Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. - Blue Earth County Chapter
Established in 1987
Awarded "Conservation Club of the Decade"
by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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Minnesota Pheasant Summit
Governor Mark Dayton will convene the state's first-ever Minnesota Pheasant Summit on Saturday, Dec. 13 in Marshall. This working meeting will bring together hunters, farmers, conservationists, key members of the Governor's Cabinet and others. Together, they will focus on strategies to increase the state's pheasant population, improve pheasant habitat, and help ensure future generations of Minnesota hunters have the opportunity enjoy this popular and important species.
For more information or to register to attend the Pheasant Summit follow this link.
Amazon Smiles Program Benefits MPI
Minnesota Pheasants Inc., is now an Amazon Smiles qualified non-profit. For all qualifiying purchases you make at Amazon.com, Minnesota Pheasants will recieve a charitable donation equal to 0.5% of the total purchase. This is a donation from Amazon.com and will not increase the cost of your purchase.
Please keep this in mind when you shop Amazon.com.
Go to the Amazon Smiles website: http://smiles.amazon.com,
type in "Minnesota Pheasants Inc." in the search box - select Good Thunder MN. and start shopping.
Every dollar counts so keep this in mind next time you make a purchase from Amazon.com!!
Key Cities Conservation Club Hosting
Continental Pheasant Shoot
Key Cities Conservation Club is hosting a "continental pheasant shoot" at Traxlers Hunting Preserve Saturday December 6th, 2014. For information on Traxlers Hunting Preserve please follow this link.
Details are as follows:
Arrival time: 11:00-11:30a.m. Shoot time: 12 Noon
Cost: $200.00 prepaid
Agenda: Chili, etc. will be available prior to the hunt.
Prehunt & safety meeting starts @ 12 noon then the assignments of shooting posts,
there are 13 stations, with the shoot followed by a clean-up/scratch hunt finishing @ 4p.m.
Birds can be cleaned & bagged by the Traxler staff for a nominal fee or you may take them home as is.
You are encouraged to bring your hunting dog to retrieve downed birds.
All shooters are required to have eye protection, ear protection is recommended as well as hunting orange.
Only steel shot is allowed, # 4, #5, or #6 is recommended, anything larger is prohibited.
There are 39 openings on a first come first serve basis & no reservations accepted after 12/4.
Contact: Dave Ramsden, (507) 469-0334 for questions.
Send your check to: Dave Ramsden, 46055 Jefferson Shore Drive, Cleveland, MN 56017
Checks are made payable to Key Cities Conservation Club
Net proceeds are to be used to offset the $10,000 donation Key Cities Conservation Club is making to help purchase hunting land in Blue Earth County near Good Thunder.
Of further interest, Traxler's is having an 800 bird shoot the day before this event
so there is expected to be extra birds for the clean-up!
We hope you can come out and support our friends at Key Cities Conservation Club
AND, have a great time in the process !!
For more information on the Key Cities Conservation Club,
please follow this link to their web page or this link to their Facebook page.
Minnesota DNR 2014 Roadside Count
The pheasant count is up marginally throughout the range.
To read the entire report, follow this link.
Thanks to all of you, our loyal supporters, the 28th annual banquet was a success. All the proceeds from the event will go towards projects here in Blue Earth County.
We hope everyone enjoyed the evening.
Please let us know where we need to improve or what we do right.
We are always looking for suggestion.
Thanks again for the great support!!
2014 Banquet Ticket Order Forms & Information
the banquet is sold out for this year.
We hope to see you next year.
Thanks for your continued support!!
Follow this link (removed) to get Banquet Information and the Ticket Order Form.
If you would still like to get tickets for the banquet please call us at
507-387-9011 and leave a message, we will get back to you shortly.
Members attending the 2014 banquet will be able to take home one free 50lb bag of grain sorghum seed for food plots and cover planting. One bag should be adequate for a 5 to 6 acre plot. If we run out banquet night, we can make arrangements to get you a bag shortly thereafter. If you need additional seed, we are currently selling it at a greatly reduced price of $8.00 per 50lb bag.
Please contact us if you would like additional information.
We always welcome donations that can be used in our banquet.
If you have any items you would be interested in donating,
or would like to donate cash, please contact us.
Salvation Army Sporting Clay Tournament
We'd like to spread the word about the up-coming Sporting Clay Tournament hosted by the Mankato Salvation Army. The event will be held Saturday May 17th at the River Ridge Gun Club in Courtland.
For information click this link.
Shelled Corn Available for Pheasants
Due to the protracted cold temperatures and blowing and drifting snow, we will again be offering free shelled corn. Effective Saturday February 8th, the Blue Earth County Chapter of Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. will make available a gravity box wagon for self serve distribution of corn. The wagon will be located in the MinnStar parking lot on Main Street in downtown Good Thunder - next to the drive thru teller lane.
This is on the honor sytem, please be thoughtful of others that would also like to take advantage of this offer. You will need to bring your own containers. Remember, corn is heavy so bring smaller containers or bags. A bushel of corn weights 55 to 60 pounds. We will attempt to have nylon bags next to the wagon for you to use but bring your own containers in the event we're unable to get the bags.
Please don't feed pheasants directly off a roadway as this draws the birds to the road and often ends up with them being hit by passing cars. If possible, place the corn off the road in a windswept area that will not drift over with snow. We will monitor the wagon and fill it as needed but please take only what you can effectively put out for pheasants. We hope to get participation from a broad countywide area.
