Deer hunters brought photos to the Lakeland General Store in Dunvilla. The store is having a drawing to win prizes for those that come into the store to register deer.
Bowers family enjoys final season on clan’s ancestral land; with 80 acre parcel’s sale pending to Maplewood State Park
Deer season 2018 was a bittersweet one for the extended Bob Bowers family–who have owned land within the Maplewood State Park boundaries for decades.
The land will soon be sold to the state of Minnesota and become part of Maplewood park–ending the extended family’s long hunting tradition there.
Bowers himself has hunted the land for 48 years, and 2018 marked his first year on the deer stands with grandson Parker Hunter, age 10. Among other lessons of the great outdoors, Parker learned a bit about patience and ensuring a clean, accurate shot when hunting deer–as he and grandpa waited patiently and held fire all weekend.
The first weekend, Nov. 3-4 at the ancestral hunting grounds in Maplewood Township, the Bowers-Hunter and company hunting party–which included Dad Travis Hunter–spotted about 25 deer, but only took one. Presumably, they will have more success the second weekend.
The land that will now become public park property, is located in the Fladmark Lake area. Bowers married into the Fladmark family.
The 80 acre parcel is one of the few privately held tracts of land within the Maplewood park boundaries, located on the southeast corner of Maplewood. Since the early 1960s, when the park was established, the state has acquired land over the decades for public recreation and conservation–to the point that the park now totals more than 1,000 acres.
—Louis Hoglund, managing editor