OutdoorsWeekly.com  
   Submit your ad online! HOME - NEWS - FISHING REPORTS - PHOTOS - EVENTS - CLASSIFIEDS Subscribe OnlineE-mail Us  

Home

Subscribe

Fish Tales Report

Fish Tales Archive

Hunting Reports

--------
NEWS & TIPS

Minnesota News

Wisconsin Outdoors

From the Dakotas

News Archive

Pro-Staff Features

Conservation Officer Report

Events

Classifieds

Recipes

--------
PHOTOS

Reader Pics

A Kid's Perspective

People & Pets

Trail Cam Pics

Real or Not Real?

Funny Forwards

--------
RECOMMENDED RESORTS

Minnesota

Out of State

--------
OUTDOOR SERVICES

Hot Products

Recreational Toys


Guides & Sporting Goods

Land & Lakeshore

--------
Favorite Links

Web Stats

Contact Us

Address Change

Back Issues

Duck Stamps

--------
Subscribe
to get OutdoorsWeekly.com magazine delivered to your mailbox each month!

 

BANQUETS

Sept 27 - 46th Anniversary Steele County Ducks Unlimited Fall "Duck Bash".  Foundation Building on the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, MN. 5pm-9pm; Dinner at 6pm. Over 40 guns will be given away! Call Bob Hoen @ 507-456-5046 for ticket information. 

Submit your banquet here!

Back to top


OUTDOOR EVENTS  

Sept 14 - Deadline. DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 pheasant stamp. Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 3, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management and habitat work. The ring-necked pheasant must be the primary focus of the design, though other species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interactions between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s pheasant range. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists may issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Final judging is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. The public also is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 21. For more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines also are available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367. 

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.

Sept 18 - Public meetings scheduled to address removal of duplicate rules on border waters and clarify walleye possession rule. Open House scheduled for Sept. 18 in Ortonville. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss removing unneeded, duplicate rules governing taking of walleyes, crappies and sunfish on the Minnesota-South Dakota border waters, and clarifying the one over 20 inches rule for possession of walleye. Minnesota-South Dakota border waters include:
Lincoln County:
-  Hendricks Lake
Big Stone County:
-  Big Stone Lake
Traverse County:
- Traverse Lake
- Boise de Sioux River
- Mustinka River from its mouth to the State Highway 117 Bridge 
DNR Fisheries is proposing the removal of a special regulation regarding border waters that duplicates a Minnesota rule. However, the removal of that duplicate regulation won’t change the law governing limits on walleye, crappies or sunfish. Daily and possession limits on border waters will remain at four walleye, ten crappies, and ten sunfish.  The meeting will be an open house 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the DNR Fisheries Office, 890 Pine Ave, Ortonville. Those unable to attend the public meeting may submit written comments to: Chris Domeier,
DNR Area Fisheries, 890 Pine Ave., Ortonville, MN 56278. Comments will also be accepted via email at chris.domeier@state.mn.us; or by phone at 320-839-2656. All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. Comments will also be accepted during an open house 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR Central Office, located at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN.

Sept 24 - DNR seeking input on Leech Lake proposed walleye regulation change. The Department of Natural Resources will seek public input this fall on a proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake that would take effect at the start of the 2019 open water fishing season. Public comments will be solicited at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Area Community Center, Monday, Sept. 24. The current walleye regulation on Leech Lake is four fish, requiring the immediate release of any walleye that are within a 20 to 26-inch protected slot limit. Only one fish over 26 inches allowed in possession.  The four-fish walleye possession limit on Leech Lake has been in effect since 2005. “The regulation was initially put in place to help protect spawning fish,” said Doug Schultz, DNR Walker area fisheries supervisor. “Regulation goals have been exceeded, prompting the DNR to propose increased harvest opportunity at this time.” The proposed regulation change would remove the 20 to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four fish walleye limit, only one of which can be over 20 inches. According to Carl Pedersen, the DNR large lake specialist on Leech Lake, the walleye population is in excellent condition at this time and can afford some additional harvest.
“We have an abundant population of spawning age fish with a wide distribution of sizes, and multiple year classes of smaller fish entering the fishery,” said Pedersen. “Protective fishing regulations combined with very consistent production of year classes over the past 10 years have put us in a very good position.” When future fisheries assessments indicate harvest should be reduced, the DNR anticipates revisiting the protected slot limit at that time. Following the meeting, comments will be accepted through Oct. 5. Those unable to attend the meeting can provide comments by calling the Walker area fisheries office at 218-547-1683 or by emailing walker.fisheries@state.mn.us. Metro anglers can also provide comments in person to Al Stevens at the DNR Office in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road, on Sept. 26.

