Outdoor notes for July 29
Brainerd Sportsmen's Banquet hosted by Ruffed Grouse Society on Aug. 9 The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 30th Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet on Aug. 9, 2018 with 5:30 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner at A...
Brainerd Sportsmen's Banquet hosted by Ruffed Grouse Society on Aug. 9
The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 30th Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet on Aug. 9, 2018 with 5:30 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter.
As with all RGS fundraisers, the evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectables.
Individual membership and dinner tickets are $60. There is also a membership and spouse package for $90 (includes 2 dinners) and a junior membership and dinner ticket for $35 (17 and under). Banquet, Conservation, Sustaining and Gold sponsorship packages are also available at $275 and up.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact Matt Soberg, editor, Ruffed Grouse Society, at 218-232-6228 or by email at email@example.com .
Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp
Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 20, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.
The gadwall is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2019 waterfowl stamp.
Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
To see more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work and to sign up to receive regular email updates on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.
Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 14-16
Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Getting to that view includes 330 feet of elevation gain on the Superior Hiking Trail - the kind of physical and mental challenge known well to Jo Swanson, trail development director for the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the keynote speaker for the fall workshop.
"One of my themes is empowerment - learning to overcome fears of adventuring in the outdoors," Swanson said. "We live in a culture of fear and people react strongly when women go on outdoors adventures, especially when they go alone. The truth is that with planning and preparation, the outdoors can be a very safe place."
The fall workshop is Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16, in a new location this year at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minn. Attendees will hear from Swanson and Minnesota state park naturalists. Session topics include Ojibwe heritage, Voyageurs, archery, canoeing, and the animals, plants and geology of the North Woods.
Linda Bylander, coordinator of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, said that along with the new location, the workshop offers a new selection of classes this year.
"Women who attend the fall workshop gain a whole range of experiences in a supportive environment," Bylander said. "We chose dates when the fall colors should provide a beautiful backdrop."
The workshop is designed for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit mndnr.gov/bow for more information and to register.