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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Worthington to host 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Worthington, Minnesota - The southwestern Minnesota city of Worthington will host the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11.

“This event will showcase the Worthington area as a hunting community,” said Scott Rall, a member of the event committee. “We appreciate the impact hunters have on our economy and have worked hard to build great public hunting in the area.”

Rall pointed out that there are 12,900 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Worthington.  “We are very hunter friendly,” he said.  “It’s part of who we are and what we do.”

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Changes greet hunters at Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt

Mad Goose! from NRA's American Hunter magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - A number of new changes will greet goose hunters at the Lac qui Parle Refuge controlled hunt this year, including elimination of the need to register for blinds in advance, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The key changes are that hunters will no longer need to apply for blinds in advance, register at the main office or pay the $3 blind fee. There will be no morning or afternoon drawings. And the controlled hunt area boundaries will be smaller.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Waterfowl hunting from NRA's American Hunter magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - When Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, hunting is likely to be good, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“The number of breeding ducks this spring was very high based on the continental duck breeding population surveys,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “In addition, recruitment, or the number of young ducks that hatched, was also good this year based on reports we’ve heard. These young ducks comprise a large percentage of duck hunters’ bags during the fall.”

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enjoy fall, hunt grouse this year; season opens Sept. 13

St. Paul, Minnesota - Shake, Rattle & Dance VIII Picture yourself walking on a trail through stands of young aspen trees with blazing yellow leaves overhead. The fall air is crisp. Shotgun in hand, you’re enjoying a hike while hunting grouse – Minnesota’s most popular game bird.  

Something akin to this scene will soon be reality for the nearly 100,000 grouse hunters in Minnesota. The season for ruffed and spruce grouse runs from Saturday, Sept. 13, until Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015; and for sharp-tailed grouse from Sept. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 30.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - DNR announces fall duck and goose seasons

Tips for Late Season Goose Hunting from American Hunter Magazine St. Paul, Minnesota - Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, under a similar season structure to last year, with similar bag limits and with season dates that vary for north, central and southern zones, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway.

“While the season structure is similar to recent years, there is an adjustment in the duck season dates in the south duck zone,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Apply now to hunt elk in Minnesota

Elk hunting in Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota - Hunters have until Friday, June 13, to apply for one of nine elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters interested in applying for a license can find maps of the two hunting zones and other pertinent information on the DNR website. Elk licenses will be available in Kittson County’s central and northeast zones, while the Grygla area will be closed to enable that area’s elk population to rebuild to goal levels.

“The number of hunting licenses available reflects the goals of the state’s elk management plan,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “That plan aims to balance the interest of hunters, landowners and others.”

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Minnesota concludes wolf Wolf image courtesy of American Hunter magazinehunting and trapping season

Saint Paul, Minnesota - Minnesota concluded its second wolf season when the Department of Natural Resources closed the east-central zone on Saturday, Dec. 28.

A total of 3,433 licensed hunters and trappers harvested 237 wolves during the early and late seasons. The harvest target was 220 wolves.

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Firearms deer harvest down 6 percent from 2012

Deer taken with a rifle during the 2011 firearm season St. Paul, Minnesota - Minnesota hunters harvested 128,814 deer through the second weekend of the 2013 firearms season, according to preliminary numbers announced Nov. 20 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The season ended Sunday, Nov. 17, for all but 100-series permit areas in the northeastern part of the state, where the season concludes on Sunday, Nov. 24. A late 3B firearm season in southeastern Minnesota begins Saturday, Nov. 23, and concludes Sunday, Dec. 1. 

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From Federal Premium® Ammunition - Federal Premium® Ammunition Sponsors Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Shoot

Competitors taking part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Shoot

When more than 2,000 student athletes converge in Alexandria, Minn. on June 6-8 for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) State Shoot, their home-state ammunition maker will support them. Anoka-based Federal Premium® Ammunition is a returning platinum sponsor of the 2013 State Tournament held at the Alexandria Shooting Park. This year, 2,075 student athletes registered to participate in the tournament, and this will be the largest state high school tournament in the country.

ANOKA, Minnesota - Federal Premium® Ammunition is proud to return as a platinum sponsor of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) State Shoot. More than 2,000 student athletes will converge in Alexandria, Minn. on June 6-8 for of the 2013 State Tournament held at the Alexandria Shooting Park.

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