Trap shooting club facilities can grow through DNR grant program

Minnesota shooting clubs that would like to develop or rehabilitate trap-shooting facilities open for public use can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.

The Minnesota Legislature authorized more than $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting clubs for developing or rehabilitating trap shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities. As part of that program, the DNR created an expedited small trap range grants program to provide grants from $2,500 to $25,000 for eligible projects, which must be matched 1:1 up to a total project cost of $50,000. A general grant program for larger projects will be announced later this year.

Applications for the expedited small grants program are now open at the link listed below. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Those selected for funding will be notified in September.

“This new program aims to increase opportunities for youth trap shooters, youth trap teams and adult shooters,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. “Ideally we’d like to see many applications submitted this summer, range work completed this fall and expanded opportunities around the state next spring.”

The development of the program follows a significant rise in youth trap shooting, especially by high school students who are part of a statewide league.

“Existing trap ranges sometimes struggle to meet demand,” Niska said. “Our hope is that these grants will enable facilities to add additional trap fields, upgrade equipment or make other improvements that enable more people to participate in this popular activity.”

Each grant recipient is required to equally match the amount of funds the DNR awards them.
A total of $500,000 is available for this first phase of the grants. In the near future, the DNR will announce details of the general grant program for larger trap shooting facility projects exceeding $50,000.

Grant application packets are available at

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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! July e-Newsletter

Spotlight on Partners in Action

Partners in Action spotlights people and organizations protecting their waters from unwanted invaders. Read real life stories about those who courageously take action to stop the spread of invasive species.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is pleased to announce Carmen Chapin as the July, Partner in Action. Carmen is the Program Coordinator of the Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team and proudly supports SAH! throughout the National Parks Service.

“All natural areas are impacted in some way or another by invasive species. While on the ground control work is important in preserving and/or restoring these ecosystems, we are not going to win the war without active public participation in preventing the additional spread of harmful species,” Chapin said.

Read the full story here!

Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! & Vote

You can help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Vote for Wildlife Forever in this Nationwide contest. It’s free, simple and fast. Funds go to help support SAH! outreach and education. Just click on Wildlife Forever and remember to VOTE daily through October 15th. Thank you.


Mills Fleet Farm Youth Fishing Day

July 12th marked another year of the Fleet Farm Kids Fishing Appreciation Day. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! hosted 13 aquatic invasive species awareness booths across Minnesota. Over 1,200 children and adults were educated about invasive species. SAH! materials such as the Invaders of the Great Lakes field guides, Silent Invader DVDs, key floats, tattoos, bobbers and decals were given out to help spread the Clean Drain Dry message.

Waterfowl Hunter PSA

A  brand new Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! public service announcement (PSA) was filmed this month. This PSA is focused on waterfowl hunters and how they can stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Tips on how to best Clean Drain and Dry boats, boots, decoys, and even dogs are highlighted in this PSA. This PSA will be featured on North American Hunter and in a new show called Survivor, set to reach millions of households across the U.S.

Watch the PSA here!

Senator Al Franken Gives SAH! a Shout Out

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director of Wildlife Forever, talked to Senator Franken about SAH! at a parade in Ely,MN. Franken has been active in the fight against AIS. The Senator was supportive of legislation for the Army Corps. of Engineers to stop the spread of Asian Carp. He was instrumental in closing the St. Anthony Lock in Minneapolis, MN.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! in the News

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and Wildlife Forever (WF) were featured in an article in the Sun Post this month. Be sure to read about how WF will be working to help Minnesota Counties effectively stop the spread of AIS.

Read the article here!

Learn Wash-Station How-To

Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD

Do you enjoy competing in fishing tournaments? Does your organization work to put together fishing events? If so, be sure to contact Wildlife Forever for a FREE copy of the Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments DVD. This DVD will teach you how to set up a boat washing station to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Read more about it here


Recipe of the Month

Asian Carp Provencale

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 4 Asian Carp Fish Steaks
  • 4 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 4 oz. White Wine
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Freshly Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Tbs. Freshly Chopped Onion
  • 1 Diced Tomato
  • 1 Bunch of Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Placed seasoned fish steaks in a baking pan with the olive oil
  • Cover steaks with the garlic, onions, parsley and lemon juice
  • Place in a 325 degree oven for 5 minutes
  • Remove fish and top with tomato and white wine
  • Return fish to the over and continue baking for 12 minutes
  • Serve over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes

Credit: The Modern Farmer

Spotlight on New Partners

As new campaign partners, we welcome your input, requests and comments. We look forward to becoming a valuable partner to you as you become an advocate for conservation and protecting the things that make your lakes and rivers great!
This month SAH! would like to welcome:

Mauricia Baca of the Outside Las Vegas Foundation
John Bogard of Thunder Lake Association
Mark Miller from Lake County Department of Natural Resources
Gene Gilliland from B.A.S.S. LLC
Premier Marine, INC.
Is your Organization a partner? Join us!

