The Outdoor News Hound: Hunting, Fishing … and Baseball in Minnesota

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May 14, 2014

With fishing and baseball seasons now underway in Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced a special summer promotion for fans of the outdoors and baseball in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You’ll also read about the approval of noise suppressors for hunting in Alabama, and much more.

J.R. Absher
J.R. Absher

Minnesota DNR, Twins Team up for Baseball Promotion
Kids and adults who have a 2014 Minnesota hunting or fishing license will receive a free blaze orange and camouflage Minnesota Twins logo baseball cap when they buy a discounted ticket for any of six selected home games this summer.

“This special promotion between the Twins and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is a great deal for fans of the outdoors and baseball,” said Jenifer Wical, of the DNR outreach section.

The special promotion includes the following games:

– Sunday, May 18, against Seattle.

– Friday, June 6, against Houston.

– Thursday, June 19, against Chicago White Sox.

– Saturday, Aug. 16, against Kansas.

– Sunday, Sept. 7, against Los Angeles Angels.

– Saturday, Sept. 20, against Cleveland.

Discounted ticket prices are $16. Ticket buyers pick up their cap at the game.

The Minnesota DNR and the Minnesota Twins are teaming up on a baseball cap promotion this season.
The Minnesota DNR and the Minnesota Twins are teaming up on a baseball cap promotion this season.

“Minnesota culture wouldn’t be complete without hunting, fishing and Twins baseball,” said Phil McMullen, Twins ticket sales executive.

Find out more at:  www.mndnr.gov/twins.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Joins Governor’s Caucus
Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee has officially joined the bipartisan Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC), bringing the total to 28 member governors.

The Volunteer State is home to approximately 1 million hunters and anglers who spend an estimated $1.8 billion annually on associated costs and support over 26,000 jobs each year.

Governor Haslam joins nine members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) from Tennessee as well as various state legislators in the Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in a network of Tennessee elected officials committed to protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping.

In 2009, CSF formed the GSC, a bipartisan caucus of governors committed to protecting and advancing hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and staffed through CSF, the GSC complements and enhances the CSC and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.

Maine Cuts Moose Permits by 25 Percent
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced this week it is reducing the number of moose permits available to hunters this fall due to a peak year for winter ticks and their impact on the moose population this winter.

The IFW’s advisory council accepted the department’s recommendation to reduce the number of moose permits available for the 2014 season. This fall, the department will issue 3,095 permits statewide, down from the 4,110 that were available last year.

“Based upon the research of our biologists, I feel it is prudent to decrease the number of female moose permits available,” said IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. “Decreasing the amount of permits will help lessen the impact of winter tick on the state’s moose population.”

Winter ticks have been documented in Maine since the 1930s. Periodically, there are peak years when the number of ticks increase substantially. Each year, IFW biologists sample moose for winter tick densities at moose registration stations during the moose hunt. This past fall, biologists noted one of the highest tick counts in the past 10 years.

Alabama Approves Suppressors for Hunting
The Alabama Department of Conservation voted unanimously last week to make Alabama the 32nd state to permit hunting with legal suppressors. The approval came after an Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ (WFF) recommendation in March that the prohibition on suppressed firearms be lifted to allow hunters in the state to use legally possessed suppressors in the field.

“When someone is hunting around an urban area, it will allow that to take place without bothering people nearby,” said Fred Harders, the assistant director of wildlife and freshwater fisheries for the state Department of Conservation (DCNR). “And it can help with damage to the ear, especially with young people.”

The change, if approved by an administrative review, will modify Alabama’s current hunting regulations to strike the ban on “silenced firearms” for the legal taking of game. This change would allow those who have National Firearms Act (NFA) registered suppressors as well as a valid Alabama DCNR hunting license to both harvest game animals and eradicate non-game pests during open seasons.

The move was supported by the National Rifle Association and suppressor manufacturers and associated trade groups.

“This change marks a major step in the right direction for hunters in the state of Alabama who wish to protect their hearing while hunting game animals,” said Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association (ASA). “The ASA looks forward to continuing to work towards our goal of legalizing suppressor ownership and hunting in all 50 states. We would like to thank Alabama for taking us all one step closer.”

Quote of the Week
“I would rather go to hell in a boat than to heaven by any other means of transportation.”
– Louise Dickinson Rich,
Happy the Land, 1946

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at jrabsher@me.com.

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