2017 Minnesota Governor’s Deer Opener

2017 Minnesota Governor’s Deer Opener

Grand Rapids To Host 

Gov. Mark Dayton announced that next year’s Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener will be held Nov. 2 – Nov. 5, 2017 in Grand Rapids.

The 15th annual event is coordinated by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota Tourism. It showcases Minnesota’s time-honored tradition of deer hunting, and its positive economic impact on the state and the outdoor recreation and travel opportunities offered by the host destination

“I am delighted to continue the tradition of the Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener in Grand Rapids,” said Governor Dayton. “Nearly 500,000 Minnesotans enjoy deer hunting in our state every year, beginning with this great event. I wish successful hunting and safe returns to everyone.”

The Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener focuses on educating youth about hunting, promoting safe hunting practices and celebrating hunting in Minnesota. The event began in 2003 and is held at a different location around the state each year.

“Visit Grand Rapids is proud to host the 2017 Minnesota Governor Deer Hunter Opener.” Deer hunting is a part of Minnesota’s history said Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids. “We are looking forward to sharing all of the hunting and recreation opportunities that exist right here in Grand Rapids.”

This is the second stop in Grand Rapids over the 15 year history of the event.This picturesque area has been a favorite of  travelers and visitors for more than 100 years. Abundant fishing lakes, forest and trails in the area provide the perfect backdrop for leisure and sports activity.

Minnesota has a rich hunting heritage. Hunting is a favorite fall activity in many families and part of the culture of many communities. There are nearly 500,000 deer hunters in Minnesota. Deer are ecologically, socially and economically important in a state where hunting and wildlife watching generate more than $1.3 billion in annual economic impacts.

About Minnesota Deer Hunters Association:

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501C(3), non-profit conservation organization that is dedicated to building our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy. For more information about MDHA or to locate your nearest MDHA chapter, visit www.mndeerhunters.com or call 800-450-3337.

Grand Opening Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center

Grand Opening Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center

We at Delta Waterfowl are excited to have recently established a Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center (HHCC) in southern Ontario. While a Grand Opening will be held in spring 2017, we would like to invite you to a presentation and BBQ at the facility on the evening of 2 November. Please feel free to circulate the attached invitation and RSVP (see details on the attachment) if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

 This link provides more details on the HHCC and information on booking the facility:



  Dr. Scott Petrie

Chief Executive Officer

Delta Waterfowl Foundation

Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center

Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center in Ontario

Delta Waterfowl Hunting Heritage Center Opening

Delta Waterfowl Opens Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center in Ontario

LONG POINT, ONTARIO — Delta Waterfowl has established a Hunting Heritage & Conservation Center in Ontario, as the organization continues to expand its scope of work on behalf of ducks and duck hunters throughout North America.

The HHCC is a modern facility, with five main buildings located on 40 acres near Long Point and Lake Erie. It will provide seasonal and year-round accommodation and office space for Delta Waterfowl staff, students, technicians and volunteers.

“The center gives Delta Waterfowl a home and major presence in Ontario, a key place for waterfowl conservation and hunters,” said Scott Petrie, chief executive officer. “It’s a great expansion on Delta’s Great Lakes Initiative, too.”

Delta Waterfowl launched the Great Lakes Initiative earlier this year to focus on wetland conservation, research, education, duck production programs and hunter advocacy throughout the Great Lakes region. Delta’s GLI supports conservation interests and duck hunters in the eastern half of Canada and the United States.

In taking over the HHCC, which had been operated until recently by Long Point Waterfowl, Delta gains a solid base of operations in the Great Lakes region. Delta will operate the HHCC as a conservation and hunting learning center and as a resource for other area groups.

“It’s such a unique facility,” Petrie said. “There’s really nothing else like it in the region. We welcome our conservation partners to come and use the center.”

The HHCC features a conference room with seating for up to 100 people, an industrial kitchen, dining hall with seating for 60, cabin lodging for up to 50 people, office work spaces, plenty of room to camp, picnic area, shooting range, an interpretive trail, and basketball and volleyball courts.

Educating youth about conservation and hunting — a key part of Delta Waterfowl’s mission — will be a primary use of the HHCC. Delta conducted youth education camps in July and August at the center, and plans to expand education programs to include additional youth and adult workshops.

