Calling Contest Location

Priarie Pothole Day is happy to be hosting the 2015 Minnestoa State and North Star Regional Calling Contest. While excited to be hosting this years contest one challenge has been where to locate the contest at Stoney Ridge Farm. Suggestions have ranged from holding the contest inside the concessions tent to mixing the callers in amongst the black power shooters. After some serious thought, the calling contest is going to be held in Exhibit Area A behind the barn on the Southwest shores of Gryte Lake. The current plan is to erect a stage for the callers at the base of this natural ampitheter. The exact location of the calling contest is shown in the map below. for more information on the contest see the links below.

Calling Contest Map

Prairie Pothole Day - 2015!

Update coming soon...

Youth Shoot

The Youth Trap-Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st, 2015 from 8Am to 12PM at the Willmar Trap Club. Bring your youth for free trap shooting, archery, and other activities. Shells, hearing, and eye protetion will be provided on-site. Please feel free to bring your own shotgun and/or bow, but remember all must be fully cased and unloaded. Following your youths shooting experince enjoy lunch which will be provided on-site.

If you have questions please contact:

  • Lynette Olson - Willmar Trap Cub - 320-796-5918
  • Curt Mackedanze - MN Waterfowl Assoc. - 320-796-6416
  • Lee Thompson - Pheasants Forever - 320-894-6617
  • Dave Lais - Issak Walton League - 320-354-5279
  • Teresa Winzenburg - Little Crow Archers - 320-366-3651

Minnesota State and North Star Regional Calling Conest!

In it's second year as a Minnesota Waterfowl Association Event, the Minnesota State and North Star Regional Calling Contest will be held in a familiar location. The contest will take place at Stoney Ridge Farm in New London, MN on Saturday, September 12th during Priaire Pothole Day.

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association is looking for callers interested in calling in the contest and is looking forward to sending the winners of the Minnesota State Duck and North Star Regional Duck competitions to Stuttgart, AR for the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. Volunteers are also needed to help out on the contest.

If you are interested in registering for the contest click the link(s) below, fill out the registration form, ans send it with your paymwen tot he address below. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Andy Fondrick at or (952) 767-0320.

Minnesota Waterfowl Association
907 First Streen North
Hopkins, MN 55343

Avian Influenza - Update!

The DNR is among five state and federal agencies responding to the state's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenze (HPAI) which began in March of 2015. While a lot is not known about the origin of this virus in Minnesota the DRN is working to determine if wild birds are harboring the virus and to learn as much as possible about it. To see how the DNR is responding to HPAI follow the link below...,

Minnesota Walk In Area Update!

A recent note on the Minnesota DNR Walk-In Access (WIA) Program web page notes that hunters must purchase a WIA validation this fall to hunt WIA sites. Related to ELS Privilege Code 190 this is a nominal $3 fee designed to cover the cost of the license transaction with the remainder to be used for a hunter evaluation next year. The validation also gives DNR and policymakers a way to track the number of hunters whom hunt the WIA's.

Minnesota Walk-In Access Program

Wild Game Recipe Web sites

Now that fall is fully underway and most of us hopefully have some fresh game to cook for our families here is a short list of web sites for new recipes.

Hawk Eye Nature Cam

Hawkeye Nat CamThe Prairie Pothole Chapter has been building, maintaining, and documenting wood duck nesting structures for 30 years in West Central Minnesota. While it is fun to check the nest boxes after the chicks have hatched improvements in camera technology now allow you to watch what is happening inside the cedar boxes. The Hawk Eye Nat Camera is an excellent way to keep an eye on the happenings in your nest boxes. The Chapter is working with Birdhouse Spy Cam out of West Linn, Oregon to supply these cameras in Minnesota. You can learn more about the camera's by following the link to Birdhouse spy cam. If you are interested in a camera for your own project please contact Troy Heck at 320-905-5451.