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MIN N ESOTA
In This Issue
4 Masthead 20 37th Annual World Hunting Expo
5 president’s Message 24 African Gladiator
By Peter Hunt By Randy Luth
6 Members 26 safari snapshots
7 our Missions and Ethics 30 Federal and state Issues
8 Calendar of Events
9 Now You’re Cooking With . . . CoVER pHoTo
10 Board spotlight
Whitetail deer in the Minnesota River
Valley after a December snowfall. photo
taken by Robert utne.
12 Christmas party in Review Capture a Wild Animal on Film
Minnesota Adventuring is looking for
16 Down But Not out . . . this year’s cover photos. You are invited
to submit your animal photos that reflect
By Brian Smith the season of the issue. Cover photos
18 The Miracle of Matching Funds
need to be portrait or vertical orientation.
Email your photos with descriptions to:
By Mark LaBarbera email@example.com.
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Editor Peter Hunt, president
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MINNEsoTA ADVENTuRING welcomes advertisements, hunt
reports, letters, and photos from Members of the Minnesota sCI. 612-868-3306
submissions should include Member’s name, address, and daytime firstname.lastname@example.org
phone number and be sent by mail to Minnesota sCI, p.o. Box 1303,
Burnsville, MN 55337 or email to email@example.com.
submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Board Members Wanted
submission deadline: Minnesota sCI is seeking new board members
Winter Issue: December 15 to join the Board and continue our Missions.
spring Issue: March 15 If you are interested in knowing more about
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Advertisements in the Minnesota Adventuring are not to be considered
endorsements by the Minnesota SCI.
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It’s that time of the year again! our 37th Annual World
Hunting Expo is just around the corner. We have quite a few
changes this year that I think will make this the biggest show
we’ve had in years. Your Expo Chairman, pat Foley, along
with the rest of the Board, have been hard at work the past few
months getting ready for this event.
First and foremost, we’re moving to a new location, the
Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. While the Northland Inn has
served us well for many years, their current construction plans
gave us the push we needed to move the show to a larger, more
centrally located space. For those of you coming in from out of
town, you’ll appreciate the proximity of the new location to the
airport, shopping, and many great restaurants. We have a block
of rooms available with prices starting at $79/night. please
contact Monique (952) 693-1461 for more details.
We have some great hunts, artwork, jewelry, and other
merchandise for the auction this year, everything from pheasants
to elephants. Check out our website, (www.minnesotasci.com)
for up-to-date auction listings. We’ll have expanded raffles
again, and Tim and Bonnie Halstead have put together a great
The Expo will open at 2:00 pM on Friday, February 24. All
day Friday is open to public, including the auction at 7:00 pM.
This is a great time to bring the kids or introduce non-members
to Minnesota sCI. our Hunters sidewalk Café will be held with the cash from the 50/50 raffle. This event just gets better
poolside starting at 10:00 pM. every year! A special thanks goes out to Don McMillan for
We will open on saturday, February 25 at 10:00 AM. planning the event and to all of our members who donated meat
Cocktail hour starts 4:00 pM with the banquet starting at 7:00 and items to the silent auction.
pM. seating is limited, and dinner tickets are going fast, so For those of you who would like to get more involved with
reserve yours now. the Chapter, we can always use extra arms and legs at the Expo.
our Wild Game Dinner and Christmas party was a great please contact pat Foley, Expo Chair, at (507) 326-5350 if you
success with over 130 people attending. Chef Chris Dwyer of can spare an hour or two to help out.
Mendakota Country Club put on a fabulous meal, paul stannard I look forward to seeing everyone at the Expo!
and Ted shogren gave some great hunt reports. Mark Nelson
won a new Browning shotgun and Jimmy Brand walked away peter Hunt, president
Pat Foley, Ryan Burt,
Satveer Chaudhary, Peter Hunt,
Tom Hoelderle, Tim Halstead,
Brent Nelson (left to right)
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Minnesota Chapter of safari Club International
Chapter Life Members by Year
David sandstrom 1998 Anthony Acitelli 2009 Lois Treb 2009
Craig Wilcox 1998 Mary Brachman 2009 Darci Broich 2010
Gregory pappenfus 1998 Joseph Broich 2009 Randy schneewind 2010
Jack Leeds 1998 Alan Gaston 2009 sam Fejes 2011
steven Wilcox 1999 Michael Halleron 2009
Edward Evans 1999
steven Johnson 1999
Terry Mick 2000 New Chapter Members
Armand Brachman 2000
JANUARY Ronald Machtan JUNE
Lee (Andy) Anderson Jr. 2001
Josh Britton shane McFadden Jeff Grote
steve slack 2001
Kevin Melstrom Jed A. simi
Mike Ziegler 2001
FEBRUARY Ryan Miner
Lynn Van Allen Flygare 2001
David Johnson pierre Moolman JULY
Tom Hoelderle 2002
Joseph Leuman peter Nelson Robert parrack
Bruce ogle 2002
Jeffrey olson Kirk schnitker
Andy Anderson 2002 MARCH Greg peters
paul stannard 2003 Dean Ackerson Duane Rasmasson SEPtEMBER
Jay Link 2004 Brad Anderson David Ristau John Barclay
James schueller 2004 Tammie Berghuis Chris stall
Robert J. Lange 2004 Michael Buesing Jessica Vanden Berg NovEMBER
Gerald Boettcher 2005 Ted Carlson Robert Brownlee
Thomas Turner 2005 Greg Dzieweczvnski APRIL Ben Fisher
Rob Commers 2005 Mike Egan Anne L. Beihoffer Jonathan Fisher
Char Englund 2005 Clay Hager Jason Holmstrom Roger Lucy
Charles Van Heel 2006 Dennis Harper Jeff W. Will steve Mealman
David Zabel 2006 Cynthia Heimen
Walter Broich III 2006 Betty Heller MAY DECEMBER
Gregory smith 2006 Gary Hughes John Boogren Tom Dolan
Bruce Taher 2006 Mary Knop Trapper R. Goltz James Kensy
David strand 2006 Doug Kurkowski Todd Kanieski
Hayden Walter Broich 2007 Joubert Leon scott King-Ellison
John smythe 2007 Clark Linn
Roger Austin 2007
shad Ketcher 2007
Bob Lange 2007
Kevin Erickson 2008
2008 Minnesota SCI Needs Your Help!
Rick scott 2008
Monte Hansen 2008 Merchandise donations, cash contributions and/or
Chris Knutson 2008 time, hard work and talent are needed at the Expo!
paul Langenfeld 2008
Thomas Roles 2008 Please contact Pat Foley, Expo Chair, to volunteer:
Theodore shogren 2008
Gene Grazzini 2008 (612) 244 -1745 or email@example.com.
