LCPF Press Release
Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) and the Redwood River Sportsman’s Club (RRSC) will be hosting the second of four summer Young Guns shooting sports events from 1 to 4 pm this Sunday, July 20, which will be free to participants age 11 to 18 who have completed a DNR-approved firearms safety course
Participants are encouraged to bring their own firearms, if they have them, or they will be able to use those contained in the Young Guns package which was awarded to LCPF in 2012 by Pheasants Forever’s Shooting Sports Initiative. Participants can use Stoeger Air Rifles, Ruger .22 rifles and TriStar Viper 20 gauge shotguns from the Young Guns package. Ammunition for these firearms and 12-gauge shotgun shells will be provided by LCPF, as will targets ranging from paper and metal plinking targets to clay targets thrown at the RRSC trap range.
“These events are a great opportunity to introduce youth to the excitement of shooting sports,” said Nick Simonson, LCPF President, “with the focus on safety and fun, the experience will make a positive impact and bring more young shooters into the fold,” he concluded.
For more information on the Summer Young Guns program, keep checking in here at the LCPF website (www.lyoncountypf.org) and on the LCPF Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/lyoncountypf) throughout the coming months.
ND G&F Press Release
North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index is up slightly from last year, according to the State Game and Fish Department’s 2014 spring crowing count survey.
Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor, said the number of roosters heard crowing this spring was up about 6 percent statewide from 2013, with increases ranging from about 2 to 9 percent depending on the region.
While the spring number is a positive indicator, Kohn said it does not predict what North Dakota’s fall population will look like. Brood surveys, which begin in mid-July and are completed by September, provide a much better estimate of summer pheasant production and what hunters might expect for a fall pheasant population.
Last year, the fall population was down from 2012 because of rather poor production, but Kohn said low winter pheasant mortality, particularly in the southern one-third of the state, helped boost this year’s spring count.
Another positive is that abundant moisture has provided for good habitat conditions heading into the prime nesting period. However, Kohn noted that since 2008, North Dakota has lost more than 2 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program grasslands, much of it in the pheasant range. That means total nesting habitat in the state is significantly reduced from where it was when the spring crowing count index peaked in 2008.
The 2014 index is down about one-third from that peak. “Loss of CRP acres continue to reduce the amount of nesting and brood-rearing habitat on the landscape,” Kohn emphasized. “This and other grassland conversion is going to negatively affect our pheasant population in the future.”
Pheasant crowing counts are conducted each spring throughout North Dakota. Observers drive specified 20-mile routes, stopping at predetermined intervals, and counting the number of pheasant roosters heard crowing over a two-minute period during the stop.
The number of pheasant crows heard is compared to previous years’ data, providing a trend summary.
MN DNR Press Release
Minnesota youth have from Tuesday, July 1 until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for one of 17 special deer hunts in October and November.
“Youth accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor can hunt in select state parks and other refuge areas during these annual opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator.
Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation clinic.
A limited number of either-sex permits are available for the following hunts in Southwestern Minnesota:
Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, or online. For firearms hunts, apply with code 631.
If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, a lottery will be conducted. Youth may only apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt.
Successful applicants also must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase all appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations.
For more information, visit the Discover Your Outdoors page and and click on youth deer hunts.