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Oct 19-22 - Early antlerless-only deer hunting season. Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “This hunt aims to reduce the deer population because of high deer densities that damage agricultural crops and other resources in three of these permit areas,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “This year the hunt includes permit area 603 as one of several ways to reduce deer numbers to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease.” Populations in permit areas 346, 348 and 349 have been over the population goals established in 2014 for multiple seasons. The antlerless-only season would help move populations toward established goals and provide additional hunting opportunity.
To participate, hunters must possess at least one valid unused early antlerless permit. Bonus permits may be used but hunters must possess at least one valid unused early antlerless permit. Public land is limited in the early antlerless hunt areas and hunters need to ask permission to hunt private lands.
In the early antlerless deer hunt, only antlerless deer may be taken, and hunters may use up to five early antlerless permits. Deer harvested during the special season do not count toward a hunter’s statewide limit during other deer seasons. Early antlerless deer permits cost $7.50 for residents, $40 for nonresidents, and may be purchased wherever hunting licenses are sold. Hunters in permit area 603 must have their adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603. CWD testing during the early antlerless and youth season outside the CWD zone is not required.  Mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season in these areas. Individuals can voluntarily have deer tested for CWD through the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of Minnesota for a fee. More information is available online at vdl.umn.edu or by telephone at 612-625-8787. The DNR has not yet made a decision about whether to have a late antlerless-only season in  permit areas 346, 348 and 349 this winter. All deer harvested during the early antlerless-only season must be tagged with an early antlerless or bonus permit, or disease management permit if the deer was taken in permit area 603. Hunters also must have a valid archery, firearms or muzzleloader deer license to participate. The early antlerless season coincides with the four-day special youth deer season. More information can be found at mndnr.gov/deer.

October 19-22 - youth deer hunting season. Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Youth deer season is about putting the youth’s hunting experience first,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Many students get a couple days off school for teacher workshops during the youth season so the long break is a great time to plan a hunt that can teach valuable skills and help grow a youth’s interest in the outdoors.” Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission. Youth ages 10 through 15 must obtain a deer license. Youth ages 12 to 15 need to have completed firearms safety or, if not, can obtain an apprentice hunter validation. During the youth season, a parent, guardian or mentor age 18 or older must accompany the youth and only need a license if the youth is taking advantage of the apprentice validation option. Party hunting on a youth license is not allowed – so youth must take and tag their own deer. The bag limit for the youth season is one deer only. Youth may use their regular license or a bonus permit if they take an antlerless deer, regardless of the management designation. Bucks must be tagged with the youth’s regular license. Participation does not affect eligibility for the regular deer season; however, the harvested deer counts against the youth’s annual statewide bag limit and the bag limit for the deer permit area. If hunting in permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603, the early antlerless only season is in effect from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, so adults and youth can hunt at the same time in these areas; however, if a youth harvests a deer and wishes to continue hunting during the early antlerless only season they must purchase an early antlerless permit.  Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603. CWD testing during the youth season is not required in the other permit areas where mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season. More information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.

Oct 20 - Entry Deadline. DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 walleye stamp. Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75. Walleye stamps are available year-round and are not required to be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses. “Walleye stamps help fund an account used only for walleye stocking,” said Neil Vanderbosch, fisheries program consultant for the Department of Natural Resources. “We use the money to buy walleye from certified private producers that we stock in lakes.” The stamp contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. The walleye must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota lakes and rivers. Artists are not allowed to use any photographic, digital, or electronic imagery product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155. Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, and online at mndnr.gov/stamps

Oct 20-22 - Moose Madness Family Festival. Visit Cook County - 116 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Throughout Moose Madness weekend, there are events for everyone. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic with the weekend centered on earning and spending  moose bucks.  Kiddos can earn moose bucks by participating in scavenger hunts, races, and arts activities all around town. Moose bucks can then be spent on prizes at Moose Headquarters aka the Visitor Information Center in Grand Marais. But wait, there s more! In addition to the activities at the Information Center, there are fun things to do all around town. The Lake Superior Zoomobile will be at East Bay Suites on Friday from 2-5pm. The Moose Medallion hunt begins Friday morning at 9am and goes until the Medallion is found. The annual Moose Mosey will be Saturday at 2pm. There are more details on all of these events plus a few more inside. Most importantly, Moose Madness Festival encourages families to unplug and play. Reconnect by doing the planned activities, enjoying the outdoors or learning a few facts about our celebrated mascot. Moosey memories are waiting to be made! Moose Madness Medallion Hunt begins at 9am on Friday morning!! For the sleuths in the crowd, the moose madness medallion hunt is a hoot. The first clues are released at 9am on Friday morning and go on until it is found! Find the medallion? Bring it to Moose Central to claim your prize! Katie Krantz, 218-387-2788. https://www.visitcookcounty.com/event/moose-madness/

