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Nov. 17 - Dec. 16 - 20th anniversary exhibit. Johnson Heritage Post 115 Wisconsin St. Grand Marais, MN 5560. A celebratory 20th anniversary that will feature the work of North House instructors, as well as a photographic history of North House. They have invited instructors to reflect on their work in the context of traditional craft and to think about their own personal and creative evolution. The exhibit will be on display at Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais, Minn. from Friday, Nov. 17   Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. For additional information, please visit: https://northhouse.org/events/winterers-gathering 

Nov 24- New Ulm Parade of Lights. The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with that comes the 29th Annual New Ulm Parade of Lights!  The parade, which is organized by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving.  This year it will take place on Friday, November 24th, at 6:00 pm.  It will run through the downtown area along Minnesota Street, from 4th South to 4th North.  Note: there will be no parking on Minnesota Street from 1st South to 4th North.  This is for safety reasons as well as for guest experience.  The historic downtown will be decked out for the holidays.  Real Christmas trees will line the street and real lighted garland will sway from above.  The parade, which celebrates the holiday season and welcomes Santa to the community, will feature nearly 70 units, all lit with lights proclaiming their organization, business, or association.  Christmas music and festive lights, with the grand finale of Santa Claus riding atop the historic New Ulm fire truck, will leave everyone feeling merry and bright! Come downtown early to shop and eat at the many fantastic New Ulm establishments.  There are many family-friendly activities happening before and after the parade, including Tannenbaum Tales, at State Street Theater, Christmas Tree Open House at A to Zinnia, Holiday Open House at the Brown County History Museum (with free admission all day and live music and snacks from 4-8pm), performances by the Schell’s Hobo Band and much more!  Visit newulm.com or stop into the Visitor Center for more information. When the parade is over, make your way to city hall for New Ulm’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting.  The huge pine tree in front of city hall has been strung with lights, but it won’t be officially lit until 7 pm on Friday, November 24th.  Mayor Bob Beussman will lead the lighting ceremony, with New Ulm Royalty and Santa himself playing a part.  The Hobo Christmas Quartet will provide music at the event, and SouthPoint Financial Credit Union will be serving free hot chocolate and hot apple cider to all attendees.  Gather your friends and family and get in the Christmas spirit at this annual event! For more information about the 29th Annual New Ulm Parade of Lights, contact the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, chamber@newulm.com or 507-233-4300, or online at www.newulm.com

Nov 30 - Deadline. DNR seeks applications for OHV grants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals. Applications for grants to support projects on existing trails are due by Monday, Nov. 30. New trail proposals are accepted throughout the year. Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funds are available to help develop and maintain recreational trails for use by all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles. First authorized in 1984, the GIA program provides cost-sharing opportunities at the initiative of clubs and other organizations, with the support and participation of local government sponsors. Organizations can apply for GIA funds through counties, cities or townships. All aspects of OHV trail development and maintenance are eligible for funding, including project administration, site planning, trail improvements, land acquisition for trail development, and trail maintenance. Proposals with a focus on maintaining or improving existing trails and trail systems will be assigned a higher priority. For grant applications and more information, visit www.mndnr.gov, or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

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

Dec 1-3 - St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show. Join us at the St. Paul RiverCentre to shop more than 190 exhibits with products and services dedicated to the die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiast. View all new ice fishing products, including fish houses, augers, underwater cameras, digital fish finders, rods and reels, tackle, accessories, apparel and much more! The show will feature all new merchandise at a variety of price points to fit any budget. Whether you are an avid fisherman looking for a few new accessories, an experienced angler in need of an upgrade, or totally new to the ice fishing scene, you will find what you are looking for at this show! www.stpaulicefishingshow.com

St Paul Ice Show

Dec 1 - Schmidt's Landing Resort on Beautiful Big Stone Lake AT AUCTION. Held at 10 am. For info: www.girardauction.com

Girard Auction

Dec 8-10 - Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show. Join us at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Presented by Eskimo and Ion. Those who attend this annual event know that a wide variety of winter sports equipment and gear will be shown by dealers and there will be many discounts offered which are only available at the show. Manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions you have and help guide you to the right equipment to fit your needs. Everything from ice houses to augers and winter clothing will be represented so you are sure to find just the right items for yourself or to give as Christmas gifts. www.shamrockprod.com

