You will find the link for the survey in the blue member links menu after you login.
This survey is absolutely 100% anonymous. Returning hunters will know this to be true. So please be honest in your responses. The City Council wants information about wounding rates. The MNDNR wants your input on the state of the herd. What do you think about the Metro designation and the Earn-a-Buck requirement? What are your recommendations for hunter densities in some of the DHAs? Well, here’s your opportunity to provide your input.
Please only complete this survey ONCE.
You must login before you will see the link for the year-end survey located in blue member links menu in.
The survey will remain open for participation until January 15, 2018. Which, coincidentally, is also the deadline for two other requirements:
- All of your stands and climbing sticks must be removed from the public woods
- You must check in with your Hunt Coordinator
Multiple hunters have also asked about checking in with the HC’s if you didn’t hunt or harvest any animals. Why do you need to even bother? Well, the ABA needs to know that you have zero animals or that you never hunted. Perhaps you forgot to register your deer. And while we think you are at zero deer, you actually did harvest one. Everyone, including landowners hunting ONLY their private property, are required to check in with the Hunt Coordinators. Failure to do so will result in loss of “returning” status in 2018.
The online Land Owner Permission form is now available. You can also access the form here:
2017 Land Owner Permission Registration
Make sure and register any private property you gain permission to hunt on as per the rules manual.
Primary Orientation Date
6:30pm Wednesday August 2, 2017
Make-Up Orientation Date
4:30pm Sunday August 13, 2017
2920 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55806
For more information see the Orientation page.
We have a few lined up, but most DHAs are still in need of someone to take the reins for the day-to-day management. This typically isn’t an onerous task. Most HC’s just have to deal with end-of-the-year reporting requirements. But should a hunter have conflicts with another hunter or landowner, often you’d be the first point-of-contact for the hunter(s). We will point out that in every incident over the last 12 seasons where an HC has rendered a decision regarding discipline issues between hunters, the ABA Board has ALWAYS backed and supported the original decision of the HC.
You may be asked to help track a wounded deer, or assist with forming a posse to do so. Generally, the ABA gets a report of an incident from the City or the PD. We’d likely contact you first to see if you know or have heard of anything.
Anyone want to step up and help the ABA with being a Hunt Coordinator? Contact us!
Please note, this is a tentative roster. All this means is that you’ve been placed into the Hunt contingent upon you attending one of the two mandatory Orientation Nights. At this point, your checks will be turned over to the City of Duluth.
2017 Tentative Roster
Please look up your info. It is sorted alphabetically by last name, but only the first three letters are displayed. Are you still in the DHA you think you were placed into last night? For all past hunters, is your Hunter ID correct? Even for those folks that have skipped a year or three, I like to keep your Hunter ID the same as in past seasons. Just helps out my master database. But I may have accidentally overlooked a few of you, especially for those that are prone to apply as “Bob” one year, and “Robert” the next. Please let me know if you need a Hunter ID number changed.
Download the 2017 Rules. Please be aware of them. Come to Orientation Night with any questions. We’ll answer them at that time in a public venue. If you have the question, likely 200 others do as well.
Respectfully, Bork and the ABA Board of Directors
When: 7:30pm Wednesday May 17, 2017
Where: Duluth City Hall Room 303
ABA board of directors will be hosting a meeting to discuss hunter number reductions for the upcoming season. Given the 2016 wind storm and the damage sustained, as well as a loss of public lands due to development and bike trails, the ABA Board feels some DHAs simply cannot comfortably handle previous hunter numbers. The Board will be meeting to discuss this topic at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, 17 May, in Conference Room 303 at the Duluth City Hall. This meeting is open to the public.
The online application is now live. Remember you have until June 27 to take your proficiency test and 6:00pm June 30, 2017 to have your online application submitted AND part 2 of the application printout received at our P.O. Box location.
Materials have been delivered to Chalstrom’s and Custom Archery for proficiency testing to begin. Get in early and get it done.
Proficiency testing likely won’t start until March 18. Application links Part 1 and Part 2 will not be live until later this month.