Lakeview HS News Release
The Lakeview Trap Shooting Team will be hosting a summer fun shoot at Shooter’s Sporting Clays on Sat. Aug. 23 from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will help raise funds for the team’s fall league activities as part of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s (MSHSCTL) autumn trap and skeet seasons in Sept. and Oct.
“This fundraiser is open to shooters of all skill levels and will help cover the costs for our team’s fall season,” said the team’s head coach, Darren Beck.
For $40, each participant in the fun shoot will get a round of fifty sporting clays, lunch and an entry into a raffle for a CZ-720 20 gauge semiautomatic shotgun. The drawing for the gun will be at 3 pm, and entrants need not be present to win. Additional prizes will be awarded to the top three high scorers at the event.
Beck presented at the August LCPF chapter meeting and relayed the results of a successful first year for the 21-member Lakeview Trap Shooting Team, including a top-10 finish at the state shoot in Alexandria for their novice squad. Earlier this year, LCPF donated $1,500 to help get the Lakeview Trap Shooting Team started.
“We hope to build on the success we had this spring, and see our shooters improve through the fall leagues,” Beck said, “thank you to LCPF and its members for supporting us,” he concluded.
By Nick Simonson
The buzz of cicadas and jet skis sliced through the humidity of the August weekend, fading out long enough to allow the thick air they had cut to seal back together like melted marshmallow on a campfire s’more. In the background, my dad and his buddy Tim chatted as each blue and green beanbag landed with a thud on the angled plywood target while the grunt of Tim’s border collie broke the air on occasion as he leapt for his Frisbee. Of all the sounds I sorted through on the warm Saturday, the one I was listening for was the snap of the hungry panfish just off shore.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:21 )
National PF Press Release
More than 600 acres in Minnesota’s Stearns and Wright counties have been permanently conserved in honor of Minnesota’s military veterans. The Veterans State Wildlife Management Area is now open to public hunting and outdoor recreation. Located south of Clearwater, the project was created in part by funding from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund and Pheasants Forever’s Build a Wildlife Area program.
The 604-acre Veterans State Wildlife Management Area stands out as a large, permanently protected area of wildlife habitat near the Twin Cities metro region and will serve as a memorial to the sacrifices made by military servicemen and women. The area, now managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will be open to public hunting and outdoor recreation in perpetuity.
“Wildlife habitat conserved forever not only functions as a fitting tribute to those who served, it will always be there to fulfill the outdoor passions so many veterans have,” says Joe Duggan, PF’s Vice President of Corporate Relations.
“This land donation in honor of our state’s heroes is an excellent example of support from Pheasants Forever and the larger community,” said Larry Shellito, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. “The Veterans State Wildlife Management Area not only honors our veterans, but serves as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. For generations to come, veterans and outdoor enthusiasts alike can utilize this area and enjoy all our state’s wildlife resources have to offer.” The Veterans State Wildlife Management Area project was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Minnesota Commander’s Task Force.
About half of the Veterans State Wildlife Management Area property consists of extremely diverse, high-quality restored native prairie. The remainder is a combination of mature oak woodland, wetlands and riparian - the Clearwater River runs for a half mile through the property. This new wildlife area is also within a mile of the existing 1,000-acre-plus Succonix Wildlife Management Area, so the two units complement each other and build a corridor of publicly-accessible wildlife habitat.
Corporate support for the Veterans State Wildlife Management Area was provided by Apple Auto Group, Federal Premium Ammunition, Outdoor News, employees of Graco, Muller Family Theatres, Rassat Outdoor Group, MobileStrong, Beerforwildlife.com and the Del-Tone/Luth Gun Range. Additional partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association - Tri County Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (including the Crow River, Sherburne County, Swampbucks and North Suburban chapters) and the Minnesota Lady Slippers, Mississippi Longtails, Anoka County, Wright County and Stearns County Pheasants Forever chapters. The project was completed thanks to the Smith family and many individual donations and memorial gifts.
To date, Pheasants Forever’s Build a Wildlife Area program has completed more than 25 projects in three states, permanently protecting more than 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat – all open to the public for hunting and outdoor recreation.
The new Veterans State WMA is located near Clearwater, Minn. From the I-94 interchange in Clearwater, take State Hwy. 24 south 3.5 miles. The Wildlife Management Area parking lot is on the left (east) side of the highway.