Rehab public archery ranges through DNR grant program

Minnesota park and recreation departments that would like to improve or rehabilitate a recreational archery range can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.

Matching grants of $1,500 to $5,000 are available to city, county and regional parks for work including: purchase and replacement of target frames and targets; installation of bow racks and ground quivers; and installation of safety signage and other features deemed essential to maintaining a safe and functional archery range. The application deadline is Friday, March 27. Projects must be completed by
Tuesday, June 30.

“By helping to improve opportunities at archery ranges, we hope to grow interest in this popular activity,” said Jay Johnson, DNR hunting recruitment and retention supervisor.

The new archery grant program is a response to growing interest in archery and bow hunting. Johnson said youth and adult archery hunting licenses have increased in recent years. DNR Archery in the Parks programming has been a hit. And hundreds of thousands of Minnesota students have launched arrows at targets through the state’s National Archery in the Schools Program during the past decade.

“Archery has really been taking off lately,” Johnson said. “Communities can improve or upgrade their existing archery ranges with this grant, and this is a good way to continue providing family-friendly activities in parks.”

DNR archery range rehabilitation grants require a dollar-for-dollar match. A total of $25,000 is available until June 30. Applications will be scored and ranked. Winners will be announced in April.

Grant application packets are available at and can be obtained by contacting Johnson at

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North Country Bowhunters Annual Fundraiser

21st Annual Fundraising Banquet

Only 6 Days Away!

3 Days Left to Pre-Purchase Tickets!

February 28th, 2015

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If you have dreamed of taking that hunt of a lifetime, finding a taxidermist to mount your trophies, or having a chance to win numerous bows, guns, & accessories you need to attend the North Country Bowhunters annual fundraising banquet. This years annual fundraising banquet will be held at the Schwan Center in Blaine, MN. The date of the banquet is February 28th, 2015. We will be having a dinner, raffles, and live auction (Preliminary Live Auction Bill) on Saturday night. Banquet tickets are $50 before February 25th and $75 at the door. For more information checkout the website at


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MPCA opens grant for heavy-duty diesel upgrades; deadline 3/31/15

St. Paul, Minn.– The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites owners of 2006 and older heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for grants to upgrade or replace their engines in order to reduce diesel emissions. MPCA has $150,000 in federal grant funding for installing pollution controls and idle reduction devices; or for replacing engines, vehicles, or equipment.

Diesel engines help power our economy, but older diesel engines are notorious for creating air pollution. Vehicles are responsible for about 30 percent of the air pollution in Minnesota. Older diesel engines create a higher proportion of fine particulate and nitrogen oxide pollution than gasoline engines. Both fine particle pollution and ozone (created, in part, by nitrogen oxide) can trigger respiratory and heart problems.

The EPA estimates that every dollar spent on diesel emission reduction nets $13 in health benefits. Over the last seven years the MPCA’s clean diesel grant efforts have helped to directly fund emission-reducing improvements on 2,746 diesel engines in Minnesota including nearly 1,900 school buses.

In recent years, the MPCA has awarded grants to replace heavy duty engines on construction equipment, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, and retrofitted several long-haul trucks with diesel particulate filters.

“These grants usually provide around 40-50 percent of the cost, except vehicle replacement projects which would be funded up to 25 percent,” said MPCA clean diesel grants manager Mark Sulzbach.  “New diesel engine emissions are 90 percent cleaner than pre-2007 engines. The problem is, old diesels last forever.  Clean diesel grants contribute directly to improving public health, including the engine operator’s health, while helping the owner’s bottom line through improved performance and or efficiency.”

Owners of older heavy duty diesel engines are encouraged to take the opportunity to improve their fleet through a variety of EPA approved technologies, including idle reduction, pollution controls, engine replacements, and new vehicle or equipment replacements

Vehicles and equipment generally must be 2006 and older and trucks must be class 6 (19,500 lbs.) or larger to qualify. Vehicles and equipment must also be fully operational and not backup equipment.

