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Thursday, November 4, 2010 t Tr!:County News* Kimball, MN Sports Lemm'e Page 13 Football lamie Leither, Head Football Coach Kimball football playoff v Maple Lake Danny Lochen, Mitch Pramann, Jordan Joseph, Mitch Pramann, junior running back. senior defensive eighth-grade senior offensive son of David and lineman, son of Jan halfback, lineman, son of Jan Jayne Lochen. and Rudy Pramann. son of Jarae and and Rudy Pramann. ~. Douglas Joseph. Danny led Mitch led the team "I1~ the team in with 13 tackles. DNR expects good season for Minnesota deer hunters Hunters who venture into field and forest for Minnesota's firearms deer season can expect a good deer season and ample hunting opportu- nities, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "We can't guarantee harvest suc- cess," said Lou Cornicelli, the DNR's Big Game Program coordinator. "But we can assure hunters that good deer hunting opportunities exist throughout Minnesota." Nearly 500,000 people are expected to participate in the fire- arms deer season, which opens Sat- urday, Nov. 6, throughout Minne- sota. Last year, 32 percent of Min- nesota's firearms deer hunters were successful. Minnesota's whitetail deer pop- ulation is about 1 million. In a his- torical context, too many deer were taken during the 1960s. Rebuilding the deer herd began in 1970s and concluded in the 1990s. Now DNR is managing the herd toward pop- ulation goals established with pub- lic input. "We are at or nearing those goals throughout most of the state," Cor- nicelli said. "As those population goals are met, particularly in areas that were overpopulated, hunt- ing regulations move from liberal to conservative and are adjusted based on deer-management needs," During a time of liberal hunting regulations, Minnesota's deer har- vest peaked in 2003 at 290,000. DNR continues to issue fewer either-sex permits than it did seven years ago and CorniceUi expects the harvest should be similar to the 194,000 deer harvested in 2009. The one big difference this year compared to last is the majority of standing corn will be cut by the time the deer season opens, Cor- nicelli said. Last year, 80 percent of the state's corn crop was still in the fields on the deer opener. Corn pro- rides ample standing cover and can significantly impact deer harvest. The firearms deer season con- cludes in northern Minnesota Sun- day, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 14, in all other parts of the state. A late season in southeastern Minnesota that stretchgs from Watertown in the north t01Caledonia in the south opens Saturday, Nov. 20, and closes Sunday, Nov. 28. Deer hunters encouraged to buy license early With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Min- nesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any sys- tem issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2010 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Satur- day, Nov. 6. Deer licenses can be purchased for $27 at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-MN- LICENSE (665-4236), or online at < www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense>. There are additional fees for tele- phone and Internet transactions, which individuals should check prior to buying their license. Hunt- ers who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive. The Information Center and License Center at DNR headquar- ters in St. Paul will work extended hours on opening weekend to han- dle additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open Friday, Nov. 5, until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157, or toll-free at (888) 646-6367. Harvested deer can be donated for distribution to food shelves Deer donated to food shelves can be processed at no or very reduced cost to hunters, thanks to a pro- gram coordinated by the Minnesota departments of natural resources and agriculture. The program is aimed at pro- viding a sought-after food source to those in need while encouraging hunters to harvest additional ani- mals to help manage the deer herd. Prior to 2007, hunters could donate deer to food shelves, but had to pay processing costs. "We recognize that ethically, hunters will not take more deer than they can consume," said Lou Corni- celli, Big Game Program coordina- tor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "Sim- Kimball played Maple Lake in the middle of near-hurricane conditions. By lamie Leither, Coach The Kimball football team traveled to Maple Lake for the first round of playoffs. This was a rematch of Kimball's Homecom- ing game in which the Irish han- dled the Cubs that night. The Cubs came into Maple Lake to put a better effort this night. With the weather not cooperating with us with light rain arid winds between 45 and 55 m.p.h., this was going to be a tough night for offenses. The Cubs fought hard as the Irish went into halftime with a 6 to 0 lead. The Cubs defense was giv- ing the Irish offense fits with good tackling and flying to the football. The Irish wore the undermanned Cubs down in the second half and won the game with a 24 to 0 score. The Cubs offense could not move the ball in the weather and tough Irish defense. The Cubs finished ply asking someone to take another deer to manage populations pro- vides only half of the picture. The venison donation program was developed to provide hunters an avenue to donate the extra deer they harvest without having to pay pro- cessing costs." More details on the venison donation program, as well as a list of participating meat processors, are available online at . Pro- cessors who accept deer are paid $70 to process each animal for food shelf distribution. "There are a few processors who are charging an additional fee to cover expenses so hunters should check with the processor prior to donating a deer," Cornicelli said. Funding for the program comes from surcharges placed on antler- less permits and nonresident hunt- ing licenses. Individuals have an opportunity to donate to the pro- gram when they buy their deer license or simply by informing a DNR license agent that they would with 67 yards rushing and minus one yard passing. The rushing was led by junior running back Danny Lochen and senior runningback Ty Filzen. The defense was led by senior lineman Mitch Pramann who had 13 tackles, followed by junior line- backer Travis Schiefelbein with 11 tackles. The defense played with great emotion and passion. This game marked the final game as Cubs for four seniors. They are Ty Filzen, Mitch Pramann, Tyler Loch, and David Joseph. I would like to say thanks to these young men for their effort and hard work over the years. I would also like to thank the many people who supported these young men throughout the season. Every- body from those who helped raise money to those making team meals on Thursdays. Thank you for all the help. like to donate to the program. In 2009, $35,000 was collected through voluntary donations. To donate a deer, hunters will need to adhere to the following guidelines: Only whole carcasses with the hide on can be donated; processors will not accept cut and wrapped meat or portions of carcasses. Information such as permit area of harvest and the DNR num- her will be collected for tracking purposes. Processors can only accept car- casses for donation that are free from signs of illness, free of visible decomposition or contamination, and properly identified with a Min- nesota DNR registration tag. Processors will reject deer for the donation program that appear to have been mishandled in any way. Hunters are strongly advised to contact the processor prior to donating the deer. The list of pro- cessors accepting deer will be reg- ularly updated as more processors register. Staff photo heroically taken by Marguerite Laabs.