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BANQUETS

Feb 28 - 10th Annual Rum River Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Assn 10th Annual Conservation Banquet. 5pm. The Links at Northfork, Ramsey, MN Ticket info: 763-427-6524 or rumrivermwa@yahoo.com Ross Hedin, 763-427-6524

Mar 8 - Twin Toms NWTF Banquet. Richfield, MN American Legion, 5:30 pm. Annual Banquet with great dinner, games, raffles and silent and live auction. Rich Krossin, 612-203-1703.

Mar 10 - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Northern Lights Chapter 28th Annual Banquet. Jack and Jim's in Foley, MN. Doors open at 4 pm for social hour and games, dinner at 6 pm. Auctions, raffles, games, prizes, fun! Please contact Scott Lehmkuhl at 320-248-8163 for registration or mor information. Or visit www.rmef.org/Minnesota

Mar 18 - Cannon Falls Sunrise Gobblers NWTF Banquet. Cannon Golf Club, 5pm. Hunt in the Cannon Falls area or just want to be part of a fun conservation group?  Come join us for prizes, raffles, free corn/soybean seed, and more at our annual banquet! Joel Nelson, 507-298-0293.

Mar 24 - Rum River Chapter MDHA Banquet. The Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin Street  N. W. Andover,  MN  55304. Social  Hour: 4.30  PM. Dinner  Hour:   6:00  PM. Program: 6:45  PM. Ron Schleif, 763-753-3254.

Mar 24 - Navarino Nature Center's 8th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.  Door Prizes and special shooting prizes.  Food will be available on the J&H grounds.  Cost: $25 per person, Re-entry fee: $15  Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Navarino Nature Center.  Event proceeds will support educational programs for local elementary and middle schools at the Center. J&H Game Farm, W5810 J&H Road, Shiocton, WI  54170. 8am - 3pm. Tim Ewing, 715-758-6999.

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Feb 20, 21, March 6 - Public meetings for sturgeon management plan (WI). Wisconsin's oldest fish species - lake sturgeon present when dinosaurs roamed the earth - is set for an updated management plan. Sturgeon lovers can help shape that plan by attending one of eight public meetings statewide in mid-February and early-March. Public meeting dates, locations and starting times are listed below: For more information regarding sturgeon management, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "sturgeon."

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Eau Claire, 6:30 p.m., DNR Eau Claire Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave.;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Fitchburg, 6:30 p.m., DNR Fitchburg Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Webster, 6:30 p.m., Larsen Family Public Library, 7401 W. Main St.;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - La Crosse, 6:30 p.m. DNR La Crosse Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Oshkosh, 6:30 p.m., Coughlin Building, Conference rooms A and B, 625 E County Road Y;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Park Falls, 6 p.m. Public Library, 410 Division St.;
  • Tuesday, March 6 - Ashland, 6 p.m. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 2100 Beaser Ave.; and
  • Tuesday, March 6 - Oconto, 6 p.m., Oconto City Hall, 1210 Main St.

Feb 22-25 - 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival. Mid-Winter Minnesota Months Making You Stir Crazy!? Don’t Fret … The 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival Is Almost Here! Bait Your Hooks, Layer Your Socks, Grab the Whole Family and Be Prepared to “Kiss The Pout” during a Fun-Filled Weekend That’ll Chase Away that Cabin Fever! Walker, MN. Stir crazy is an understatement when describing the more than 12,000 participants and visitors who descend on Walker, Minn. (pop. 1,069) for four days every February for The Annual International Eelpout Festival.  The festival, always a spectacle, is known for providing a mid-winter respite for the many hearty Midwesterners looking for an outlet during a long Minnesota winter. The revelry and gamesmanship that ensues has drawn the curiosity of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and countless media outlets over the years.  At the center of the Eelpout Festival is the long-held tradition of angling the world’s only true gamefish and one of the ugliest bottom dwelling catches out there - The Eelpout! NEW this year, all activities and Eelpout events will be in one convenient location! Join us in front of The Chase on the Lake … in the tent or on the ice you’ll find one of a kind “Chase the Pout” events including:

