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BANQUETS

March 4 - Stearns County’s 2016 Outstanding Conservationists To Be Honored at Local Banquet. Dan and Crystal Ley of Richmond were named Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2016 Outstanding Conservationist last summer. They will be honored at this year’s Stearns County Pheasants Forever Banquet on Saturday, March 4. The Leys own and operate a dairy farm consisting of 54 cows, 48 heifers and calves, and 20 beef cows. They grow corn, soybeans, and alfalfa on 257 acres that have been completely no-tilled since 2007.  Every acre in corn or soybeans is followed with a drilled or aerially seeded cover crop. Dan and Crystal are recipients of MDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant where they are comparing four different forage cover crops following corn silage and soybeans. The Ley’s have hosted numerous field days on their farm highlighting the benefits of no-tilling and cover crops. Other conservation practices implemented over the years include field borders, grassed waterways, nutrient and integrated pest management, rotational grazing, buffer strips, and becoming a certified farm through the MAWQCP. All of these practices have a positive effect on wildlife, by creating additional habitat, and improving water quality. The Stearns County Pheasants Forever Banquet is open to the public. The banquet will be held at ElmerZ in Sauk Centre, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. For more information about the banquet, please visit http://www.stearnspf.org/banquets/.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the traditional “crowing hour”, dinner and prizes begin at 7:30 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcome.  The evening’s festivities include a live auction, silent auction, and a variety of raffles.  “The banquet is a fun way to spend an evening, sharing hunting stories, eating an excellent meal, raising money for local conservation and maybe even winning a gun,” said Steve Sellnow, president of the Stearns County Chapter.

March 18 - Cannon Falls Sunrise Gobblers NWTF Banquet. Cannon Golf Club. 5pm. Get a free bag of roundup ready corn OR soybeans for attending.  Free gun giveaway for youth and many more prizes! Jay Halbert, 507-951-2494.

March 25 - Rum River Chapter  of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Banquet. The Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin Street NW, Andover, MN. Social  Hour:  4.30  PM. Dinner Hour: 6:00 PM. Program:  6:45 PM. For more info: Ron Schleif  at 763-753-3254.

March 25 - 5th Annual Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet. Holiday Inn - St. Paul East. 5pm - 10pm. New location! More great guns! Fantastic Artwork! Raffles!! Games!! Silent Auction!!  Help support habitat and educate youth and adults on conservation in Minnesota. Sign up online at www.pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/2629 - Daniel Jambor, 763-228-4958.

March 25 - Twin Toms NWTF Banquet. Richfield American Legion. 5:30 pm. Annual banquet with roast beef dinner, silent auction, and raffles! Rich Krossen, 612-203-1703.

April 1 - Minnesota Deer Hunters Banquet. Fergus Falls Eagles Ship, 5:00 PM. Minnesota Deer Hunters Annual Fundraiser Banquet. For more info contact Mike Robertson, 218-205-9728.

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OUTDOOR EVENTS  

Feb 25 - Community Tapping Day. St. John's Outdoor University. Join us for our big community tapping day. No experience necessary, just bring your outdoor clothing and 'sweet' attitude! http://csbsju.edu/outdooru/maplesyrup/education/tappingday

Feb 28 - 2016 fish, game and trapping licenses expire. Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2016 expire Tuesday, Feb. 28. Licenses for 2017 are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. All 2017 fishing licenses become effective Wednesday, March 1. New licenses are required for 2016 hunting and fishing seasons that continue past Feb. 28. Customers who purchase online via a smartphone won’t receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they’ll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. A printed copy of the text or email also can serve as proof of a valid license. License fee dollars support the ongoing work of DNR fish, wildlife and enforcement staff to conserve, enhance and protect our waters, fields and forests. Minnesota State Lottery and Legacy Amendment dollars are not available for the regular costs of doing that work. Learn how the DNR spends license dollars at mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtWork.

