Isanti Co. MDHA Banquet Feb. 19

Outdoor Notes: Chisago Co. NWTF Banquet Feb. 12

The 14th annual banquet of Isanti County Chapter of the MN Deer Hunters Association will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Armed Forces Reserve Community Center in Cambridge. 5 p.m. Social hour & raffles, 6:30 p.m. dinner.

Special guest emcee will be the Outdoor Channel’s Jimmy “Big Time” Miller. 40-plus firearms will be given away, along with many more great raffle and auction items. For ticket information, visit the Isanti County Chapter page n the state MDHA website ( or call John Erlandson (763-689-4992). Banquet tickets are $50 which includes one-year MDHA membership.

Wanted: Trail Camera Trappers
 The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association would like your help in further documenting large predators in Minnesota and specifically where they reside.

More and more, hunters, wildlife watchers and the general public are hearing of mountain lion (cougar) sightings and wolves outside of the traditional wolf areas throughout Minnesota. Do cougars inhabit Minnesota’s landscape? Are there breeding populations of cougars in Minnesota?  Are wolves populating southern MN?
Often deer hunter trail camera enthusiasts capture incidental photos of cougars and wolves passing through or investigating set ups intended to capture deer photos. What would happen if these camera owners tried to encourage visits by larger predators and scavengers? What animals could be captured on film by using a butchered deer carcass, a road kill or trapper’s skinned carcasses?   In order to get the most out of the “bait’ we suggest hanging it from a tree so it last longer and provides more photos of approaching target species. Perhaps taking tips from trappers and utilize various scents designed to attract predators.
Please send your photos, noting the date of the photo taken and the nearest town to the sighting electronically to [email protected]  if you would like to be contacted to provide more detailed information such as, GPS coordinates, legal land description please provide a phone number or email address.

Long Spurs annual banquet Feb. 12
The Long Spurs of Sunrise River– Chisago County’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)– is having their 14th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday Feb. 12th, 2011 at the Lent Town Hall.

This popular family-oriented event begins at 5:30 PM for cocktails and raffles, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.  The Hunting Heritage Banquet has historically been a sellout, or close to it.  With that in mind the Long Spurs strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.  Previous attendees have been mailed flyers with pre-registration forms; however, tickets are also available from committee members, or at the door, assuming tickets are still available.  Please feel free to contact Greg Morgan at 651-357-6299 to purchase banquet tickets or if would like to become a Long Spurs committee member.  

A good time is had by all who attend, whether they are avid hunters, outdoor enthusiasts or just people who enjoy supporting a worthwhile cause.  There are door prizes, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction.  Proceeds from the banquet are used on a local and national level for many worthy causes including: College Scholarships, food shelf donations, wildlife habitat restoration and preservation, wildlife conservation, youth outdoor education events, Women in the Outdoors events, and Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.