  • Opening Ceremonies (Thursday starting at 6pm): Live music from “The Roosters” in the Chase 502 Bar and Pre-Pout Kick-Off Party in the Chase Tent.
  • Pout Curling (Friday 11am-1PM; Saturday 11am-1pm) @ Chase on the Lake Tent: Patrons can throw “The Eelpout Rock” and try “sweeping” to victory. Walker’s local curling club facilitates the “stone-pout” throws and button landings.
  • 5th Annual Eelpout Beer Pong (Qualifiers - Friday 3-7pm/Championship - Saturday 3pm): A Festival favorite! $40 gets your 2-person team into this bracket-style/single elimination contest. Prizes include cash, Eelpout Trophy and merch. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.eelpoutbeerpong.com/.
  • Eelpout Rugby (Saturday 10am-5pm): Bemidji State Rugby Teams will take to the ice to capture the 2017 Eelpout Rugby crown. Join us on the ice in front of The Chase.
  • Polar Pout Plunge (Saturday 1pm- 3pm Registration at noon): Thanks to a chainsaw crew that cuts through 18” of ice to prepare a “soft landing”, countless costumed revelers are cheered on by a massive crowd as they plunge into the frozen depths of Leech Lake. Money raised benefits the Walker Area Community Center.
  • Dog Sled Rides (Saturday 11am-4pm) – Experience a K-9 led tour of the grounds … and so mush more!
  • Helicopter Rides (Saturday Noon-5pm)- Located by City Park
  • Eelpout Weigh In: This unique “cultural submersion” operates daily, capped with an awards ceremony on Sunday (11am) in front of The Chase and includes thousands of dollars in prizes for the most pout pounds.
  • 4th Annual Kids Perch Jerk (Saturday noon – 1pm): Savings bonds will be awarded to three biggest perch caught. Holes will be drilled for the kids. Parents, just bring poles and bait.

Annual must-see and must-try Eelpout traditions:

  • Kissing the Pout on the lips is a long-held Minnesota tradition … Not for the faint of heart, but legend says it will provide good luck for the entire year!
  • Sip an ice-cold drink at the 50,000lb Coors Ice Tap, an ice bar built (literally) on the lake!
  • Enjoy the Eelpout Fish Fry including REAL eelpout nuggets fried with Goose Antler Batter.  And NEW this year, a BBQ pig roast!  
  • Arguably the biggest attraction of the Festival is the ever-growing city of lake encampments (some built from scratch).  Tour and immerse yourself in a culture simply too unique to explain to those who “haven’t been” … For example, ever ridden an Ice-Couch Land Cruiser!?

To learn more about the 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival or media inquiries including interviews, photos or on-site access, please contact Michael Deering at 612-360-7789 or Kelly Plummer at 651-206-9852. Chase on the Lake - www.chaseonthelake.com
About the International Eelpout Festival: Entering into its 39th year, the Annual International Eelpout Festival attracts more than 12,000 participants and visitors to Walker, Minn. (pop. 1,069) for three days every February. This year’s festival officially begins at 6pm on Thursday Feb. 22 and concludes at noon on Sunday, Feb. 25. All participants must be registered and have in their possession an official International Eelpout Festival button, which may be purchased at the registration tent at Walker City Park or at participating Walker area businesses. Cost of a button is $18. Visit the official site at: www.eelpoutfestival.com

Feb 23 - Game Warden Exam (ND). Individuals interested in taking the exam to select candidates for the position of a full-time temporary district game warden must register no later than Feb. 19. The test is at 10 a.m., Feb. 23, at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree at time of hire (tentative hire date is May 1), have a valid driver’s license and a current North Dakota peace officer license, or be eligible to be licensed. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in communications and writing, and must not have a record of any felony convictions. District game wardens enforce game and fish laws and related regulations in an assigned district and other locations as determined by the department. Wardens normally work alone under varied conditions, at all hours of the day, night and weekends. In addition to law enforcement duties, wardens assist in the areas of public relations, education programs, and hunter and boat safety education. Salary through training for a district game warden is $3,800 per month. For more information, see the district game warden job announcement on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov

