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June 22 - DNR Deadline. DNR invites public to serve on council to help boost hunter, angler numbers. Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation. “Getting more people out in the water, in woods and fields is a significant challenge and worthwhile goal for all Minnesotans,” said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) coordinator. “The outcome may decide the success of conservation efforts valued by Minnesotans whether or not they hunt and fish. But we need the public’s help and guidance to move the needle.” Citizens can nominate themselves through Friday, June 22, to serve on the 10 open seats of the council, for two year terms, with meetings scheduled every three months. The council will work with and advise the DNR on R3 efforts, programs and potential partnerships that will benefit the recruitment of new hunters and anglers, the retention of current outdoor enthusiasts, and the reactivation of individuals who have not been active recently in hunting or fishing.  This council will build on previous work from an R3 summit convened by the DNR in 2016 with a variety of interested groups. Out of the summit came a recommendation for creating a council made up of Minnesota residents to help shape R3 efforts across the state.  The DNR has invited groups to nominate members to help lead the council, including the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Women Hunting and Fishing in all Seasons, Trout Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.  “We welcome anybody to apply who’s interested in helping reverse a projected national decline in hunting and fishing and the corresponding shortfall that will follow in how we manage natural resources,” Burnham said. Applications and more information on R3 in Minnesota can be found at mndnr.gov/R3. Any questions about this process, or the role of the R3 council, can be directed to James Burnham at james.burnham@state.mn.us or 651-259-5191.

June 28 - Application Deadline. Grants available for groups that help more people hunt and fish. Grants are available for groups that help more people hunt and fish through a program that, so far, has funded 34 projects ranging from an outdoor adventure club at Roseville Area High School to classes for the Fairmont community that get friends and family fishing together.   “We’re excited about being able to continue this grant program that aims to help groups get more people hunting and fishing, and ultimately supporting conservation,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The grants are a response to an ongoing issue: While anglers still cast lines and hunters head to deer camp each year, the percentage of Minnesotans who hunt or fish is shrinking. The DNR gives priority to programs for new and diverse audiences and those with an ongoing impact rather than one-time events. Types of activities could include fishing and hunting educational programs, clinics, workshops, and camps, and funding for fishing and hunting equipment and transportation. “The grant program has been very competitive over the first three rounds, with a total of almost 100 applicants,” Ledermann said. “The groups we chose shared a commitment to ongoing support for helping people enjoy the outdoors through hunting or fishing.” Groups must apply for this round of grants by June 28. The grant program began in 2015 and this is the fourth round of grants. In this round, awards will range from $5,000 to $49,999 with a total amount of $150,000 available. Fourth-round projects must be completed in Minnesota and be finished by Dec. 31, 2019. As in the last round, there is no requirement of a funding match. Organizations are nonetheless encouraged to include a match in their project that can be funding, or donated labor, materials or services. Match amounts will be considered in the selection process. To learn more about the DNR’s work in recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3), and to find grant application requirements, visit mndnr.gov/r3. Details about the grant and a list of award winners can be found at the link under “Help others discover.”

June 29 - Application Deadline. New round of shooting range grants available. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability of $330,000 in shooting range grants to build or improve trap, skeet, rifle, pistol or five-stand shooting ranges in the state. The application period opens May 15 and closes June 29. “There’s been a surge in interest in shooting sports in Minnesota and across the United States, and these grants have helped shooting ranges throughout the state expand, improve or upgrade their facilities and give more and more people a place to shoot,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. Shooting clubs that allow members of the public to shoot at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee are eligible for the grants, which require a one-to-one match. There are two levels of grants available: Small grants, which are between $2,500 and $25,000, and large grants, which are above $25,000. All grantees must verify current female participation data and show an intent to improve future diversity opportunities. The $330,000 that’s available is from a $2 million appropriation the state Legislature made in 2015 to help recreational shooting clubs develop or improve shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing participation opportunities for youth. So far, those grant dollars have been used as part of 60 projects throughout the state. Additionally, the DNR in 2014 used an appropriation from the Legislature to fund 102 grants totaling more than $1.6 million. “Shooting sports are alive and well in Minnesota and we continue to see strong interest among shooting range operators who want to improve their facilities and make them available to even more people,” Niska said.

