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NEL TRIBUNE A00'ea F ocus Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Page 7 hance the Hunt: Take a Kid Information Officer Conroy Sweat-stained T-shirts muddy pants was the of the day as five guys wielding mers and assorted Is waded in knee-deep We were installing a new in preparation for the waterfoM season, old one having finally to heavy use and ac Inevitably, the :sation amongst old chums tends to turn and on this day it no different. Collectively we were back in time as shared the mandatory and Joe stories and rem- about the youthful we felt as we pre- for each upcoming sea- re-stringing decoys, the old boat, strug- to re-assemble the after cleaning it. inevitably, the talk to those old hunters taught us the ways of and hunting. Each of us, bar one, was ate to have a dad who and it was at their that we learned. We listen intently to their stories when we too young to accompany And each of us could vividly recall the excite- of finally being allowed go with our dad on our hunt. As for the buddy whose did not hunt. even he sure how he became )duced to hunting. It have been his uncle. was a great trap shooter unted only occasionally. could have been our own when he would tag with one of us. But somewhere, the to hunt got deep into soul. That this frienfldvel - oped into such an avid hunter is an exception to the norm. And perhaps that is why he is so passionate about the annual youth waterfowl hunt. In 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pro- posed the youth hunt for states and the Minnesota DNR quickly took advantage of the offering. The special youth hunt has not been without a modicum of contro- versy, however; some adult hunters contend the early hunt negatively impacts their own duck harvest when the regular season opener rolls around a week later. A study of hunters' opin- ions and activities during the 2002 waterfowl hunting season in Minnesota found that 61% of hunters support- ed the youth waterfowl day, down slightly from the 66% that supported it in 2000. The study also found that 11% of those responding to the survey reported that they had taken a youth hunt- ing during the special water- fowl day in 2002. Based on percentages provided by the survey, it is estimated that 18,908 youths participated in the 2002 youth hunt. This year, the Minnesota youth waterfowl day is set for Saturday, Sept. 18. Waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger, when accompa- nied by a non-hunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required) may take ducks. Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. (Consult the recent- ly released 2004 waterfowl supplement for additional details.) My boyhood friend some- how became a passionate hunter in spite of the fact that he did not have an adult mentor to teach him the ropes. And although he does not have children of his own. he does what he can as an Get Your Information Security Certificate. Online! We he informatien security courses for Technical and Non-Technical pe,aonnd. adult hunter to introduce interested youngsters to the thrills and pleasures only to be found in the outdoors. Ask him if he supports the youth waterfowl day. Ask any of the sweat-soaked five of us if we support the youth day. The days of our youth and those of today's youth are an apples and oranges comparison. A larger per- centage of kids today have little or no outdoor experi- ence, especially when it comes to hunting. Who are the hunters of tomorrow? Who are the future caretakers and our wildlife and wildlife habitat? It might be that young boy down the street, or your young niece. A day on the marsh is always a day well spent. It's even better spent when there's a wide-eyed youngster next to you. Murray :ounty 4-H calendar September 5-6 - Murray County 4-H General Encampment at State Fair September 6- Labor Day - office closed September 10 - State Fair exhibits return from State Fair Find us on the Web at www.lyon- sioux- Find the Rest of The Store, in the Sentinel Dakota elder shares stories at Jeffers Petroglyphs event Visitors to Jeffers Petroglyphs' "Ehana Woyakpi: "relling from Way Back' -- American Indian Stories" on September 28 can listen to Dakota elder Joe Campbell share tradi- tional stories throughout the day, explore rock carv- ings on the site and find out about the people who creat- ed the carvings. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jeffers Petroglyphs site is approximately eight miles northeast of Jeffers and seven miles west of Comfrey. The 80-acre site features images chipped into an outcropping of Sioux quartzite from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1700. Visitors can also enjoy nature trails that explain the prairie environ- ment, a visitor center with exhibits and an object-the- ater presentation. Hours during September are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 507-628-5591. The MN Historical Society is a non-profit edu- cational and cultural insti- tution established in 1849 to preserve and share MN his- tory. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of MN's past through muse- um exhibits, extensive libraries and collections, his- toric sites, educational pro- grams and book publishing. The Society's calendar of events is posted on the Internet at endar. The web site also has information about all of the Society's historic sites. A free guide to historic sites can be ordered by calling 1- 800-657-3773. U of M Extension hires seven new agricultural educators Seven regional educa- tors who will specialize in livestock, crops, or manure systems have recently been hired by the U of M Extension Service. The seven educators are filling newly-created agricul- tural positions throughout the state, says Mike Schmitt, associate dean for Agriculture, Food and Environmental programs with Extension. 'These peo- ple are very well qualified and will help 'make a differ- ence' in the lives of MN farm families," says Charles Casey, Extension dean and director. The regional educators, their specialties, and the regional Extension centers they're located in are as fol- lows: Sarah E. Bedgar, dairy, Hutchinson. She recently received her M.S. degree from NDSU, where her research focused on metabo- lism and embryo transfer. She has taught animal sci- ence to young adults, coached dairy judging teams and gained an international perspective by visiting and studying dairy operation in France. Bedgar starts October 11. Mark H. Whitney, swine, Mankato. Whitney special- izes in swine nutrition and recently earned his Ph.D. from the U of M's Department of Animal Science. He has worked as a swine extension assistant in ND. He's interested in applied research and produc- er education on possible alternative nutrition and management systems. He started August 30. Ryon Walker, beef, Grand Rapids. He just com- pleted his Ph.D. in Physiology of reproduction at Colorado State University. Walker has authored Extension publications based on his Ph.D. research, and has several years of first-hand experience over- seeing a seedstock operation in Texas. He started August 30. Mindy J. Spiehs, manure systems, Morris. She has worked in the U of M Department of Animal Science since 1998, where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Her research focused on swine diets to improve food safety. Spiehs has worked as a farrowing supervisor in a commercial pork production, and started in Morris August 2. David Nicolai, crops, Hutchinson. Nicolai comes to Extcnsion from Agriliance, where he devel- oped and implemented train- ing programs throughout the 15-state region tbr over 700 agronomists. He's on the board of directors of the North Central Weed Science Society and MN Certified Crop advisors. He's also been a county extension edu- cator and regional IPM spe- cialist, and started in Hutchinson July 26. Ryan Miller, crops, Albert Lea. He is finishing his M.S. in Agronomy and Plant Geneticcs at the U of M, where his research focused on how tillage rota- tion and crop rotation affect weed populations. Miller has also been a technical representative for Dow Agrosciences, and started in Albert Lea on August 23. Lizabeth A.B. Stahl, crops, Worthington. 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