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First Camp Ripley archery deer hunt is another success

Updated: October 25, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Archery hunters at the special Camp Ripley deer hunt last week bagged 287 whitetails -- the same number as last year

And the 13 percent success rate for the 2,100 hunters also was about the same as last year

"Almost everything about this year's first hunt was identical to last year,'' said Beau Liddell, DNR area wildlife manager

There was one difference

"Fewer really big bucks were registered,'' Liddell said
And the antlerless harvest increased by 3 percent

Still, it was the third-highest harvest on record for the first two-day hunt

A second two-day hunt runs this Saturday and Sunday
There were 33 fewer hunters this year Sixty-seven percent of the deer killed were antlerless and 33 percent were bucks Twenty percent were adult bucks

Among big bucks taken were a 210-pounder shot by Dylan Laudenbach of Coon Rapids, a 208-pounder killed by Adam Pickar of Brainerd, a 205-pounder taken by John Haus of Sauk Rapids and a 203-pounder shot by Joseph Barton of Fridley

Don't wait to buy

DNR officials have again urged the state's 500,000 deer hunters to buy their hunting licenses early and avoid lines The firearms season opens Nov 5 Licenses are $27 and can be bought at license agents around the state, or by phone at 888-665-4236, or online at wwwmndnrgov/buyalicense Hunters who buy by phone or Internet will receive their deer tags by mail, which can take five to 10 business days

Corn harvest

Good news for deer and pheasant hunters: Minnesota's corn harvest is way ahead of schedule As of Monday, the harvest was 79 percent complete, compared to 73 percent last year and 43 percent on average


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Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.

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