Outside Notes: North Nation Pheasants Ceaselessly hosts Pillager lure workforce for pheasant hunt

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Ten volunteers from the Chapter, along with six dogs, led 13 pillager students to find pheasants in the fields for the day. The focus was on weapon and hunting safety as well as pheasant hunting techniques.

This hunt was made possible by Cub Food, Morey’s Seafood, Dondelinger, David Grell of Exit Realty, Hunt’s Point Gun Club, and Lakeshore Conservation Club.

The North Country Pheasants Forever Chapter is located in Counties of Crow Wing and Cass. The chapter’s mission is youth and community engagement, with the proceeds being used for pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvement, public access, education and conservation.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will be closed to all visitors from November 6-8 for a special deer hunt. The purpose of hunting is to prevent deer overpopulation and to conserve resources.

Hunts will also take place in other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks will vary. Some remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are only open to hunters with special permits. The deadlines for applying for permits to participate in these state parks and recreational areas, which include regular firearms, muzzle-loaders, and archery, have expired for teenagers and adults.
“Too many animal or plant species in an area can upset the balance of other species in that area,” Tavis Westbrook, coordinator of the natural resources program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails, said in a press release. “When there are too many deer in a park, they are overeating on certain trees and native plants. So we occasionally allow deer hunts to protect natural resources. ”
The DNR thanks the visitors for their patience and understanding during the hunt.

For a list of parks and recreational areas that will be open, partially open or closed during the 2021 hunting season, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html or contact the DNR information center at info.dnr @ state .mn.us or call 888-646-6367 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.). Details on certain areas that are affected by special deer hunting can also be found in the “visitor alarm” boxes on the pages of the individual park and recreation areas at www.mndnr.gov.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced $ 13.3 million in funding proposals in response to the significant impact of the drought this summer on two of the state’s critical natural resources: water and trees.

The DNR is proposing $ 3 million in funding for municipal, tribal and other municipal water utilities to implement proactive water protection measures related to the built infrastructure, including finding and repairing leaks in pipes, meters, hydrants and sewage treatment plants, and installation water efficient equipment.

These proven strategies can help individual cities across the state save millions of gallons of water annually. The proposal also includes $ 300,000 for an individual and small community well interference fund.

In addition, the drought has stressed well-established shade trees in communities and caused an extremely high mortality rate for tree saplings planted in 2021. The DNR proposes 5.5 million drought funding and $ 4.5 million community donations for shade trees. Taken together, these funds will be critical to supporting tree health, carbon storage, habitat, water quality and other benefits of forests and shade trees.

A seedling with drought damage. Contributed / Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

“This year’s drought has been challenging on many natural resource fronts. Although DNR has taken the necessary steps to mitigate the effects of the drought, in line with the nationwide drought plan, more needs to be done, ”said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen in a press release. “This proposal includes highly effective resilience measures to save water and preserve our precious tree cover. This funding proposal will help protect the resources we all value and depend on for our quality of life in Minnesota. ”

The entire state entered the drought warning phase in mid-July 2021. With this appointment, the Minnesota DNR took a number of actions set out in the statewide drought plan, including the convening of the State Drought Task Force, a panel of state, state, regional, and local experts with water-related responsibilities.

More information on the DNR’s drought response proposals can be found on the DNR’s website.