Feb 28 - Free Irrigation Clinic Coming to Royalton, Minnesota. Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a FREE Irrigation Clinic on February 28th, 2017 at the American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota (103 North Maple St., Royalton, MN 56373).  The clinic will provide the knowledge, tools and technology to make informed management decisions that can minimize negative environmental impacts while working towards increased profitability. This clinic is designed for current irrigators, those who are interested in becoming an irrigator, and those who work with irrigators. The clinic will feature presentations on irrigation system maintenance, cover crop demonstration plots, soil health practices, mobile irrigation scheduling app for your cell phone or computer, nitrogen fertilizer management plan and economics of irrigation. This clinic is sponsored by Benton SWCD Morrison SWCD and NRCS, along with the help and partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The day begins with registration at 8:30 AM, presentations begin promptly at 9:00 AM and will conclude at 2:30 PM. (A complete agenda is below) Lunch is free however preregistration is required for accurate meal counts.  Please RSVP to Benton SWCD by February 17th, Benton SWCD office hours are 7:00AM-4:30 PM, at 320 968 5300 Ext 3. Or Travis@soilandwater.org - www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov - www.soilandwater.org

Feb 28 - DNR hosting public engagement meeting in Windom to discuss deer management goals. People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan at a public engagement meeting the Department of Natural Resources will host in Windom on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m. “When people think about deer management, hunting often comes to mind,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader. “Although hunting opportunities are an important aspect of the plan, it must also balance a wide variety of perspectives and define collaborative ways to enhance deer management and the habitats that sustain deer.” There will be 12 public engagement meetings throughout the state designed to help the DNR and its Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee accomplish that, Murkowski said. Using input collected from a wide range of stakeholders this summer and fall, committee members are helping the DNR develop an outline of draft deer management goals that will be discussed at each meeting. Meeting participants will be asked for their feedback on the draft goals, including identifying any goals that may have been missed, and suggesting how the department could best achieve each goal. More information about the planning process and the committee is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deerplan. The DNR strives to maintain a healthy wild deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities, while addressing conflicts between deer, people and other natural resources. Habitat management, hunting, research and monitoring are several primary tools used to manage the Minnesota deer population. More information on deer management is on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

March 1 - Entry Deadline. Kids! Get in Touch with Nature Through the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. Annual contest encourages children in grades K through 12 to learn about endangered wildlife and the importance of environmental conservation. Protecting nature is critical to keeping our planet thriving for future generations. What better way to do that than by engaging youth to put their imaginative skills to work for wildlife in the 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The competition provides school children in grades K through 12 an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered wildlife while expressing their knowledge and support for conservation efforts through their artistic and creative talents. It is an integral part of the 12th annual international Endangered Species Day celebration, which will take place on May 19, 2017. Artwork should highlight one or more land- or ocean-dwelling threatened or endangered species — mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, plant or invertebrate — found in the United States. Entries must be submitted electronically no later than March 1, 2017. Organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Coalition, Association of Zoos and Aquariums and International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), the contest promotes national awareness of the importance of saving endangered species across the United States and around the globe. Contest winners will be chosen by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers and conservationists, including renowned marine life artist Wyland; Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna's Into the Wild; David Littschwager, freelance photographer and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine; Susan Middletown, a photographer who has collaborated with Littschwager and whose own work has been published in four books; and Alice Tangerini, botanical illustrator for the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, including entry categories, judging criteria, prizes and the entry form, please visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org. Events will be held across the United States and around the globe by numerous organizations celebrating endangered Species Day, which was first proclaimed by the United States Congress in 2006. Many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting local community programs to visitors on endangered species conservation. To learn more about Endangered Species Day, please visit: www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/index.html

March 2-5 - 52th ANNUAL Red River Valley BOAT, CAMPING & VACATION SHOW. North Dakota’s and Northern Minnesota’s Biggest and Best Sportshow! North Dakota’s and upper Minnesota’s favorite Sportsmen’s Show is back!  March 2-5, 2017 at the FargoDome you will find the very best in resorts, lodges and camps from the Midwest and Canada. Boat Show pricing on the newest fishing boats and pontoons, tackle and electronics and more! RV Show pricing on the best campers and trailers by the area’s best dealers. Great Hunting and Fishing seminars and great fun for the whole family. See you at the show! www.fargosportshow.com

March 4 - 16th Annual Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snow Rally. Lake of the Woods Tourism. The 16th annual Snow Rally will be held at Flag Island Resort on Flag Island on Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a snowmobile radar run, bonfire, goosebump jump, and plenty of activities for kids. A heated tent will be available to everyone if cold weather should arise. Prizes on raffles include a side by side, augers, TV’s, fish houses, and much much more! Flag Island will be serving a buffet all day. All proceeds go to the NW Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Club to support trail maintenance and development. for more information visit the edge riders website at http://nwaedgeriders.org/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestAngleEdgeRiders. To visit our snowmobile page click hereTo visit our main page click here