Brian smith 2008
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Jack Leeds 1974 – 1976
Lee Mitchell (deceased) 1976 – 1977
Marv Gaston 1977 – 1979
Jack Hurley 1979 – 1980 Mission of the Minnesota sCI
Don McMillan 1980 – 1982 Through legislative advocacy and the support of hunting
as a sustainable conservation practice, Minnesota sCI is
Lowell “pete” peterzen (deceased) 1982 – 1984
dedicated to perpetuating and protecting your hunting
paul Robey 1984 – 1985 heritage and the rights of ALL hunters.
sharon Robey 1985 – 1987
John Horan 1987 – 1990 Hunters’ Code of Ethics
Alan Notvik (deceased) 1990 – 1992 Recognizing my responsibilities to wildlife, habitat and
Bill Liljemark 1992 – 1994 future generations, I pledge:
David Angell 1994 – 1996 To conduct myself in the field so as to make a positive
Dan Treb (deceased) 1996 – 1999 contribution to wildlife and ecosystems.
Doug Evans 1999 – 2000 To improve my skills as a woodsman and marksman to
sven Lindquist 2000 – 2003 ensure humane harvesting of wildlife.
Armand Brachman 2003 – 2005 To comply with all game laws, in the spirit of fair chase, and
Willard “Bill” pankonin 2005 – 2008 to influence my companions accordingly.
Rick scott 2008 – 2010 To accept my responsibility to provide all possible
assistance to game law enforcement officers.
To waste no opportunity to teach young people the full
meaning of this code of ethics.
To reflect in word and behavior only credit upon the
fraternity of sportsmen, and to demonstrate abiding respect
for game, habitat and property where I am privileged to
Mission of sCI
sCI is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in
promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.
sCI provides value to members by shaping policies
and legislation that protect the freedom to hunt locally,
nationally and internationally.
sCI is committed to keeping members informed regarding
issues that impact hunting while educating and entertaining
members with engaging articles about the rich heritage of
hunting in all forms of media.
sCI is committed to providing a community for hunters
Past Presidents worldwide where camaraderie is enjoyed and expert
information is exchanged, and where members are able
Bill Liljemark, Rick Scott, Bill Pankonin, Paul Robey,
to participate in a market for quality hunting goods and
Sharon Robey, Don McMillan, Doug Evans services.
(Left to Right)
sCI is committed to promoting a positive image of hunters
and portraying them as responsible citizens who fund
wildlife conservation, education and other programs which
benefit the community.
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Calendar of Events
upcoming member events
National SCI Convention
February 1 – 4, 2012
Mandalay Bay Resort
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard south
Las Vegas, NV 89119
37th Annual World Hunting Expo
February 24 & 25, 2012
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, Minnesota 55439
Annual Member Meeting
Monday, May 14 • 6:00 – 9:00pm
1928 university Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Christmas Party & Wild Game Dinner
Monday, December 10
Mendakota Country Club
2075 Mendakota Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
2012 minnesota sCi
Board meeting schedule
Meetings held at 6pm
Monday, February 6
Monday, March 5
Monday, April 2
Monday, May 7
Monday, June 4
Monday, July 2
Monday, August 6
Monday, september 10
Monday, october 1
Monday, November 5
Monday, December 3
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Now You’re Cooking With . . . peter and Don!
Wild Alaska Silver Salmon Asparagus
Bundle with Lemon Dill Sauce
By president peter Hunt and
past president Don McMillan
small Bundle of Asparagus
1/2 pound Alaska silver salmon
1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh Dill
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan Cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove Garlic, crushed
Freshly Ground Black pepper
1. preheat broiler.
2. prepare asparagus by removing the “stems” and
keeping the tips. steam the tips over boiling water for 3
minutes. Rinse immediately under cold water.
3. using one slice of salmon add asparagus and drizzle
olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper over
4. Wrap salmon slice around asparagus spears. This dish goes well with Chardonnay.
5. Repeat the drizzling and wrapping process with the
remaining asparagus spears and salmon slices.
This is just one of the delicious
6. Arrange the salmon/asparagus bundles seam side down
dishes that will be served at the
on a greased ovenproof baking tray.
Gourmet Multi-Course Game Dinner for 8 people with
7. place baking tray under broiler, and broil the bundles Appetizers / Wine pairings being auctioned at the 37th
for 3 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through on Annual Minnesota sCI Expo. Chefs peter Hunt and
the bottom side. Don McMillan will prepare and serve a multi-course
8. Remove baking tray and let bundles cool. game dinner in your home for 8 people. This event will
include all wines and many selections of game and other
9. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, yogurt,
accompaniments for your enjoyment. Minnesota sCI
and mustard. spread over the salmon, covering all the
thanks Don McMillan and peter Hunt for their 100%
edges, then top with fresh dill.
10. serve chilled.
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One person can make a difference! Rather it’s a large task or small duty,
everyone’s contribution to the Board helps make us successful as an organization.
Peter Hunt, a member since 2009. peter became president the following year
and the 2011 Expo was one of the most successful Expos in Minnesota sCI history.
Brent Nelson, a member since 2006, is currently serving his second term as our
secretary. As secretary, Brent has many duties which keeps him busy throughout the
year as well as being our go-to guy for selling 50/50 raffle tickets.