Feb 28 - 2017 fish, game and trapping licenses expire. Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2017 expire Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Licenses for 2018 are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. All 2018 fishing licenses become effective Thursday, March 1. New licenses are required for 2017 hunting and fishing seasons that continue past Feb. 28. This year license fees increase by $3 for a resident individual angling license, and fees also increase for other license types including deer hunting licenses, sports licenses and lifetime licenses. License fees support the ongoing work of DNR fish, wildlife and enforcement staff to conserve, enhance and protect our waters, fields and forests. “Thank you to all who purchase a license. License fees pay for the work we do and the dollars go directly toward improving fishing and hunting opportunities in Minnesota,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. Customers who purchase online via a smartphone won’t receive a conventional paper license. Instead, they’ll receive a text message or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. A printed copy of the text or email also can serve as proof of a valid license. Customers are encouraged to update their customer record online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Adding an email, while not required, allows the DNR to send important hunting and fishing information, and gather input through surveys. More information about how the DNR spends license dollars can be found at mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtWork.

Feb 28, March 30 - Application Deadlines. DNR solicits 2018 park and trail grant applications. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is accepting applications for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic areas, regional trails, local trail connections and federal recreational trails. These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects such as local parks, regional trails and trail connections. The application due dates are Wednesday, Feb. 28, for the Federal Recreational Trail Grant Program and Friday, March 30, for the other programs. The DNR anticipates that both federal and state funding will be available during 2018 for these programs. For information about eligible projects and how to apply for a grant, visit the recreation grants page of the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov. For more information: Contact the grants staff listed online. 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).

Henslin Auction

March 3 - 17th Annual Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snow Rally. The 17th annual Snow Rally will be held at Jerry’s Bar on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a snowmobile radar run, bonfire, goosebump jump, and plenty of activities for kids. Prizes on raffles include a side by side, augers, fish houses, and much much more! There will also be a lunch buffet. All proceeds go to the NW Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Club to support trail maintenance and development. for more information visit the edge riders website at http://nwaedgeriders.org/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestAngleEdgeRiders.

Lake Bemidji Fat Tire bike race
Mar 3 - Lake Bemidji State Park to sponsor Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally. Riders can gear up and get ready for the Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday, March 3. The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail. Riders can choose from a 10K or 28K route. The rally is not just for experienced riders. Anyone interested in this new winter sport will have the opportunity to ride the course, check out various fat bikes, learn about the sport by talking with experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of the “big fatties.” The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park will offer food and refreshments at the visitor center. The course will be closed until the official start time. After the event, the course will be open to biking until 4 p.m. The park will also be open to fat biking on Sunday, March 4.
Schedule
9:30 a.m.         Registration, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
10:15 a.m.       Mandatory rules meeting, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
11 a.m.            Event start on Lake Bemidji.
2 p.m.              After-event social with awards and raffle at C.K. Dudley’s,
                         6405 Bemidji Ave. NW, Bemidji.
Participants must have 3.8-inch tires and wear a helmet. The event and activities are free, but participants are encouraged to make a free-will donation to the Trek North Middle and High School Mountain Bike Teams. A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($7/one-day or $35/year-round) is required to enter the park. For more information on the bike rally, contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300 or visit the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers Facebook page. The event is sponsored by Lake Bemidji State Park, C.K. Dudley’s, Bemidji Brewing, Super 8 Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers. For more information about fat bike opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/fatbike

Mar 14 - Cover Crop Workshop. The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), along with University of Minnesota (U of MN) Extension, are hosting a Cover Crop Workshop, which will feature a farmer-led discussion panel. The Cover Crop Workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 14th, 10:30am – 1:30pm at the Community Room in the Sauk Rapids Government Center (250 Summit Avenue North, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379). The workshop is free and there will be a free lunch provided. For more information on the workshop, please contact Casey Gwost with the Benton SWCD at 320-968-5300 ext. 3 or feel free to visit our office at 14 2nd Avenue West, Foley MN 56329.

Mar 17 - NDGF Offers Wild Game Processing Workshop. Individuals age 15 and older who are interested in learning how to take harvested game from the field to the table can sign up for an upcoming wild game processing workshop sponsored by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Game and Fish Department district shop (3001 E. Main) in Bismarck. The fee is $25, and participants will take with them several packages of fresh sausage. Participants can register by contacting education coordinator Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov. Schaffer said registrants should sign up quickly, as space is limited.