Shamrock

Dec 14, 15, 18 - DNR announces December land sale. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels in three public oral bid auctions in December. Two parcels will be auctioned Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Fergus Falls DNR Office, seven parcels will be auctioned at the County Administration building in Bemidji on Dec. 15 and eight parcels will be auctioned at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul on Dec. 18. The properties include unimproved recreational land in Anoka, Beltrami, Big Stone, Houston, Hubbard, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Meeker, Norman, Otter Tail, Pine, Wabasha, Wadena and St. Louis counties. Public auction details, parcel information and the latest updates will be posted online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/landsale/. You can also call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367 or email landsale@dnr.state.mn.us for information.

Dec 15 - Entry Deadline. DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 turkey stamp. Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 4, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. The cost of a turkey stamp is included in a turkey license, but pictorial stamps are sold as collectables. In the contest, the eastern wild turkey must be the primary focus of the design. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic or other electronic 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, Dec. 21, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul. The public is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 22. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to wild turkey habitat management. Extirpated from Minnesota around 1900, wild turkeys now thrive throughout nearly all of Minnesota but the extreme northern forested portions of the state. 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 are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

Dec 16 - Application Deadline. Park and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants. The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.  “The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee plays a critical role in helping us achieve the vision Minnesotans have for use of the Parks and Trails Legacy Funds and creates an accessible and equitable, integrated system of state and regional parks and trails in Minnesota,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.  The purpose of the committee is to promote and coordinate implementation of the 25-Year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. Funding recommendations for individual projects is not a part of this committee’s work. The plan can be found at www.legacy.leg.mn/funds/parks-trails-fund/plan. 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Legacy Amendment by Minnesota voters. The committee is planning a series of regional events during the year to celebrate Legacy accomplishments and engage Minnesotans on the question, “Why Parks and Trails Legacy Matters.”  Information about the events will be available in January on Facebook (/PTLegacyMN) and on the committee website (www.legacy.leg.mn/ptlac). The deadline for applications is Saturday, Dec. 16. The committee is made up of 17 members, including, to the practical extent possible, diverse geographical and demographic representation. The committee has a mixture of park and trail professionals and Minnesota residents. Committee members should have expertise in two or more of the four strategic pillars of the plan: Connect people and the outdoors. Acquire land and create opportunities. Take care of what we have. Coordinate among partners. Terms are two years with the option of being reappointed for a maximum of three terms. Meetings are scheduled every two months around the state, with an option to attend remotely. Interested individuals may complete the application form online at www.legacy.leg.mn/ptlac/member-application or print it out and return it to Paul Purman, Department of Natural Resources, Box 39, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Anyone with questions can contact Paul via phone at 651-259-5643 or email at paul.purman@state.mn.us.

Dec 22 - Comment Deadline. DNR releases draft Little Rock Creek Area plan for public review. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a public review draft of a five-year action plan for the sustainable use of groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area, in central Minnesota, south of Little Falls. The plan and a feedback survey are available on the DNR Little Rock Creek Area webpage at www.mndnr.gov/littlerock. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 22. The DNR launched the planning process in response to evidence that groundwater use was affecting the quality of Little Rock Creek, a designated trout stream. Well pumping tests in the area indicated that groundwater use was depleting the stream.  A statewide watershed health assessment indicated that water appropriation in the Little Rock Creek Area was high. Additionally, a Minnesota Pollution Control analysis found that cumulative groundwater use across the area was reducing stream flow. The DNR’s draft plan is designed to ensure that groundwater use in the Little Rock Creek Area will continue to support local economies, be protective of the environment and provide for continued outdoor recreation. The DNR created an advisory team that included local irrigators, residents and government officials so the agency could hear and consider different perspectives as the plan was developed. The DNR will host a public meeting Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Little Falls Community Middle School Commons, 1000 1st Ave. NE, Little Falls. DNR staff will answer questions and provide opportunities for comment on the draft plan. More details will be available closer to the event. “The DNR recognizes the importance of groundwater to agricultural irrigators, livestock operators, small businesses, municipalities and individual families in the Little Rock Creek Area,” DNR project manager Mark Hauck said. “Groundwater is the source of domestic water for nearly 6,000 local residents. As the area’s economy and population continue to develop and grow, groundwater will become even more important.” The draft action plan lays out the steps that the DNR will be taking over the next five years to better understand the relationship between groundwater use and the ecosystems of Little Rock Creek and work with people from the area on ways to manage water use in the future. No permit modifications will be made during this period. In addition to the public meeting, questions may be addressed to Mark Hauck at mark.hauck@state.mn.us or 320-223-7846.