Tim Halstead, a member since 1999, is currently serving his second term as
our Treasurer and silent Auction Chairman. Tim’s duties as Treasurer keeps him very
busy throughout the year. Five years ago, Tim added a Friday night silent auction to
his list of Expo duties.
Tom Hoelderle, a life member since 2002, started his first term on the
Board that same year. Tom has been purchasing our firearms for the Expo since he
returned to the Board a couple of years ago and formerly was in charge of Marketing.
Kevin Erickson, a member since 2002, became a life member in 2008. Kevin
organizes the annual April Rifle Tournament, works on securing the taxidermists for
the Expo, and manages the set-up of backboards at the Convention.
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Betty Gaston, a member since 2007, is currently serving her second term.
Betty puts in long hours writing live auction descriptions for the auction program.
Pat Foley, a member since 2008, is currently serving his second term. This year
pat will serve as the 2012 Expo Chair.
Don Lynch, a member since 2009, totally embraced the new Raffle Area at the
2011 Expo. He will continue as Raffle Chairman again this year.
Ryan Burt, a member since 2009, Ryan coordinates between Minnesota sCI and
Minnesota outdoor Heritage Alliance and leads our Marketing efforts.
Satveer Chaudhary, a member since 2011, satveer keeps us abreast of
current legislative issues that affect Minnesota sCI and works on the Marketing/
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Thank You to Everyone who attended the
Annual Christmas Party and Wild Game Dinner!
in Motion Linda Moss and Ken singleton,
singleton-Moss Custom Goldsmith and
Thanks to Bill and Diane Gilbertson,
Chris Knutson, The Art Barbarian’s Art and
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Thank you to everyone who donated to Toys for Tots
Monique Navarrette, scott King-Ellison, Bonnie Halstead
Bill Liljemark Silent Auction Donors
Bruce Taher Art Barbarians
Dave sandstrom Clare Heuer
Don McMillan Grazzini Brothers & Company
Glen Bean Greg Grazzini
Mark LaBarbera paul & Barbetta stannard
singleton-Moss Custom Goldsmith
peter Hunt and Jewelry Design
Wild Images in Motion
Wings North Hunting Club
Chef Chris Dwyer
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Irene and Ron schmidt
Congratulations to Mark Nelson
on winning the Browning silver
Hunter Barrel shotgun
Donna and Russ Lilienthal
Todd Maki and Brent Nelson
Char and Ricky Englund
Brent Nelson and Doug Brown
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Darleen Cassidy, peter Hunt, Jim Cassidy
The Hunt Family: peter, Allen, paul, Myrna and Kai
Caroline and peter Larson
Carol and pat Foley
Bill Gilbertson and Robert utne
Bonnie and Tim Halstead
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Down But Not Out . . .
By Brian smith could and hike into goat country from there. The next morning
the generator started, and it was lights on in the cabin. I
November 2009 I found myself feeling like I was going couldn’t wait to get started. As Mike and I left base camp on
to die in British Columbia in waist deep snow, wondering the quad, we rode about 90 minutes until the trail became too
if a long-haired winter Billy was ever going to happen. As steep. As we secured the quad and began to survey the rocky
the snow began to pile up day after day, it was on Day 6 of cliffs, I felt a bit of rain, which quickly turned to snow. I
my 10 day hunt that Mike Christensen, owner and guide of couldn’t help but say to Mike, “Not this again.” As we began
Findlay Creek outfitters, decided the conditions had gotten too our two hour climb to a high mountain peak where we would
dangerous to continue goat hunting. As we sat there discussing spend the day scouting for goats, the snow quit. The sun came
what could have been, I could not help but feel beaten down out, and it quickly melted the snow, which turned out to be
by the mountain. Mike and I developed a plan for me to come just enough moisture to create sporadic patches of fog. out
back in 2011 and finish what we started. I could only hope for of the fog and the low clouds the wind had brought in, Mike
better conditions. I planned on coming a bit earlier in the year finally spotted a goat. It was a big Billy on the other side of
as well to hopefully avoid the brutally deep snow. the mountain farther down the ridge about two miles. The big
Fast forward now to october 2011, the weather looked Billy was sitting on a large rock overhang. We watched him
fabulous for the first 3 days of my 9 day hunt with a slight for several hours and decided we couldn’t get to him there.
chance of rain later on. As I arrived into British Columbia We planned on getting him right away the next morning. We
on october 1 and got settled in, I couldn’t wait for the next decided to have lunch and relax a bit before we began our
morning. Mike and I discussed a plan over dinner. We were climb down.
going to take the quad as far up the old logging trail as we It wasn’t until we were on our way back to the quad when
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something told Mike and me to turn around and take one last an hour, but it was actually only about two minutes, once he
look. “He’s up and feeding this way,” Mike said. I could tell by walked back out, Mike said he was 467. After two more quick
Mike’s voice he was torn between coming back in the morning shots, my goat was down. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did I
and making a run at the goat. We contemplated for about 15 have a goat down on day one, but I had also just successfully
minutes when we decided if we don’t go we would never know made my longest shot to date. It was truly amazing to have my
what could have been. We figured it would take us about two mountain goat down and in the backpack for the long climb
or three hours to get into shooting position. There was a nice back out to the quad. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to a
rock out cropping we could tuck behind and have a shot of 200 two year goat hunt: 9 1/4 inches long with 5 3/8 inch bases.
or less. With my adrenaline pumping and the sweat pouring
down my back, it was go time. Because it was the first day and
both ours legs and backs were fresh, we covered some of the
steepest, nastiest terrain I have ever been across in about two
hours. It wasn’t until we got over to the rock out cropping that
we realized there was an old avalanche chute between us and
the goat. It was solid rock and very steep. With the goat still
feeding at about 8,000 feet, Mike pulled out the range finder
and said, “He’s 390. We can’t get any closer.” The goat was
also walking the wrong way. Now I felt sick to my stomach
to be this close and possibly not get a shot. As we watched the
goat continue to work his way out of the rocks onto a small
grassy patch, feeding and walking, he finally turned broadside
at 416 yards. I felt a weird calm come over me. I squeezed
the trigger on my 300 WsM, and with Mike lying behind
me, he said, “You hit ‘em good.” I couldn’t believe my eyes;
he was still standing there. As he turned and walked away,
I shot again and missed. As I tried to get calm, I hit him on
the 3rd shot as he tucked behind some rocks and out of sight.
