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2014 Accomplishments for MN BHA

bwca-buck2National Policy/Legislation/Initiatives:

Provided input/comments/support of/for full Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funding and Clean Water Act protections:

-A MN BHA letter-to-the-editor (“Sportsmen support Interior’s conservation efforts,” 11/20/13): http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_294b4a88-51f0-11e3-987c-001a4bcf887a.html

-A MN BHA letter (“Give thanks for public land protection in U.S.,” 11/7/13) in the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times: 11/7/13. http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201311080245/OPINION/311080003

-A MN BHA op-ed (“An outdoorsman’s view: Hunters and anglers benefit from Clean Water Act’s protections,” 5/1/14) in the Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/content/outdoorsmans-view-hunters-and-anglers-benefit-clean-water-acts-protections

http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/state-chapters/minnesota-bha/mn-bha-newsletter

It’s time for elk herd expansion

bull elkThe following Op-Ed by Minnesota BHA Board Member, David Lien was recently published by the Duluth Tribune, here.

Anyone who has heard a bugling bull elk likely remembers the first time. In North America, only the haunting chorus of a wolf pack or ethereal evening calls of loons can come close to matching the mystical qualities of a bull elk’s bugle. Unfortunately, Minnesota’s native elk, although originally distributed over most of the state, were extirpated by the early l900s.

But this year Minnesota celebrates the 100th anniversary of its elk reintroduction, after the Legislature allotted $5,000 to rekindle the herd in 1913. And today there are three small elk herds totaling about 120 animals roaming far northwestern Minnesota.

Most Minnesotans are likely unaware that some 6,000 members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation live in our state, spread out among nearly 20 state chapters. And about 7,000 Minnesotans apply to chase elk in the West each year.

Minnesota BHA Rendezvous: Whitewater State Park & Wildlife Management Area (Aug. 15–17, 2014)

mn bhaMinnesota BHA held its second annual Rendezvous during August 15-17. A group from around the state set camp in southeastern Minnesota’s Whitewater State Park & Wildlife Management Area. And in the words of one attendee, BHA Life Member Melinda Miller: “What a terrific weekend!! … Great location, great company, great food, great activities.”[1]

Some of our activities included trout fishing the Whitewater River, encountering multiple groups of wild turkeys in the state park and adjacent Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, hiking the bluffs trails in Whitewater State Park, and taking in the astounding surrounds from atop the nearby Elba Fire Tower National Historic Lookout. We also toured MN BHA member Jim Vagts’ farmland, hunting camp and related wildlife enhancements (including multiple native prairie CRP plots) near Harmony, Minnesota.

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