. "Cooperation fromnorthwestem Minnesota deer hunters has been excellent during the six years DNR has been testing for bovine TB," 4Sarstensen said. "Getting samples from surrounding areas outside the bovine TB management zone provides additional information that is extremely useful in our efforts to eradicate the disease in wild deer." All hunters who register deer at one of the six check stations will receive a DNR cooperator's patch. Hunters who harvest a deer m permit area 101 also will be entered into a raffle for a lifetime hunting license and a Savage .270 bolt-action rifle. The Roseau River chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association purchased the prizes and is sponsoring the raffle. This fall's surveillance goal is to collect 500 samples for testing, Carstensen said. At least 200 of those samples should originate l ' 1 CALL WESTON: (2181785-2062 • (2181358-1088 J the truck and trailer, I drove to the derelict boat landing the old man had described, where I met my partner, who had re-launched the boat and managed to find it. I backed the trailer into the water, winched our boat into it, and we rearranged our gear for the drive home. As we gratefully slid weary bodies into heated, padded seats, we wondered how two who have hunted together for nearly 30 years could end up looking like such amateurs. The biblical warning "pride goeth ... before a fall" seemed to dovetail nicely with Murphy's Law. We passed the entire afternoon watching our decoys bobbing rhythmically beyond the fringe of bulrush and cattails that concealed us. The parade of winged creatures included gulls, a bald eagle, several wedges of geese above the far shore, and - at best - a couple of flocks of ducks, so distant that it took binoculars to confirm. And of course, many coots, those comical, awkward flying waterfowl those novice hunters sometimes mistake for ducks, to their embarrassment. from within the core area of the disease management zone, a 164- square-mile area centered around Skime. Since 2005, bovine TB - a progressive and chronic bacterial disease that primarily affects cattle but also wildlife - has been found in 12 cattle operations and 27 free-ranging deer in northwestern Minnesota. Nearly 10,000 deer have been tested during that time. Every deer that tested positive for bovine TB was taken within a 10- mile radius of Skime, with most recent discovery coming in 2009. In response to the disease, DNR implemented liberal hunting seasons and deer population reduction efforts to significantly reduce the number of deer in the area and help minimize the potential spread of the disease from deer to deer. Minnesota's  agriculturai livestock status:' was recently upgraded to TB-free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change in accreditation is a positive step toward eradication, Carstensen said. But special testing requirements and movement restrictions for cattle in the bovine TB management zone remain. "Last year's results were encouraging," Carstensen said. "But we need to increase our confidence that bovine TB has been eliminated or is at an undetectable level in the area's wild deer herd•" AD SPACE FOR RENT CALL 1694-62651 i "buddied-up to hunt" and are still JA G doing it, which is good for both hunting and social traditions. The apprentice hunter validation is available anywhere DNR licenses are sold, which includes by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at www.mndnr.gov. Deer hunters get convenience • • Collision Repair  with phone, Internet game Frame Straightening registration. 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