Northwest Sportshow

Mar 22-25 - Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow. The 2018 Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow travels back to the Minneapolis Convention Center March 22-25. The region s biggest event for outdoor recreation features thousands of products to outfit any adventure, including fishing boats, reels and tackle, RVs, hunting rifles, gear and numerous travel packages and excursions from top resorts and guides around the country. It s also the best place to find the latest innovations and technologies for the upcoming outdoor season. The Northwest Sportshow is fun for all ages with a variety of complimentary features and seminars including fan favorites like professional fishing demonstrations, hunting and fishing seminars, the Fred s Shed DIY & Interactive Learning Center, Ducks Unlimited, Laser Shot Gallery and Kids Create-a-Crank Bait.  New for 2018: Live Shark Encounter is the only traveling shark exhibit in the U.S. Guests can observe sharks in their element during a host of interactive presentations and learn from the experts about these fascinating predators and the importance of conservation. 
For more info: NorthwestSportshow.com
When: 
Thursday, March 22, 1pm 9pm 
Friday, March 23, 11am  9pm 
Saturday, March 24, 10am 8pm 
Sunday, March 25, 10am 5pm
Where:  Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance at NorthwestSportshow.com or onsite at 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, March 22 only, 62+

Mar 24 - Navarino Nature Center's 8th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.  Door Prizes and special shooting prizes.  Food will be available on the J&H grounds.  Cost: $25 per person, Re-entry fee: $15  Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Navarino Nature Center.  Event proceeds will support educational programs for local elementary and middle schools at the Center. J&H Game Farm, W5810 J&H Road, Shiocton, WI  54170. 8am - 3pm. Tim Ewing, 715-758-6999.

April 8 - 23rd Annual MN Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show. Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN. 9am-2 pm. Minnesota's largest Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Show! Over 200 tables. SHOW Date has Changed to SUNDAY. Wally, 651-771-8926. For more information visit www.americansporting.net

April 14-15 - WRPC Willmar Gun Show. Saturday, 8-5; Sunday, 9-3.Willmar Civic Center  - 2707 Arena Drive, Willmar MN 56201. Admission - $5.00, Women & Children, Current Military are FREE! Vendor Tables - $25.00, Set up 1-8 Friday. Email contact : Info@WillmarRifleAndPistolClub.com Donovan Kuehl, 320-212-7460

April 27-29 - Fly Fishing Weekend for Beginners. Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs, A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors from evening on Friday, April 27, to afternoon on Sunday, April 29, near Lanesboro. “Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can learn to fly fish together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Department of Natural Resources. “When they finish the weekend, they’ll be ready to take on more fishing adventures for a variety of species.” To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 27, and adult and youth must each have less than 5 hours of fly-fishing experience. The registration fee is $130 per pair and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs. Apply online at surveymonkey.com/r/DNRflyfish2018. For more information, contact Groebner at 507-359-6049 or deborah.groebner@state.mn.us.

April to June 2018 - Outdoor events for families celebrate 10th anniversary of Legacy Amendment. A series of events celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will take place throughout Minnesota in 2018. The first of these events will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Silverwood Regional Park, 2500 County Road E, St. Anthony. Adults and kids who attend the Parks and Trails Legacy Celebration at Silverwood Regional Park can try kick-sledding, ice fishing, a snowmobile simulator and other indoor and outdoor activities. Visitors can also hike among art sculptures throughout the park. Between activities, there will be s’mores and other light refreshments around a crackling bonfire. “The passage of the Legacy Amendment was a game-changer for organizations working to support Minnesota’s outstanding system of parks and trails,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “At this event, and the statewide events to follow, we will not only highlight what has been accomplished over the past decade with Legacy funding but, perhaps even more important, we will gather input from people throughout the state—adults and kids alike—to help shape priorities moving forward.” Staff from the DNR, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission will be on hand throughout the afternoon to lead activities and gather ideas. Metro Transit is providing free rides to the event. Get a downloadable bus pass at www.legacy.leg.mn/ptlac/2018-regional-events.
Future Parks and Trails Legacy Celebration events will take place:

  • Friday, April 27, 4-7 p.m., at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
  • Saturday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall.
  • Friday, May 11, 4-7 p.m., at Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park in Bloomington.
  • Saturday, May 19, 1-4 p.m. at 125 LIVE in Rochester.
  • Saturday, June 2, 1-4 p.m. at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids.
  • Saturday, June 16, 1-4 p.m. at Prairie Wetland Environmental Learning Center in Fergus Falls.
  • Wednesday, June 27, 1-4 p.m. at Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center in Duluth.

