October 5 - 45th Anniversary Steele County Ducks Unlimited Fall "Duck Bash". Thursday, 10/5/2017, at 5pm at the Ritchie Brothers Auction Facility in Owatonna, MN. Over 40 guns will be given away! Call Bob Hoen @ 507-456-5046 for ticket information.
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Sept 25 - Application Deadline. DNR seeks citizens to serve on spending oversight committees. Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spends game and fish fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Sept. 25. The DNR is seeking at least 12 people to serve on the Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will be responsible for reviewing the agency’s annual Game and Fish Fund Report in detail and, following discussions with agency leaders and others, write a report on the findings of this review. About half of the current members’ terms expire on Dec. 14, 2017, and are subject to this open application. The two committees are comprised of members identified through a self-nomination process. Those who want to serve on the committees should have a strong interest in natural resource management and how it is funded. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint committee members for three-year terms. Applications are being accepted until Sept. 25 online at the DNR’s Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight webpage at mndnr.gov/gamefishoversight. Though not well known, Minnesota’s Game and Fish Fund is the fiscal foundation for many of the state’s core natural resource management functions. Upwards of $110 million a year is deposited into this fund from hunting and fishing license sales, a sales tax on lottery tickets, and other sources of revenue, including a reimbursement based on a federal excise tax on certain hunting, fishing and boating equipment. Committee members participate in a mid-December orientation meeting and one to two meetings per month January to May. Meetings are generally two hours in the evening at DNR headquarters in St. Paul, with the total time commitment estimated at 20 to 40 hours, plus travel time. Some members also attend monthly joint Budgetary Oversight Committee meetings January to May and may complete their report via email correspondence. Estimated additional time commitment is 12-15 hours, plus travel time. Members are asked to make three-year commitment. Past DNR Game and Fish Fund expenditure reports and citizen oversight committee reports are also available at mndnr.gov/gamefishoversight.
Sept 27 - First-Come, First-Served Deer Gun Licenses Available. More than 970 antlerless whitetail deer gun licenses are still available in three units after the North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently completed its second lottery drawing. Individual results are available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. Whitetail doe licenses remaining in units 3F1 (314 licenses), 3F2 (477 licenses) and 4F (183 licenses) will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Central Time on Sept. 27. These licenses are only available online, and to individuals who have not already received a lottery or landowner license. These licenses are valid only during the regular deer gun season, Nov. 10-26. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply.
Sept 28 - Fall Turkey Lottery Held, Remaining Licenses Available. The 2017 fall wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 800 licenses remain in seven units. Unsuccessful applicants who applied online will have a refund issued directly to their credit card. Beginning at 8 a.m. Central Time on Sept. 28, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are allowed a maximum of five licenses for the fall season. Resident and nonresident hunters must apply online beginning Sept. 28 at the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.
The fall turkey season runs from Oct. 14 – Jan. 7, 2018. Licenses remain for the following units: Unit 13, Dunn County, 140 licenses; Unit 19, Grant County, Sioux County and portions of Morton County, 28; Unit 25, McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties, 336; Unit 30, a portion of Morton County, 137; Unit 31, Mountrail County, 23; Unit 45, Stark County, 69; and Unit 51, Burke County and portions of Renville, Bottineau and Ward counties, 85.
Sept 28 - Comment Deadline. DNR seeks input on County Road 89 ATV Trail Connection proposal. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Clover Township to obtain grant-in-aid funding for 10.5 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in Arago and Clover townships in Hubbard County.
The trail—known as the County Road 89 Connection—will be maintained by Clover Township and the Forest Riders ATV Club. The entire 10.5-mile trail section is currently open to ATV use.
The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. Comments may be submitted: Via mail to Dave Schotzko, area supervisor, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Via email to email@example.com. For more information about the County Road 89 ATV Connection visit www.mndnr.gov or call Dave Schotzko, 218-308-2367.
Sept 29- Oct 1 - Goose Fest. A Waterfowler's Dream Destination! Visit www.visittrf.com for full details!