Thoughts raced through my head. Is he down? Do we have
him? He stayed tucked behind the rocks for what seemed like
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The Miracle of Matching Funds
By Mark LaBarbera
Minnesota sCI relies on Members’ generosity and =
participation to generate revenue for the sCI mission. You
don’t have to sell too many raffle tickets before you realize
the value of every dollar raised, as well as the importance of
everyone pitching in for the cause.
When I was Director of Marketing for sCI Headquarters adaptations and the fundamental differences between animals.
in Tucson, I noticed that the world’s best sCI chapters Through discussion and games, they learn first-hand about
consistently used the power of matching funds to stretch those the different reactions of prey as they are being hunted, the
dollars raised at the local level. Minnesota sCI is one of those variables that can change the outcome of a hunt, and the
chapters. challenges of survival.
It has a history of leveraging its hard-earned money, in both New Chapter members who are learning about this
good and bad economic times, to have the greatest impact relationship for the first time can share in the ongoing success
on the future of hunting and conservation. some chapters that our Chapter created in partnership with oHEC. The
find partners who will match 25 or 50 cents on the dollar. equipment and educational tools given to Voyageur about a
Minnesota sCI consistently finds dollar-for-dollar matching. In decade ago are still helping kids connect with nature. Keith
effect, it usually doubles its money. Henslin, Branch Director of the Mound facility, said,
sometimes, the matching is anonymous. sometimes, it’s “I know oHEC and Minnesota sCI have been involved
supported with TV coverage and press releases that show the with Voyageur in the past and I am so excited that you might
great education, humanitarian, legislative or conservation work be willing to extend that involvement again. I just can’t find
being done by the Chapter, which also helps the image of all the words to show my appreciation for all that you have done
hunters, whether or not they belong to Minnesota sCI. our for us and all that you are willing to do for us now. The word
best work survives long after the TV lights are turned off and ‘Thanks’ just doesn’t seem to be enough. You are awesome,
the newspaper stories fade. The Minnesota sCI’s work with and thanks for taking the time to get back in touch with us,
the outdoor Heritage Education Center (oHEC) Boys & Girls and your willingness to assist is absolutely wondrous!! Your
Clubs of the Twin Cities and Voyageur is a good example. long-standing support for Voyageur has been and still is a
Voyageur is a year-round Environmental Education Center crucial part of what we do. We are constantly searching for
located in Mound, Minnesota. It is situated on 110 acres of new ways to serve the community at large in providing a
forested, rolling hills overlooking Little Long Lake, only 25 quality environmental/outdoor education experience. Recently
miles west of the Twin Cities. In addition to Little Long Lake, we have worked with operation Military Kids to provide such
Voyageur features a beaver pond, a pine forest, a floating sedge an experience and it has been nothing short of amazing. We
mat, an archery range, a sports field, sleeping cabins, and miles are also now starting to work with the Minnesota National
of nature trails for hiking. The oHEC Boys & Girls Clubs of Guard to provide a summer camp program for children whose
the Twin Cities owns and operates Voyageur. Voyageur runs parents are actively serving our great country. These two new
a residential summer camp collaborations are so exciting
for Club members. Camp for us and we believe strongly
Voyageur runs June through in supporting our military
August. Club members also families in any way that we
visit Voyageur on weekends can.”
as well as school release days. Henslin also came up
Minnesota sCI members can with a wish list. oHEC has
see that, working with oHEC, agreed to continue to provide
they can support lessons like coordination and matching
the one called “predator vs. funds if any Chapter members
prey.” The predator and prey want to donate taxidermy,
lesson seems like a game equipment, or financial support
that engages the students for the thousands of kids
and encompasses concepts reached through this local
such as survival of the fittest, effort.
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Where Your Dollars Go
Donor name Amount
Capable Partners $2,500
John Glenn Cadet Archery Program $1,500
Lakers Trap Shooting Club $1,000
Minnesota DNR $500
Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance $5,000
Outdoor Heritage Education Center $1,723
Salvation Army $10,000
Sportsmen for Change $2,000
St. Croix Preparatory Academy $400
The Chapter agreed to an initial 2011 donation of $723.
The Board of Directors approved an additional $1,000 that
oHEC will double and send to the Boys & Girls Club camp
contact. It will buy equipment and supplies that help the camp
promote archery and other outdoor activities consistent with
the sCI mission. Member donations are still needed, and are
usually eligible for matching funds through oHEC with no
strings attached or forms.
Chapter donations, in recent years, have helped Minnesota
sCI and oHEC buy hunter education supplies, training
equipment, and more, including gear for school archery
programs. Members will be pleased to know that our combined
efforts, along with the North Country Bowhunters Chapter,
produced the state’s first promotional DVD for Minnesota’s
National Archery in the schools program.
The Board this year also approved funds for the salvation
Army outdoors program being piloted in Minnesota. Funds
are not just sent without conditions. Instead, they are being
dedicated to the purchase of guns, targets, or other equipment
that promotes hunting and the shooting sports. We are all
optimistic that partnerships like these will provide critical
funding at crucial times for non-profit groups that have the
infrastructure to reach thousands of future voters who may not
otherwise have had the opportunity to learn about hunting,
shooting, and conservation.
Without Minnesota sCI, these young people and their
parents may never know the role of hunters in restoring North
America’s wildlife, habitat and hunting opportunities.
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37th Annual World Hunting Expo
Plan to join fellow Minnesota SCI Members for the
Ultimate Hunters’ Event of the Year!
