2019 Clays for a Cause turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day--luckily the 18" of snow from the year prior didn't repeat itself! Our sixth event was a ground-breaking year in two ways: (1) it was our biggest year to date, with 150 attendees and 125 shooters; and (2) it was the most money we've ever raised: over $11,184 was raised for an addition to the Hillman WPA in Big Stone County. The parcel will provide 160-acres of excellent uplands and big game hunting opportunities in western Minnesota.
2018 Clays for a Cause was a dramatic year for the fundraiser, having to be rescheduled due to 18 inches of snow on April 12 in the Twin Cities. The alternate date in May, still managed to raise our biggest amount yet: $10,630.00 towards an addition to the Irruption Wildlife Management Area in Murray County. This acquisition created an expansive wildlife corridor, by connecting the Irruption WMA to 320 acres of permanently protected easements. The parcel will provide excellent uplands and big game hunting opportunities, and is part of a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Forever and Red Rock Rural Water.
TIGER MARSH WMA
2017 Clays for a Cause raised $5,976.20 towards the acquisition of over 15 acres as part of the Tiger Marsh Wildlife Management Area. This acquisition permanently protected habitat directly adjacent to 575-acre Tiger Lake in Carver County. The project consists of 5.8 acres of existing wetlands and cropped acres that will be restored to grasslands. This area was acquired by Pheasants Forever and managed for prairie and wetland restoration-- Clays for a Cause contributed towards the restoration, enhancement, and continued management of this WMA to benefit wildlife such as upland game, waterfowl, deer and small game.
JAMES MEGER WMA
2016 Clays for a Cause raised $4,032.19 towards the creation of the 155-acre James Meger Wildlife Management Area. This land honors wildlife painter James Meger's legacy, providing habitat to the wildlife he celebrated and providing a public hunting area which will inspire generations of hunters to come! Clays for a Cause’s contribution went toward restoring and enhancing the WMA to benefit upland game, waterfowl, deer, small game and watchable wildlife and to establish natural buffers to improve water quality. The WMA was ceremoniously opened to the public for hunting and dedicated to Meger’s memory at the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Opener, which the Clays for a Cause Board was honored to attend.
MAPLE LAKE WMA
2015 Clays for a Cause raised $2,743.97 towards a 160-acre land addition to the Maple Lake Wildlife Management Area. This land parcel is directly adjacent to the 850-acre Robert E. Ney County Park Reserve and the current 250-acre Maple Lake WMA. This parcel addition allowed for over 100 acres of cropland to be converted to native grassland abutting a high resource value wetland, creating habitat and improving water quality in the entire local watershed. Conveniently located, it is just 3 miles north of downtown Maple Lake, in a rural area right on the western edge of the metro in Wright County.
MN VETERANS WMA
2014 Clays for a Cause raised $4,197.19 towards the purchase and restoration of the 604-acre Minnesota Veterans State Wildlife Management Area. Located in Wright County near Clearwater, this property now consists of diverse, high-quality restored native prairie as well as a combination of mature oak woodland and riparian zones, with the Clearwater River running through. A beneficial habitat addition, this WMA is part of a habitat corridor that includes the neighboring 1,000-acre Succonix WMA, and stretches to include the Hoglund WMA and the river corridors. The Veterans State WMA was ceremoniously opened to the public during the Summer of 2014, which the Clays for a Cause Board was honored to attend.