March 9-12 - 50th ANNUAL Sioux Empire BOAT, CAMPING & VACATION SHOW. South Dakota’s Biggest and Best Sportshow! South Dakota’s favorite Sportsmen’s Show is back!  At the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center you will find the very best in resorts, lodges and camps from the Midwest and Canada. Boat Show pricing on the newest fishing boats and pontoons, tackle and electronics and more! RV Show pricing on the best campers and trailers by the area’s best dealers. Great Hunting and Fishing seminars and great fun for the whole family. See you at the show! www.siouxfallssportshow.com

March 11 - NDGF Offers Wild Game Processing Workshop, Spring Turkey Camp. Wild Game Processing Workshop. Individuals interested in attending an upcoming wild game processing workshop or spring turkey camp sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department should sign up quickly as classes are limited. Participants can register by contacting education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.
Wild Game Processing Workshop
Audience: Anyone 15 years of age and older
Date: Saturday, March 11
Location: Game and Fish District Shop - 3001 E. Main, Bismarck
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Cost of Workshop: $25
Learn how to take harvested game from the field to the table. Participants will take home several packages of fresh sausage.

March 11-12 - The Sugar Tour and Dog Days of Winter Fun. There is more fun to be had this winter at a brand-new event, The Sugar Tour at Oberg Trailhead in Tofte, Minn. and up the road at the Dog Days of Winter Fun at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail Saturday, March 11   12, 2017.  The weekend is packed full of fun winter activities, including: cross-country ski challenges, sled dog derbies, skijoring, a snowman competition, a bonfire and more. March is an exciting month to celebrate longer days, prime snow conditions and warm sunshine,  says Executive Director of Visit Cook County Linda Jurek,  We re looking forward to welcoming families on spring break who can take advantage of lodging specials offered at this time of year. The days are getting warmer and the trails are in prime condition to take a sweet cross-country ski challenge at The Sugar Tour on Saturday, March 11, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m.  The event is located on the Sugarbush Trail where there are over 40 miles of cross-country ski trails winding through the remote Forest Service land in the Lutsen-Tofte area.  Children and adults can choose to participate in the 5k, 8k or an 18k loop, with activities on the shorter loops or the personal challenge of skiing the long loop with treats and hot chocolate at the Oberg Trailhead finish around 2 p.m.  Admission to the event is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 14 and under.  Please click on the link to register up until the day of event: https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/12336.  Dog Days of Winter celebrated on March 12
- Those seeking a day of outdoor activities or simply enjoying the outdoors as a spectator, can head to Dog Days of Winter Fun on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Trail Center Lodge, located halfway up the Gunflint Trail on Poplar Lake. Visitors can participate in Sled Dog Derbies, which include an eight-dog, 23-mile run, a six-dog, 12-mile run, and a four-dog, three-mile run.  All derbies start at 11 a.m. on Sunday and cost $20-$40 to register. There will also be Freestyle skijoring (skate skiing or classic skiing) events, including a two-mile and five-mile race open to all experience levels.  Skijoring costs $10-$15, depending on the race and begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Many activities at this event are FREE of charge. Registration is now open for all events listed.  For more information, see:  http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/?id=3821 Like Dog Days of Winter on Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/Dog-Days-of-Winter-417838185032226/

March 25, April 1 - Maple Syrup Festivals. St. John's Outdoor University. Sap collecting, syrup cooking, horse-drawn rides, demonstrations, and hot maple syrup sundaes await the whole family. http://csbsju.edu/outdooru/education/events/maplesyrupfestival

