Now’s a good time to get ready to hunt

By John Weiss

Sure it’s hot, but is it ever too hot to get ready for a fall deer or bear hunt?

The Winona Archers will hold their annual Fourth of July 3D shoot beginning at 7 a.m. July 4 at the range in Wisconsin. Cost is $10 per shooter, with kids 14 and under getting in free. There will be divisions for traditional and modern archery. All scores have to be in by 4 p.m.

To get there, cross the Mississippi River at Winona, take a left on Wisconsin Highway 35 and go a few miles. For more information, go to


THREE DEADLINES FOR FOUR HUNTS: The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled special hunts for fall turkey, prairie chicken, elk and the Camp Ripley deer by archery. Details and deadlines are:

• This fall, the DNR is offering 9,300 fall turkey permits, a big jump from last fall’s 5,555..

Hunts will be Oct. 14-18 or Oct. 21-25. The deadline to apply is July 31.

• There will be 186 permits for the Oct. 17-21 prairie chicken season in the northwest. The deadline is July 31.

• The annual Camp Ripley archery hunt will be Oct. 15-16 or Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the camp north of Little Falls in central Minnesota. You can begin applying Tuesday and have until Aug. 14. Each time slot will have 2,500 permits.

• The deadline to apply for 30 elk hunt permits is July 24. The hunt will be in three time slots September through November in northwestern Minnesota.

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