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December MMPA newsletter

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Governor to Convene Statewide Water Quality Summit in February

November 23, 2015                                                                               Bookmark and Share

ST. PAUL, MN – This weekend, Governor Mark Dayton announced his plans to convene a statewide Water Quality Summit in February. The summit will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders.

“My father believed – as I believe – that stewardship is a profound responsibility of each of us. To take what we have been given – or have acquired – and leave it in better condition for those who will inherit from us,” said Governor Dayton. “This is everyone’s challenge, and everyone’s responsibility.” 

In his remarks to the Minnesota Farm Bureau this weekend, Governor Dayton elaborated on the need for a statewide Water Quality Summit, and provided some additional information about what the summit may address. Audio of the Governor’s remarks can be found here.

Additional details about the Governor’s Water Quality Summit will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Proper Economic Resource Management

“Join us at Blainbrook for PERM’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser

Don’t miss update with Q & A from Dave Oslin, member of the DNR’s new Mille Lacs Advisory Committee!

It has been a busy year with a lot happening since our lawsuit against the DNR, a lot of changes that are a direct result of that lawsuit. We are working hard to bring some permanent solutions to Mille Lacs Lake and the entire state!

Our collective voice is generating more attention from mainstream and social media. We are seeing more responsiveness from the DNR and the Governor than we have in a long time. PERM membership is growing too. Celebrate our progress and ramp up for the coming year and the 2016 legislative session.

In addition to our famous catfish and chicken dinner—and great door prizes, including Borderview lodge trip! We will have gun raffles, live and silent auctions, more raffles, and auction of PERM’s Commemorative Rifle. PLUS, don’t miss an update with Q & A from Dave Oslin, member of the DNR’s new Mille Lacs Advisory Committee!

Early bird tickets can be purchased here or at perm.org.”

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DNR Removing Lead from our Environment

“As a responsible conservationist, you know we need to remove lead from our environment. When ingested, a single pellet of toxic lead shot can poison and kill a bird. More than 100 bird species have been poisoned by swallowing lead ammunition left in the environment.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to establish nontoxic shot zones on wildlife management areas (WMAs) in the farmland zone.

Send your comments in support of protecting birds and people from lead poisoning. The deadline to comment is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Waterfowl may swallow lead pellets, mistaking them for small rocks they use to help digest food.  In 1991, toxic lead shot was banned for hunting waterfowl. The ban successfully decreased the number of Mallard deaths by 64 percent.

Establishing nontoxic ammunition zones is scientifically shown to reduce bird deaths from lead poisoning.

Please send an email to the Minnesota DNR today to support the rule change and efforts to remove lead from our public lands.”  - Audubon Minnesota

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COLUMN: Get the lead out of hunting

By Peggy Farr on Nov 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

It’s firearm season in the annual deer hunt and lots of Northlanders are climbing into deer stands, wearing blaze orange jackets and buying ammunition.

We’ve got a favor to ask. On behalf of eagles and other scavengers, as well as on behalf of your family and yourself, would you consider using copper ammunition?

Yes, it costs a bit more than lead. But that extra cost is a fraction of the amount you’ll spend on this year’s hunt when you consider the cost of your deer tag and the processing of your venison.

What will that extra money buy you? First, a better bullet, which travels farther and faster and delivers more power. And more importantly, peace of mind that anyone, human or animal, who eats any part of the deer you kill will not be eating lead.

Lead is abundant, easily mined and easy to work with due to its softness. Humans have used lead since Roman times for plumbing pipes, serving vessels and food storage and, more recently, paint, gasoline and solder in food cans. There’s just one problem with lead: it’s poison.

Yes, humans have been using lead for thousands of years and all that time we’ve also been poisoning ourselves. There’s no known level of lead that is safe. As we’ve become wise to the harmful effects, especially for children, we’ve gradually removed lead from our lives. Leaded paints and leaded gasoline are no longer sold in the U.S. Lead plumbing has been phased out. And lead solder is no longer used in food cans.

But there’s still a source of lead that’s a potential threat to humans and wildlife: ammunition used for deer hunting. When a lead bullet, being made of a soft metal, hits a target like a deer, it fragments into many pieces that spread out into the muscle and soft tissues as far as half a meter from the bullet track in every direction. Unless the deer is killed with a headshot, a lot of that deer could contain lead.

Many of these lead fragments are dust-like in size, too small to see or even sense when chewing.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed that people who ate game taken with lead ammunition had higher blood lead levels than people who did not. We know that no amount of lead is safe. Do we really want to take this chance?

Then there’s the gut pile. If you’re like most hunters, you’ll field-dress your deer and leave the pile of entrails and other innards in the woods. The gut pile is a welcome treat to many scavengers, not least of which is our national symbol, the bald eagle. If you use copper ammunition to kill your deer, bald eagles can safely feed on the gut pile, gaining strength for continued survival.

