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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.

July 19-22 - Bavarian Blast. Come to New Ulm’s Biggest Festival of the Summer!  Bavarian Blast, now in its 13th year, takes place July 20-22, 2018, with the Pre-Blast Party on July 19th.  A German & American Music Festival, it features all sorts of music, including German-style bands, old-time, rock and country music.  Nationally-known musicians as well as local favorites take the stages all weekend long! The Pre-Blast on Thursday evening features performances by: Heide & The Good Ole Boys, Rumors and Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood Mac, and I am, He Said: A Celebration of Neil Diamond. Multiple stages at Bavarian Blast feature performances Friday through Sunday by: Squeezebox with Mollie B., Church of Cash (Johnny Cash Tribute), Blue Ringers, Alex Meixner, New Odyssey, Wild Angels, Alpensterne, Walter’s Wheelhouse, Concord Singers, Schell’s Hobo Band, Wendinger Band, Leon Olsen Show, Brian Brueggen & The Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, The Bockfest Boys, Larry Olsen, The Original German Band, Malek’s Fishermen, and the New Ulm Municipal Band. Bavarian Blast is fun for the whole family! Activities at the Blast include the sauerkraut-eating contest, stein-holding competition, barrel rolling, bounce houses for the children, dog races, a 5K/10K, Sunday morning breakfast and Polka Service, Bavarian Blast Parade, food and souvenir vendors, craft beer and local wines, full bar, on-site camping, and free onsite parking.  Back by popular demand is the unique opportunity to attend a Polka Service with Molly B. on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.  The Farm-City Hub Club will be offering breakfast on Sunday beginning at 8:30 AM with entertainment by the Original German Band. The Bavarian Blast parade, which is annually attended by thousands, takes place at 12:30 PM on Sunday. The festival offers German food such as bratwurst, pork schnitzel, German potato salad, spätzle, sauerkraut, and apple strudel.  Bavarian Blast is a German-American Music Festival and you’ll be able to find both German and American food options on the grounds.  Plan some extra time to explore all that New Ulm has to offer: Schell’s Brewery, historic attractions, vineyards, museums, monuments, and more!  Learn how “Germans Have More Fun” in New Ulm!Admission to the Pre-Blast on Thursday, July 19 is $35. Advanced 4-day Event Pass will be on sale through July 13th only for $50. Weekend Passes to the festival (Fri-Sun) are $35. Daily admission for Friday is $25, Saturday $15 and $10 on Sunday.  Bavarian Blast buttons are for sale at the New Ulm Visitor Center (1 N Minnesota St.) for $5, and include free Sunday admission. Admission for children 16 and under is free Fri-Sun. For more information about the event or for the entertainment schedule, visit www.bavarianblast.com  or stop into the New Ulm Visitor Center.  Follow Bavarian Blast on Facebook for updates during the festival. Contact Bavarian Blast by email at info@bavarianblast.com or by phone at 1-888-463-9856 with any questions or comments. 

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July 24 - Lake of the Woods fisheries management plan open house. A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. SW in Baudette. “This open house will let participants ask questions and submit comments. No presentation will be made so people can arrive at any time,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “The open house also serves as an opportunity to meet new staff in the Baudette area fisheries office.” The plan outlines proposed five-year fish population objectives and management actions for walleye, sauger, northern pike and lake sturgeon. The draft management plan was developed in partnership with the 14-member Lake of the Woods Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders with an interest in the popular border lake. A 30-day online public comment period ended July 11. Additional comments can be submitted in writing at the public open house and through Wednesday, Aug. 15. The updated Lake of the Woods Management Plan will be finalized early this fall. More information about Lake of the Woods and the draft fisheries management plan can be found on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods.

July 27 - DNR seeks artwork for Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp. Artists can submit entries for the contest that decides what artwork will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Entries will be accepted from Monday, July 16, to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27. Trout or salmon 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’s lakes and rivers. Brown trout designs are not eligible this year. Artists are not allowed to use any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists can issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Anglers can purchase the trout and salmon stamp validation with their fishing license for an additional $10. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is available for purchase as a collectible for $10.75. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. For more information and contest guidelines, visit mndnr.gov/stamps, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

July 27-29 - Stars of the North Music Festival. Harbor Park. Grand Marais Music Collaborative will sponsor the Stars of the North Music Festival, a free event in downtown Grand Marais Park to raise funds for scholarships for area youth music lessons.  This three-day event starts in the afternoon on Friday with a mix of local talent playing both electric and acoustic music and carries through the day and early evening on Saturday with the same mix and culminates in a  Rocking Gospel Hour  on Sunday, ending by about noon. Linda, 218-387-2788.