Jan 3 - DNR to host employment seminar for military veterans. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a veteran employment seminar Jan. 3 in St. Paul. Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions. “If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience in many of our professional areas,” said Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and U.S. Army retired. At the seminar veterans will have the opportunity to talk to DNR staff who work in the areas of logistics, fisheries and wildlife, informational technology, GIS and mapping, forestry, operations, communications, safety, real estate forestry, enforcement, human resources, engineering and landscape architecture and more. It’s a chance to find out from those who work it every day what the different job responsibilities include, education requirements, and how military work experience translates. Human resources staff will provide information on how to apply for DNR jobs, set up job searches, and receive job posting notifications. Veterans will also be on hand to answer questions about how to successfully juggle military – civilian commitments. Information on DNR veteran support resources will also be available. “I can’t imagine a more military friendly employer,” said John Peterson, DNR emergency planner and currently serving with the 2-135th Infantry MN National Guard. “The DNR has always been incredibly supportive of my service in the National Guard.” This event is free and will be at the DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101. Space is limited so, registration is required. Register for a time slot between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Go to: http://tinyurl.com/dnrvets2018 Veterans will receive a welcome packet with additional information when registration is confirmed. The DNR is Yellow Ribbon Company – a veteran friendly employer.

Jan 12-14 - Minnesota Ice Fishing School. Presented by Minnesota Fishing Guide Service. Lake Koronis, Paynesville, MN. Spend a fun weekend improving your ice fishing skills, knowledge, and success by learning and fishing with the Pros! $539 per person includes:
• all daily informative seminars
• great meals, luxury lodging
• “on the ice” fishing with the experts
• social hour and door prizes!
Topics included but not limited to:
• Ice fishing strategies/tricks for locating and catching all fish
• effective use of electronics & gear
• multiple products/brand demos
www.minnesotaguideservice.com
320-291-0708
218-732-9919
info@minnesotaguideservice.com
All skill levels welcome!

Jan 11-14 - Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show. Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota ). The 2018 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises to its home port at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 11-14 for four days of summer fun. The annual extravaganza offers attendees the chance to view, board and shop hundreds of new boats and innovative marine accessories. The Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® is a family favorite for replacing winter blues with dreams of summer fun spent on the water. This year s show kicks off the inaugural Minneapolis Innovation Awards, where a committee of top journalists will award the top pontoon boats, aluminum freshwater fishing boats and fiberglass freshwater fishing boats, making the show the place to be for the latest and greatest in boating technology.  Show goers will love the new lakeshore lifestyle exhibit as well as fan favorites returning to the 2018 show like the Antique & Classic Boat display, with a beautiful array of vessels from times gone by, and Fred s Shed DIY & Interactive Learning Center offering popular boating DIY seminars. The Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will also be available again for attendees to boost their nautical knowledge hands-on.
Thursday, January 11: 2pm 9pm
Friday, January 12: 12pm  9pm 
Saturday, January 13: 10am 9pm
Sunday, January 14: 10am 5pm          
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com beginning November 24th or onsite the day of the show. Cost for tickets: Adults (13 and older): $14.00. Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult. Active Military: FREE - Present military ID at the box office onsite. Senior Day, Thursday, January 11, 62+ $11.00

February  9-10 - 41st Annual MN Decoy Collectors Assoc. Decoy Show. Members Day Friday 2/9, 11-7 with $20 Family Membership fee. 7-9 PM Decoy Auction. Saturday 9am-3 pm, open to public! $5 admission and vintage decoy competion. For more information: www.mndecoycollectors.com