Sept 24 - App Deadline. $11 million in Legacy grants. Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to submit applications for traditional and metro grant cycles until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cpl. Applicants may request up to $400,000 with a total project cost not exceeding $575,000. Projects also must have a 10 percent match from a source outside a state agency. In its first nine years of funding, over $52 million has been granted through the CPL program for habitat projects throughout Minnesota. Funding comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008. Three types of CPL grants - For fiscal year 2019, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended allocating $5.5 million for the traditional grant cycle, $2.5 million for the metro grant cycle (for projects located in the seven-county metro area or within the city limits of Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester) and $3 million for the Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) grant cycle. The ECP cycle is open continuously through May 2019, or until funds run out, with the first funding round due Sept. 17. More information about the three grant types can be found at mndnr.gov/cpl. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the request for proposal and the “how to apply” tab on the website, which guides users through the application process. Questions can be directed to: Jessica Lee, CPL grant program coordinator for the DNR, jessica.lee@state.mn.us or 651-259-5233.

Sept 27 - Comment Deadline. DNR releases supplemental environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its draft supplemental environmental impact statement (Draft SEIS) describing the potential environmental and social effects of the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, known as Plan B. The Draft SEIS, and additional details about the proposed project and the DNR’s review process are available at mndnr.gov/fmproject. The DNR invites comments on the Draft SEIS until 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27.  An open house and public meeting are scheduled for Sept. 13 in Moorhead.
The document describes Plan B, identifies potential environmental impacts and considers mitigation that may lessen harmful impacts of the revised project. The supplemental review focuses on those aspects of the revised project that were not evaluated in the original environmental impact statement (EIS).  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a federal supplemental environmental assessment for the proposed project, which is similar to the state SEIS in scope and purpose.
A copy of the Draft SEIS is available for public review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.
  • DNR northwest region office, 2220 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.
  • Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401, Government Documents, 2nd Floor.
  • Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S, Moorhead, MN 56560.
  • Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 E. Hampden, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
  • Fargo Public Library Downtown, 102 3rd Street North, Fargo, ND 58102.

Written comments on the Draft SEIS must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
Comments may be mailed to:  Jill Townley, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.Comments may be emailed to: environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Fargo-Moorhead SEIS” in the subject line. If using the email address, include name and mailing address to be added to the mailing list. Comments may be faxed to 651-297-1500. The DNR’s open house and public meeting on the DSEIS will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Courtyard Marriott (1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560) in Moorhead. The meeting will begin with an open house, where attendees will have an opportunity to engage DNR staff on the content of the DSEIS. A brief, formal presentation will follow the open house, and the DNR will take public verbal or written comments on the DSEIS.

Sept 29 - 25th Annual Wildlife Festival. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Sherburne invite you to their FREE 25th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., which honors National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct. 14th-20th) and National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22nd). This year’s festival celebrates the past 25 years of programming and partnering with the Friends of Sherburne! Wildlife Festival is hosted at the refuge’s Oak Savanna Learning Center and the surrounding accessible trails. At 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., staff from the MN Zoo will use live animals to present a program titled “Cool Animals of the North.” Within the building, the Eagle’s Nest Nature Store, Friends’ Silent Auction, Field Notes: A Photo Story, and Gary Moss’ murals will be available to browse. The artist will be available for a Q & A session in the entryway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the festival, you can enjoy multiple wildlife booths set along the packed granite trails! Make sure to check out the engaging, hands-on activities at each booth; try your hand at an air-rifle, become a bat biologist, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, learn about Native American culture, or investigate aquatic invertebrates at the dip-netting booth. Live animal booths include birds of prey from The Raptor Center (until 2 p.m.), reptiles and amphibians from the MN Herpetological Society, and live insects from volunteer collections, as well as Frenatae, the Entomology Graduate Student Association at U of M. Several refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide visitors a rare opportunity to see areas of the refuge that are not typically open to vehicle traffic. Maps of these service roads can be found on the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/ and the Welcome Booth on the day of the event. Three local food trucks will be on-site to serve a variety of food at a reasonable cost. A birthday cake in honor of the refuge’s 53rd year will be served at 12:30 p.m., free of charge. The Friends will hold a silent auction with bidding open until 2:30 p.m. Proceeds support nature education and other mission-related refuge projects. The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located ¼ mile west of refuge headquarters off Sherburne County Road 9 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398; look for event signs. For more information contact Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge at (763) 389-3323. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this program for all participants. Direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Alaina Larkin at Alaina_Larkin@fws.gov or 762-389-3323, TTY 800-877-8339. Please submit your request by close of business on September 21, 2018. Sherburne Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and is located near the cities of Princeton, Zimmerman, and St. Cloud in central Minnesota. Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/