July 4 - Cook County Communities Celebrate a Small Town Fourth of July  with Kids  Bands, Parades, Fireworks, and a 10k Wilderness Run. Celebrate the 4th of July away from bustle of the city in the small towns of Tofte, Grand Marais, and Grand Portage.  There is something for everyone, kicking off with a 10k wilderness trail run, The Tofte Trek. Stay for the day in Tofte to enjoy their annual Fourth of July festivities, including food vendors, arts and crafts for sale, a beer garden, and a parade.  Then travel down the shore to Grand Marias and enjoy the family friendly kids  band, The Bazillions, playing in Harbor Park before the fireworks.  All three communities of Tofte, Grand Marais, and Grand Portage have spectacular fireworks displays at 10 p.m., under the stars, over Lake Superior. The Tofte Trek is a local favorite, notorious for being a very muddy start to your Fourth of July celebration. It has been held for 39 years and offers awards for the top male and female in each division of runners and walkers.   The event takes place at the Birch Grove Community Center, 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte, Minn. 55615. After the trek, Tofte continues the celebration  downtown .  Enjoy live music, a bite to eat and cold beer while listening to live music or watching the parade.  After the parade, the much anticipated  Tofte Citizen of the Year  will be announced.   Come join in an all-day Fourth of July party,  says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County.   Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a small town Fourth of July.
It's a grand Fourth of July in Grand Marais and Grand Portage. Just 20 minutes away, Grand Maris is celebrating with kids  band, The Bazillions, playing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. in Harbor Park.  Visitors can hang out with their families before the fireworks, get a cup of coffee, and set up camp on the beach and enjoy fireworks framed by the picturesque harbor   lighthouse, sailboats and stars included.  Lucky visitors can watch the fireworks from the water on a boat, kayak, paddle board, or canoe and get a peep at Tofte's fireworks show in the distance. At dusk, visitors also can head further north to Grand Portage, which has a huge fireworks display over the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.
About Visit Cook County 
Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as  the Arrowhead  and the  North Shore of Lake Superior .  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades   most recently it was named USA Today's Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine's The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn.  Naturally Unforgettable.  Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com

July 11 - Comment Deadline. DNR seeking citizen input on Lake of the Woods management plan update. Lake of the Woods – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, June 11. The plan outlines the proposed five-year fish population objectives and fisheries management actions. It incorporates the recommendations of the 14-member Lake of the Woods Fisheries Input Group, which has met five times since December 2017. “Fishing on Lake of the Woods is very important to the communities of Baudette and Warroad, as well as surrounding areas,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “The diverse Lake of the Woods fishery is also a significant statewide resource that all Minnesotans can enjoy.” Members from the input group added great value to the content of the management plan. Long-term sustainability was at the forefront of the group’s discussion. Input group members were concerned about the growth in winter angling pressure on Lake of the Woods and encouraged the DNR to continue to support the creel surveys in order to monitor fishing pressure over time. The input group also expressed concerns about system change from things like invasive species. They recommended that the DNR continue to study the potential impact of invasive species on the sustainability of the Lake of the Woods fishery.  The lake has thriving walleye, sauger, and lake sturgeon populations, making it one of the premier fishing destinations in Minnesota. Public comments will be accepted through Monday, July 11, and online at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods. Paper questionnaires also are available at the DNR’s Baudette Area Fisheries Office, 204 Main St. East in Baudette. Comments will be reviewed and considered in July and August. The final Lake of the Woods management plan will be completed in September. For more information on the Lake of the Woods draft management plan and the public input process, contact the DNR’s Baudette Area Fisheries Office, 218-634-2522.

July 18 - DNR Comment Deadline. DNR seeks comments on EAW for Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project in the city of Cohasset in Itasca County.
The city proposed construction of 30 miles of single-track mountain bike trail within the 500-acre Tioga Recreation Area. Facilities include trailhead, parking, signage, restrooms, picnic shelters, changing shelters and a bike repair station. Additional outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking and snowshoeing. The agency will take comments during a 30-day public review period from June 18 to July 18. A copy of the EAW is available online on the project page. A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5126. The EAW is available for public review at:

  • DNR library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
  • DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids.
  • Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall.
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior St., Duluth.
  • Grand Rapids Area Library, 140 NE 2nd St., Grand Rapids.

The EAW notice will be published in the June 18 EQB Monitor. The EQB Monitor is a biweekly publication of the Environmental Quality Board that lists descriptions and deadlines for environmental review documents and other notices. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 to the attention of Bill Johnson, EAW project manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, Ecological and Water Resources Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Tioga Recreation Area” in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Written comments may also be sent by fax to 651-296-1811. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

Aug 4 - DNR to hold confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment for Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction, which is open to the public, will include items from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game and fish violations. More than 200 firearms, over 40 bows, and a variety of other hunting and fishing-related equipment will be available. The auction will be at Hiller Auction Service in Zimmerman. Public inspection of the items will be available in advance of the auction. All equipment will be sold as-is, including all defects or faults, known or unknown. Once they’ve been purchased, items cannot be returned. Background checks are required of anyone who purchases a firearm. Revenue from confiscated equipment auctions goes into the Game and Fish Fund, which is the DNR’s primary fund for delivering fish, wildlife and law enforcement programs. Details about the auction will be available as the date draws closer. For more information, see mndnr.gov/enforcement/auctions/index.html. A list of equipment to be auctioned will be posted online approximately one month in advance of the auction at www.hillerauction.com

