Brute’s Bleat November 18, 2015

Eleven-year-old, Ryker Pierson, Maple Lake, added a bit of new decor for his room when he took this 8-point buck on Nov. 13. He was hunting off the home property with a new shotgun (owned less than 48 hrs.) when he bagged the monster buck. His parents are Jason and Tonya Pierson, 7833 Endicott Ave. NW, Maple Lake.
A smattering of hunting results have come my way from Roseau where Rick Heberling’s group of seven came back with three bucks, one for Tom Lauer and two for Jake Elsenpeter. Locally Steve Loch said they were two-for-eight and John Pavlik said they were four-for-five in the Hill City area. DuWayne Goerke showed me a photo on his cell phone with his 10-point buck which dressed out at 160 lbs. Brad Hennen harvested a large 8-pointer opening day that dressed out at 200 lbs. and McRae Haney also had a monster 12-point buck taken south of Maple lake. Jordan and Dominic Lauer were successful in both archery and rifle seasons taking two deer each, hunting in a game management area. Kip Blizil commented no good, but added pheasant hunting in South Dakota was great in the Huron and Redfield areas. Ed and Nick Pawlenty hunt with a party of 15 and six bucks were taken opening weekend. They each had a spike buck. The David Mooney bunch, 14 hunters, bagged two deer north of Cass Lake. They’re a hearty bunch and pitched two tents, roughing it as they have for many years. David Mooney is the patriarch of the group at 93 and has hunted that area since 1930. His brother, Don, has hunted since 1945 and Don’s son, Steve, has been part of the group since 1968. I suspect they all have lots of good memories from the time spent in their deer hunting camps.
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Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across much of the state,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager. “We’ve issued a conservative number of antlerless deer permits, and because of this, many hunters are seeing deer they can’t shoot. However, patience this year should translate to more harvest opportunities in the future.”
Final numbers from the first three days show that the number of deer registered rose 6.3 percent from 2014. Buck harvest during the first three days of the firearms season was up 8.5 percent from last year.
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I noticed the Maple Lake Girls Scouts, Troop 11892, were part of the Veteran’s Day dinner at The V by HH. They placed cards with various messages tied with red, white and blue ribbons. One poem by Joanna Fuchs was titled, “Veteran’s Day Tribute” and was filled with an emotional message which closed with:

“We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest,
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

Along with that message I’d encourage veterans from past wars to lend a hand to their brothers and sisters by joining the ranks of the American Legion Post 131 or Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7664. Both organizations in Maple Lake are community orientated and dedicated to the community as a whole.