For more information or to request application materials, contact  with the subject line: “Clean Diesel-DERA 2015 Grant.”  Applications are due by 2:30 pm DST March 31, 2015. Please visit  for more information including applicant questions and answers.

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Legislative Update, February 20, 2015

Greetings from the Capitol,

This week the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee heard budget overviews from MPCA, MN Zoo, and BWSR, and funding recommendations from the Clean Water Council. Next week, the committee will hear HF1000 (Wild rice quality standard application) and HF79, HF483, HF572, HF616 and HF617. In the House Mining & Outdoor Recreation Committee, HF382 (Lake Mille Lacs; Report on management costs for fisheries required) was discussed on Tuesday. On Wednesday, HF129 (Big Marine Lake veterans rest camp improvement funding provided, and money appropriated), HF571 (Forest road maintenance pilot program provided funding, and money appropriated), and HF624 (Snowmobile registration fees modified) were adopted as amended and re-referred to the House Env. & NR Policy & Finance Committee. Look for hearings on HF 449, HF 793, HF810 and HF641 next week. In the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee, HF390 (ENRTF appropriations modified, and LCCMR provisions modified) was adopted and re-referred to Ways and Means. The House Capital Investment Committee heard an overview from the DNR on asset preservation. The House passed HF358 (Natural resource enforcement activities and Zoologicial Board funding provided, and money appropriated). Next week, the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee will hear a number of bills which will be held over for possible inclusion into the Legacy Omnibus bill.

The Senate’s Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division finished the overview of Governor’s budget recommendations for the DNR. The Senate Committee on Environment and Energy passed SF520 (Snowmobile nontrail use registration fee modified), SF669 (Aquatic invasive species trailer decal requirements and fees modified), SF657 (St. Louis county tax-forfeited land sales modification) and SF673 (Sustainable forest incentive act withdrawal procedures modification) and re-referred the bills to Finance.

On Monday, the Senate Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission will hear a DNR presentation on Timber, Land and Mineral revenues.  The DNR budget fact sheets are now available on the DNR website.

Please contact me at or Bob Meier ( ) if you have any comments on concerns.  I hope you are able to enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors; remember this is the last weekend of the walleye and northern pike season.

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DNR news releases, Feb. 17, 2015

Minnesota’s moose population remains at low levels

Data from the aerial moose survey just completed indicate that the downward trend in the statewide moose population continues, even though there has been no statistical change in the population during the past few years.

Results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual aerial moose survey place the 2015 statewide moose population estimate at 3,450. This compares with estimates of 4,350 in 2014 and 2,760 in 2013.

“All wildlife population surveys have inherent degrees of uncertainty,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager. “Long-term trend and population estimates are more informative and significant than annual point estimates.”

Overall, the number of moose is down approximately 60 percent from the 2006 estimate of 8,840.

The DNR has conducted aerial moose population surveys in northeastern Minnesota since 1960. A spotter counts moose as a pilot flies a helicopter across 52 randomly selected plots of 13 square miles.

“Survey conditions this year were generally good across moose range, although there was much less snow compared to last year,” said Cornicelli.

The DNR’s ongoing moose mortality research project also is providing important information on population status.

“This year, 11 percent of collared adult moose died, as compared to 21 percent last year.  Although adult mortality was slightly lower, which is good, the number of calves that survive to their first year has also been low,” Cornicelli said. “This indicates the population will likely continue to decline in the foreseeable future.”

The adult and calf moose mortality studies are in their third year. As part of several studies, researchers will radio collar an additional 36 adult moose in the next couple of weeks. Another 50 newborn calves will be collared this spring. Researchers hope information and insights gathered during the studies will help identify potential population and habitat management options that may stop or slow the long-term population decline.

Final decisions about moose hunting are made after the DNR consults with the affected Chippewa bands in the 1854 Treaty ceded territory of northeastern Minnesota. The DNR discontinued moose hunting in 2013 until the population could support a hunt.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority contribute funding and provide personnel for the annual aerial survey. Most of the funding for the ongoing moose research project is provided by the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

A copy of the 2015 aerial survey is available online at The Web page also provides information on the DNR’s ongoing moose mortality research project.