Visit with exhibitors from around the world. Share your hunting
experiences with fellow hunters. Bid on an amazing variety of outstanding
live and silent auctions items! Our Expo offers a rare opportunity to find
that hunt of a lifetime at the price of a lifetime. There is no better place to
book your next trophy hunt than Minnesota SCI World Hunting Expo. Plus
there are also great opportunities to bid on items such as taxidermy gift
certificates, fishing trips, furs, artwork, and jewelry. Participate in raffles
and games. View the many wildlife taxidermy displays throughout the
event. Enjoy visiting with fellow Members and Exhibitors at the Friday
Night’s Hunters Sidewalk Café or the Saturday Night’s Hospitality Suite.
The World Hunting Expo is not to be missed!
On-Line Registration Now Open!
Advanced Reservations Required for Saturday’s Banquet, Raffles and Auctions. Tickets purchased
BEFORE February 11 are $75 per person. Tickets purchased AFTER February 11 are $85 per person.
For purchasing a table of 10, you will be entered into a
drawing for a raffle package valued at $500.
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schedule of Events Minnesota Safari Club International
Friday, February 24 As of January 15, 2012
Public Hours: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm African Game Hunters onduri Hunting safaris
This is a FREE event! Africa Maximum safaris pRp Wine International
Public Auction to be held at 7:00 p.m. Art Barbarian’s Ribnick Furs
Games, Silent Auction, Raffles, and more. Bass utopia Richie outfitters
Ditholo safaris Rynold steenkamp
Hunters’ Sidewalk Café – 10:00 pm – 12:00 am Double D outfitters singleton – Moss Custom
Enjoy food, and camaraderie with Members Jewelry
First Flight Finishers
and Exhibitors. sporting Trader - Worldwide
Gangler’s Canada sub-Arctic
Saturday, February 25 Hunting safaris
Gajogo safaris sportsman’s Taxidermy
Public Hours: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Heavy Horn outfitters sun Africa safaris
This is a FREE event! Indianhead Ranch TLB Firearms
Plan to come early to take part in the exciting afternoon J&R outfitters Tom’s Taxidermy
activities. Joubert pro Hunt Two Feathers Native
Games, Silent Auction, Raffles, and more. Kansas unlimited American Art
Kuvhima safaris Two Rivers Taxidermy
Formal Event: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Leopard’s Valley safaris Wild Images in Motion
$75 per person
Little Texas Ranch Wilderness Quest New
Cocktail Party, Formal Banquet, Evening Auctions and
Magnum Research Zealand
Marupa safaris Wings and Things Taxidermy
Hospitality Suite Party 10:00 pm – 2:00 am Minnesota DNR K-9 unit Wollaston Lake Lodge
The last event of the Expo! Minnesota sCI xomaqua safaris
Numzaan safaris Zeekopan safaris
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Just a few items on the Live Auction!
For an up-to-date live auction list, visit the expo page on-line.
Jacques senekal of AFRICAN MAxIMUM SAFARIS
donated a 10 Day Elephant hunt in Zimbabwe and includes the Andre stewart of KUvHIMA SAFARIS is offering you this
trophy fee for one Trophy Elephant Bull for two hunters. This donation in the Limpopo province of south Africa for two
hunt must be completed between April 1, 2012 and November hunters for seven hunt days plus the arrival and departure
30, 2012. The 10 hunting days will be on concessions of days, plus trophy fees of $3000 to be shared between the two
Africa Maximum safaris/ sifiso safaris in the Matetsi area in hunters. This trophy credit can be used for any animals of your
Zimbabwe. Consult with outfitter on availability of quota on choice. Daily rates and trophy fees additional to those donated
any upgrades. Non-trophy Elephant can be added at $ 4800 will be as per the current price list. Non-Hunters are welcome
trophy fee. The hunt may be upgraded, extra days booked either to be added at $200 per day. This is an all-inclusive package
on hunting or touring, as client wishes to tailor the package. If and includes pick-up and drop-off at Johannesburg Airport,
trophies are taken early, client will not be required to suspend the all meals, drinks in moderation, field preparation of trophies,
duration of days donated for hunting. Included in the donation laundry service, accommodations in our lodge, and the services
are all meals, beverages, airport pick-up and drop off (Victoria of an experienced professional Hunter and tracker. The hunt
Falls), field transportation, and field preparation of trophies. may be scheduled for 2012 or 2013. Trophy credits cannot be
Not included are dipping and shipping of trophies or taxidermy. transferred between the two hunters. Hunters are encouraged
This donation excludes the arrival and departure days. Arrival to bring family, as there is much to do and see in the region.
and departure days are charged at us $ 250 per person per day. schedule hunt with outfitter in 2012 or 2013. Visit Andre in his
Weapons to be used: Rifle only - 416 caliber and bigger. The booth for more details. Minnesota sCI thanks Andre stewart for
limitation on the ammunition is 200 rounds per gun. Alternative this 100% donation.
weapon to bring is a shotgun for bird shooting. An export Donation Value: $9,400
permit from the united states is required to bring any weapons
in to south Africa. At south African Customs the gun owner
will supply necessary import permit on which a temporary
firearm license will be issued. Visit Jacques in his booth for
more information on this great hunt!
Donation Value: $36,500
Ken Gangler of GANGLER’S SUB-ARCtIC HUNtING
donated this Canadian Moose hunt for one hunter (guided
2x1) for eight days. Wolf and Black Bear may be taken at no
additional charge and fishing is also included. This exclusive,
pristine, fly-in only area measures over 5,000,000 acres and is
home to moose averaging 54” and reaching up to 66” in width.
The terrain consists of a vast region with over 12 rivers and a
hundred lakes. Throw in the various forest fires which have run
through the area and you have the ideal habitat for big moose.
The outfitter uses a variety of camps, ranging from plush outpost
camps to well-appointed tent camps. Included in this hunt are
all meals, the services of a licensed guide, flights from Winnipeg
to camp, field transportation and field preparation of trophies.