March 23-26- 2017 Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow®. The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow® returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center March 23-26, 2017.  The Twin Cities  premier spring destination celebrates its 85th birthday with the largest variety of boats, RVs, outfitters and resorts, plus hundreds of the newest products for boating, hunting, fishing and camping. Visitors to this year s sportshow will experience Wolves of the World, an exciting new feature highlighting the history, pack behavior and incredible physical abilities of wolves.   The 2017 sportshow also brings back visitor favorites including the Adventure Trail Pass and Create-A-Crankbait for kids, the always popular Trout Pond, Fishing  Demonstrations by Pros from Tank, the Ducks Unlimited Room, exciting seminar speakers and more. Visit the Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow® website for updates on exhibits, features and speakers.  Thursday, March 23, 1pm 9pm, Friday, March 24, 11am 9pm, Saturday, March 25, 10am 8pm, Sunday, March 26, 10am 5pm. Minneapolis Convention Center. 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.NorthwestSportshow.com or onsite the day of the show.  Cost for tickets:  Adults (16 and older): $14.00. Youth (15 and under): FREE with paid adult Senior Day, (Thursday, March 23rd only, 62+) $11 www.NorthwestSportshow.com                    

April 8- 22nd Annual Fishing & Hunting Collectibles Show. Medina Entertainment Center. 9am-2pm. 22nd annual,over 200 tables of fishing and hunting collectibles with sellers from 10 states. Free appraisals, bring your sporting collectibles for evalations. Additional info at www.americansporting.net   Wally, 651-771-8926.

May 6 - Spring Turkey Camp. Individuals interested in attending an upcoming wild game processing workshop or spring turkey camp sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department should sign up quickly as classes are limited. Participants can register by contacting education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov.
Audience: Female hunter education graduates ages 12-15 who have never had a turkey license
Co-sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation Central Dakota Strutters and Badlands Toms chapters
Date: Saturday/Sunday, May 6-7, must have parent/guardian present
Location: Washburn
Participants and guardians will spend time afield with an experienced turkey hunter. Each participant must apply for a guaranteed youth license in Unit 98 during the spring turkey lottery. The deadline to apply in the lottery is Feb. 8. In addition to the mentored turkey hunt, participants will experience breakout sessions on wild turkey biology, turkey hunting safety and hunting techniques, firearm handling/shooting instruction, and how to build a turkey call.

June 2-4- Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs. Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse. Registration is open for an event that teaches the basics of fly fishing to pairs of youths and adults, from evening on Friday, June 2, to afternoon on Sunday, June 4, near Lanesboro. “The youth and adults are both beginners, so they can struggle and laugh and grow together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Fly fishing lets you catch a variety of fish species and after this class the participants will be ready to fish on their own in lakes, ponds and streams.” To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of June 2, and each youth-adult pair must have less than 10 hours of fly-fishing experience between them.
The registration fee is $130 per pair and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs. Apply online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YAM_FlyWkend2017. For more information, contact Groebner at 507-359-6049 or deborah.groebner@state.mn.us.

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TOURNAMENTS
Post your tournament

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

Warroad Tourney


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


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.

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

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Classes & Training

March, April - Women new to archery or bow hunting can learn basics in DNR classes. Women new to archery or women who want to take their shooting to the next level and start bow hunting can register for classes this spring that will help them hit the mark, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We have two upcoming class series – one for beginning archers and one for women interested in learning to bow hunt,” said Linda Bylander, DNR outreach program coordinator. “Having a supportive atmosphere and tips from experts can really help accelerate the learning process.” The hunting series has three classes for women interested in learning how to bow hunt, with the first class on Saturday, March 4, at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Women enrolled in the hunting series are given priority for the mentored archery spring turkey hunt and mentored fall archery deer hunt. The beginner’s series consists of two classes for women new to archery or with limited experience. It covers archery basics, equipment and target shooting. The first class is Wednesday, April 5, at A-1 Archery in Hudson.   Safari Club International North Country Bowhunters Chapter, A-1 Archery, Chilakoot Archery Cub and the DNR are teaming up for these classes. For more information or to register, contact Bylander at linda.bylander@state.mn.us or 218-203-4347. The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program offers a wide range of outdoor skill classes in fishing, hunting and outdoor sports. For more information, visit mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157 to request a catalog.

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. “This will greatly increase certification accessibility to working adults and military personnel who traditionally have conflicts trying to scheduling a multi-week classroom course,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement education program coordinator. Minnesota and Iowa are the first states to offer this option for adults. The online course takes about nine hours to complete and is interactive with narration, quizzes and final exam. Both the main course and field day include a virtual range where students can shoot various firearms and action types at a variety of targets and distances. There’s even instruction on how to properly sight-in rifles and pattern a shotgun. “This is a great addition to our computer based adult safety training programs,” Hammer said. “We think it will be a huge success and create even more safe hunters. 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

Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and campgrounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law. When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator. The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equipment. “That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests like pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit,” she said.  Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March. Training is offered in winter to give businesses time to attend training and get a permit before ice-out. Registration deadlines for in-person training are one week prior to each training. A listing all 2017 training sessions is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/calendar.    Overall, Minnesotans are doing a good job of helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp.

