Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center

Posted September 29, 2014 By NewsEngine

GREENWOOD – This morning, Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Rep. David Wilson, DNREC conservation partners and shooting sports enthusiasts to dedicate a formerly privately-owned shooting sports range and conservation education center near Greenwood as the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, downstate Delaware’s first and only state-owned public shooting sports range.

Developed over a period of about 30 years by former owner Bill Wolter, the 104-acre property was purchased by the state late last year and is operated under a public-private partnership between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and two commercial businesses, Owens Station Sporting Clays, which operates the range, and Turtle Creek Retrievers, which offers professional sporting dog training and kennel services. The Division’s Sussex County hunter education courses also are held at the facility.
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Changes greet hunters at Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt

Posted September 29, 2014 By NewsEngine

A number of new changes will greet goose hunters at the Lac qui Parle Refuge controlled hunt this year, including elimination of the need to register for blinds in advance, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The key changes are that hunters will no longer need to apply for blinds in advance, register at the main office or pay the $3 blind fee. There will be no morning or afternoon drawings. And the controlled hunt area boundaries will be smaller.

The 2014 goose season within the Lac qui Parle Refuge runs from Thursday, Oct. 16, through Tuesday, Dec. 30.
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October to be proclaimed Children in Nature month

Posted September 29, 2014 By NewsEngine

DOVER – Governor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation declaring October as “Children in Nature Month” in Delaware. To mark the designation, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation and other partners that comprise the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition will offer public programs designed to get children outdoors and into the beautiful fall weather.

“We want Delaware to be a leader in helping children reconnect with nature,” said Governor Markell. “Our vision – and that of the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition – is that this and future generations of Delaware’s youth will have an active and meaningful outdoors experience that leads to better health and a better quality of life for them and their families.“
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