LaCrosse

Feb 8-11- 41ST ANNUAL LA CROSSE BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL, RV & HUNTING SHOW. La Crosse Convention Center in La Crosse, WI. This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever and will now occupy the entire Center on two floors. More to see. More to do. More fun for the entire family. This much anticipated once-a-year, one of a kind show treats attendees to a showcase of the widest variety of outdoor recreation equipment and activities all assembled in one place. Virtually every make and model of the newest 2018 boats will be on display along with the motors to power them with and the trailers to haul them on. Also, to care for your boat while you are on shore there will be docks and lifts from a variety of manufacturers. All displays will be manned by well-informed representatives who are eager to show you the advantages of their product and often offering discounts available only at the show. To keep you safe and comfortable while you are at that favorite hunting or fishing spot you will want to check out the awesome display of RV’s, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers. Again, nearly every make and model will be represented with friendly, knowledgeable personnel available to be sure you choose the unit that best fits your needs. If camping out in an RV or trailer isn’t your thing you may want to check out the many Resorts and Lodges that will be present. They will represent everything from bare-bones shelter to luxury vacationing with all the amenities. Guide services will also be at the show. These experienced professionals can show you where the best fishing spots are and give you information on what bait, lures and fishing techniques to help you get the most from your fishing excursion. If it is hunting that catches your fancy you won’t be disappointed. Hunting destinations from around the United States and Canada will be well represented as well as Safari’s from as far away as Africa. Also, be sure to check out the hunting equipment and accessories on display and consult with the staff to find the items that are just right for you. Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young will also be on hand and will measure your trophy racks for free while explaining the methods used to determine each measurement. Entertainment has always been a major part of THE LA CROSSE BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL, RV & HUNTING SHOW and this year will be no exception. Be sure to make your way through the wonderful display of RV’s Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels to the back of South Hall where you will find The Great American Duck Races. Young and old alike will enjoy cheering on their favorite as they race toward the finish line. See your Show Program for times of the races. Back in the Arena cast a line into the ever-popular Rainbow Trout Pond where, for decades, fishing enthusiasts of all ages have come in search of the elusive “Big One”. You will also have the opportunity to see the Nordic Bungalow a shipping container turned into a beautifully finished and decorated living space. Perhaps you have seen these conversions on HGTV and wondered what your next cabin could look like. Upstairs in the ballroom Mac and The Big Cheese will amuse and entertain you with cooking techniques & tips creating delicious and easy recipes for ultimate outdoor cooking. They will be performing daily thru the run of the show. While upstairs kids of all ages will be able to interact with the friendly, colorful birds at the Parakeet Landing as Parakeets fly around their enclosure landing on arms, hands, shoulders and heads. The young ones are especially amazed as they can see the birds up close. You will want to have a camera ready to capture the looks of joy on their faces as they interact with these friendly birds. Hunting and Fishing seminars will be conducted throughout the entire run of the show. These interesting and informative seminars are given by top professionals in their fields. Consult your show program for times and locations of the seminars or click the seminar schedule tab on the left-hand side of this page. If you have little ones along bring them over to the main deli where you will find Cherri Meri Muffin. She will bring smiles to their faces as she treats them to free face painting and balloon animals. With so much to see and do why not make your plans now to attend the 41st ANNUAL LA CROSSE BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL, RV & HUNTING SHOW. You and your family are sure to have a wonderful time. There is truly something for everyone at this 41st Anniversary celebration! www.shamrockprod.com