Oct 25 - DNR invites public input on recreational trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public input meeting about the future of motorized and nonmotorized trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests and other state forest lands in Wadena County. The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Menahga Public School, 216 Aspen Ave. SE, Menahga. Potential changes to trails within the planning area include adding new trails, connecting trails to facilities and amenities, and rerouting or closing unsustainable trails. Comments received at the meeting will be used to develop a draft recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to forest trail designations must be made by commissioner’s orders. Written comments may be submitted by fax to 651-297-1157, by email to foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us or by mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039. The DNR will accept written comments through Wednesday, Nov. 8.  For more information: Contact Tim Williamson, acquisition and development specialist, Parks and Trails Division, 218-308-2369. Visit the Minnesota State Forest Trail Revisions Project webpage at www.mndnr.gov.

Oct 27 - Ticket Deadline. Welcome to Deer Camp Dinner and a Shot at a Lifetime Deer Hunting License. Buying a ticket to dinner at the Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener could lead to a lifetime deer hunting license for a lucky attendee. The event's Welcome to Deer Camp dinner begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. and a prime rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $35 and can be purchased locally at the Visit Grand Rapids office or found online along with more event information at www.mngovernorsdeeropener.com. Before dinner, everyone is welcome to the Outdoor Expo that starts with arrows flying at 3-D targets at 3 p.m. by National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) students in an exhibition competition of this fast growing sport. People will have opportunities to rub elbows with local vendors of the outdoors, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) staff, see a demonstration with butcher Bill Hesselgrave, cast your vote for your favorite smoked sausage provided by local meat shops and attendees can view the DNR and Turn-In-Poachers traveling Wall of Shame, an exhibit of impressive, yet illegally taken, animals. The DNR will have a replica of the world record eight-point whitetail antlers on-site that came from an illegally harvested deer in Goodhue County in 2009. The Minnesota Official Measurers will also be on site scoring antlers so bring your trophy to have it officially scored and entered into the records. At 5:30 p.m., visitors, citizens and guests are invited to wear their blaze orange/pink and gather in front of the Timberlake Lodge to take part in a Sea of Blaze Orange photo with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The event is being hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton and is a partnership among the DNR, MDHA, Explore Minnesota Tourism and Visit Grand Rapids. The last day to order dinner tickets is Friday, Oct. 27. A very limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Purchasing dinner tickets allows a chance to be eligible for that lifetime deer license which will be given away by emcee and outdoor radio host from Hubbard Broadcasting, Brian Moon. Additional parking will be available at Super One Foods with a shuttle provided to transport attendees to and from the Timberlake Lodge. More information from the DNR about deer is available at mndnr.gov/deer. The Governor's Deer Hunting Opener promotes hunting and tourism and is being hosted by Governor Mark Dayton and is a partnership among the DNR, the MDHA and its local chapters, Explore Minnesota, Grand Rapids community and partners. To learn more about the event visit www.mngovernorsdeeropener.com. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501C(3), non-profit conservation organization that is dedicated to building our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy. For more information about MDHA or to locate your nearest MDHA chapter, visit www.mndeerhunters.com or call 800-450-3337.

Oct 30 - Application Deadline. Apply now to serve on DNR fish work groups. Volunteers can apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. There are individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one focused on both northern pike and muskellunge. New members are needed for all of these work groups except the panfish group. “Fisheries work group members have valuable discussions about topics like fish habitat, bag limits, water quality, fishing’s ties to local economies and angler trends,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief. “These groups improve the DNR’s relationship with citizens and they go in-depth on fisheries issues and angler points of view.”     Volunteers can apply to one of the groups from Monday, Oct. 2, to Monday, Oct. 30. Each group of about 15 people will include volunteers and DNR staff who meet two or three times per year to discuss new research, population, harvest trends and fisheries management. Meetings average three to four hours, not including travel time. Applicants must be Minnesota residents age 18 or older.
Participants will be selected by the DNR and can serve a term of either two or three years. The groups are advisory and do not make decisions on policy or fish management. For more information or an application form, visit mndnr.gov/fishgroups or call 651-259-5182.