“I’m excited about the work Delta will do there,” Petrie said. “It’s a spectacular facility to deliver youth hunting and conservation courses, and it opens up opportunities for more research in the region.”

For more information, email [email protected], or call HHCC at (519) 428-2866.

Media: To schedule an interview with Dr. Scott Petrie, please email [email protected].

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group dedicated to ducks and duck hunters in North America. Visit deltawaterfowl.org.

Naked Entertainment Survival Series Needs You


Is your family at war?

Are you a grandfather looking for an heir between your son’s and grandsons?

Have you been missing from your children’s lives and trying to find a way to reconnect?

Is your middle aged child still living in your house and mooching off you?

Had enough?

Nominate your family for a tropical survival series where you’ll need to pull together to survive and you don’t need to be an expert survivalist to apply.

We’re producing an exciting new prime time survival show for Discovery Channel with a twist…it’s all about families. Our aim is to bring out-of-touch families closer together through an exotic survival experience where you’ll need to pull together to survive.

This show will see families braving 14 days in a remote location for the ultimate survival adventure in the wilderness. This could be a short, sharp shock for feuding family members and a chance for a fresh start as a stronger family unit.

As they say, families – you can’t live with them, you cant survive without them!

*Applicants must be over 18 and legal United States residents to apply. Extended families considered.

If you’re interested in nominating your family. Please email us your NAME, AGE, LOCATION, A BRIEF EXPLANATION AS TO WHY YOU WANT TO NOMINATE YOUR FAMILY AND RECENT PICTURES.

[email protected]

Casting will close at the end of June with the final selected families filming for 14 days sometime between May – October 2016.

Best of luck

The Naked Entertainment Casting Team

Naked Family Surrvival Show

Big Buck Sportsmen Show

The Annual Big Buck Sportsmen Show

April 16th 2016

This year there are  70 vendors to welcome you to the Big Buck Sportsmen Show

We’re expecting to have our best show ever April 16th.

Some major changes are the all day seminars for anglers and hunters plus activities for the kids

Hope to see you there...drop by the Buck Fever Booth and say hi!

Hope to see you there…drop by the Buck Fever Booth and say hi!

Looking Forward to seeing you at the seminars.

I will be doing a seminar on 5 Proven tactics To Optimize Your Hunt (Hint…decoys and scent control)

Stop by the Buck Fever Synthetic Scent booth for the show special.

Remember to get their early if you have a rack to score.

FROW scorers along withe the Beasley Brothers will be on site to score racks and your best shed.

Free Kids indoor 3D archery range will be back (Wild Goose Archery Club)

Free Kids outdoor fishing pond for trout

Door Prizes ALL Day long!

Draws on rifles and crossbows.

Dove Hunting Update


Delta Waterfowl has learned that there is an urgent and immediate need to have emails sent to the Canadian Wildlife Service in favour of the proposed dove hunt in Quebec (see the proposal below). There has been considerable opposition to date from ‘birders’ across Canada and VERY little support. The season will be in jeopardy unless we act before midnight on (this) Sunday. If this is defeated for Quebec, this could lead to the demise of potential dove seasons not only in Quebec, but also in other potential future provinces (such as Manitoba and Nova Scotia where the provinces withdrew their proposals late in the game this year) as well as others. Because of this and the fact the anti’s are writing from across Canada, we need to have folks from across the country send in notes of support.

We need to all send in individual emails this weekend simply saying that you are in favour of the proposed dove season in Quebec.

1. Each of us needs to do send a short note to the email address below expressing our support of the proposed season.

2. We need to reach out to all our personal contacts and Delta supporters/committee members/etc. to ask them to send an email.

Send emails to this address:

[email protected]

Thanks everyone for sending in your own emails and rallying the troops and getting others to send emails as well. Together we can have our hunter/conservationist voices heard.



– Establishing opening and closing dates, daily bag and possession limits

It is proposed to establish a new hunting season for Mourning Doves in district F in southern Quebec beginning in fall 2016. The season would open on the same date as the American Woodcock season in September. The Mourning Dove season length would be 107 days. The daily bag limit would be 8 doves, and the possession limit would be set at 3 times the daily bag limit (24), as it is for other game bird species in Quebec.

