Outdoor Notes for June 2
BHS trap team wins conference, skeet team takes third
The Brainerd Warrior trap team finished the season as Conference Champions of Class 4A Conference 3 in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.
Brainerd had 31,964.5 total points to MACCRAY High School's 29,719 and Watertown-Mayer High School's 25,634.5. Finishing in the top 25 in the conference, out of 353 athletes, for Brainerd are : Males — Parker Roscoe, season average of 23.4, Tyler Fleischhacker-23.0, Griffin Young-22.6, Connor Pratt-22.5, Blake Schibonski-22.4, and Michael Finch Jr.-22.4. Finishing in the top 25 in the conference for females are: Cheyenne Abear-19.9, Delanie Dosh-18.5, Kaitlyn Olson-18.3, Kalie Sjodin-17.9, Jadin Schiller-17.8, Sara Schiller-17.1, and Ellie Bruggeman-14.40.
The skeet team was able to hold on to third place in Class 1A, Conference 2 with 764 total points, finishing just 70 points behind second place Thief River Falls. First place in the conference is Blaine with 1014.5 points. Finishing in the top 10 in the conference for males are Brett Hague-season average of 21.6, Devon Kroll-20.9, and Nathan Blair-20.20. Top 10 Female finisher is Keyahna Kurilla with a 10.0 season average.
The Brainerd trap team will shoot at the largest shooting sport event in the world—the MSHSCTL State shoot in Alexandria on June 14. Depending on their placement there, they could move on to the MSHSL State Tournament at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake on June 22, 2018. That tournament combines all classes and takes the top 40 teams to shoot for the top honors in the state. The Skeet team will shoot in the MSHSCTL State Shoot at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake June 20-21.
Team slots still available for the 2018 11th Annual Sporting Clays Summer Fling
The 11th Annual Annual Sporting Clays Summer Fling will take place noon-5 p.m. June 19 at Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, 16543 Game Farm Road in Little Falls, and team slots are still available for those who would like to compete..
Shooters are in five-person teams; sign up as a team or individual. All levels of ability are welcome.
• $75 Individual Registration
• $350 Team Registration (5 shooters. Only 14 openings left)
• Bring your own shotgun and anticipate shooting up to 100 shells
• Registration Deadline June 6, 2018
New this year is the Split the Pot station. For $10 a shooter will use 10 shells to try and hit 10 targets and avoid hitting the poison bird. Each hit will grant one raffle ticket in the Split the Pot (50/50) drawing.
The days events:
• Noon-12:45 p.m.: Warm up station and new Split the Pot station
• 12:45 p.m.: Welcome, safety meeting and Presentation of the Colors
• 1 p.m.: Shotgun start to 16 stations and Team Flurry station
• 4:15 p.m.: Food, prizes and awards
• Grand prize will be a gun from Reeds Outdoors
• Hunting package prizes from Rice Creek Hunting & Recreation
• Traveling trophies awarded for Team, Flurry, Hen, and Rooster for best scores
• Variety of door prizes and Split the Pot winner
2018 Youth Expo coming to Lakeshore Conservation Club
The 2018 Brainerd Lakes Area Outdoor Youth Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9 at the Lakeshore Conservation Club, 9911 Cass County Road 77.
The expo is open to the public and events include trap shooting, duck and goose calling, archery, fishing stations, .22 and black powder shooting, DNR and youth programs, bow fishing, outdoor survival, building wood duck or blue bird houses, BB gun gallery and face painting.
Lunch and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
For more information, call Amy at 218-820-9215 or Jason at 218-513-9388.
Upcoming events at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Saturday, June 2
• 10:30—11:30 a.m.—Turtles & Snakes. This talk about snakes and turtles of the area, will include a visit from Shellby the turtle and Corny the snake. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
• 2-2:45 p.m.—Kids' Activity: Tree Detectives. Learn how to use the right "clues" to tell "who's who" among trees of the forest and take home a small "souvenir" you make yourself. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
Sunday, June 3
• 10:30—noon—Camping at Kathio... 1,500 B.C. Step back in time as we look at artifacts and take a short walk to locations where archaeologists found evidence of a village from the 1600s and a "campsite" dating to over 3,000 years ago. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
Saturday, June 9
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m.—MN State Parks Open House Day: Nature Film Festival. Nature films will be shown continuously at the Interpretive Center.
Sunday, June 10
• 10:30—11:15 a.m.—Kids' Activity: Makin' Tracks. Learn about animal tracks and tracking and take home a "track souvenir" you make yourself. All ages welcome. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
DNR cautions lakeshore property owners about using hydraulic jets
Using hydraulic jets to get rid of "muck" or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters is illegal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
"We remind lakeshore property owners that just because you can buy a hydraulic jet does not make them legal to use in all situations," said Jon Hansen, aquatic plant management consultant. "You may not use them in any way that disturbs the lake bottom or destroys rooted aquatic plants,"
Aquatic plants help keep water clean and fish populations healthy. Misusing hydraulic jets can destroy fish habitat and muddy the water.
Hydraulic jets, including products like HydroSweep, Aqua Blaster, Aqua Thruster and Aquasweep, can resemble a fan or trolling motor contained in a short tube and create strong currents of moving water. These products are often advertised to control or remove "muck" and "weeds" from a lake bottom; however, using hydraulic jets in this manner is not allowed in Minnesota.
A person may legally operate a hydraulic jet if it is placed high enough off the lake bed so that it does not disturb the bottom or destroy rooted aquatic plants. It should be directed upward toward the water's surface, which can prevent dead vegetation and duckweed from collecting around docks and boat lifts. Any displacement of sediment or removal of aquatic plants as a result of operating a hydraulic jet would be deemed a violation and may result in a fine.
Aquatic plant regulations and a guide to aquatic plants can be found at mndnr.gov/shorelandplants. For information on DNR water permits, visit mndnr.gov/permits.