But if you use lead ammunition, an eagle’s feast may be its last. It may eat a tiny lead fragment or two and the strong acid in the digestive system will send that lead right into the bloodstream. Lead affects many body systems, especially the brain and nervous system. It may slow the eagle down, making it clumsy and less alert. Perhaps when it’s scavenging roadkill later that week, it won’t take off in time to avoid that oncoming car.

Or perhaps it’s eaten several tiny lead fragments. Now it’s really uncoordinated and off-balance. It can’t fly well and can’t hunt. So it slowly starves.

Or maybe it got even more. It’s now suffering from severe acute lead poisoning with seizures, vomiting and diarrhea, all while stranded helpless on the ground. Few eagles are saved once poisoned, despite expensive emergency treatment.

Hunters have a proud history of conservation and appreciation of the great outdoors and no hunters want to leave dead eagles in their wake. Also, nobody wants to consume poison or feed it to their family.

In the words of Ben Franklin (who, despite his wisdom, did not care for bald eagles), “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This hunting season, we hope you’ll heed Ben’s words and get the lead out.

Peggy Farr is a volunteer and board member of Wildwoods and works in human health care.

Wildwoods is a 501(c)(3) wildlife rehabilitation organization in Duluth. The writers are volunteers at Wildwoods and/or experts in their fields. For information on how you can help wildlife, including volunteer opportunities, visit wildwoodsrehab.org or call (218) 491-3604.

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Events/Member-Chapter Action/Tips

-Join BHA and Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters at the Fish Out of Water film series premiere (November 16, 2015, at Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park): http://www.sportsmenfortheboundarywaters.org/events

-“Flush In The Wild” (a short video about one veterans voyage into the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. A big thanks to MN BHA member, Mark Norquist, for developing this and getting Erik on his first grouse hunt!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d35KVLvNmo

-Behind the Scenes: Fish Out of Water and Flush In the Wildhttp://www.sportsmenfortheboundarywaters.org/updates/behind-scenes-fish-out-water-and-flush-wild

-Link to information about BHA’s 5th Annual Rendezvous in Missoula (2016):

http://www.rendezvous2016.com/https://www.facebook.com/events/727460724066711/Steven Rinella, host of theMeatEater television show, will be our keynote speaker at the Rendezvous: www.stevenrinella.com.

-Photos from deer hunting in northern Itasca County with Whitetales co-editor (and one of the ten original MDHA founders, in 1980) Ed Schmidt (and friends). Thank you, Ed, for your second-to-none deer camp hospitality and comradery, and your sustained commitment to our great Minnesota deer hunting heritage. Wildlands and wildlife need many more like you! https://goo.gl/photos/RaLBVjMjmFFAxYZX9

BHA in the News:

-’Dismantling’ of Land and Water Conservation Fund Strongly Criticized by Sportsmen:http://www.flyrodreel.com/blogs/tedwilliams/2015/november/dismantling-conservation-criticizedhttp://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/backcountry/current-news/996-dismantling-of-land-and-water-conservation-fund-strongly-criticized-by-sportsmen

-MeatEater (podcast) Episode 022: Bozeman, Montana. Steven Rinella talks with Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew: http://themeateater.com/2015/podcastepisode022/

-MYSTERY RANCH Partners with BHA and MWA on the “5% for 50” Conservation Efforthttp://www.ammoland.com/2015/11/mystery-ranch-partners-with-bha-and-mwa-on-the-5-for-50-conservation-effort/

Sulfide Mining:

-“Can canoeing and mining coexist? No: Sulfide mining threatens our water and natural areas.” Duluth News Tribune: 11/1/15. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/local-view/3872558-can-canoeing-and-mining-coexist-no-sulfide-mining-threatens-our-water-and

-PolyMet’s Minnesota copper-nickel project is risky businesshttp://www.startribune.com/counterpoint-polymet-s-minnesota-copper-nickel-project-is-risky-business/338112071/

-Dayton wants firm for study of PolyMet financeshttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/dayton-wants-firm-for-study-of-polymet-finances

-Downstream Coalition writes open letter opposing proposed Polymet mine: http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Downstream-Coalition-writes-open-letter-opposing-proposed-Polymet-mine-336102231.html

-American Rivers: Saving the Boundary Waters Update: http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/saving-the-boundary-waters-an-update-on-one-of-americas-most-endangered-rivers-of-2013/

-Lawyer cites PolyMet “secrets and lies”http://www.timberjay.com/stories/Lawyer-cites-PolyMet-secrets-and-lies,12333

-Submit comments to State and Federal Agencies on the proposed PolyMet Sulfide Mine:http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6606/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21636

-Tell regulators to block PolyMet’s sulfide mining planhttps://secure2.convio.net/mnlcv/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=FE2807085C9A19DCC9424E2F0B09094D.app217b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=579

Public Lands/Waters/OHVs/Trails:

-Support for LWCF Among Minnesota’s Members of Congress (scroll down): http://www.lwcfcoalition.org/minnesota.html

-Durkin: Selling off state land a betrayal: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/sports/outdoors/2015/11/06/durkin-selling-off-state-land-betrayal/75048514/