We wish to thank MinnStar Bank for their continued support
and for allowing us to place the wagon in their lot!! We would also like to thank John Caven for the use of his wagon - we appreciate it!
And, thanks to all of you for your help in getting this corn out!
Grain Sorghum Seed Available for Purchase
We currently have grain sorghum seed available at a great price. Should you need any grain sorghum for projects, food plots, game farms or shooting preserves please contact us via email at MNPheasantsBE@gmail.com or by phone at 507-387-9011 (please leave a message).
The seed is medium maturity with 75% germ minimum and is Concept treated.
2013 Minnesota Pheasant Index down 29 percent from 2012
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting that the 2013 roadside survey indicates a 29 percent decline in birds in the pheasant range. Sighting reduced enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Reinvest in Minnesota and Wetlands Reserve Programs coupled with a cool and wet spring as primary reasons for the decline. In addition, South Dakota has reported a 64 percent decrease in its brood survey. North Dakota’s most-recent rooster crowing count is down 11 percent from last year. And Iowa reported a 19 percent decrease in its August roadside count.
You can read the DNR's News Release by following this link.
Expanded Walk-in Access Program Adds Additional 6,000+ Acres
Hunters heading to western and south-central Minnesota will have access to an additional 6,083 acres of hunting land this fall as the Walk-In Access program grows to more than 20,000 acres and the number of counties increases from 19 to 28. This fall hunters must purchase a $3 Walk-In Access validation on their small game or deer license to legally access land enrolled in the program. The DNR added the validation so it can learn how many hunters use Walk-In Access lands as well as where and how those lands are used.
Maps of all sites will be available for viewing at www.mndnr.gov/walkin by mid-August. Printed atlases of Walk-In Access sites will be distributed across the Walk-In Access area or will be available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.
Follow this link to see the news release.
R.I.P. Bob Kaul
Our good friend and long time Minnesota Pheasants, Inc. Board Member.
Robert Allen Kaul, age 50, of Good Thunder, died unexpectedly after a brief illness, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at his home.
Bob was born January 23, 1963 to Ervin and Helen (Anderson) Kaul in Mankato. He graduated from Good Thunder-Amboy High School in 1981. He then attended Mankato Vocational School and graduated from Brainerd Technical College with a degree in Environmental Science and Conservation. Bob was a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Supervisor for over 27 years of Division of Trails and Waterways, and most recently Division of Parks and Trails. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Minnesota Pheasants Inc of Blue Earth County of which he was a board member, and Duck's Unlimited. He completed many wonderful projects in his area over the years that have been greatly enjoyed by the public. He worked cooperatively with local units of government, conservation groups, and within all the divisions of the DNR. Bob did more for wildlife in Blue Earth County than anyone could imagine. He was an endless champion of wetlands and grasslands in southern Minnesota. He enjoyed anything outdoors, hunting, especially bird hunting, fishing, conservation of the land, gardening, cooking, and his dogs. Bob was always willing to lend a hand to a friend, he will truly be missed.
Bob is survived by his four siblings, Ron (Barb) Kaul of Good Thunder and their children, Nicole and Christin, Gayle (Greg) Goettlicher of Good Thunder and their children, Dana (Nathan) Heins and son, Caden, Dan (Kelsey) Goettlicher and son, Mason, Mary Sue (Leo) Rosin of Mankato, and Pam (Scott) Shouts of Amboy and their children, Joelle and Derek; sister-in-law, Lou Jean Kaul of Mankato and children, Angela Kaul Paulsell and children, Anna, Grace, and Sloane, Lori (Tony Kubit) Kaul and son, Trey; cousins, extended family, and many friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin in 1965, Helen in 2011;
and a brother, Wayne in 2011.
Link to Mankato Free Press article on Bob
"MankatoTimes.com" article on the 27th Annual banquet.
Here's a link to a Mankato Times article regarding our chapter.
2013 Annual Members Banquet
The 2013 annual banquet concluded Friday April 5th at the
Kato Entertainment Center in Mankato.
We do indeed have great supporters - The 2013 banquet was a sell-out!!!
Follow this link to see additional images from the 2013 banquet.
Follow this link to see our 2013 Sponsors & Donors.
And, here's another link to some video of the event.
We wish to wholeheartedly thank all those that help to
make our chapter a success year in and year out.
We are always looking for ways to improve in everything we do,
including the annual banquet.
If you have any suggestions we encourage you to contact us.
Call us at 507-387-9011 and leave a message or,
send us an email at MNPheasantsBE@Gmail.com.
We will get back to you shortly.
Expanded DNR "Walk In Access" Program for 2013
The Minnesota DNR has expanded the Walk in Access program for the 2013 hunting season. Blue Earth County is now included in the program. Starting March 1st, Blue Earth County Soil & Water will be handling the sign-up for anyone interesting in enrolling their land. Also new for the 2013 hunting season, anyone interested in taking advantage of WIA parcels will need to buy a WIA validation at a nominal cost of $3.00. Hunters not purchasing the validation will not be able to access any WIA parcels.
For additional information, follow this link.
For WIA program counties, click on the image below.
"Mankato Free Press" article on our Chapter
Here's a link to a Mankato Free Press article regarding our Chapter
Take a Ride-A-Long with MPI
Club VP Eric Anderson & Gregg Andersen recorded a quick video tour during a spring visit to some of our recent projects. As luck would have it, some of the critters were cooperative!
Take a look Here