From the Chairman's Deerstand

V6 #1 December 2011


While sitting in my deer stand with the wind trying to blow me out, hearing shots and seeing occasional spotlights drift across the westerly landscape made me start thinking about tribal harvests. You see, my west meadow property abuts the Red Lake Indian Reservation. I can start shooting at proper daylight, but much of the Tribal Harvest is just ending. Huh.


My motherŐs heritage is east coast, and yes, it goes back to the beginning of the history of North America. We are descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Mayflower fame. So, much like the American Indians, they too were looking for a better life in the new world. My motherŐs heritage is 1/4 American Indian, so you see I have descended from multiple spectrums of American History.


The walleye count is down in the latest DNR Mille Lacs Netting Assessments. Duh!


And what did large scale gillnetting on Red Lake do? Tribal estimates say the large lake will again be in major decline over the next 3-5 years. So much for restocking! It has been a slower decline in Mille Lacs only because of the number of gillnets and the time those nets are in the water. When I asked the Executive Director of GLIFWC, during a public meeting, why the netting during the spawn? His response, ŇIts not because of the spawn, it is because it is easier to net fish when they are bunched up in the shallowsÓ (spawning.)


It is a good thing he doesnŐt set other harvesting seasons. Deer? LetŐs hunt them in the spring when the does will be fat and slow (ready to deliver new life in the forest.) Ducks and upland birds in the spring? Shoot them on the nest hoping to only crack a few eggs.


If my ramblings send any kind of message, may it be that two different cultures start out helping each other co-exist, yet go two separate trails to survive. At some point, these two trails must once again come together to harvest under one law.


My deer season? Wind burn, no deer!


Ron, strart asking the hard questions!!



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