Not included are license fees (moose - $360, bear - $103, fishing
- $35), taxes, alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from
Winnipeg, taxidermy and shipping and processing of meat. This
hunt may be upgraded to a 1x1 hunt for an additional $800 and
additional hunters may be added for $8195. Available dates in
2012. please see Ken in his booth for more information on this
Donation Value: $8,195
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Mike Richie of RICHIE oUtFIttERS has donated a Buck schaaf of tWo RIvERS tAxIDERMY has donated
one mountain lion and wolf (subject to season closures) for $1,000 taxidermy gift certificate. Join the pride and let Two
one hunter in the selway Bitterroot wilderness. This is their Rivers create for you a masterpiece to be proud of. They are
specialty! Hunting with hounds from December through March, located in Hinckley, Minnesota. please visit Buck at his booth
this hunt is available dates are December 2012 to March 2013. for more information. Minnesota sCI thanks Buck for this
Included are accommodations (heated tent), food and beverage, 100% donation.
field transport, skinning, and all guide fees. Not included are Donation Value: $1,000
Idaho Non-Resident Hunting License ($154.75) Mountain Lion
Tag ($186.25), Wolf Tag ($186.25), air charter ($500) or airport Robert utne of WILD IMAGES IN MotIoN located
pickup (Missoula, MT). Non-hunting guests may be added in savage, Minnesota has donated a $1,000 taxidermy gift
for $150/day. Visit Mike at his booth for more details on this certificate. Robert brings over 30 years of experience in the
fantastic trip! areas of art, graphic design, and taxidermy. Visit Robert in
Donation Value $5,000 his booth for more information on all his areas of expertise.
Minnesota sCI thanks Robert for this 100% donation.
Ken singleton and Linda Moss of SINGLEtoN-MoSS Donation Value: $1,000
CUStoM GoLDSMItH AND JEWELRY DESIGN are
proud to be donating a new original custom jewelry piece that
will be done especially for Minnesota sCI. For the sixteenth
straight year this is again a 100% donation. Linda and Ken are
longtime Minnesota sCI Members. The jewelry piece will be
on display at their booth. Minnesota sCI thanks Linda and Ken
for this 100% donation.
Donation Value: $4,000
pierre Moolman of SUN AFRICA SAFARIS has donated 7
day hunt in south Africa for two hunters. This donation includes
trophy fees for one White springbok, one Black springbok,
two common springbok, one steenbok, and one duiker to be
shared between the hunters. Also included is: Meals, beverages,
lodging, skinning and field prep and airport pick up and return.
please visit pierre at his booth for more information. Minnesota Gangler’s
Canada’s Premier Grand-Slam Fishing.
sCI thanks pierre for this 100% donation.
Donation Value $6,400
N O RT H E R N M A N I TO BA
Ted shogren of tHE SPoRtING tRADER has donated a 5
day Water Buffalo hunt at Caza Y safaris in Argentina for one
hunter. This hunt will take place in santiago del Estero and
includes the trophy fee for one buffalo, regardless of medal
size. The hunter can choose method of take. small game such
as Hares, Vizcachas and Fox may be taken at no extra charge.
Hunters will stay in colonial époque lodges placed within the
hunting area. Hunters will enjoy personal attention and delicious
Argentinean meals and beverages. The lodge has comfortable
rooms with private bathrooms. Complimentary rifles with
excellent scopes are provided to those hunters not willing to
travel with their own. The hunter will only pay for ammo used.
The hunter would be able to upgrade the hunt to include other Non-stop
big game animals per current price list. This hunt is valid for
two years. Included in this hunt are: Reception at airport, ground Heart Pounding,
transportation, lodging, pH, meals & beverages. Not included Jaw Dropping
are: Hotel accommodations, hunting license $250, and firearm
permit $100. Angling.
Donation Value $5,500
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Beretta Xtrema2 KO Camo AP Shotgun,
12 gauge, 26”
Browning A-Bolt Composite Stalker Rifle,
270 Win, 22”
Browning A-Bolt Composite Stalker, 30-06
7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, Minnesota 55439
Browning “Father & Son” Combo Package
with Case, .308/.22 952-835-7800
Browning BLR Lightweight Takedown Rife, 30-06 The DoubleTree has a rate of $79 per standard room. Please
call the DoubleTree directly to reserve your room or go to the
Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker, .338 Exhibitor Page on www.minnesotasci.com to get the URL room
Cimarron 1874 Creedmoor US Shooting Team reservation code. This rate is good Friday, February 24 thru
Sharps with Case, 45-70 Sunday, February 26, 2012. The special standard room rate
will be available until February 3.
FNH FNAR, .308
Kimber 1911 Pistol, .45 Be close to the fun with a pool side Cabana Room for just
$99 per night! Please email Monique to reserve a Cabana
Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan, .416 Ruger Room for the weekend. There are limited Cabana Rooms,
Savage 93 with Scope, .17HMR so book yours today! For just $20 more per night, you will
have a patio with a view of the indoor pool area, be close
Sig Sauer 1911 Pistol, .22 to the convention floor, hospitality suite, and the Friday
Smith & Wesson 29 Revolver Sidewalk Café. This rate is good Friday, February 24 and
with Presentation Case, .44 Saturday, February 25 only!
Smith & Wesson Elite Silver Prince of Whales
O/U, 12 gauge
Thompson/Center Encore Stainless Pistol, .308
Winchester Model 70 Safari Express, 375 H&H
Winchester Model 70 Super Shadow with Scope, 300 WSM
The finest caribou hunting
Huge Canadian moose up to 66”
Huge color phase black bear
CANSUBARC.COM / (352) 861-3174 / REMOTE FLY-IN
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2012 World Hunting Expo Preliminary Auction List*
12 Day South Africa Surf and Turf Safari for One Hunter. Includes Trophy Fees for Cape Kudu, Impala, Springbok and Steenbok, 1 Day
Fishing and 1 Day Birding.
Leopard’s Valley Safaris ~ Donation Value: $9,550
10 Day South Africa Hunt for One Hunter. Includes Trophy Fees for Springbok, Fallow Deer, Impala and Ostrich.
Southern cross Safaris ~ Donation Value: $8,952
10 Day South Africa Trip for Four Hunters. Includes $1,000 in Trophy Fee Credit per Hunter.
Ubathi Game & Hunt ~ Donation Value: $28,000
6 Day South Africa Hunt for Two Youth Hunters and Two Observers. Includes $2,000 Credit towards Trophy Fees.
Jannie Otto Safaris ~ Donation Value: $13,700
5 Day Namibia Hunt for One Hunter and One Non-Hunter. Includes Trophy Fees for Trophy Kudu, Gemsbok and Warthog, as well as two
non-trophy (cull) Gemsbok or Kudu.
