Published November 08, 2009, 12:00 AM

Field reports: Bowhunters are seeing fewer deer in Duluth’s urban hunt

Through Nov. 2, bowhunters in Duluth’s city bowhunt had taken 328 deer, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. Of those, 311 were antlerless deer, and 17 were bucks. The hunt continues through Dec. 31.

By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune

Through Nov. 2, bowhunters in Duluth’s city bowhunt had taken 328 deer, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. Of those, 311 were antlerless deer, and 17 were bucks. The hunt continues through Dec. 31.

Effective Nov. 15, Enger and Lester Park golf courses will open to city bowhunters. Northland Country Club opened Nov. 1. As of Dec. 1, the western portion of Hartley Park and an area above Skyline Parkway at Hawk Ridge also will be opened.

Phillip Lockett, president of the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance, says deer seem to be less numerous in the city this fall.

“A few guys have been really hitting them hard in some pockets, but overall, a lot of guys have been having trouble finding multiple does to shoot,” Lockett said.

About 315 hunters are taking part in the hunt.

Ethical hunter nominations sought

Nominations are open for ethical hunters in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Turn In Poachers ask hunters to share stories of exemplary hunting behavior.

The award will honor a deer hunter who has exhibited conduct during the 2009 season that can serve as a positive example to all hunters. Awards will be presented in youth and adult divisions.

Send nominations by Jan. 22 to Ethical Hunter Award, MDHA, 460 Peterson Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-8413, or fax them to 218-327-1349, or e-mail them to kimhanson@mndeerhunters.com.

Wisconsin’s 13th annual Ethical Hunter Awards are sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the La Crosse Tribune. The nominee must be a licensed Wisconsin hunter. The ethical hunting act must have taken place in Wisconsin during the 2009 calendar year. Written nominations should contain the name, address and telephone number of the witness or witnesses to the behavior that led to the nomination.

Send nominations to Warden Supervisor Steve Dewald at the Department of Natural Resources, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, WI 54601 by Jan. 15.

Not many ducks in Minnesota

Most hunting attention has turned to deer this week with the opening of Minnesota’s firearms season on Saturday. The few duck hunters who are still going out are finding few ducks, according to the weekly waterfowl update from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“The frontal system that moved across the state [Oct. 30-31] brought some migrant geese and ducks into the state but also moved many more staging ducks out of the state,” according to the report, published Thursday. “Most survey areas noted a significant drop in duck numbers from [the previous] week. Most ring-necked ducks have now departed the state. Scaup numbers are still fair on certain lakes …. The late corn harvest is impacting field feeding opportunities for mallards and Canada geese across much of the state. Numbers of migrant Canada geese increased some this week but remain low for this point in the season.”

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