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Outdoor Notes May 29

Area team in clay target state tourney

The Brainerd Lakes Busters will compete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League State Tournament June 11-12 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

Members of the team include Andy Whiteman, Tyler Hammer, Quinn Harman, Ben Husen, Will Feyder, Cooper Tollefson, Glen Dosh, Jordan Hammer, Braydon Campbell, Justin Warling, Jake Corner, Damon Kelsey, Joey Winch, Colton Sunde and Levi Warwas. The team members hail from Brainerd, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pillager and range eighth-graders to seniors.  

Sponsored by the Lakeshore Conservation Club, the team met weekly during the spring to compete in virtual matches with other Northern Conference schools from Hermantown, Elk River, Kelliher, McGregor, Rogers, Parkers Prairie and St. Francis. Teams shoot at their home range and scores were sent to a central location via computer and posted on the website.

There are 29 teams across the state and over 700 participants. Brainerd is in its second year in the MSHSCTL.

The team is coached by Mike Hammer, DNR hunter safety education coordinator.

Brainerd Lakes Area Outdoor Youth Expo set June 11

The third annual Brainerd Lakes Area Outdoor Youth Expo is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 at Lakeshore Conservation Club, 9911 County Road 77, Nisswa.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available across County Road 77 at Ski Gull.

The family friendly event will include duck and goose calling, birdhouse construction, trap shooting, .22 shooting, a blackpowder presentation, an archery presentation, dog training events, a fishing station, a trapping presentation, DNR programs and youth raffles and prizes.

For more information, call Amy Odegard at 820-9215, Dale Walz at 831-5412 or J.J. Levenske at 251-8826.

Outdoor education camp for kids at arb

Northland Arboretum’s Outdoor Education Camp is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 6-10 at the arb for boys and girls ages 10-13.

Instructors Jeff Kidder and arb staffers and volunteers will provide learning experiences on pond ecology, kayaking, master gardening, compass orienteering, outdoor survival, creating outdoor wildlife habitats, wildlife studies, team building and more.

Cost is $70 per student and space is limited. To sign up, call 829-8770 or email For more information, go to

Pine Center Sportsmen’s Club ATV event June 11

The Pine Center Sportsmen’s Club will host its ATV Scavenger Hunt starting at noon June 11 at the Pine Center Trailhead in Pine Center.

This event is a fundraiser to support the purchase of playground equipment for Pine Center Community Park.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the trail system, connect with other riders, play family games, win prizes and more. Free primitive camping is available.

DNR rerunning bear hunt lottery

Hunters who applied for a 2011 Minnesota bear hunting permit will have to wait a little longer to determine if they were successful in this year’s lottery.

 That’s because the DNR is rerunning the bear lottery due to a computer-related error.

Though no bear hunting licenses have been issued, the DNR reports some hunters may be under the mistaken impression they have been selected as a lottery winner because they viewed incorrect content on the agency’s website before the error was detected.

The DNR said older data from 2009 rather than the most current data from 2010 was used by the computer to determine hunter preference level. As a result, many bear hunting permit winners were erroneously selected based on incorrect preference information. 

New lottery results will be posted on the DNR website in early June and successful hunters also will be notified by mail later in the month. 

DNR launches four new Facebook pages

The DNR has launched four Facebook pages for fans of fishing, hunting, the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine and Minnesota state parks and trails.

 The separate fishing and hunting pages, administered by the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division, feature the latest news on those subjects, reminders of upcoming seasons and regulations and links to video and photos.

The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer page offers additional photos, videos and insight into stories from the DNR’s popular magazine, as well as updates on what’s happening outside around the state. 

The Minnesota state parks and trails page features the latest news and events at state parks and “insider” trip-planning tips, along with video and photos.

In the coming year, the DNR hopes to launch more Facebook pages on additional topics.

The DNR’s current Facebook pages may be found using the following URLs: 

The DNR also offers a variety of other ways for people to stay connected by becoming part of its online community. Learn more by visiting

DNR announces new live peregrine falcon webcam

A live webcam has been placed in a peregrine falcon box in the Bremer Bank building in downtown St. Paul, according to the DNR.

The falcons can be viewed at

With cooperation from the Midwest Peregrine Society, the business tenants in Town Square and Sentinel Properties staff set up the camera to monitor the nest of a pair of peregrine falcons and their three young chicks. The chicks hatched May 13-14 and will stay in the box, dependent on their parents, until late June or early July. 

The box is about 4-feet-by-4-feet and is located 26 stories up. Peregrines do not “build” a nest, so pebbles were placed in the box to create a natural habitat. 

More information about peregrine falcons in Minnesota is available at

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.