DNR offers deer hunting clinic Aug. 12

OUTDOOR NOTES: Women, men and youth who want to learn the basics of deer hunting are invited to the Minnesota DNR’s deer day on Sunday, Aug. 12, near Mora. The free program, geared for those who want to learn more about deer hunting, will be hosted by the DNR’s Becoming An Outdoors Family Program from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Wilkens Farm near Mora in Kanabec County.

Youth, ages 10 and older, are welcomed to attend accompanied by a guardian. Following presentations on deer and deer habit, participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn and practice field skills including how to track deer; deer stand placement and safety; and shotgun, rifle, archery and muzzleloader shooting. Instructors will include DNR wildlife staff, DNR conservation officers, Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) volunteers and members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

Register by contacting Linda Bylander at 218-833-8628 or email [email protected] Registration is limited; lunch will be served. For a complete list of programs available through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Family programs, visit www.mndnr.gov//bow.

Pheasants Forever Banquet Aug. 17

The 23rd annual Isanti County Pheasants Forever Chapter banquet will be hosted Friday, Aug. 17 at the Cambridge American Legion club. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Many great drawing prizes including guns, art and outdoor equipment. Individual banquet/membership ticket price is $55.

No application necessary for 2012 fall turkey hunt

Starting this year, Minnesota turkey hunters may purchase a license over-the-counter to hunt the fall season wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. No lottery application will be necessary. Hunters still must declare a turkey permit area when purchasing a license, and they are restricted to hunting that area.

The application and lottery are being discontinued because the number of fall turkey licenses available has exceeded the number of applicants for the past several years. Last year, hunters purchased 5,382 fall turkey permits and registered 953 birds. This year’s 30-day season begins Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 28. Licenses may be purchased at any time before or during the season at DNR license agents, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by phone at 888-665-4236.

Complete details of the fall turkey hunt are available online at www.mndnr.gov//hunting/turkey.

Mud Runners events in Minnesota

Over the past five years, the popularity of “mud runs” – cross country races with obstacles – has exploded.  It’s estimated that more than one million people have participated in this new genre of adventure sport. Upcoming races in Minnesota are: the Dirty Girl at Welch Village on Aug. 4, the Warrior Dash in Hugo on Sept. 8 and the Rugged Manic in Taylor Falls on Sept. 15.

The increasing popularity of the sport has led CustomInk, the “design online” custom t-shirt company, to create special resources just for mud runners to make their own mud run uniform t-shirts, or “mud duds” (available at www.customink.com/mudrun). Also, CustomInk has assembled the first ever glossary of mud run lingo for athletes and their fans. Examples: Bake n’ Cake – standing in the sun until the mud that covers you becomes a dirty crust; Barbie-Queue – the line that forms at the barbed wire obstacle while people observe others and figure out their strategy; Belly Slop – when you wrongly assume a mud obstacle is slick enough that you can slide on your stomach, and instead plant yourself stomach-first in the muck; The Freshwater 15 – the weight that your clothes and shoes gain after going through the first water obstacle.

Go to www.active.com/running to learn more about the Minnesota mud runs and for registration.