I Can Camp! Can Paddle! I Can Climb! I Can Mountain Bike!
Registration and more information
For more information about any of the programs – including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements – visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To register for I Can Camp!, I Can Paddle!, I Can Climb! and I Can Mountain Bike!, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, except holidays).


DNR offers outdoor skills programs for women and families
Women and families can learn outdoor recreational skills in a supportive atmosphere by registering for any of a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the newly released 2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) and Becoming an Outdoors Family catalog. “We offer a friendly, positive environment for learning how to fish, hunt and develop other outdoor skills,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In many of the classes, prior experience isn’t needed.” For more information about upcoming classes, visit www.mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the BOW 2016 spring, summer and fall catalog of 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

Get Wild hockey discounts with hunting or fishing license

Hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 11, Minnesota Wild hockey game vs. the St. Louis Blues, as the Wild and the Department of Natural Resources team up for this special ticket offer.

A limited number of tickets are available and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices vary and the offer is available only through advance online purchase at www.mndnr.gov/wildhockey, to hunting or fishing license holders for 2016 or 2017. The discount is not available at the Xcel Energy Center box office.

Buy fishing and hunting licenses at DNR license agents, online with a mobile or desktop device at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.

National Wildlife Refuges Announce Fee-Free Days for 2016
Head outdoors and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places — America’s national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive — free admission on these days in 2016:

  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • October 9 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11-13 – Veterans Day weekend

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the nation’s premier habitat conservation network, encompassing more than 150 million acres in 563 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Most refuges admit the public free year-round, but a few normally charge a small entrance fee to cover maintenance and visitor services. There’s at least one national wildlife refuge in every state, and one within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas. Find one close to you here. Learn how you can buy a pass here.

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


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

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
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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

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MEETINGS
Post your meeting

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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Minnesota Hunting & Fishing Seasons Calendar

DNR hosting public engagement meetings to discuss deer management goals. People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, March 2. “When people think about deer management, hunting often comes to mind,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader. “Although hunting opportunities are an important aspect of the plan, it must also balance a wide variety of perspectives and define collaborative ways to enhance deer management and the habitats that sustain deer.” The public engagement meetings are designed to help the DNR and its Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee accomplish that, Murkowski said. Using input collected from a wide range of stakeholders this summer and fall, committee members are helping the DNR develop an outline of draft deer management goals that will be discussed at each meeting. Meeting participants will be asked for their feedback on the draft goals, including identifying any goals that may have been missed, and suggesting how the department could best achieve each goal. “These meetings will be different than typical input meetings,” Murkowski said. “To get in-depth discussions and feedback, considerable time will be devoted to small group brainstorming and discussions. This format will help ensure we capture everyone’s ideas in more detail and depth.”   Meetings will be from 6:30-9 p.m. and are scheduled in:    

  • Brainerd on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Central Lakes College cafeteria, 501 W. College Drive.
  • Cambridge on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Cambridge High School, 430 8th Ave NW.
  • Duluth on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room W2630 at Lake Superior College, 2101 Trinity Road.
  • Mankato on Thursday, March 2, at County Inn & Suites, 1900 Premier Drive.
  • Montevideo on Monday, Feb. 27, T.A.C.C. Minnesota Army National Guard, 711 S. 17th St.
  • Mountain Iron on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Iroquois Room at Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive S.
  • Rochester on Monday, Feb. 6, at Century High School, 2525 Viola Road NE.
  • Windom on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive.

During the next year, committee members will review technical information and public input collected through this and other processes. The committee will make recommendations to the DNR for the deer plan, which is expected to be finished by the spring of 2018. More information about the planning process and the committee is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deerplan. The DNR strives to maintain a healthy wild deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities, while addressing conflicts between deer, people and other natural resources. Habitat management, hunting, research and monitoring are several primary tools used to manage the Minnesota deer population. More information on deer management is on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

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