Oct 31 - Call of the Wildflowers geocaching program ends Oct. 31. New program coming this spring. As the wildflower season comes to an end, so will a popular high-tech treasure hunt at the DNR’s state parks and trails. For three years, park and trail visitors have been finding and collecting wildflower cards in camouflaged containers (aka “geocaches”) hidden at 81 locations statewide as part of the Call of the Wildflowers geocaching program. Those hoping to complete their card collection have until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to find any last geocaches before the program ends. A new geocaching program will be launched this spring. Geocaching involves using a global positioning system (GPS) unit to hunt for the caches, which are typically water-tight containers camouflaged to make them challenging to find. Many state parks loan out GPS units and offer Geocaching 101 programs that provide hands-on instruction for first-time geocachers.
The Call of the Wildflowers is the fourth statewide geocaching program to be offered at state parks since 2008. Previous programs included the Geocaching History Challenge presented by Best Buy (for which the collectible cards featured historic facts and photos about each state park), the Geocaching Wildlife Safari (with cards featuring animals, reptiles and amphibians), the Avian Adventure (featuring bird cards), and the Call of the Wildflowers (featuring wildflower cards). “Families have poured into the parks and trails to explore the outdoors while learning about plants and pollinators native to Minnesota,” said Jennifer Conrad, interpretive services coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “By getting out to find the geocaches hidden at Minnesota state parks and trails, people accumulate not just a collection of cards, but also a collection of memories about the time they spent together.” While supplies last, pollinator award cards (for finding 10, 20, 40, 60 and 81 caches) will be available at the state parks designated as “geocaching checkpoints.” For more information, visit mndnr.gov/geocaching or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

Nov 2 - Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Features Bad Axe Award Competition, Blaze Orange Selfie. Anyone can show off outdoor skills, take aim at some trivia and try to hit some bullseyes by competing for the Bad Axe Award during the Deer Hunting Expo at the Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Thursday, Nov. 2, at Timberlake Lodge. The expo runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and is open and free to the public. The Bad Axe competition encompasses outdoor and wildlife trivia, Grand Rapids area trivia and shooting skills that will be a challenge for any outdoor enthusiast or area expert."People can come celebrate the state's deer hunting tradition," said Mike Kurre, mentoring coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "This fun event lets people show off their shooting skills and trivia knowledge, and people can also take blaze-orange or blaze pink selfie photos." Area student archers will lead off the festivities with a 3D target competition to highlight the National Archery in the Schools Program at 3 p.m. at the Timberlake Lodge. The expo features a variety of deer hunting-related booths and activities, a white-tailed deer butchering demonstration by professional butcher Bill Hesselgrave, and a sausage tasting competition with local meat vendors competing for the best of the best in Grand Rapids. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and DNR staff at wildlife talks highlighting habitat projects and deer management. Among the other free on-site activities will be air rifle range from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a laser shooting range arranged by the DNR Enforcement division, archery range provided by Cabela's, a 4-H exhibit, horse-drawn wagon rides, an interpretive Forest History Center activity from the turn of the century logging days, along with an ATV simulator provided by ATV Association of Minnesota with DNR that simulates trail riding and safety. The Minnesota Official Measurers also will be on site scoring antlers so bring your trophy down to have it officially scored and entered into the records.  In addition, attendees can view the DNR and Turn-In-Poachers traveling Wall of Shame, an exhibit of impressive, yet illegally taken, animals. The DNR will also have a replica of the world record eight-point whitetail antlers on site that came from an illegally harvested deer in Goodhue County in 2009. At 5:30 p.m., visitors, citizens and guests are invited to wear their blaze orange and gather in front of the lodge to take part in a Sea of Blaze Orange/Pink photo with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The Welcome to Deer Camp dinner begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. and a prime rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $35 tickets and can purchased locally at the Visit Grand Rapids office or found online along with more event information at www.mngovernorsdeeropener.com. The last day to order dinner tickets is Friday, Oct. 27. A very limited number of tickets may be available at the door. On-air outdoor radio talent Brian Moon will emcee the Welcome to Deer Camp dinner. As an added incentive, a life-time resident deer hunting license will be given away to one lucky deer hunter who purchased a dinner ticket. More information from the DNR about deer is available at mndnr.gov/deer. The Governor's Deer Hunting Opener promotes hunting and tourism and is being hosted by Governor Mark Dayton and is a partnership among the DNR, the MDHA and its local chapters, Explore Minnesota, Grand Rapids community and partners. To learn more about the event visit www.mngovernorsdeeropener.com. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501C(3), non-profit conservation organization that is dedicated to building our hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy. For more information about MDHA or to locate your nearest MDHA chapter, visit www.mndeerhunters.com or call 800-450-3337.