CWS conducted an evaluation of long-term data sets and reviewed recent studies to evaluate Mourning Dove population status and trends, the Mourning Dove harvest potential, and to identify information needs for conservation and management of Mourning Doves in Quebec. A summary of the findings is provided below:

1. Mourning Doves are one of the most abundant and widely distributed birds in North America; fall population estimates range from 350 to 475 million birds. In the United States, Mourning Doves are hunted in 40 of 50 states, where approximately 1 million hunters harvest 15 to 20 million of these birds each year, typically representing 5% to 10% of the estimated fall population. In Canada, there has been an annual Mourning Dove hunting season in British Columbia since 1960, and Ontario reinstated a Mourning Dove hunting season in 2013.

2. Based on the Breeding Bird Survey, the Quebec breeding population has increased annually by 6.5% between 1970 and 2012.

3. The Quebec Breeding Bird Atlas documented increases in the breeding population as well as an expansion of the breeding range to the north and east in the middle of the 1980s and in the 2000s.

4. Based on the Christmas Bird Count, the Mourning Dove population significantly increased between 1976 and 2001. Since 2001, a slight declining trend is being observed.

5. The breeding population in Quebec is estimated at 760 000 doves, with a fall population estimate of 988 000 birds. These numbers should support the harvest rate anticipated by hunters and allow minimal consequences on Mourning Dove population in Quebec.

6. Available band recovery data from Quebec confirm that Mourning Doves that breed in Quebec are exposed to low hunting pressure in the eastern United States since Mourning Dove hunting is prohibited in several States.

7. Based on these evidence, CWS concluded that the Quebec Mourning Dove population could sustain harvest and that establishing a hunting season is biologically justifiable. Population and harvest monitoring programs are in place to ensure that harvests remain at sustainable levels.

Dr. Scott Petrie

Chief Executive Officer

Delta Waterfowl Foundation

1312 Basin Ave.

Bismarck, North Dakota


Cell: 519 718 1371

Email: [email protected]

Take a kid dove hunting

Delta Waterfowl New Ontario Director

Delta Waterfowl Ontario

Delta Hires Regional Director to Focus
on Creating New Chapters in Ontario

Dave Bishop, an experienced fundraising manager, will seek out volunteers to establish new chapters and organize events in southern Ontario. He will also work to support the existing chapters in Ontario in tandem with Russ Donnelly, Delta’s regional director for eastern Canada.As part of the organization’s strategic growth plan, Delta Waterfowl has added a new regional events director in Ontario.

Bishop, 59, is a passionate waterfowl hunter and long-time conservation volunteer. He has run numerous fundraising events during the past seven years, including one of North America’s largest waterfowl conservation banquets in Toronto.

“I look forward to continuing to build awareness and support for Delta Waterfowl’s conservation programs throughout Ontario,” he said.

In addition to waterfowl hunting, Bishop enjoys camping, fishing and training his duck dog. He also places a high priority on introducing people to the tradition of hunting ducks and geese.

“I really enjoy taking people out,” he said. “Mentored hunts are very important to me.”

Bishop grew up in southern Ontario, and resides with his wife and family in Orillia, Ontario.

Contact Bishop at (705) 818-9434 or [email protected]

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. Visit deltawaterfowl.org.



Military, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel receive special discounts in retail stores


WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Cabela’s is once again recognizing the efforts of Canada’s men and women in uniform during the Hometown Heroes event and offering them employee pricing at its Canadian retail stores from Feb. 18-21.

Veterans, active duty military and reserves, Canadian Coast Guard, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel and conservation officers will enjoy this exclusive discount at any of Cabela’s nine retail locations across the country.

The weekend consists of special in-store events happening from coast to coast. For full event details, visit cabelas.ca/stores.

“Cabela’s is dedicated to giving back to those who serve and protect us,” said Darin Brecht, Cabela’s director of finance. “Their selflessness and dedication to our country is nothing short of heroic and we consider it our corporate social responsibility to support them in any way we can.”

To receive employee discounts, personnel must present valid military ID, badge or other proof of eligibility at the time of purchase in store.

Cabela’s Canada was established in 2007 and currently operates nine retail stores with locations in Winnipeg; Nanaimo, B.C.; Barrie, Ont.; Saskatoon and Regina, Sask.; Moncton, N.B.; Calgary, Alta; two in Edmonton, Alta. The company previously announced its expansion with stores opening in Abbotsford, B.C., and Ottawa, Ont., in 2016, and in Halifax, N.S., in 2017.