Oct 8 - DNR seeking citizen input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes. The Department of Natural Resources will seek public input this fall on two proposed regulation changes on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River that would take effect on March 1, 2019. Public comments will be solicited at an open house held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake of the Woods School Monday, Oct. 8. Winter (Dec. 1 – April 14) walleye and sauger proposed regulation change - The current winter regulation on Lake of the Woods allows anglers to keep eight walleye and sauger, with no more than four walleye. There is a protected slot limit requiring anglers to immediately release any walleye between 19.5 and 28 inches, with only one fish over 28 inches allowed in possession. The proposed winter regulations would match the current summer regulations on Lake of the Woods, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit to six, with no more than four walleye. The protected slot limited would remain in effect. “Expanding winter pressure has resulted in sauger harvest exceeding management objectives with 80 percent of the sauger harvest coming in the winter season,” said Phil Talmage, DNR Baudette area fisheries supervisor.  Rainy River spring season (March 1 – April 14) proposed regulation change - The current Rainy River spring season regulation allows anglers to keep two walleye or sauger, and requires the immediate release of walleye 19.5 inches in length or greater. The proposed regulation change is a catch and release season that would take effect March 1 - April 14 on the Rainy River and Fourmile Bay. Increasing pressure and harvest focused on pre-spawn male Walleye have impacted the spawning population in the Rainy River. This regulation would maintain the spring sport fishery while protecting the long-term sustainability of the Rainy River spawning population and reduce the overall harvest of walleye from the Lake of the Woods-Rainy River system. “Walleye and sauger populations on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River are doing well, but  increasing fishing pressure has resulted in increased harvest and stress on the fishery,”  said Talmage. “These regulations are intended to be a proactive approach to ensure the high quality fishery that anglers have come to expect from the border water region.” Following the meeting, comments will be accepted through Oct. 18. Those not attending the meeting can provide comments by calling the Baudette area fisheries office at 218-634-2522 or by emailing baudette.fisheries@state.mn.us. Metro anglers can also provide comments in person to Al Stevens at the DNR Office in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road, on Sept. 26.

Oct 11 - Comment Deadline. DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in St. Louis County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River state forests in St. Louis County to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Cook.
Attendees will be able to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forest. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cook Community Center, 799 Third Ave. SE, Cook. Draft recommendations include new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) trails, permitting ATV/OHM use on portions of snowmobile trails, designating portions of the Taconite State Trail to allow ATV/OHM use and designating existing hunter-walking trails. The DNR invites the public to visit the meeting to review maps of existing and proposed trails, discuss the DNR proposals, submit comments and suggest changes to the recommendations. The DNR will also accept written comments through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.  Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to state forest trail designations must be made by commissioner's order and published in the State Register.  Written comments may be submitted by:

For more information, please call:

  • The DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, Central Office in St. Paul, 651-259-5279.
  •  The DNR’s Parks and Trails Tower area office, 218-300-7842.

Information is also available online at mndnr.gov.

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.

Arrowhead Ice Fishing Show

LaCrosse Shows

Duluth Shows

Post your event

Back to top


MINNESOTA TOURNAMENTS
Post your tournament

Aug 18 - 27th Annual Sturgeon Championship, Open to Public. The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?!  The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population.  It is only fitting that the home of the 27th Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  The tournament is Saturday, August 18, 2018.  Noon -2:00 pm is the Youth Contest.  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the adult contest. This will be the fourth year there is a youth sturgeon championship.  This is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom.  It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs.   Click Here for a video to show you how. It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself.  When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills.  It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical.  Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size. If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette.  Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area. For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, see info below.  Good luck! This fundraiser for the Birchdale Community Building
Event takes place at the Nelson Park public landing 1 mile north of highway 11. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Mike Hanson at (218)-244-6886.