Nov 10-12 - 5th Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival. Lutsen and Grand Marais, MN. Visitors who brave the onset of pre-winter will have front-row seats to the world s largest freshwater fury at the fifth annual Lake Superior Storm Festival in Lutsen and Grand Marais. This is the time of year when Lake Superior unleashes; the skies turn dark, pressure systems collide, causing howling wind, 15-foot waves to emerge, and icy waves lash on the rocks. Katie Krantz, 218-387-2788.

Nov 17-18 - Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo. Presented by Clam Outdoors. Join us in November at the National Sports Center. The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is coming back to the National Sports Center! Check out the latest gear for 2018 and get unbelievable deals - direct from the manufacturers. Stick around for great pro seminars, learn tips and tricks and catch more fish this winter. All the biggest Clam Ice Fishing Pros will be on site during the show. Bring the whole family - fun for kids and adults. You won't want to miss this! Stay up-to-date on the latest info about the expo on our Facebook Page - Hard Water Expo - Click here to visit.

Expo highlights

  • Huge collection of shelters and wheelhouses
  • Seminars and appearance from Ice Team Pros
  • Kids trout fishing pond
  • Check out the industries' latest gear including augers, tackle, rods, reels, sleds, trailers, finders and electronics
  • Environmental education
  • Guides and resort destinations
  • Product demonstrations
  • Free parking

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Nov 30 - Grant Application Deadline. DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program. About $450,000 will be available for projects to begin after Sept. 1, 2018. Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 30. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management. The priority in 2018 is on protecting lives and property across the entire coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding and erosion. The priority also includes addressing hazardous situations at coastal public access sites. Projects that positively impact the natural, economic, recreational or cultural resources of Minnesota’s coastal area are also eligible for funding. The coastal area covers portions of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties and the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. Local, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, area-wide and regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, joint powers boards, and sanitary sewer districts are eligible to apply. Grant requests can vary from $10,000 to $100,000. Applicants must provide 50 percent of the total project costs from a non-federal source.   “Minnesota’s coastal area is an economic driver, important natural resource and recreational draw for residents and visitors alike,” said Amber Westerbur, coastal program manager. “By focusing our efforts on protecting lives and property through hazard mitigation, we can engage our local partners in finding local solutions that fit shared needs.” Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program has dispersed more than $12 million in grants to more than 500 projects since 1999. Recent grant awards have funded projects such as updating community stormwater management plans and improving scientific understanding of coastal forest seeds for improved adaptive management. Application materials and additional details are available at www.mndnr.gov/mlscp. Questions about the grant process can be directed to Amber Westerbur, program manager, at 218-834-1445 or mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us. For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, visit www.mndnr.gov/mlscp.

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TOURNAMENTS
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To view the Official Ice Fishing Tournament Guide visit www.icefishingtournamentguide.com

January 20-21 - Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Get Hooked! at the annual Saratoga Ice Fishing Derby.  January will be your opportunity to compete for the $2,000.00 first prize for catching the largest fish during the two-day derby.  Prove your skills at Saratoga Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming while competing for over $6000.00 in guaranteed cash prizes and up to $35,000 in additional prize money.  The big prize money is $2000 for first place, $1000 for second and $500 for third. Registered fishermen have more opportunities to win catch one of only three Trophy Trout during the Derby and it could be worth $20,000 or $10,000 or $5,000!  Keep your eyes open for the many Bounty Fish-- a fish with a pink tag behind the dorsal fin the first Bounty Fish to be caught and verified during the derby and is worth $500!  Stacy Crimmins. 307-326-8855.


