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10 Tips for a Safe Spring Turkey Hunt


Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.

Safety is a key element when you're in the woods mimicking the sounds of wild turkeys. A safe turkey hunter is much like a safe driver -- you must be defensive minded. Also, keep in mind that a safe hunter is an effective hunter. Here are 10 tips to consider when you're in the woods:

Leave the area if you suspect there's another hunter already working the same bird.

Resist the urge to stalk turkey sounds. It is nearly impossible to sneak up on a turkey. It is also unethical and could lead to an accident.

Select a spot that is in open timber rather than thick brush: wearing camouflage clothing and eliminating movement is more critical to success than hiding in heavy cover.

Sit against a large stump, blow-down, tree trunk or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head when calling wild turkeys.

Never wear bright colors, especially not red, white, blue or black because these are the colors of a wild turkey gobbler. Watch out for red, white or blue on your socks, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, bandannas, etc. Wear dark undershirts and socks, and pants long enough to be tucked into boots.

Remain still and speak in a loud, clear voice to announce your presence to other hunters if necessary. Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence.

Keep your hands and head camouflaged when calling.

Maintain a clear field of view when using a camouflage blind or netting.

Ensure your decoy is not visible when you are transporting it. Stash the decoy in your vest and make sure the head is not sticking out.

Put your gun's safety on and approach the downed bird with your firearm pointed in a safe direction after firing. Never run with a firearm.

The National Wild Turkey Federation is committed to making hunter safety a top priority. In 1991, the NWTF initiated the National Turkey Hunting Safety Task Force to complement the hunter safety efforts of state agencies, the International Hunters Education Association, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The task force - composed of hunting and shooting safety experts from around the country - has met three times since 1992 to develop a comprehensive hunter safety program, and has since produced .....
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Minnesota DNR to ease burning restrictions May 5

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Due to the significant rainfall over the past few days in some parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that open burning restrictions will be eased in many counties.



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DU ADDS FLINT HILLS RESOURCES TO ROLL OF HONOR

Wed, Apr 28th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

ROSEMOUNT, MN. April 27, 2010 - Partnering with Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has allowed Ducks Unlimited (DU) to enhance Minnesota's rich waterfowl traditions by protecting, restoring and managing tens of thousands of wildlife habitat acres. DU recent ..... 
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Upper Red Lake's mid-season slot adjustment remains for 2010

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Regulations that require Upper Red Lake anglers to release smaller walleye during the first month of the open water season will remain in effect for 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).



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Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has been prepared to study the potential environmental impacts of expansion of the Valley View Campground, which is nestled along Watson Creek, one mile north of Preston. Valley View Campground is an exist ..... 
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Outdoor tourism opportunity

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Potential of Hiking and Mountain Biking trails in Minnesota's Bluff Country will be held April 20, 2010, at the Historic Mill in Rushford, MN. The program is from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. and the networking is from 4:00 - 5:00 ..... 
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CURTIS LAKE ENHANCEMENT BEGINS

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

MARSHALL, Minn., March 31, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited began enhancement of another shallow lake project funded in part by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The early warm weather melted snow and allowe ..... 
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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota.

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