Duluth

Feb 14-18 - 2018 NORTHLAND OUTDOORS DULUTH DEER CLASSIC. Lake Superior Ballroom of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). On the same dates and at the same times, the entire downstairs portion of the DECC will be transformed into the 2018 Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show. What is so great about this is that one admission will gain you access to both of these great shows. Where else can you get this kind of experience and this much entertainment value? What a great opportunity to escape the long Winter drudgery and celebrate the coming Spring with your family and friends who are also sure to be there. If you are a gun enthusiast, you will want to be sure to stop by the impressive display of fine weaponry and safes with knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you. If you can’t find it they don’t make it! If it is archery you are interested in stop in take a look at the huge variety of Archery equipment showcasing the newest lines on the market. Resorts, lodges, campgrounds and safaris will also be well represented. They can help you plan your next big hunting adventure whether it be in North America or even as far away as Africa. Guides and Outfitters will also be present to help insure that your hunt is a successful one. Seminars have always been an important part of the show and this year will be no exception. Experts in their fields will be there to present interesting and informative talks on a variety of subjects. At least one of these seminars is sure to be of interest to you so either click on the “Seminar” tab on this website or, if you are at the show, consult your program for dates and times of each seminar. If you are in possession of a prized rack of any kind and have always wondered how it stacks up against others of its kind bring it to the show. The Minnesota Official Measurers (Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young) will be there. Just take your rack to their booth and they will be glad to measure it for FREE while giving you information on the procedures they use and what they look for when measuring and scoring a rack. You will want to be sure to check out the Great American Duck Races. While these “quackers” are not available to be hunted you are sure to enjoy watching them race to the finish line. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Live Deer Exhibit where you will be given the opportunity to feed these wonderful animals. Again, no hunting allowed but you are sure to enjoy interacting with them. Royalty British Kennels will be back with their British Labrador Puppies. These adorable, playful pups are always a big hit and their breeder/trainer will be on hand to explain why these dogs make great hunting dogs as well as wonderful family pets. Also, be sure to visit the Pheasant Forever Youth Village Display where you will have the opportunity to test your shooting skills at the Laser Shot or Safe Archery zone as well as the Indoor Sling Shot center while learning valuable information on firearms safety. The ever-popular silent auction presented by Ducks Unlimited will also be at the show. Don’t forget to come and bid on your favorite item. Bring the kids for a true treasure hunt. Downstairs on the main level of the DECC you will find even more attractions in addition to the great selection of vendors present. In the main Arena will be the ever-popular Rainbow Trout Pond where, for decades fishermen of all ages have come to cast their line with the hope of reeling in the ever elusive “big one”. Grandparents who fished here as kids are now bringing their grandchildren to experience the wonderful thrill of fishing. Over in Paulucci Hall you won’t want to miss Mac and the Big Cheese. These two gurus will entertain you while showing you recipes and techniques to create the ultimate outdoor cooking experience. Stroll back into the Connector between the Arena and Pioneer Hall and you will find the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s traveling conservation exhibit showcasing some of the Largest Bull Elk from across North America with World – Class taxidermy. This is one exhibit you won’t want to miss! Continue to the back of Pioneer Hall and experience the thrill of riding Jack Link’s Mechanical Bull. If you dare don’t miss this chance to find out how good of an “Urban Cowboy or Cowgirl” you are. If you have little ones along bring them over to the main deli where you will find Cherri Meri Muffin. She will bring smiles to their faces as she treats them to free face painting and balloon animals. Back by popular demand is the Lowrance Marine University. Attend workshops and learn from the experts. Pre-registration is required. With so much to see and do why not make your plans now to attend the NORTHLAND OUTDOORS DULUTH DEER CLASSIC and while you are there take advantage of all the attractions and vendors downstairs in the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show. There truly is something for everyone at these shows and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience this great winter escape. www.shamrockprod.com

