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Magnum Sports offers archery for all


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

Marvin and Hunter (Hercules) Hobbs working at Magnum Sports. Photo by Morgan McManimon-Myers



When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting and fishing goods, the manager of Chatfield’s Magnum Sports location Jason Voletz states, “If we don’t have it or can’t get it for you, you probably don’t need it.” He speaks with confidence of the excellent service Magnum Sports has to offer, saying, “the service is great – it’s not a big box store, so we can actually take time with customers and get them what they need.”

One area in which Voletz has witnessed a growing interest is archery. He reports there have been more people – kids, adults, and seniors – coming in for archery equipment and range shooting than he has ever noted in the past. This may in part be due to the fact that the 60 and above age group can now legally hunt with crossbows without a special permit. Voletz attributes the growing popularity of the sport to low ammunition prices, the appeal to every age group, and something the whole family can do together. Voletz says that often the parents who bring their kids in to learn and practice take up archery themselves. In addition, he reports it is “pretty economical once you’ve invested in equipment.”

A huge focus for Magnum Sports is on youth involvement. This is evidenced by the well-attended youth league, which meets every other Saturday for ten weeks, and welcomes ages up to 13 years. Turnout has been good this year, with seventeen participants, and the cost is $25 a person. There is a teen league that meets every Sunday for 10 weeks, at $50 per person. Monday through Thursday sees the adult paper league (which shoots at paper targets) going for $80 for 10 weeks, as well as an adult dart league in which participants shoot in live animal simulation scenes, which costs $100 for 10 weeks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but if one doesn’t have it, Magnum provides bows participants can use. For youth and adults interested in getting competitive, Magnum Sports also has a 3-D shooting team that participates in tri-state tournaments.

Voletz is supportive of youth getting involved in archery, since it is a great way to get active and away from the screens that are so often a part of recreation time. He expresses how fun it is to see the l .....
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Italian and Dutchman to speak at Owl Festival banquet in Caledonia

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls has the word ‘international’ in its name for a reason: it is where the annual World Owl Hall of Fame Awards are presented. Past owl experts who have traveled to the festival to receive awards have come from as ..... 
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No CWD detected among sampled deer in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this ..... 
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Only 1 of 500 Mississippi River samples test positive for invasive carp

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Water samples from southeastern Minnesota pools of the Mississippi River that were collected in August and analyzed in December indicate only a small presence of bighead carp eDNA, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Fish a ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow, just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 17 to ski on the trail and to sample some wonderful chili contest entries. ..... 
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Public information meeting about the International Owl Center & Houston Nature Center

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Find out more about the short-term and long-term plans for the International Owl Center at a public informational meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Owl Center, 126 E Cedar Street in Houston. There will also be changes to the Houston ..... 
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DNR expands winter trout fishing in SE Minnesota

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By David Schueller DNR Information Officer Fly fishing guide Dan Michener walked to a partially snow-covered riverbank in Whitewater State Park. He cast a tiny nymph into the water several times then let it drift through deeper pools, hoping to en ..... 
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DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded 46 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota. This latest round of habitat funding comes from the agency’s Conservation ..... 
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Drive safely this snowmobile season

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1. Minnesota residents born after Dec. 3 ..... 
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