Frankie's Tuesday Night Bass League
For more information or to signup please go to our website at www.frankies.net click on tournaments button or email Don Knutson at don@frankiesboats.com  

Ultimate Panfish League. Rochester, MN area lakes
http://tylerholmoutdoors.com/uplr/news_schedule.html
Tyler Holm, 605-216-2581 http://tylerholmoutdoors.com/uplr/
Please see all the information at the following link: UPLR News and Schedule

Ice Duels - MN, SD and WI. Combining elements from sports tournaments, ice fishing derbies and professional ice fishing circuits, Ice Duels rewards your ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions and opponents. Ice Duels are held on pre-assigned courts in a designated area for 30 minute rounds. On one court you may be fishing crappies in 11 feet of water and in the next round,and on another court, yellow perch in 22 feet. It’s fast, it’s unique and it’s likely the most challenging fishing conditions you have ever faced. Do you have what it takes? Find out at www.iceduels.com . Sign up, sit down, catch fish.

The Twin Ports Walleye Association (TPWA) Walleye Fishing Tournaments
The TPWA is made up of walleye anglers, both men and women, who share their enthusiasm for recreational as well as competitive walleye fishing in and around the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). The TPWA’s main focuses are education and protection of our fishing resources. In addition, the TPWA promotes safe, ethical and enjoyment of the sport of walleye fishing. The TPWA has partnered with other local organizations such as, Take a Kid Fishing, Courage Center Duluth, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 137 and the Duluth areas Fishery Biologist supporting their clean-up efforts. Dave Nelson, president TPWA at 218-391-6874

Chilakoot Bowhunters Public 3D Shoots
Somerset, WI - A club for the whole family, dedicated to the sport of archery!
www.chilakootbowhunter.org

Full Throttle Bass and Walleye
Join Full Throttle Fishing group page on Facebook for timely updates, tournament information, photo's, and tips at http://www.facebook.com/groups/FTfishing/ For more information, standings, results, and rules and entry forms go to our website at  http://ftfishing.com

Wings North 
Call to book your next outing!  320-629-4868.

Ultimate Panfish League, Rochester, MN
Contact Tyler Holm, 605-216-2581, http://tylerholmoutdoors.com

The Ultimate Panfish League - Rochester is an event for locals to join in some semi-competitive fishing fun. Individuals compete with others seeking panfish in a 100% payback league that is fun for all ages. No "year-round" standings and no obligations, this is an event-by-event league.

Fishing For Life
For info: Visit www.fishingforlife.org

B-DAWGIN BASS SERIES. MN Metro Area Bass Series. Facebook- Twin City Fishing. Website-www.twincityfishing.com Tom Conboy, 651-336-0585.

Fishers of Men
Team bass tournaments in the MN area. For more information go to www.MNFOM.com or contact NaCole Schutz, 763-566-9141.

Ultimate Angler Challenge
For more information: www.ultimateanglerchallenge.com or call Doug at 218-390-9973.

Super Slam Bass Tour
MN bass tour featuring huge payouts.
Contact Brenda Halstead at Kasten4bass@hotmail.com or 320-679-2207

Northstar Walleye Classic, Wigwam Resort, Lake of the Woods
Kevin Olmstead at 218-634-9457 or Wigwam Resort at 218-634-2168

NORTH DAKOTA: A list of permitted fishing tournaments can now be viewed on the Department’s webpage www.gf.nd.gov This list will be updated each Monday.  For future, please refer to the Department’s website for tournament information.

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Classes & Training

Sign up for a hunter safety course
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is never too early to sign up for a hunter safety course. In general, anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, needs a firearms certificate to hunt game with a firearm in Minnesota.“Many people fail to consider enrolling in a course until the weather turns cool in late September,” said Acting Capt. Jon Paurus, DNR education program coordinator. “Unfortunately, most courses have either begun or are full by then, and the opportunity to hunt during the fall may be diminished.” Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting or online. The firearms safety classroom course includes at least 12 hours of classroom instruction and a field day, which teaches the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility. The field day allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range. The online course is not intended to replace traditional classroom instruction, but does give another option for students. It provides the same information as the classroom course for youth and adults interested in learning more about hunting. “Today’s students are computer savvy, so online training is just part of the DNR’s evolving firearms safety education program,” Paurus said. Once the online examination is passed, students attend a field day where they apply what they have learned in a series of hunting scenarios testing firearms safety, safe hunting skills and tree stand safety. “It’s online training, but the course still heavily depends on the human interaction and guidance provided by dedicated, experienced volunteer instructors during the field day,” Paurus said. Field days are limited and hunter safety classes fill-up fast. Find a class by visiting http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html, or by calling 651-296-6157 or
888-646-6367.