Onduri Hunting Safaris ~ Donation Value: $5,400
5 Day South Africa Hunt for Two Hunters. Includes Trophy Fees for 2 Impalas, 2 Blesboks, 2 Warthogs and One Day of Bird Shooting.
Joubert Pro Hunt ~ Donation Value: $8,800
5 Day South Africa Hunt for Two Hunters. Includes Trophy Fee for One Blue Wildebeest OR 1 Zebra and $1,000 Trophy Fee Credit Towards
Zeekopan Safaris ~ Donation Value: $5,500
5 Day South Africa Hunt for Two Hunters. Includes $1,000 Trophy Fee Credit Per Hunter.
Numzaan Safaris ~ Donation Value: $8,000
5 Day South Africa Hunt for One Hunter. Includes Trophy Fees for Blesbok, Impala, Warthog and Duiker
Ditholo Safaris ~ Donation Value: $5,000
3 Day Namibia Hunt for One Hunter and One Non-Hunter. Includes Trophy Fees for Two Gemsbok Cows, Two Blue Wildebeest Cows and
Two Eland Cows.
Holstein Safaris ~ Donation Value: $5,000
NOrtH AmericA NON-HUNt itemS
5 Day Montana Mule Deer or Whitetail Hunt for One Hunter. Painting
Double D Outfitters ~ Donation Value $3,150 Art Barbarian’s Wildlife Art and framing
5 Day Kansas Whitetail Deer Hunt for One Hunter (Archery OR Rifle). Canvas Framed Print entitled “The Overlord”
Kansas Unlimited ~ Donation Value: $3,950 Jarvi Studios ~ Donation Value: $1,500
4 Day/5 Night Luxury Canada Fishing Package for Two Anglers. Wild Game Dinner Cooked in your Home
Wollaston Lake Lodge ~ Donation Value: $9,200 Peter Hunt and Don mcmillan
3 Day Wisconsin Fallow Deer Hunt for One Hunter. Knit Mink Cape
Heavy Horn Outfitters ~ Donation Value: $1,500 ribnick furs ~ Donation Value: $2,995
2 Day Arkansas Duck Hunt for Two Hunter. Original Oil Painting entitled: “Buffalo Brothers”
Delta Duck Hunters ~ Donation Value: $2,000 rynold Steenkamp ~ Donation Value: $3,150
1 Day Minnesota Fully Guided Luxury Boat Hunt for Two Hunters. Taxidermy Certificate
first flight finishers ~ Donation Value: $500 Tom’s taxidermy ~ Donation Value: $1,000
Wings and things taxidermy ~ Donation Value: $1,000
7 Day Macedonia Hunt for Two Hunters and Two Non-Hunters. Reproduction Elephant Ear Painting
Hunt in europe ~ Donation Value: $15,400 Wild images in motion ~ Donation Value: $4,000
3 Day Spain Hunt for One Hunter. Includes Trophy Fee for Red Stag.
fernanda Saiz Spain ~ Donation Value: $7,275
10 Day Argentina Hunt for Two Hunters. Includes Trophy Fees for Two Goats and Two Boars.
Anuritay ranch ~ Donation Value: $13,000
5 Day All-Inclusive Costa Rica Fishing Trip for Two Anglers.
crocodile Bay resort ~ Donation Value: $7,990
5 Day Argentina Hunt for One Hunter. Includes Trophy Fee for One Red Stag.
mG Hunting ~ Donation Value: $7,000
3 Day Argentina Dove Hunt for Four Hunters.
David Denies Wingshooting ~ Donation Value: $9,960
*All Items Subject to Change Pending Publication of Final Auction Program
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Kevin Melstrom Double D Outfitters Scott King-Ellison
The Sporting Trader - Worldwide Safaris
Willy Holst Heavy Horn Outfitters
Paul Langenfeld Double D Outfitters Peter Hunt and his guide Bass Utopia
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Kevin Melstrom African Maximum Safaris
Paul and Barbetta Stannard
African Maximum Safaris
Darleen and Jim Cassidy Kuvhima Safaris
Rick Scott and Mary Knop
Gangler’s Canada Sub-Arctic Hunting
Peter Nelson with Dave Davenport
Leopard’s Valley Safaris
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By Randy Luth of the roar, we figured he was less than a mile away. We
immediately set up a make shift blind. our lion quickly sorted
As the numbers go, it was my second attempt, on my sixth things out. He left the area for real live food or the elusive
safari, on the eighth day for my first lion. My Zimbabwe female lioness. so for eight days we played “cat and mouse”
pH. and family friend, Roy Ludic, had suggested Brook with this lion, which caused extreme anxiety, tension, patience,
land’s safaris as the outfit to help complete my attempt for and finally elation through success.
the “African Gladiator.” Brookland’s safari at the save We named the elusive cat on the second day after reviewing
Conservancy in south East Zimbabwe turned out to be the our trail camera. The camera revealed an older large bodied
winning number. cat that was covered with a thick tawny, black mane. His new
My hunt got off to a good start on the first afternoon as we name was “Bin Laden”, thanks to the black bearded mane. The
ventured out to check our lion baits. We bumped into a bush hunt was on. No reward necessary.
