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DNR news (09/16/2007)
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLDIERS

Minnesota military members who have served at any time in the preceeding 24 months in federal active military service outside the United States and who have been discharged from active service can take small game without a license (with official military discharge papers) and obtain one free deer license.

NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The DNR agreed last month to help fund a national study that, among other things, will determine if the students who participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program become target archers and hunters. During the last four years, more than 150 Minnesota schools have begun working with the DNR to teach archery as part of their physical education curriculum. More than 60,000 youth participate in this program each year.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Take A Kid Hunting Weekend is Sept. 22-23. During this weekend adult residents who are accompanied by a youth under age 16 may hunt small game without a license but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations.

Future Pheasant Hunters Weekend is Oct. 27-28. Together with Pheasant Forever chapters, the DNR encourages pheasant hunters to introduce a young person to hunting this weekend. Many youngsters will be hunting this weekend following mentoring sessions earlier in the year.

Forest legacy conservation lands open for public hunting

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will post online maps to more than 6,400 acres of forestland open to public hunting under conservation easements.

Maps of Forest Legacy Partnership land open to public hunting are online at HYPERLINK "http://www.mndnr.gov" www.mndnr.gov.

Surplus fall turkey permits available Sept. 17

Applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2007 fall wild turkey lottery may purchase surplus licenses starting at noon on Sept. 17, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today.

Permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters must appear in person at any DNR license agent to obtain one of the surplus permits. A list of agents is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html" http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html.

Because hunting access in many zones with surplus permits is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before the purchase deadline. The fall turkey hunt consists of two five-day seasons. Season A is Oct. 17-21. Season B is Oct. 24-28.

DNR Question of the Week: Waterfowl Hunting

Q: How does Minnesota decide the date for the waterfowl opener, season length and bag limit?

A: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with input from the States and Flyway councils, decides the annual waterfowl hunting frameworks, which include the earliest opening and latest closing dates, maximum season length, and duck bag limits. These are established based on the continental status of mallards, habitat conditions and a model-based process called Adaptive Harvest Management. For the regular duck season, these guidelines are the same for all states in the Mississippi Flyway, including Minnesota. States always have the option to be more restrictive than the Federal frameworks.

In 2005, the State Legislature mandated that the duck season in Minnesota open no earlier than the Saturday nearest Oct. 1, one week later that permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The DNR is allowing a six-duck bag limit this year after implementing a state imposed four-duck bag limit the past two years.

For 2007, the DNR continues to maintain a one hen mallard/day limit, although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would allow two. Bag limits for some species (wood ducks, pintails, canvasbacks, etc.) are established based on their continental population status and expected harvest.

The DNR also considers the status of Minnesota's breeding duck populations and hunter preferences before establishing seasons each year.

 

 

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