Online firearms safety hunter course available for adults
Minnesota residents 18 and older can now take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ firearms (DNR) safety hunter education course online. The new training option includes a virtual field day that emphasizes responsible gun handling and hunting safety. Students who complete the course are issued a voucher that they can use to complete their certification immediately or attend an instructor led field day. http://www.huntercourse.com/usa/minnesota

Hunter safety courses
Minnesota hunters born after Dec. 31, 1979, must take a DNR hunter education firearms safety training course and receive a certificate of completion before buying a license for big or small game. Classes are taught by DNR certified volunteers in their local communities. Students, depending on their age, have a few options to become certified. Regardless of which option they choose the course provides them with basic safe firearms handling skills, wildlife identification, outdoor skills and responsibility that accompanies hunting and firearms use. Classes fill-up fast. To find a class, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

DNR Safety Training Events
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/events/index_safety.html

EDUCATION & SAFETY TRAINING
www.dnr.state.mn.us/es/index.html

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/training.html

HUNTER EDUCATION & SAFETY CLASSES
www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/index.html

PERMIT TO CARRY TRAINING
See website www.permittocarry.org - Laura Ramirez, 218-252-1631

Sign Up for Winter BOW
More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt at (701) 328-6312, Brittany Fish at (701) 527-3075, or email ndgf@nd.gov.

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Minnesota DNR Events

Archery in the Parks
Trained archery instructors will provide an introduction to archery, along with assistance in shooting a bow in a safe, supervised and supportive setting at these free programs. No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided. For program dates, times, locations and other information, visit dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/archeryintheparks.html


DNR archery series for women
BOW offers a wide ranges of outdoor skill classes in fishing, hunting and outdoor recreational activities. Visit www.mndnr.gov/bow on the DNR website to see list of 2014 BOW classes or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the 2014 catalog.


Minnesota state parks and trails to host winter candlelight events for all ages
Additional information can be found at www.mndnr.gov/candlelight.          


I CAN FISH!
dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/can_fish.html


DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) or visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html

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SPECIAL EVENTS

School of Fish
School of Fish, including an information packet, can be secured by contacting Mike Frisch by email at mf4389533@gmail.com or by phone, (218) 731-8141. School of Fish will have an active website and Facebook page in the very near future as well.

School of Fish announces “Walleye Schools”
(Elbow Lake, MN)   School of Fish, one of the Midwest’s leaders in fishing education announced today the addition of a class offering, Walleye Schools, to their already popular School of Fish and School of Fish ON ICE classes. 
“School of Fish and ON ICE are geared towards kids and an adult partner and have proven to be very popular amongst class attendees and host groups” said Mike Frisch, co-founder of School of Fish and co-host of the popular Fishing the Midwest TV series.  “We have also had numerous requests from host groups asking for fishing education for adults and, since our classes are held in the Midwest where the walleye is king, we thought Walleye Schools was a natural addition,” Frisch added.
Walleye School students will learn the basics of finding walleyes by season during the open water year.  Included in that discussion will be instruction in the use of sonar and GPS technologies.  After walleye location is discussed, jigging and live bait rigging presentations, two of the most common Midwestern walleye fishing tactics, will be taught.   Class participants will be given detailed instruction on what equipment to use and provided hands-on instruction on how to fish those presentations. 
The class will conclude with a question and answer session and class sizes will be limited to 30 students to insure that class students receive top instruction. 
“Our goal with Walleye Schools is to show class students in a small group setting the specifics of how to find walleyes and how to catch them using some basic, but very productive walleye fishing techniques,” Frisch stated.  “Ultimately, we want graduates to catch more walleyes!” he concluded.
School of Fish was started in 2013 in Alexandria, MN and has hosted 85 schools to date and graduated over 1,800 “water ready” kids and adults to date.  More information about School of Fish, including how to host a class, can be obtained by calling (218) 731-8141, via email at schooloffish@outlook.com, or by visiting the www.fishingthemidwest.com website and clicking on the School of Fish icon.                               