Feb 14-18 - 52nd ANNUAL DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW. Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic will be happening on the same dates and the same times upstairs in the Lake Superior Ballroom and your admission will gain you access to both of these great shows. This is definitely the best entertainment value in town. Virtually every make and model of boat, pontoon and RV will be on display as well as docks and lifts. Camping equipment is also well represented as are a variety of campgrounds, lodges and resorts from all over North America and safaris as far away as Africa. Many of the boat, dock and RV dealers will be there showcasing their 2018 models and offering discounts which will only be available during the show. If you are looking to acquire the latest in fishing gear from rods and reels to the newest high-tech electronic devices this is the place to be. Manufacturers’ representatives and retailers will be there to help you select the gear that is just right for you. Regardless of what you are looking for to enhance your enjoyment of the upcoming summer season you are sure to find it here. Interesting and educational seminars have always been a big part of the show and this year will be no exception. Experts in their fields will conduct seminars on a variety of fishing and hunting topics throughout the show. Consult the “Seminars” page on this website or, if you are at the show, check your show program for dates, times and locations. You are sure to find at least one that will interest you. Entertainment is another aspect of the show which attendees look forward to every year. 2018 will offer an exceptional variety of attractions for young and old alike. In the Lake Superior Ballroom (upstairs) you will find The Great American Duck Races. Come cheer on your favorite “quacker” as they streak to the finish line. Be sure to stop by the live Deer exhibit where you will have a chance to hand feed them. The ever-popular British Lab Puppies will also be a part of the show. These playful puppies are sure to win your heart and their breeder/trainer will be there to tell you why they make such great hunting and family dogs. Make your way over to the Pheasant Forever Youth Village Display where you will have the opportunity to use a laser shot, Indoor Sling Shot or Safe Archery Zone. Ducks Unlimited will be back with their silent auction display where you can bid on your favorite item and new this year stop by the Ducks Unlimited booth to pick up a treasure hunt map for the kids to participate in. The Minnesota Official Measurers (Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young) will also be there. Just take your rack to their booth and they will be glad to measure it for FREE while giving you information on the procedures they use and what they look for when measuring and scoring a rack. Downstairs in the main arena you will find the Rainbow Trout Pond where for decades kids and their parents and grandparents have come to cast a line in hopes of hooking that ever elusive “big one”. Wander over into Paulucci Hall and you will find Mac and the Big Cheese who will amuse and amaze you with cooking techniques & tips creating delicious & easy recipes for ultimate outdoor cooking. Stroll back into the Connector between the Arena and Pioneer Hall and you will find the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations traveling conservation exhibit showcasing some of the Largest Bull Elk from across North America with World – Class taxidermy – this is one exhibit you won’t want to miss! Keep going back into Pioneer Hall and you will find Jack Link’s Mechanical Bull. If you are brave enough to climb on you can find out if you are a real Urban Cowboy. If you are looking to learn from the experts make sure you attend and pre-register for the Lowrance Marine University. All these attractions and more are there for you to enjoy as you make your way through the hundreds of vendors displaying their goods and services. Along the way you are sure to find something you want or need from a small fishing lure to a magnificent RV ready to take you and your family on that trip you have dreamed about for so long. For the younger children in your group you will want to stop by the Leinie Lounge just off of Fitzgerald Hall and see Cherri Merri Muffin. She will delight them with free face painting and balloon animals. While there satisfy that hunger and thirst you have built up with the great selection of food and drinks available. The DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW in conjunction with the Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic is a once-a-year, one-of-a-kind show that truly has something for everybody. In addition to the great vendors and wonderful entertainment it is also chance to cure that cabin fever that has been building up all winter and get out and reconnect with friends and family who will also be there. Mark your calendars now so that you won’t miss this great show. www.shamrockprod.com

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

February 10 - 5th Annual JIG S UP Blugold Ice Fishing Contest. Weigh-in locations at The Edge Pub & Eatery and The View on Lake Wissota.  Prize distribution will take place at The View starting at 3pm. 7am-2pm, no pre-registration. Over $80,000 in cash and prizes including a 2017 Ice Castle Scout, win a Ford F150 Truck if you catch and register the tagged fish!   Prizes awarded to the top 25 fish by weight and every 5th place thereafter to 300th place so even a small fish can win big!  Each participant may register one fish per ticket; tickets are $25 with no limit on the number of tickets an individual can purchase.  Raffle prizes include a 2017 Polaris Sportsman 450 4-wheeler, raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20!  Prizes for the top fish by weight in each category: northern, walleye, and pan fish.  All state regulations and bag limits apply and no person may bring in more than the legal limit of fish allowed, which for this contest includes northern, walleye, and pan fish (perch, bluegills, crappies). Purchase tickets at the following locations: Online at jigsup.org - Scheels - Mega Holiday Stations - Eau Claire Ford - UWEC Recreation - The Edge - The View. For contest rules and additional information, visit jigsup.org or contact UWEC Recreation at 715-836-3377.

Out of State Tournaments

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classes & Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minnesota DNR Events

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


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


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


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


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

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SPECIAL EVENTS

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

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

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TELEVISION

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

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

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

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
fishingthemidwest.com

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

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

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MEETINGS
Post your meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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