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Sept 7-9 - 'No registration weekend’ postponed. Minnesota’s “no registration weekend” for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which was scheduled for June 8-10, has been postponed until Sept. 7-9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The change will allow for the completion of new trails, including a 159-mile route that will connect several communities in northwestern Itasca County and a trail that will connect Balsam and Bigfork. On Sept. 7-9, Minnesotans with an ATV registered for private or agricultural use, won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually). This will be the fifth year Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails. There are a variety of great ATV-riding opportunities in the state, according to Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program consultant for the DNR Parks and Trails Division. Among them:

  • The Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, which is a 1,200-acre OHV park in Gilbert with 36 miles of scenic trails for riders of all abilities.
  • The 100-mile trail system in Nemadji State Forest, which connects to the Matthew Lourey State Trail and the Gandy Dancer Trail.
  • The 29-mile Spider Lake trail system in Foot Hills State Forest, where riders can curve around lakes and ponds, go up and down a variety of hills, and view overlooks from the ridges throughout the forest.
  • The 200-mile Northwoods Regional Trail System in Aitkin and Itasca counties, where riders can use the Soo Line Trail to connect to great communities and trail loops.

The DNR advises riders to keep safety in mind when out on the trails. In particular:

  • Safety training is required for ATV riders born after July 1, 1987, and it is recommended for everyone that operates an ATV.
  • Kids under age 18 must wear a DOT-certified helmet.
  • Kids age 16 and under must fit the ATV they are operating and be able to properly reach and control the handlebars and reach the foot pegs while sitting upright on the ATV.

Trail maps, updates on trail conditions, youth ATV Safety training and other OHV information can be found online at www.mndnr.gov/ohv.

Nov 1-4 - Become a hunter host for the 16th Annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener. Organizers of the Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener are looking for Hinckley-area landowners who would like to volunteer to be a hunter host for the 16th annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener activities, Thursday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Hunter hosts will help promote Minnesota's deer hunting tradition and the Hinckley area by inviting visiting media and others to join their hunt. Minnesota's general firearm deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 3. "The Hinckley area is the home of the Jim Jordan Chapter, named after the man who shot one of Minnesota's most legendary bucks and one of the most energetic Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) chapters in the state," said Craig Engwall, Executive Director of MDHA. "Hunter hosts provide a unique opportunity for media personalities and visiting dignitaries to experience the great tradition of the Minnesota Deer Hunting Opener, and bring their stories back to varying media outlets across the state and nation." Hunter Hosts receive a complimentary ticket to the Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Welcome to Camp Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Grand Casino in Hinckley, where they will be formally recognized for their generosity. "Serving as a hunter host is a great way to show off the traditions and quality hunting we have in this state by passionate hunters," Engwall said. "It requires little more than simply talking about deer hunting (and we all love to do that!), providing a deer stand or two, and sharing with a reporter about what deer hunting means to you, your family, and your hunting camp." Camps selected as hunter hosts receive a gift package provided courtesy of non-government event sponsors. To complete a hunter host application, visit mngovernorsdeeropener.com or contact MDHA at 218-259-1368.  The Governor's Deer Hunting Opener promotes hunting and tourism and is hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton. The annual event is a partnership among the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, MDHA and its local chapters, Explore Minnesota, the Hinckley community, and other generous partners. To learn more about the event, please visit mngovernorsdeeropener.com.

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MINNESOTA TOURNAMENTS
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Saturday, June 16 - Orono Lions Annual Carp Fishing Contest. Nelson Lakeside Park, 1860 Symes Street, Long Lake MN 55356. Fish From 7am to Noon. Registration starts at 6:00am, Shotgun starts at 7:00am. Weigh-in by 12:15pm. Awards and Drawings to follow.
1st Place Largest Carp $100.00     
2nd Place Largest Carp $75.00     
3rd Place Largest Carp $50.00
Smallest Carp $25.00 Adult & Youth Division
Rules: All Carp entered caught by hook and line. Fish from Shore/Boat. $20.00 admission for one adult or youth in adult division. FREE for children under 12 years of age in the youth division. Every entry has a chance for several door prizes! All proceeds benefit Lions Club. www.oronolions.org For more information call: 612-965-0153.

