MN: MWA’s annual Symposium, Hall of Fame set for Feb. 5

Hopkins, Minn. – The duck season may be months away, but
waterfowlers should mark this date on their calendars: Saturday,
Feb. 5.

That’s the date of the 14th annual Minnesota Waterfowl
Symposium, and the day the second class will be inducted into the
Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame.

The symposium will be held at the Ramada Mall of America in
Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s dedicated to Harvey K.
Nelson, who founded the event. He died about two weeks after last
year’s symposium.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the Minnesota
Decoy Collectors Show.

A variety of topics will be covered during the symposium:

• Minnesota DNR Waterfowl Specialist Steve Cordts will discuss
waterfowl status at the state and federal levels;

• Jack Kline, of JK Pine Creel Kennel, will give a dog-training
presentation;

• Tony Rondeau, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
biologist who remains active in conservation activities, will
discuss volunteer opportunities;

• Members of the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association will
discuss decoy collecting;

• Dr. David Fulton, of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife
Research Unit at the University of Minnesota, will detail where the
state is losing participation in waterfowl hunting;

• DNR researcher Charlotte Roy will discuss ring-necked
ducks;

• Cordts will talk about the future of goose regulations in the
state;

• Cordts and Tom Cooper, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
will discuss crane management in the state.

At the end of the symposium is a presentation called “Making the
Shot,” which focuses on things like selecting the proper gun, said
Brad Nylin, MWA executive director. There also will be activity
stations where attendees can learn more about gun fit and gun
mounting.

Hall of Fame

Seven new members of the Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame will
be inducted at an event after the symposium ends. MWA also will
present its annual conservation awards. Hall of Fame inductees
are:

• Bill Stevens, who is the retired conservation programs manager
for Federal Cartridge.

• Harold Duebbert, who is a retired waterfowl researcher. He
worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

• Bob Jessen, who is a former DNR waterfowl specialist.

• Bob Austin, who began a contracting business and did a large
number of wetland restorations.

• John Komarek, who played a large role in MWA over the
years.

• David Maass, who is a wildlife artist.

• Marvin Bernet, who is a well-known duck decoy carver.

For more information on the banquet or symposium, call MWA at
(952) 767-0320.

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