Minnesota BHA held its first annual Rendezvous during September 6-8. A group of a dozen attendees from around the state set camp in northern Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest. About half of the 1.6 million acres within the boundaries of the Chippewa are water, including 1,300 lakes, almost a thousand miles of streams, and many wetlands. Camp was located at Darrell Spencer’s cabin on Third River just south of Dixon Lake, not far from the 7,000-acre North Winnie Semi Primitive Non-Motorized Area.
The weekend fell on Youth Waterfowl Day (September 7), and we feasted on fresh duck cooked over a campfire Saturday evening along with elk backstrap and tenderloin compliments of renowned elk hunter (and Colorado BHA founder) David “Elkheart” Petersen. Here’s a short video (The Outdoor Report: “Waterfowling Adventure”) featuring Darrell Spencer jump-shooting ducks in vicinity of his Third River cabin.
“Challenge by Choice” by MN BHA Co-Chair David Lien. Legendary Whitetails Blog: 7/11/13 http://community.deergear.com/Article/ChallengebyChoice
“Bronson's argument for Pittman-Roberts funding has a a lot of merit, but we should also be willing to consider other funding sources. A dedicated fee on our hunting licenses could also accomplish this, I would certainly be willing to pay it. However it is funded, the future of hunting and shooting sports in MN depends on range access in the metro.”
The following article by MN BHA Co-Chair David A. Lien originally appeared in the March 12, 2013 issue of the Duluth Tribune. Click here for the original version of this article.
An unabashed pro-sulfide mining group, “Jobs for Minnesotans,” has been touting pie-in-the-sky jobs numbers and other contrived economic benefits while ignoring the current sustainable jobs that could be lost to the watershed-ruining toxic legacy sulfide mines always have left behind.
Sulfide mining never has been done anywhere without harming lakes, rivers or streams, the very lifeblood of northern Minnesota. However, recently, an unabashed pro-sulfide mining group, “Jobs for Minnesotans,” has been touting pie-in-the-sky jobs numbers and other contrived economic benefits while ignoring the current sustainable jobs that could be lost to the watershed-ruining toxic legacy sulfide mines always have left behind.
Hunting, fishing and outfitting are not boom-bust industries like mining, but perpetually sustainable activities and traditional economic strengths of our state. On the other hand, mines bear no second crop. A study of hard-rock mines around the country shows mine proposals often start out with extremely high job predictions only to have those whittled down as the design is developed, as reported by Conservation Minnesota.
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