Aug 20-22 - 5th Annual “Pay It Forward” Veteran’s Event on Lake of the Woods. It started out as an idea to “give back” to those who have given and still give so much.  The name we chose for the Lake of the Woods Area veteran’s event was “Pay It Forward”.  We thought it was appropriate for many reasons.  This past August, for the fourth straight year, 60 veterans converged on Lake of the Woods for a 3 night, 2 day all expenses paid fishing trip.  We bus some up.  Others drive on their own.  Others come in a vans from different parts of MN.  In all, veterans came from a variety of states.  When it’s all said and done, veterans of all types, male and female, of different conflicts, with a variety of physical and mental ailments come together and rub elbows with other veterans.  Veterans spending time with other veterans, this is a main ingredient that makes the Pay It Forward weekend so special. This year’s Pay It Forward event takes place August 20-23, 2018 on Lake of the Woods. There are so many touching stories.  Some are happy stories.  Some are not so happy.  Like many veterans discuss, for many, even though back home, the “battle” is still real, maybe just in a different form. This event allows veterans to forget about challenges, at least for a few days.  Hand picked participants help with a variety if issues effecting our veterans.  How to peruse the VA medical system?  Where can I go for a job?  What does a veteran’s service officer do and how can I reach one?  Are their support groups?  How can I receive help for my specific struggles? Roughly 20 veterans commit suicide every day.  That number is too high.  A number of caring veterans, people, volunteers and folks working with organizations who help veterans are part of the Pay It Forward weekend.  There are a number of key ingredients that come together to make a good recipe.  Everyone of those ingredients are important and in this case, it is no different. This year, and since the outset, Fishing For Life was a partner of Pay It Forward.  They are a group based out of the Twin Cities but reaching out to folks throughout the region helping tremendously with bringing veterans together, identifying issues and providing solutions, creating veterans events that are key to fostering support and so much more. This past year, like every year, very special people who happen to be veterans came to Lake of the Woods and made the event memorable. The 2018 Pay It Forward event will be August 20-23, 2018.  If you would like to know more, are interested in your company being a sponsor or if you are a veteran or know of a veteran who may be interested, check out www.payitforwardlow.org or our Pay it Forward page.  You can also email Joe Henry at Joe.Henry@LakeoftheWoodsMN.com. Thank you to all veterans and all who protect and serve!

Sept 1 - 9th Annual South Shore Fishing Classic. Lake of the Woods. Registration has started for the 9th Annual South Shore Fishing Classic at Arnesen’s Rocky Point. The tournament is set to go for Saturday, September 1st. Two person teams
~ $100 entry fee per person
~ You will need to provide a digital camera for taking photos of walleye over 28 inches
~ Fees included tournament hat, regulation ruler, banquet meal, drink ticket and gratuity
~ 100% payout after expenses
~ Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

** All teams must be pre-registered for the fishing tournament. Registration deadline is August 18, 2018. Call 1-800-535-7585 for information, registration and tournament regulations OR email info@arnesens.com. To learn more about Lake of the Woods, check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism website. To find a guide, charter boat or lodging, check out their lodging page.

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

Minnesota DNR Tournaments


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

Post your tournament

Back to top


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.

Back to top


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

Back to top



SPECIAL EVENTS

Now through Oct. 7, 2018 - Sunset Sundays Gondola Rides. Lutsen Mountains, 8:30 p.m. - 6:29 p.m. Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  The view from the top of the mountain has long been popular with wedding photographers, as well as tourists who now can enjoy a snack and a beverage at the Summit Chalet during their gondola ride,  says Jim Vick, marketing director for Lutsen Mountains. When the rides began on July 8, the sun set at 9 p.m.; by the end of the season (Oct. 7), the sun will go down at 6:29 p.m., so the gondola ride schedule is variable: The last ride up is 15 minutes before sunset, and the last ride down is 15 minutes after sunset. For details on Sunset Sundays gondola rides, please follow the link: https://www.lutsen.com/summer/summit-express-gondola/sunset-sundays/  

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.                               

Back to top



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

Back to top



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.

Back to top

© 2018 OutdoorsWeekly.com

 

Minnesota Hunting & Fishing Seasons Calendar

Riley
Everyone's reading it!
Subscribe today!

Facebook