Sept 29-Oct 1 - skills workshop for women. Women are invited to participate in a variety of outdoor activities during a fall workshop at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack from Friday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 1, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Classes include firearms training and shooting, archery, bow hunting, mushrooming, birding, pine baskets, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, rock climbing, how to dress in the outdoors, walking sticks and beekeeping. The workshop is meant for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. More than 70 women are expected to attend. “Women join us who’ve never tried these activities and want to learn, and we also have participants who are considered advanced in these skills,” said Linda Bylander, outreach program coordinator. “We all share camaraderie with each other and the event lets us get away from daily stresses and enjoy the outdoors.” The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program focuses on teaching outdoor skills usually associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. The $195 registration fee includes lodging, meals, three outdoor skills classes, evening programs and a campfire. A scholarship is available for women military veterans, Gold Star mothers and wives, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Women Veteran Outreach. To register, or for more information, visit mndnr.gov/bow
Sept 30 - 24th Annual Wildlife Festival at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Friends of Sherburne invite you to their 24th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., which honors National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct. 8th-15th) and National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30th). This year’s festival celebrates education--teaching the public what happens at the refuge day-to-day, highlighting why Sherburne NWR is such a special place, and inviting visitors to get involved. The refuge’s Oak Savanna Learning Center will be the setting for all of the festival’s activities. At 11:00 a.m., staff from the Audubon Center of the North Woods will use live animals to present a program called the “Raptors by Family”. At 1:00 p.m., wildlife artist/painter, Gary Moss, will tell the story of his career, his connection to Sherburne, and his process for creating the new murals that will be displayed in the lobby of the Oak Savanna Learning Center. The trails surrounding the Oak Savanna Learning Center, completed this summer, are packed granite and ADA compliant. At the festival, you can enjoy multiple wildlife booths set along these trails. Make sure to check out the fun, hands-on activities at each booth; try your hand at archery or air-rifle, ride-along on a horse-drawn wagon ride, or get up close to aquatic invertebrates at the dip-netting booth. Don’t forget to check out the Turn in Poachers (TIP) “Wall of Shame” trailer or the display of beautiful photographs of the refuge from the 3rd Annual K-12 nature photography contest. Several refuge service roads will be open to vehicle traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide visitors a rare opportunity to see areas of the refuge that are not normally open to public vehicle travel. Two food trucks will be on site to serve a variety of food at a reasonable cost. A birthday cake in honor of the refuge’s 52nd year will be served at 12:30 p.m., free of charge. The Friends will hold a silent auction with bidding open until 2:30 p.m. Proceeds go toward environmental education and other refuge projects. The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located ¼ mile west of refuge headquarters off Sherburne County Road 9 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398; look for event signs. For more information contact Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge at (763) 389-3323. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this program for all participants. Direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Jessica Nelson at Jessica_Nelson@fws.gov or 762-389-3323, TTY 800-877-8339. Please submit your request by close of business on September 22, 2017. Sherburne Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and is located near the cities of Princeton, Zimmerman, and St. Cloud in central Minnesota. Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/
Sept 30 - Accepting Registrations for Youth Pheasant Hunt near Regent. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, along with sponsors Pheasants Forever and Don Clement, is accepting a limited number of registrations for the Joe Clement Youth Pheasant Hunt on Sept. 30 near Regent. Game and Fish hunter education coordinator John Mazur said there is room for six more kids between the ages of 11-15. “This event is for youth who do not have the opportunity to hunt pheasants, but would like to have the experience,” Mazur said. Interested individuals should contact Mazur at 701-328-6316, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept 30 - Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats. Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the final game in this offer coming up Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. the Detroit Tigers. As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap. Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins. Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.
Sept 30-Oct 1 - Youth Pheasant Weekend. North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents ages 15 and younger may hunt roosters statewide. Resident youth hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Youth ages 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course. The daily bag limit and all other regulations for the regular pheasant season apply. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter in the field. The adult may not carry a firearm. See the 2017 North Dakota Small Game Hunting Guide for additional information.
Oct 4 - Auction. 1,580+ acres of Scenic Ranch Land Auction - bordering the heavily timbered Bad River (offered 3 tracts or 1 unit!) Huge home/lodge. Amazing hunting! Wed. Oct. 4, 2017 - 1 pm MT. Philip, SD (Western SD) www.ARNESONAUCTION.com
October 4, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. (CT) Sheridan County, ND Land Auction. 157.5 acres, Prairie Pothole Region, pastureland, water, native grass, and fences. Property subject to US Fish & Wildlife wetland and grassland easements. Alan Butts 701.400.8858 or Kristen Gill 701.934.2732, Pifer’s Auction & Realty, 877.700.4099, www.pifers.com, Kevin Pifer, ND #715
October 7 - WI DNR Fall Beauty. 10am-3pm at the MacKenzie Center Fall Festival. This family friendly event will give you a chance to participate in some of the many activities available at the MacKenzie Center including archery, compass skills, fire building, hiking, casting, and studying the plant and critter life in our pond. In addition you can learn about (and touch) real furs and skulls, cut a “wood cookie” using a two-person crosscut saw, make leaf and wildlife track pressings and try other crafts. Come participate in some of our seasonal activities as well including pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, gunny sack races, face painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, and more! Musical entertainment starts at 11 am. A $15 per vehicle admission covers all activities. Food and the Friends of the MacKenzie Center gift shop items will be available at an additional cost. Come for an hour or plan to stay all day, there’s something for everyone! All proceeds go to the Friends of the MacKenzie Center to support the facility and its programs!