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MN BHA Update

MN BHA Friends,


Minnesota BHA will have a table at the Fly-Fishing Film Tour in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 28, at The Parkway Theatre. Contact MN BHA co-chair Erik Jensen ( if you can help out, and see the Tour FB page for additional information:


-The (3rd Annual) MN BHA Chapter Rendezvous will be held August 14-16 in Whitewater State Park in SE Minnesota (same place as the 2014 Rendezvous). More information to follow. Mark your calendars!

-Tickets are on sale for BHA’s 2015 North American Rendezvous in Spokane, Washington (March 6-8):


-Elk in northeast Minnesota? Tribe seeks studies:

-MN BHA: “Local view: It’s time for elk herd expansion.” Duluth News Tribune: 10/9/14.


-Deer Herd Monitoring Gone Astray: The DNR deer model (“Paper Deer”):

-Deer population goal-setting audit:

-Anderson: State’s deer hunters can have their say:

-Angry lawmakers tell DNR to boost deer herd, especially up north:


-BHA: “A (Goose) Hunter’s Dozen.”

-Dave Orrick: Outdoor Legacy bill gets tinkered at Capitol:


Additional updates on keeping public lands in public hands (and related issues):

-BHA: “Why Are Public Lands Important?” SHOT Show 2015:

-Most people agree federal lands belong to all, not to states:

-In Idaho and the West, sportsmen rally to “keep public lands public”

-BHA: The New Mexico Sportsman – Privatization of Public Lands:

-TRCP: Stop the Seizure of Your Public Lands:

-Sportsmen’s groups rally at state capitols against land grabs:

-Our Public Lands: Not For Sale”:


Updates on proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota (and related issues):

-Trout Unlimited on sulfide mining:

-Obama protects Alaska’s Bristol Bay:

-Also see: and


Additional updates on the Sandpiper pipeline project (and related issues):

-Minn. House/Senate members find Environmental Review for Sandpiper Pipeline inadequate:

-Pipeline spills have state leaders looking for answers:

-NWF on “Pipeline Peril:”


-Women are new demographic for outdoors sports:

-Meet the New Hotshot of the Hunting World (Eva Shockey):

-Hunting is for girls:

-CPW: Girl Meets Game: A First-Time Hunter Shares Her Journey:


-Wild Harvest:

-Check out the MN BHA Facebook page:!/groups/MinnesotaBackcountryHunters/


Have a good weekend,



David A. Lien

Co-Chair, Minnesota

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

The Sportsman’s Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife

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Fishing for Ducks – Saturday February 21st, 2015 (Garrison, MN)


$30 Ticket (Per Hole) – 2 Hole Max Per Person
Tickets increase to $40 after 11:59 PM on 2/15/15
To purchase your tickets online please click the Buy Tickets link below.

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100 Total Fish Prizes based on weight! – Click for Prize List

100 Tickets Sold Per Raffle – 1 Winner Per Raffle
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Legislative Update, February 13 2015

Greetings from the Capitol,

This week in the House Legacy Funding Finance Committee, the DNR provided an informational presentation on land acquisition. The House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee finished the DNR budget overview and started the MPCA overview, which will continue next week. In the House Mining & Outdoor Recreation Committee, HF 184 (Aquatic invasive species prevention program requirements repealed) was adopted and re-referred to Env. & NR Policy & Finance.  An informational hearing on deer populations was presented by DNR. Currently, there are no meetings scheduled for next week.

The Senate’s Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division started an overview of the Governor’s budget recommendations for the DNR and are scheduled to conclude on Monday. SF 174, which includes deficiency funding for Enforcement activities, passed the Senate as amended.

Please contact me at or Bob Meier ( ) if you have any comments on concerns.  I hope you are able to enjoy Minnesota’s great outdoors, perhaps at this weekend’s MnUSA’s Winter Rendezvous in International Falls.


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