For more information, visit www.legacy.leg.mn/ptlac. For accommodations to participate, please contact Paul Purman at the DNR, paul.purman@state.mn.us or 651-259-5643. 

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

Feb 17 - St Joe Rod and Gun Club 25th Annual Ice Fishing Contest. Noon to 3 pm on Kraemer Lake in St Joseph, MN. For more information visit www.stjoerodandgunclub.org or call 320-363-8803 or 320-251-2881.

Out of State Tournaments

Mar 24 - Navarino Nature Center's 8th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot - WISCONSIN.  Door Prizes and special shooting prizes.  Food will be available on the J&H grounds.  Cost: $25 per person, Re-entry fee: $15  Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Navarino Nature Center.  Event proceeds will support educational programs for local elementary and middle schools at the Center. J&H Game Farm, W5810 J&H Road, Shiocton, WI  54170. 8am - 3pm. Tim Ewing, 715-758-6999.

May 26 - Pickle Lake Pike Catch and  Release Derby. Pickle Lake, Ontario, Canada. 9am - 1pm (EST). Grand prize of a Cottage Lot on Pickle Lake (Northern Ontario, Canada). Prices in Canadian Dollars: $100/Adult, $25/Youth, $10/Kid. Entry comes with a rib dinner and entrance to the derby dance. Register before May 11th (5pm EST) by contacting the Township of Pickle Lake at 1-807-928-2034 or email reception@picklelake.org

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DNR, partners to host nine Border to Border Touring Route listening sessions across northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association, will hold a series of listening sessions across the northern counties of Minnesota about the Border to Border (B2B) Touring Route.
The route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles, following routes that are already open for driving. The project is funded by the off-road vehicle account in Minnesota’s Natural Resources Fund.  Revenues for this fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.
The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback regarding a draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route. Last year at this time, similar meetings were held on this project to help determine the best location for this adventure route. That information was used to form the draft alignment that will be the topic of the listening sessions. The route is proposed to traverse the counties of Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, and Kittson.
The nine meetings will be between mid-February and early March near the proposed draft alignment for the B2B Touring Route. All meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about the project, and to verify the dates, times and locations of the listening sessions (subject to change in the event of bad weather) visit the DNR website.

Listening Session Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 20  
Cook County School
101 W. Fifth St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Mountain Iron Community Center
Wacootah Room
8586 Enterprise Drive S.
Mountain Iron MN 55768

Thursday, Feb. 22
Beaver Bay Community Center
711 MacDonald Ave.
Beaver Bay, MN 55601

Monday, Feb. 26
Squaw Lake Community Center
52201 MN-46
Squaw Lake, MN 56681

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Black Duck School Library
156 First St. NW
Blackduck, MN 56630

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Clearbrook Gonvick School Library
16770 Clearwater Lake Rd.
Clearbrook, MN 56634

Monday, March 5
Newfolden City Office
145 E. First St.
Newfolden, MN 56738

Tuesday, March 6
Hallock City Hall
163 3rd St SE
Hallock, MN 56728

Wednesday, March 7
Red Lake Falls Lafayette High School Cafeteria
404 Champagne Ave.
Red Lake Falls, MN  56750

The DNR will also accept written comments on the touring route proposal from Feb. 21 through March 25. Written comments will be accepted by email to mary.straka@state.mn.us or should be sent by mail to Mary Straka, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. For more information, or to request a printed copy of the proposal, call Mary Straka, at 218-203-4445, or email mary.straka@state.mn.us.

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


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


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


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


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

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SPECIAL EVENTS

School of Fish
School of Fish, including an information packet, can be secured by contacting Mike Frisch by email at mf4389533@gmail.com or by phone, (218) 731-8141. www.fishingthemidwest.com

Latest Newsletter from School of Fish

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

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TELEVISION

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

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

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

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

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

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN & MIKE FRISCH
www.fishingthemidwest.com

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

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

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MEETINGS
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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