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Lakeview Trap Shooting Fundraiser is Aug. 23

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.

Shooter’s Sporting Clays is located approximately 10 miles east of Marshall on Highway 19 and then three miles north on Aspen Avenue, and then one quarter mile west on 300th Street.  For more information on the Lakeview Trap Shooting Team, contact Beck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


 

Our Outdoors: The Sounds of Summer

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.

With the sun peaking through the gray ceiling and the heat beginning to build, bluegills started breaking the surface.  Each time they did, a pop or a slurp, or occasionally an exciting splash, signaled where I was to drop my next cast.  This time of year, it rarely matters what fly the panfish in the warm shallows are rising on, as they’ll eat just about anything.  It could be a foam ant, the finest hackled dry fly, or a gaudy stimulator, and for me it was all of those and then some as I looked to land a number of fish on different patterns.  But it A bull bluegill coming on the Pheasant Retort hopperbecame apparent that one fly was turning up the volume with the bigger bluegills hiding around the docks and weed edges of the south shore. 

Being an avid pheasant hunter, I strive to incorporate the feathers from my favorite bird into many of the patterns I make up myself, and to modify classic patterns with what I think are showier additions.  The latter was the case at my vise in the silence of a winter evening as I added a gold-trimmed shoulder feather in place of a boring old turkey quill wing, and tied in two knotted pheasant tail fibers as legs in the classic deer-hair-grasshopper pattern known as the Letort Hopper.  I called it the Pheasant Retort; a smartmouth angler’s loud response to the same-old-same that I was sure would help me make some noise on the summer water. 

I tugged the line off the reel and it whizzed as the loops poured out onto the glassy water around my knees. I raised the rod with a flick and a whip. My electric green line split the surface and rolled the fly near the deep boatlift on a neighboring dock where bluegills had been snapping, readily rising to whatever was near the algae-stained aluminum.  I slightly stripped the line back in until the connection between my rod and my hopper was tight.  Bit by bit I tugged at the line, imitating the panicked kick of a stranded grasshopper frantically trying to make its way to shore.  I looked around as fish began to rise on the edge of the shade under and along the other docks in the area, each snap and pop signaling a growing frenzy.  A loud smack and a jolt down the rod brought my wandering gaze back to the area beside the neighbor’s boat. 

The tell-tale circle surrounding the place where my fly once sat, along with the sound made by a hungry bluegill, was a sure sign the battle was on.  I lifted the rod tip and the five-weight bent with the fury of a freshwater piranha struggling on the other end.  He tried to make his way to the next dock and run my tiny tippet around the post, but I was able to steer him away and eventually to hand, where he showed his disapproval with a few noisy flops before settling into my grasp.  With a quick twist of the fly, the nine-inch bull flipped back into the water and shot off toward the neighbor’s dock. With a sigh of satisfaction, I cleaned the green surface gunk out of the fly’s deer-hair head and cracked the thick air with my backcast before smacking the surface with yet another cast of my jazzed-up hopper fly which would again bring the noise and continued success…in our outdoors.

Simonson is a syndicated outdoors journalist from Marshall, Minn. who also serves as president of Lyon County Pheasants Forever.  From time to time he shares his stories with the chapter.  His alter-ego ties the flies for the PF Patterns series on this website.  He's not crazy...only about the outdoors.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:21 )

 

New Veterans WMA Opens Near Clearwater, Minn.

The New Veterans WMA will be open to hunters this fallNational 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.

 

 

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