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National Audubon Society

A massive new stadium in Minnesota could kill thousands of migratory birds unless the Vikings and the stadium’s builders make a modest investment to make the stadium more bird friendly.


Current plans call for a type of glass that birds are less likely to see, thus inviting deadly collisions.


Donate now to support our campaign to get the Vikings to commit to safer glass and prevent needless bird fatalities.


The cost to switch to safer glass – about $1 million — amounts to a less-than-one-tenth of one percent of the estimated billion dollar project.


Our public awareness campaign is already scoring points. After a burst of media attention, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the stadium’s builder, resorted to technicalities to justify their decision to use the more dangerous glass. It’s a flimsy excuse at best.


The new stadium’s exterior is almost 40 percent glass – a total of nearly 200,000 square feet of glass in all. The site of the stadium is less than a mile from the Mississippi River, along which tens of millions of birds fly every year between their breeding and wintering grounds.


Audubon Minnesota plans to keep up the public pressure as long as necessary to get the Vikings and the MSFA to reverse course.


Please donate today to help prevent needless bird fatalities.




David Yarnold

President and CEO

National Audubon Society

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DNR news: Conservative 2014 deer season set

Conservative deer season set; hunting licenses go on sale Aug. 1

Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

“Hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR. “To shoot a doe, hunters may have to apply for a permit in areas where they haven’t in the past and, in some places, no antlerless harvest will be allowed.”

In 69 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Only bucks can be hunted in 14 areas. In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck. Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in seven permit areas and for some special hunts.

“Many hunters voiced concerns about current deer densities and their hunting experiences in recent years. We heard from hunters at the listening sessions we conducted, in the online comments we solicited and by contacting us directly,” McInenly said. “This past winter only added to those concerns so this year’s conservative approach will protect more antlerless deer, reduce the statewide harvest and allow the population to rebound.”

Northeastern Minnesota hunters will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season. In bucks-only areas, no antlerless deer may be harvested by any hunter, including those with archery or youth licenses. McInenly said that most of these areas are now below goal and that this year’s conservative approach is consistent with the DNR’s long-term commitment to manage deer populations at established goal levels.

Hunters can enter the lottery for antlerless permits beginning Friday, Aug. 1. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 4. Hunters may apply using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. If hunters are selected for both licenses, they must select the one season in which they want to shoot an antlerless deer.

Deer hunting licenses, lottery applications and special hunt applications are available at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-665-4236 or online at Lottery winners will be notified in October.

Permit area breakdown

Bucks-only deer areas in 2014 are deer permit areas 108, 117, 118, 119, 122, 126, 127, 169, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181 and 199.

Lottery deer areas in 2014 are permit areas 101, 103, 105, 110, 111, 152, 155, 156, 159, 171, 172, 173, 179, 183, 184, 197, 203, 208, 213, 229, 234, 237, 238, 242, 246, 247, 250, 251, 252, 253, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298 and 299.

Hunter choice deer areas in 2014 are permit areas 157, 201, 209, 210, 214, 215, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 227, 230, 232, 233, 235, 236, 239, 240, 241, 248, 249, 254, 255, 256, 257, 292, 293, 338, 339, 341, 342, 344, 345, 347 and 348.

Managed deer areas in 2014 are permit areas 114, 287 and 343.

Intensive deer areas in 2014 are permit areas 182, 346 and 349.

The DNR strongly advises hunters to review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before applying. Current and up-to-date information is available online at Information about deer management and upcoming deer population goal setting during the next two years is available at

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MN BHA Update

MN BHA Friends,


These are some recent BHA press/media hits:

-A MN BHA op-ed (“Local view: Keep public land for recreation,” 7/17/14) in the Duluth News Tribune: &

-An op-ed from BHA executive director, Land Tawney (“National land grab alarming to anglers, hunters, sportsmen and women”):

-BHA video: Public lands are not for sale!