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

Aug 4 - Lake of the Woods 4th Annual Bluegrass Festival at the Baudette Depot. The Depot is happy to announce that the 4th Annual Bluegrass Festival will be August 4th, from 4:00 – 8:00. The music starts at 4:00 p.m and dinner is served from 5:00-8:00. You won’t want to miss this great event! There will be 3 performances this year including The High 48s and Continental Drive. Be sure to visit the Historic Baudette Depot while enjoying all the music and food! This Depot is the sole survivor of five Depots in the Lake of the Woods County. Pitt, Graceton, Cedar Spur and Williams have long disappeared from their original sites. The Depot is the last from it’s time period that still exists today in the country. Built in 1923, it replaced two earlier Depots, 1901 and 1908, both lost to fire. The CN abandoned the Depot in the mid 1980’s. In 1997 it was purchased from the Canadian National Railway for a dollar by the Depot Preservation Alliance. In 2005 it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The rest is history! Renovations were completed in 2011 with the last exhibit being installed in May 2015! Enjoy all the exhibits showing means of travel to the area in the early and later years not only by rail but by water, automobile and airplane. Go to Baudette Depot for more information on the Depot and this fun family event! Also taking place earlier that day is the Farmer’s Market. Finish your day at the Depot listening to some great foot stomping music and terrific pulled pork, all the corn you can eat, and all the fixings! For more info: www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Aug 10-12 - Grand Portage Rendezvous Days and Celebration Pow Wow. Grand Portage Monument Heritage Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The annual Rendezvous is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August. The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). The annual gathering is the community s biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage. Re-enactors from across the country and Canada to gather, camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past.
Visitors can expect a weekend packed with cultural events from the 1800s to 1900s, including: an authentic Native American Pow Wow, with Stonebridge singers and drumming, as well as chances to try blacksmithing, arts and crafts, Native American cuisine, and recreational activities.  For additional information, visit: https://www.visitcookcounty.com/event/grand-portage-rendezvous-days-celebration-pow-wow/  Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com

Aug 17 - Camp Ripley archery hunt application deadline. Hunters can apply starting Sunday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17. Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 18-19 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 27-28 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is two, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt will be posted in July at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:

  • In person at any one of 1,500 license agents located throughout Minnesota.
  • By telephone at 888-665-4236.
  • Online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense.
  • At the DNR license center, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

The application fee for the hunt is $14 per person. Additional transaction fees and convenience fees may be applied depending on how the application is made. Successful applicants must purchase a valid archery deer license to participate. To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or DNR number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license. Preference will only be given if the same ID is used from previous Camp Ripley applications. All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt. In addition, anyone at least 12 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1979, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to purchase an archery license if successful in the lottery. Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant. The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

Aug 17 - Application Deadline - prairie chicken hunt lottery. Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2018 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The nine-day prairie chicken season begins Saturday, Sept. 29, and is open only to Minnesota residents. “Prairie chicken numbers are influenced by the amount of grassland habitat within the range and provide a limited, but unique, hunting opportunity in northwestern Minnesota,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR acting wildlife populations program manager. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four. Prairie chicken licenses cost $23. Apply at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul; online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at 888-665-4236. An additional fee is charged for orders placed online or by phone.
The hunt takes place in 11 prairie chicken quota areas in west-central Minnesota between St. Hilaire in the north and Breckenridge in the south. Up to 20 percent of the permits in each area will be issued to landowners or tenants of 40 acres or more of prairie or grassland property within the permit area for which they applied. The season bag limit is two prairie chickens per hunter. Based on hunter surveys, the DNR estimates that 97 hunters harvested 86 prairie chickens during the 2017 hunt. Results of spring booming ground surveys will be available later this summer. Licensed prairie chicken hunters will be allowed to take sharp-tailed grouse while legally hunting prairie chickens, but prairie chicken hunters who want to take sharptails must meet all regulations and licensing requirements for taking sharp-tailed grouse. Sharptails and prairie chickens look similar and sharp-tailed grouse hunting is normally closed in this area of the state to protect prairie chickens that might be taken accidentally. Applications are available wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold and application procedures and a permit area map are available at mndnr.gov/hunting/prairiechicken.

Aug 17 - Youth Deer Hunting Application Deadline. Youth can hunt deer with adult mentors during special hunts. Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 17 special deer hunts in October and November, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “These special hunts give youth and parents or adult mentors a fantastic opportunity to hunt together,” said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator. “They can be memorable and positive experiences for all involved.” Youth can apply now through Friday, Aug. 17, to apply for the hunts. Of the 17 special hunts, 15 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12 to 15, and two are archery hunts for youth ages 12 to 17. Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. Details about the hunts, how to apply and other youth hunting information can be found at mndnr.gov/discover.

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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.

Sept 14-16 - Outdoor skills workshop for women. Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Getting to that view includes 330 feet of elevation gain on the Superior Hiking Trail – the kind of physical and mental challenge known well to Jo Swanson, trail development director for the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the keynote speaker for the fall workshop. “One of my themes is empowerment – learning to overcome fears of adventuring in the outdoors,” Swanson said. “We live in a culture of fear and people react strongly when women go on outdoors adventures, especially when they go alone. The truth is that with planning and preparation, the outdoors can be a very safe place.” The fall workshop is Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16, in a new location this year at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minn. Attendees will hear from Swanson and Minnesota state park naturalists. Session topics include Ojibwe heritage, Voyageurs, archery, canoeing, and the animals, plants and geology of the North Woods. Linda Bylander, coordinator of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, said that along with the new location, the workshop offers a new selection of classes this year. 
“Women who attend the fall workshop gain a whole range of experiences in a supportive environment,” Bylander said. “We chose dates when the fall colors should provide a beautiful backdrop.” The workshop is designed for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit mndnr.gov/bow for more information and to register.

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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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.

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Minnesota DNR Tournaments

Out of State Tournaments

June 22-23 - Devils Lake Chamber Tournament Has Become Much More than Catching Walleyes by the Dozen.
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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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