LCPF Press Release
Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) will be hosting the second annual “Rooster Rally” get together for local and visiting hunters on Fri. Oct. 9, 2015. The event will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. at Shooter’s Sporting Clays (www.shooterssporting.com), located nine miles east of Marshall on Hwy 19, and two miles north on Aspen Ave. Shooting will be available from 4 to 7 p.m., so participants are encouraged to come when they can and their schedules allow. Three MAT shuttles will run from the Brau Bros. parking lot to Shooter’s every half hour from 3:30 to 10:00 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for LCPF’s youth and habitat efforts in the Lyon County area. The cost of the event is $50 (or $70 for two rounds of shooting and ammo), and each participant will receive a round of sporting clays and box of ammunition; a round of drinks after shooting their clays, dinner provided by the Hitching Post; a bag filled with coupons to local businesses, hunting maps and other information; in-person assistance from a certified gunsmith to answer their firearm questions and the local wisdom of LCPF members to provide hunting information and ideas on where to start their season on some of the 40,000 public acres in the area. Participants will also be entered into a multi-prize raffle including gift certificates to local merchants, Federal Prairie Storm ammunition and the grand prize of a Stoeger Condor 12 gauge over-under shotgun.
“The Rooster Rally will be a great opportunity for hunters from around the region to meet and socialize with fellow sportsmen, get to know the Lyon County area, and take advantage of all the great hunting and public land we have available,” said John “Johnny B” Blowers, LCPF Vice President and Rooster Rally organizer, “LCPF is proud to spearhead this Ultimate Upland Tailgate Party with the help of local businesses and to help hunters start their season off with a bang,” he concluded.
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 August 2015 10:30 )
DNR Press Release
A $1.67 million, three-year federal grant that funds Minnesota’s Walk-In Access (WIA) program has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant means that hunters in western and south-central Minnesota will continue to have access to more than 22,000 acres of existing WIA hunting land, and will get at least 8,000 additional WIA acres over the next three years.
“We are thrilled to receive news of this grant award,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “These funds open up more opportunities for hunters, especially in areas of the state that are predominately privately owned. The funds also help enhance habitat on these lands.”
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the grant award on Monday, Aug. 17. The grant is through the USDA’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill to enhance public access to privately held and operated farm and ranch lands, and improve habitat for wildlife-dependent recreation.
Launched by the DNR in 2011, WIA increases hunting opportunities in western and south-central Minnesota. In 2015, there are 22,800 acres enrolled in WIA across 31 counties. Bright yellow-green signs mark boundaries of the 200 sites.
The program provides public hunting access to private lands and pays landowners to allow that access. Landowners are paid $10 per acre to enroll their lands in the program. Bonuses are added if more than 140 contiguous acres are enrolled, if the land is within one-half mile of existing state or federal hunting land, or if a multi-year agreement is signed.
WIA sites are open to public hunting from Sept. 1 to May 31, with no additional landowner contact needed. Hunters must have a $3 WIA validation on their hunting license to legally access WIA lands.
In addition to sustaining the WIA program, the VPA-HIP grant provides funds for landowners to enhance the habitat on WIA acres. The grant will also fund a research project through the University of Minnesota to study both landowner and hunter interest and participation in the program.
Maps of WIA sites and more information on the program can be found at www.mndnr.gov/walkin.
LCPF Press Release
The first Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Mentored Waterfowl Hunt for youth ages 15 and under, has been scheduled for Sat., Sept. 12, 2015 from 5 a.m. to noon. Participants will meet in the parking lot of Running’s in Marshall at 4:45 am for a quick safety meeting and light breakfast. From there, the mentors will take the hunters and their parents to preselected hunting locations throughout Lyon and Lincoln Counties. The event will introduce young and novice hunters to waterfowl hunting with the assistance of adult mentors, their equipment and dogs.
“We are expanding our mentored-hunt opportunities to take advantage of the youth waterfowl season offered by the Minnesota DNR,” said LCPF Youth Chair, Seth Abel, “and to provide a well-rounded selection of programs to get the next generation of hunters outdoors,” he concluded.
Participants will be required to provide their own firearms. LCPF will provide the appropriate non-toxic ammunition. LCPF will also send out an informational email prior to the hunt with suggestions for clothing and shotgun chokes, along with other pertinent information, maps and mentor identification.
LCPF is also seeking mentors with trained dogs for the hunt on Sept. 12. Those individuals interested in mentoring for the morning-long event should also contact Abel, providing their contact information. Further, landowners in the Lyon and Lincoln County areas who are willing to allow access to their property for the hunt can do so by contacting Abel.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:32 )