Dave Ecland ribbon cutting at the grand opening

Dave Ecland ribbon cutting at the grand opening

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter®, offers thousands of products for hunting, fishing, shooting, camping, hiking, boating, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings. Cabela’s has become a recognizable brand with a world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.

Dr Scott Petrie Hired to Lead Delta Waterfowl Hunters

Delta Waterfowl Hires Petrie to Lead The Duck Hunters Organization

Delta Waterfowl

Delta Waterfowl has hired Dr. Scott Petrie to be the organization’s Chief Scientist and Chief Executive Officer.

Petrie, 48, comes to Delta as an accomplished and respected leader in the waterfowl conservation community, having served as executive director at Long Point Waterfowl in Ontario for the past 18 years.

“We are pleased to bring in Dr. Petrie to lead the management team,” said Larry Kaumeyer, Delta’s Chairman of the Board. “Scott’s experience and strong connections in both the waterfowl management world and hunting community across North America make him the ideal leader to direct Delta Waterfowl’s continuing growth.”

As a young man, Petrie worked on a family dairy farm in Ontario, where he also began hunting ducks and geese. His passion for waterfowl grew out of research as a “Delta student” in 1986 and 1987, when he worked on the Marsh Ecology Research Program and Minnedosa Canvasback Project. He completed an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, and earned his PhD at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

“I’m very excited about returning to the organization I started with as a student,” Petrie said. “I’m looking forward to leading an excellent team to increase the impact and delivery of Delta’s conservation programs.”

Petrie will direct the growth of the organization’s development and event system, primarily to support Predator Management and Hen House deployment across the key duck production areas of North America. Delta also plans to increase their contributions to hunter recruitment, retention and advocacy across North America.

“I want Delta Waterfowl to be recognized as a key contributor to waterfowl conservation and as the premier organization supporting duck hunters across North America,” Petrie said. “We need to espouse the benefits of what Delta does, and work collaboratively with our conservation partners to have an even greater impact for our members and supporters.”

Petrie will be working from the Bismarck, North Dakota, office.

For more information, contact Alex Heiser, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (888) 987-3695 ext. 203 or [email protected].

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization™, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. Visit deltawaterfowl.org.

Hometown Heroes Honoured At Cabela’s

Cabela’s Honours Hometown Heroes on June 18 to 21, 2015

Barrie, ON (June 16, 2015) – Cabela’s stores nation-wide will honour the contributions of those who serve our country and communities by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, Canadian Coast Guard, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel and conservation officers June 18 – 21, 2015. The Hometown Heroes event recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who protect and serve.

“The Hometown Heroes event is not only a way to thank the extraordinary men and women who provide our communities with safety and security, it is a way to recognize and celebrate their dedication to serving others,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer.

Cabelas Canada


The Barrie retail store will feature displays and events including:

  • Georgian Bay Search and Rescue Adventure Smart Interactive Display
  • Fire Truck Tours with the Barrie Fire Department
  • Information Display hosted by the Sea and Navy League Cadets
  • Kids Meet and Greet with the Barrie Police Mascot Blue
  • Charity BBQ hosted by Scouts Canada
  • Free Kids Camo Face Painting

Please visit www.cabelas.ca/stores to find a store near you and a complete list of events. Hometown Heroes Welcome!

To participate in the Hometown Heroes event, veterans, active duty military and reserves, Canadian Coast Guard, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel and conservation officers should present their service ID during check-out at their local Cabela’s store. Upon doing so, they will receive Cabela’s employee discount on virtually everything in the store. Some restrictions apply; see store for complete details.

For more information, please contact Cabela’s Barrie at 705.735.8900. The Barrie store is located at 50 Concert Way Barrie, ON.

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, established Cabela’s Canada in 2007 with a retail store and headquarters for Canadian operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Currently, Cabela’s Canada operates eight stores, including locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Nanaimo, British Columbia; Barrie, Ontario; Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan; Moncton, New Brunswick and two in Edmonton, Alberta. The company also has announced plans to open stores in Calgary, Alberta, in fall 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, in spring 2016; and Abbotsford, British Columbia in summer of 2016.

Cabela’s stores offer thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings. The company is famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.