Goudy 42pts headThe Pope and Young Club/St. Charles Museum of Bowhunting in Chatfield, Minn., opened to the public in October.

Established in 1961, the Pope & Young Club is a nonprofit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. The club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big-game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

Donald “Ace” Morgan, the club’s president, celebrated the museum’s opening and its future. That future is likely to include interactive and audio/visual enhancements to the museum, creation of wildlife conservation displays, the formation of traveling museum displays and kiosks and program development for youngsters.

Pope & Young Club founder — and the museum’s namesake — Glenn St. Charles, 94, was on hand to commemorate more than four decades of his devotion to protecting bowhunting artifacts.

The museum includes exhibits showing the evolution and resurgence of bowhunting in the past century and includes the largest and most complete broadhead collection available for public viewing anywhere, more than 550 longbows and recurves, representative examples of North American big-game species and much more.

The museum is located at the Pope & Young Club’s national headquarters at 273 Mill Creek Road, Chatfield, Minn. Admission is free and museum hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

For information on the Pope & Young Club, call (507) 867-4144 or visit its Web site at www.pope-young.org

— Ramon Bell

TRIANGLE BURNS PLANNED: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct prescribed burns on two Triangle-area game lands during the next few months.

Commission staff intends to burn 1,478 acres of forest on Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land near Falls Lake and 1,214 acres on Jordan Game Land near Jordan Lake. Depending on weather conditions, the burns could begin this week and will continue intermittently through the second week of May. Owners of adjacent land will be notified before each burn.

Prescribed burning reduces the risk of a forest fire by clearing the forest floor of leaf litter and underbrush, which are the main fuels of an uncontrolled wildfire.

Wildlife also benefits. When fire clears the understory, herbaceous plants can sprout, providing food and cover.

For information, call the commission’s Division of Wildlife Management at (919) 733-7291.

— N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

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