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TELEVISION

FISHING THE MIDWEST ON ICE. Fishing the Midwest is sponsored by the most progressive fishing equipment and marine suppliers in the world. To find out where you can see Fishing the Midwest ON ICE and Fishing the Midwest, go to fishingthemidwest.com

Outdoor Adventures on www.twincitiesnewstalk.com (iheart Radio)
Fishing reports from Chris Kuduk

Babe Winkelman Outdoor Secrets
For schedule: www.winkelman.com

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
fishingthemidwest.com

RADIO
In the Outdoors Radio, Jerry Carlson
WJON 1240 AM, Thurs 8:35 am, Sun 7:15 am
WWJO (98 Country) 98.1 FM, Sundays, 8:50 am

FISHING THE MIDWEST
Mike Frisch and Bob Jensen of Fishing Midwest Television
Fishing the Midwest Radio is available on radio stations across Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Go to www.fishingthemidwest.com for station and time information. Fishing the Midwest Radio will also be available as a podcast on fishingthemidwest.com.
For more information on Fishing the Midwest, including how radio stations can join the Fishing the Midwest network,  go to www.fishingthemidwest.com

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MEETINGS
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Second Monday of each month - MDHA North Suburban Chapter's Monthly Meeting. Kraus Hartig VFW, 8100 Pleasant View Drive, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432. 7:00 pm. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month except for June and July. MDHA - today helping the hunters of tomorrow. Steve Ranallo, 612-325-2866.

2nd Thursday of each Month (October - April). Scott County Pheasants Forever Chapter Meeting. Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course. 7:30pm. Scott County Pheasants Forever Chapter Meeting - meets the 2nd Thursday of each Month (Oct. - April) @ 7:30pm - Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course; Jordan, MN. Stacy Dvorak, 612.202.6119.

Tuesday Nights - Weekly Trap Shooting. Starting at 6:30 pm at the Hasty - Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club Inc. 10917 Duffield Ave NW, Maple Lake. Contact Jason Neu, 320-267-8145.

Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club Monthly Meeting. Hasty-Silver Creek Sportsmen's Club. Open to the public on the second Wednesday of the month at 8 pm. Looking for new members. Contact: Jason Neu, 320-267-8145.

MN Duck & Goose Caller Association meets the last Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., Cabela's Meeting Room, Rogers. For more info call John Molkenbur, 651-426-0974.

Minnesota Valley In-Fisherman Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Apple Valley American Legion club, 14521 Granada Dr., Apple Valley. Gary, 952-423-3662.

Fishers of Men Twin Cities meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., Lutheran Church of The Master, 1200-69 Ave N. Brooklyn Center. For more info contact John Cummins, 612-670-0707 or www.fishfair.com

Lake Country Retriever Club. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club Restaurant, Prior Lake. For more info www.lcretrieverclub.org or Larry Miller 763-571-7087.

Mississippi Longtails PF meets first Tuesday of each month. 7:30 p.m., The Point on Hwy's 61 & 10 in Hastings. For more info call Dan Richmond, 651-730-4434.

Minnesota Pole Benders Fishing Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St., Lakeville. For more info call Dale, 952-469-4786 or www.minnpolebenders.com

Rapids Archery Club meets the second Monday of each month at the archery building located at the Bunker Hills Regional Park. For more info call Dan, 763-427-0808.

St. Cloud Fly Anglers Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Waite Park Gander Mtn. store. Call Dave Kollmann, 320-252-5906 or Tom Clapp, 320-685-3960 for more info.

Muskies Inc. Southern Crossroads Chapter 54. Meets 2nd Wed. of every month. 7 p.m., Eagles Club, Owatonna. For more info call Jake Loper 507-373-1818.

Four Points Retriever Club meets the third Thursday of the month, Gander Mountain, Maple Grove, MN. For more info call Travis J. Lund, 320-968-7016.

Muskies, Inc. Twin Cities Chapter No. 1 meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., KC Hall, 1114 West 79th St. Bloomington, MN. For more info call George Selcke, 952-933-2608.

Muskies Inc. North Metro Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. 7:30 p.m., KC Hall in Fridley. For more info call 952-469-2155 or www.northmetromuskie.com

West Hennepin Pheasants Forever meets second Monday of every month. 6:30 p.m., at Loree's Bar & Grill in Maple Plain. For more info call Dave Schindler, 952-495-1019.

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