-BHA: National Forest Travel Management process in jeopardy.


-Eastmans’ Hunting Journal defends pubic ownership of our public lands:

-Ted Cruz Launches Senate Fight To Auction Off America’s Public Lands:


The second annual MN BHA Rendezvous will be held the weekend of August 15-17, 2014, in Whitewater State Park. Contact chapter co-chair Erik Jensen if you can join us. The Saturday evening cookout will include elk brats/burgers and any other wild game members can contribute (see this link for additional details/contact information):


-Minnesota youth have from Tuesday, July 1 until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for one of 17 special deer hunts in October and November. Of the 17 special hunts, 15 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15; two are archery hunts for youth ages 12-17. For more information, visit and click on youth deer hunts.

-MN DNR Introduction to Deer Hunting (8/9/14):


-Copper Bullet Demonstration for Deer Hunters: Sunday, August 17 (1-5 pm) at the Wealthwood Rod and Gun Club in Aitkin, Minnesota (for additional information call: Wealthwood RGC @ 218-678-2281 or Steve Windels @ 218-324-3400).

-Utah hunters using less lead; condors may have benefited:


Updates on proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota:

-Major Partner Won’t Expand Stake In Mine Near Ely:

-Letter: EPA did not approve PolyMet mine plan:

-“We all use water. Water is more valuable than metals–without water all the metals in our spacecraft could not save us. Yet water is what the SDEIS fails to adequately address. It is proposing to use our waters as a sulfide-mining sewer, instead of unequivocally protecting Minnesota’s most valuable asset.” –C. A. Arneson [1]

-“Economic development is important, but sustainability is everything.” –Rob Pennicott[2]

-Setting the Record Straight on Waters of the US:


-Minnesota veterans honored with new wildlife area:

-Trapping debate goes a new direction:


-Hunters and anglers need to be more aware of bogus forwarded emails:

-Playing politics with sportsmen:

-Sportsmen’s bill deserves coverage over dysfunction:

-Become a BHA Lifetime Member, and get a new pistol/rifle (scroll down for details/options):

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

-Also see our Rendezvous Facebook page:


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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CLay Shooting & Dog Training!

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the weather, catching limits of fish & working the dogs to get them ready for the upcoming Hunting season.    We currently have 56 Members that have paid this year’s dues.   Remember membership dues need to be in by the 15th of August.

We have birds in for Dog Training now!!


Upcoming Events: 

July 26th Tree House Sporting Clay Fundraiser

August 8th & 9Th Gun Safety Class

August 9th RGS Sporting clay fundraiser

August 16th Masonic Cancer Foundation Sporting Clay Fundraiser

August 30th officially opening for the season J


September 7th Dog & Guide Seminar. 3:00pm & Qualifier. September 7th Conceal & Carry Class $95.00 Includes lunch.  9:00am-3:00



Chad Hughes

Wings North

(320) 629-5002 Clubhouse

(320) 282-8614 Cell

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65 environmental projects throughout Minnesota selected for $45.8 million in funding

(St. Paul, MN, July 15, 2014) – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) met on July 10 and selected 65 environment and natural resources projects totaling $45.8 million to recommend to the Minnesota Legislature for funding. The recommendations are the result of a competitive, multi-stage process for allocating funds available next year from the Minnesota Lottery-generated Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). If approved by the legislature the projects will begin in July 2015.


The LCCMR’s 2015 Request for Proposal (RFP) sought projects across several priority issue areas, including water quality, invasive species, climate change, renewable energy, natural resource management, habitat protection, outdoor recreation, and environmental education. The 65 projects being recommended for funding address this spectrum of issue areas and will collectively benefit every region of the state. Some highlights include:

  • A new research center at the University of Minnesota dedicated to providing science-based solutions for preventing and controlling terrestrial invasive species – including introduced plants, animals, insects, and diseases – that threaten the health of the state’s prairies, forests, wetlands, and agricultural resources.
  • Development of a comprehensive, statewide framework for transitioning Minnesota away from fossil fuels and toward a long-term sustainable energy future.
  • Acceleration of the Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Geological Atlas, the updating of the National Wetlands Inventory, and other related surveying and monitoring efforts that are acquiring essential information for understanding Minnesota’s plants, pollinators, animals, water and groundwater resources, and wetlands;
  • Research, analysis, and planning efforts to inform water management for sustainability and protect water quality from challenges posed by groundwater overuse, drainage systems, and nutrient and sediment runoff.
  • Protection, enhancement, and restoration of lands for unique natural areas and parks and trails around the state, including regional parks in the metro area, scientific and natural areas throughout the state, the Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota, and several state parks and trails. One project involves the reintroduction of American bison at Minneopa State Park, which will provide a unique recreational opportunity for visitors while assisting with national genetic preservation efforts for the species.
  • Research and data collection on Minnesota habitat and wildlife species including bats, turtles, elk, loons, white pelicans, and other species in order to inform species preservation and habitat management efforts.
  • Research into potential impacts and control methods for emerald ash borer, Canada thistle, and an emerging pine disease.


A total of approximately $46.3 million is available from the ENRTF for recommendation by the LCCMR for 2015. The Commission chose to reserve some funds to consider for addition to some of the recommended projects at its November or December meeting. Following those meetings, the LCCMR’s recommendations will next go before the 2015 Legislature for consideration and approval during the legislative session beginning January 6. Recommended projects will begin work on July 1, 2015, when the funds become available.


In response to the LCCMR’s 2014 proposal process, 152 proposals requesting a total of approximately $126.3 million were received. Combined requests amounted to nearly $3 requested for every $1 available, making for a very competitive process. Of the original 152 proposals received, 76 were requested to give presentations and answer questions before the LCCMR. From this reduced pool, 65 proposals received a recommendation for some portion of the funds available.


The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is a permanent dedicated fund in the Minnesota state treasury that was established by 77% voter approval of a constitutional amendment in 1988. The amendment directs forty percent of the net proceeds of the Minnesota Lottery, or approximately seven cents of every dollar spent on playing the lottery, into the ENRTF. The ENRTF is intended to provide a long-term, stable source of funding for innovative and far-sighted activities that protect and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources for the benefit of current citizens and future generations. Up to 5.5% of the existing market value of the ENRTF can be expended each year.


Additional information on the LCCMR’s 2015 proposal recommendations and proposal process can be found online at:


Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

The LCCMR is made up of 17 members (5 Senators, 5 Representatives, 5 citizens appointed by the governor, 1 citizen appointed by the Senate, and 1 citizen appointed by the House). The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the Minnesota State Legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since then over $800 million has been appropriated to approximately 1,900 projects recommended to protect and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.

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Night fishing on Mille Lacs Lake opens July 21

Mille Lacs Lake anglers may fish at night beginning Monday, July 21 at 10 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re pleased we can open the lake to night fishing,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager for the DNR. “Evening and night launches can resume operation, and boats can travel and fish at night. In addition to walleye, anglers can again seek muskellunge and bow fish during prime nighttime hours.”

In past years, the Mille Lacs Lake night closure, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., began the Monday after the May opener and continued through mid-June. This year’s regulations extended the closure to Dec. 1 to help ensure state-licensed anglers did not catch more walleye than the lake’s safe harvest limit allowed. If that limit was reached, anglers would have had to release all walleye instead of being allowed to keep two. The possession limit is two fish 18- to 20-inches. One fish may be longer than 28 inches.

“So far, anglers have caught about 10,000 pounds of walleye,” Parsons said. “That number will increase once night fishing resumes, but catch rates have been low enough to alleviate concerns that anglers will catch more than the 42,900 pounds of walleye the harvest limit allows.”

Anglers have caught fewer walleye because walleye are feeding on an abundance of perch in Mille Lacs this year and reduced fishing pressure. Cool temperatures and rain have kept the water temperatures down, which lowers mortality of released fish. Fish are more likely to die after being released in warmer water even if properly handled.

“The DNR is not removing the night closure because Mille Lacs Lake has recovered,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries section chief. “More young walleye still need to survive their first year and keep growing from year to year into larger walleye. Conditions this year combined for a slow bite, allowing DNR to re-open an activity that helps the Mille Lacs area economy and is a tradition among many fishing families.”

For more information, visit the Mille Lacs Lake Web page at People interested in receiving email updates about Mille Lacs Lake can subscribe to the Hooked On Mille Lacs Update list at

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