pig in the middle of the afternoon as we passed by a water “Bin Laden” spent his last week following no real
hole. After a short stalk and a quick shot within the first 20 systematic plan. The nights we’d leave our tree blind at
minutes, I had my first bush pig. one hour later, we realized 3:00am, he showed up at 4:30am. other nights, we could hear
that one of the baits had been hit by a big male lion that had “Bin Laden” roaring a couple miles away with his new but
ripped into a chunk of giraffe meat. our prescribed section of temporary girlfriend. Although our high value target was in
the save Conservancy was approximately 100,000 acres in the reach, the lioness messed up a preliminary pattern of hitting
northeast quadrant of the one million acres that determines the our bait and than returning two days later. on the evenings that
save. We were fortunate to have the save River on our eastern “Bin Laden” was out of sight, we were treated to a rhinoceros
boundary. stopping by and the ever pestering civet cats and honey badgers
At sunset, we began calling our “bait raider” who quickly stealing a long snack on zebra and giraffe bait. our tree blind
responded. Although it was difficult to estimate the distance became our second home on many cold nights during the late
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June winter in the southern hemisphere. We had bats clipping shot at previously by another hunter who was using a white
past our face so close you could feel the breeze, as well as, a spot light because when we prepared to take him he was gone
goofy bird that landed on my rifle rest, six feet from my head before my scope could aim. Hence, the improvised red parking
during virtual darkness. light. unfortunately, the parking light was not very bright with
The sounds of an Africa night are filled with silence and my scope, but enough to pick up the outline of a huge bodied
excitement. The jackals yelping, birds calling at dusk, Impala’s feline creature in front of a black African night.
blowing, or the rhino grunting, all followed or proceeded As “Bin Laden” continued to crunch, we knew that there
by complete silence, until the sounds of the most terrifying was no rush. He was preoccupied with his free meal. For
creature on the planet lets loose with a deep, guttural roar that some reason I was unusually calm. I slowly aligned my
immediately causes all your senses to stand attention. A lion! illuminated Leupold reticle on the quartering shoulder of “Bin
on the eighth night at about 9:00pm, we could hear a Laden” and carefully let the shot go on my Dakota Model
muffled roar a mile or two from the north. Donza, the 6’7” 76. unfortunately, the recoil didn’t allow me to witness the
p.H. whom I had met a few times over the years at the sCI actual shot, but it was quite obvious that the shot was placed
Conventions, heard the roar. At about 9:40pm Dona said “get accurately as this lion spun and twisted in mid air only to
ready he’s coming in.” By 10:00pm, I was laying prone on collapse less than 15 yards from the bait. Although the mission
the log floor of our make shift tree house when I heard the was accomplished, it did not come easy. After 18 unsuccessful
crunching of ribs and meat. The lion was feasting on chunks days of hunting lion in 2009 and 8 days on this adventure, my
of zebra we had chained to the base of a tree about 70 yards lion hunt was finally complete.
away. on the drive back to camp, I reflected on the beauty of this
In preparation for the shot, we had to engineer a red light lion, all the hard work, and the luck it takes to succeed on a
to the bait area by using an old car parking light, 80 yards of lion hunt. We arrived in camp about midnight to a celebration
wire and a car battery, to illuminate the cat during complete with staff and our Canadian friends staying in camp. Let’s
darkness. Most lion hunts are satisfied by using a spot light just say that the banter and stories continued well into the next
from the blind. However, on evening three, “Bin Laden” had sunrise. A true celebration for my first African Gladiator.
shown up at the bait site around midnight. He must have been
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Federal and state Issues
By Don McMillan, president Minnesota outdoor since any of these fees have been increased so an exception
Heritage Alliance, past president sCI should probably be made. If you have an opportunity, you
may wish to discuss this issue with your elected representative
Federal Issues House Member or senator. We continue to direct a significant
This is the year of another new “Farm Bill” for the amount of resources available through the sales tax increase
Congress. There are some changes on the horizon that dedicated by our constitution to improving habitat for our
will have a negative impact on our activities as well as outdoor activities. This will be the third year of this program
conservation, in general. one example is the successful “walk and the money continues to go toward the projects that
in” program that we just began this past year in Minnesota sportsmen and women in Minnesota had in mind when this
with federal matching funds. some 10,000 acres of private amendment was passed in 2008. However, this has not been
farm land was enrolled in Minnesota which provided a place automatic by any means. It takes a constant presence at the
to hunt and fish for many Minnesota hunters and fishermen. Capitol to make sure that our elected officials do not divert
Congress has recently removed these matching dollars from the this money to other causes no matter how noble they may
appropriations process to help reduce the deficit. This is false be. This is being accomplished by the groups who belong to
economy due to the fact that more hunters in the field equates the Minnesota outdoor Heritage Alliance (MoHA) including
to more revenues for both the federal and state government. the Minnesota Chapter of sCI. We continue to educate the
At this point, this program is in jeopardy here in Minnesota legislature and the public to make sure that all of the funds
because our state budget is an issue also so it is unlikely that collected go toward projects that enhance and grow habitat
there will be money available here. This has been a great for hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota. Don’t forget
program that provides much needed access for those of us who to thank your legislative representatives for helping make this
hunt and fish in Minnesota. As this is an election year and happen, and if they don’t believe in this program, set them
Congress is in a gridlock so don’t expect much in the line of straight.
significant legislation to come out of the Congress in 2012.
This year is all about the November presidential Election and
the changes that will occur due to redistricting coming out
in the middle of February. one issue that may be resolved
by the Congress is the wolf issue in Minnesota. Because of
the way the Endangered species Act is written it is relatively
easy for anti-hunting groups like Hsus and to an extent,
sierra Club, to stop turning over management of wolves to
the Minnesota DNR and wolf hunting in this state. These
organizations have the ability to keep this issue in the federal
courts forever. our Minnesota Congressional Delegation, with
a couple of exceptions, are doing their best to pass a bill in
the Congress that would end this stalemate and take the issue
out of the courts. That is the only way that this population of
wolves can be managed from a scientific standpoint in this
country. Encourage your Congressman and our two Minnesota
senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, to help with this
The Minnesota Legislature has a shorter session this
year and does not meet until later in January of 2012. There
continues to be many challenges due to a shortage of money
in all areas. The Department of Natural Resources, which
regulates most of our hunting and fishing activities, is not
exempt from budget cuts which will have to happen to help
eliminate large deficits. Many of us have been asking the
Minnesota Legislature to make some modest increases in our
hunting and fishing license fees for both residents and non-
residents, but the Minnesota Legislature is reluctant to increase
any fees in a bad economy. However, it has been over 11 years
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