Published October 11, 2009, 12:00 AM

Field reports: Minnesota moose hunt gets off to a slow start

Minnesota’s moose hunt got off to a tough start this past week, with rain falling through the first weekend and again during the week.

By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota’s moose hunt got off to a tough start this past week, with rain falling through the first weekend and again during the week.

“I would call it slower than normal,” said Tom Rusch, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager at Tower. “It was rain, rain, rain the first three days.”

Registrations were down from previous years at most stations. As of Thursday, seven moose had been registered at Ely, 14 in Grand Marais and nine at Two Harbors.

The season opened Oct. 3 and will continue through Oct. 18. A total of 225 licenses were issued for the hunt. Hunters may take only bulls.

Duluth deer bowhunt tall climbs to 141

The number of deer taken in the Duluth city bowhunt reached 141 as of Wednesday, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. Of those, only one was an adult buck. The hunt continues through Dec. 31.

2010 Minnesota pheasant stamp chosen

Artist David Chapman of Minnetonka, Minn., has won the 2010 Minnesota pheasant stamp contest with his painting of a rooster pheasant in a snowy corn field. Chapman’s design was chosen from among 22 entries.

The $7.50 pheasant stamp is required of all Minnesota pheasant hunters ages 18 through 64. Since 1983 stamp sales have generated more than $15.5 million for habitat enhancement efforts on public and private lands in the pheasant range of Minnesota.

Help select new Wisconsin Endangered Resources license plate

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants help selecting the design for its new Endangered Resources license plate.

An online survey began Friday and ends at midnight Oct. 19. The selected design will be available in addition to the grey wolf, featured on the Endangered Resources plate since 1995.

The four new plate options include:

  • Badger, tiger swallowtail butterfly and eastern meadowlark in a Wisconsin savanna and prairie.

  • Eastern bluebird and monarch butterfly in a threatened Wisconsin prairie ecosystem.

  • Great blue heron perched on a log.

  • Red-headed woodpecker set against a background of savanna.

    The final design will be available to Wisconsin motorists for a $25 contribution. One hundred percent of the $25 will be used to support the Endangered Resources conservation fund.

    To vote, go to the DNR Web site

    Duck opener results for Canosia Wildlife Management Area

    Twenty ducks were taken on Oct. 3, the Minnesota duck opener, at Canosia Wildlife Management Area near Duluth.

    Department of Natural Resources officials check hunter success there every duck opener.

    Forty-one duck hunters, down from 47 last year, hunted at the impoundment, according to the DNR report. In the hunter bag were five mallards, five wood ducks, nine blue-winged teal and one ring-necked duck. No Canada geese were taken.

    Last year, 20 ducks were taken on the opener at Canosia.

    Prairie chickens transplanted

    More than 100 greater prairie chickens have been captured in western Minnesota and relocated to Buena Vista Marsh in central Wisconsin, according to the Nature Conservancy.

    Wisconsin’s prairie chicken population is in danger of collapsing because of declining genetic variability caused by loss of grassland habitat.

    Most of the birds relocated to Buena Vista Marsh have come from the Nature Conservancy’s 24,000-acre Glacial Ridge Project in northwestern Minnesota.

    Glacial Ridge is the nation’s largest prairie-wetland restoration project and its prairie chicken population is thriving.