-Four Myths (and One Truth) Rob Bishop Spreads About the Land & Water Conservation Fundhttp://westernpriorities.org/2015/11/02/four-myths-and-one-truth-rob-bishop-spreads-about-the-land-water-conservation-fund/

-Q&A with Public Land Access Warrior Randy Newberg | Outdoor Life: http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/open-country/qa-public-land-access-warrior-randy-newberg?5VbqO5fGjl8sqWBV.01

-Help Stop the “Disposal” of America’s Public Lands (sign the petition): https://www.change.org/p/help-stop-the-disposal-of-america-s-public-lands?recruiter=369193544&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-md-no_src-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

-New Mexico State Land Commissioner Pricing Sportsmen Out of State Lands (taste of things to come if federal public lands are transferred to states): http://www.nmwildlife.org/nmwildlife/access/landcommissioner

-Don’t gut fund for federal land: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20151108/OPINION/151109883

Department of Natural Resources/Legislature/Big Game:

-DNR Interactive Deer Map Preview: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/deermap/index.html

-Minnesota Conservation Volunteer (Nov-Dec issue): http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mcvmagazine/index.html

-Minnesota Deer Hunting: Still in rebuilding mode: http://www.grandforksherald.com/outdoors/wildlife/3873367-minnesota-deer-hunting-still-rebuilding-mode

-Phantom of the Forest: Could the Cougar Again Haunt Eastern U.S. Woodlands? http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/04/phantom-of-the-forest-could-the-cougar-again-haunt-eastern-u-s-woodlands/

-Mountain Lions May Return to the Midwest Sooner Than You Think: http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/11/12/mountain-lions-may-return-midwest-sooner-think/

-Unique bags to haul meat: http://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/recreation/elk-hunting-family-builds-unique-bags-to-haul-meat/article_10ced33d-0947-58b6-886e-a6e9bd357b59.html#.VkD1gyfZAV4.facebook

Other News/Events/Updates:

-The ‘hunter conservationist’ is paradox many don’t understand: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2015/11/02/hunter-conservationist-paradox-many-understand/75038480/

-A deer walks into a western Wisconsin bar – and there’s video to prove it: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_29072949/deer-walks-into-western-wisconsin-bar-and-theres

-Baiting for deer goes on despite DNR deterrents: http://www.startribune.com/baiting-for-deer-goes-on-despite-dnr-deterrents/342695142/

-Elk Corn Dogs: http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2015/11/elk-corn-dogs-give-your-big-game-sausage-a-crowd-pleasing-ie-deep-fried-0?dom=fas&loc=contentwell&lnk=elk-corn-dogs-give-your-biggame-sausage-a-crowdpleasing-ie-deepfried-twist&spMailingID=23913853&spUserID=ODY3ODQ4OTI1OTYS1&spJobID=680380392&spReportId=NjgwMzgwMzkyS0

-Number of women hunters is growing, but they hunt for different reasons than men:http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/hunting/article40858359.html

-Video: Deer Runs Over Dog: http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/whitetail-365/2011/10/video-deer-runs-over-dog?src=SOC&dom=fb

-Check out the MN BHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/MinnesotaBackcountryHunters/

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Wings North upcoming events.

Deer season is right around the corner: We have released over 3,000 birds so far this season.    Wings North is open through the deer season. 

We have a lot of fun events coming up.    Call today to sign up for one or all of these events. 

November Specials:   if you release 25 Pheasants or more we throw the Turkey in for free!

Our mixed bag hunt was so popular we will run it until we are out of quail for the season. 

10ph 10ch 10qu 2tu for only $560.00  

November 13th Annual Second weekend of deer season.   Hunt; 25 Birds per field.  5-Pheasants per hunter, pheasant dinner soup and salad bar.   All for only $125. Per hunter contact Mitch Ammermann to sign up.   612-919-7836 

December 5th Archery only Pheasant hunt!   Contact Cory to reserve the spot for you or your team.   Cost is $500 per field.  This includes 4ph per hunter. A Pheasant strip dinner & a beverage in the clubhouse  

Mark your calendars for our annual Wine & Wild Game evening. December 19th    Come out & sample some excellent wines paired with wild game appetizers,   this year we will have Bear, Walleye, and Venison. Cost is $25 per person.  $50 for the couple. 

December 20th European Shoot.    We will be releasing 300 birds.   150 Pheasants & 150 Pigeons.  The shoot will include all dog handlers, a light snack & beverage during the shoot, early dinner/ Late lunch after the shoot.    We will be starting the shoot at 10:00am, the cost for this shoot will be $200 per shooter,

Wings North does Christmas Parties, Ice Skating, Bon-fires. & Hay rides.  

Call now to reserve your date for your family or your business.    

December 4th & 5th, & 19th are booked already.  

If you are looking to book an event or outing for this fall please call the club ASAP:

We are booking hunts steady.   Thanksgiving day we are open until noon.

The day after thanksgiving is our busiest day of the year.


Chad Hughes

Wings North www.wingsnorth.orgwings1@ecenet.com

(320) 629-5002 Clubhouse

(320) 282-8614 Cell


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