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

Minnesota DNR Tournaments

Out of State Tournaments

June 22-23 - Devils Lake Chamber Tournament Has Become Much More than Catching Walleyes by the Dozen.
Devils Lake
Devils Lake - In Devils Lake, North Dakota, it seems most parties revolve around fishing.  The Chamber of Commerce Walleye tournament has four decades of “parties” behind it, and each year, now number 42, seems to become bigger and better.  Chamber members treat anglers as friends and neighbors.  That’s why the fishing guys and gals keep pouring into Devils Lake 12 months of the year for some of the best walleye, pike, perch and white bass fishing in North America. The 2018 Chamber walleye tournament is a two-day affair, June 22-23.  Tournament host and local fishing guide, pro angler, fishing educator and world walleye champion Johnnie Candle said, “Besides all the homecoming fun with friends, the prizes ($6,500 is guaranteed to the winning team) totaled more than $61,000 in 2017, and will be similar this year.  Anglers love that they can catch walleyes jigging, trolling, casting crankbaits, slip-bobbering, rigging, bottom-bouncing and any other way they like to fish, shallow to deep.”  He urged anglers to experiment this season with jigs and plastic, and said, “I love throwing jigs with plastic trailers.” With a cap of 125 teams, he urged interested teams to enter right away.  The Early Bird entry date is March 31, and of all teams entered by then, five will win back their entry fee of $275 per team. Sons and daughters start early, many fishing with parents or grandparents.  Mixed-couples compete.  One couple fishing is Dave and Rendy Randash from Fargo.  Dave said, “The Chamber tournament is well-run, and even though competitive, has no pressure.  I expect it to fill this year and would like to see even more couples competing.” The Randash duo fishes bouncers and slip-bobbers mostly, but also casts Northland Mimic Minnows. The Chamber tournament features daily big fish prizes for walleyes, pike, white bass and perch, plus Pooh’s Taxidermy will mount the largest walleye and pike.  More than 35 Chamber members participate which adds prizes and cash to the pot.  There are also daily prizes for pike, perch and white bass.  The optional day two northern pike shoot-out keeps things interesting.  Teams out of the walleye hunt can enter the 100-percent cash payback pike shoot-out.  A special youth event sponsored by the NPAA and Deutz Fishing occurs after the final day weigh-in at Graham’s Island State Park.  The first 50 youngsters receive rods and reels. For more information (and to enter) about the June 22-23 Chamber walleye tournament, go to devilslakend.com.  This website also includes details about Devils Lake motels and resorts, fish cleaning stations, water levels, ramps, public fishing piers, fishing reports for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, community activities, guides, dining, casino and much more.  Or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903.


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

Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with games on select dates from May through September.
“That fishing and hunting license has a lot of meaning – not only as a gateway to adventure but also as a way to support conservation,” said Jenifer Wical, marketing coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Thank you to everyone who buys a license and we hope you enjoy this special offer from us and the Minnesota Twins.”  
As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap at these games:

  • Sunday, May 20, Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, Cleveland Indians, 3:10 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24, Texas Rangers, 1:10 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15, Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25, Oakland Athletics, 6:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, Kansas City Royals, 6:10 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins.
Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any DNR license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at 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.

 

DNR offers programs to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish

Registration for the 2018 I Can! programs that teach camping, paddling, mountain biking and fishing skills at Minnesota state parks and trails begins Tuesday, March 27, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The I Can! series helps beginners of all ages learn outdoor skills. The programs start in June and continue through the end of August. They include:

  • I Can Camp! – Develop (or brush up on) fire-starting and camp cooking skills and sleep on comfy air mattresses in tents large enough to accommodate two adults and up to three children ($60 for one-night programs or $85 for two-night programs).
  • I Can Paddle! – Get out on the water for a sea kayaking adventure on Lake Superior ($35 for ages 12-18, $45 for adults) or a guided canoeing or kayaking experience on a Minnesota lake or river (prices vary).
  • I Can Mountain Bike! – Learn riding techniques and explore mountain bike trails with guides from the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club ($15 for ages 10-15, $25/adults).
  • I Can Fish! –Experience the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there's a tug on the line! ($7/person, children under age 12 are free).

The I Can! series also includes the Archery in the Parks programs, which are free and for which no reservations are needed. “We provide all the gear along with friendly instructors who can show you how to use it,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Our goal is to make it easy for busy families to discover the fun of spending time outdoors together.”

Registration and more information
For more information, 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 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). To register, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays). The program series is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
The program received a Government Innovation Award in 2015. More than 15,400 people have participated in these programs since they were first offered in 2010.


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.


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. www.fishingthemidwest.com

Latest Newsletter from School of Fish

School of Fish announces “Walleye Schools”
(Elbow Lake, MN)   School of Fish, one of the Midwest’s leaders in fishing education announced 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

EPISODE #1 - The Anchovy Kid and the season preview! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR8Yj8xUYc8

EPISODE #2 -  "Poundin' the Rock"  - Big Stone Lake bluegills, bass, and ice time perch  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY0v8WC5G-c

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

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

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN & MIKE FRISCH
www.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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