Oct 9 - Comment Deadline. Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations. During a series of public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 32 lakes, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR has scheduled 11 meetings across the state in coming weeks to review regulations that apply to individual waters, and the DNR also is accepting written and verbal public comments on the regulations before and 10 days after each meeting. Highlights of topics being covered include proposals for new walleye regulations on Wabedo and Little Boy lakes in Cass County, relaxing northern pike regulations on three lakes in the Little Falls area, and a proposal to modify or drop special regulations on eight trout lakes in Cook County. “We want to ensure anglers can find places with quality fishing in this state,” said Al Stevens, DNR fisheries regulations consultant. “In many places statewide regulations, such as bag limits, do an adequate job in providing opportunities to catch quality-sized fish. Special regulations are a more specific tool that fish managers can use to ensure there are local opportunities for quality fishing.” Special regulations work by either protecting existing quality fishing or improving waters with the potential for quality fishing. If special regulations don’t appear to be working or meeting management goals, DNR discusses options including removing or modifying the regulation. Special or experimental regulations limit the length or number of fish anglers can keep, and are found in their own section of the 2017 Minnesota Fishing Regulations handbook (pages 36 to 52). While the DNR regularly reviews both special and experimental regulations, experimental regulations are in effect for a specific period of time, usually 10 to 15 years. Before experimental regulations end, fisheries managers evaluate them and gather input from public meetings to help determine whether they should be extended, modified or dropped.
- Aitkin County (Aitkin area fisheries): Review special regulations on northern pike on Long and Sissabagahmah lakes, 4:30-7 p.m, Friday, Oct. 6, Aitkin Area Fisheries office, 1200 Minnesota Ave. South, Aitkin.
- Beltrami County (Bemidji area fisheries): Review special bass regulations on Balm, Big Bass, Deer and South Twin lakes, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Northern Township Hall, 445 Town Hall Road NW, Bemidji.
- Cass County (Walker area fisheries): Review special bass regulations on Portage Lake, and discuss a proposal for new walleye regulations on Little Boy and Wabedo lakes, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, Woodrow Township Hall, 1133 County Road 11 NW, Hackensack.
- Clearwater and Hubbard counties (Bemidji area fisheries): Review sunfish, black crappie and bass regulations on Itasca, Ozawindib and Mary lakes; two concurrent meetings, one meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Itasca State Park Visitor Center, Park Rapids; the other 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park; address for both meetings is 36750 Main Park Drive.
- Cook County (Grand Marais area fisheries): Review trout management and special regulations on Kraut, North Shady, Peanut, Squash, Thompson, Thrush, Tomato and Turnip lakes; and review smallmouth bass regulations on Flour, Hungry Jack and Two Island lakes, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Cook County Community Center, 317 W. Fifth St., Grand Marais.
- Crow Wing County (Brainerd area fisheries): Review the closed-to-fishing regulation on Moody Lake, 3-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, upper conference room, DNR Brainerd Area Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd.
- Itasca County (Grand Rapids area fisheries): Review of existing northern pike regulations on Sand, Little Sand, Portage and Birds Eye lakes and connected waters, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, Sand Lake Community Center, 53020 N. Center Road, Spring Lake.
- Morrison and Todd counties (Little Falls area fisheries): Review existing northern pike regulations on Big Swan, Cedar (Upsula) and Bass (Trophy) lakes, 6-8 p.m., Monday Sept. 11, Burtrum City Hall, Burtrum.
- St. Louis County (International Falls area fisheries): Review of the existing bass and northern pike regulations on Pelican Lake, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, the American Legion, Orr.
Call or write to local fisheries offices to comment about regulations proposals. Phone numbers of local fisheries offices can be found online at mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries, or on page 94 of the fishing regulations handbook. The offices will accept written or verbal comments up to 10 days following a local meeting. Anyone who cannot attend a local meeting can attend an open house about the regulation proposals that will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road. No formal presentations will be made at the open house. Additionally, staff will be available to take comments on any proposal through Monday, Oct. 9. Comment by email to email@example.com or by calling him at 651-259-5239.
Oct 13 - Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet. Event to take place at Marshall’s Southwest State University. Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall. “I am proud of Minnesota’s great hunting traditions, and I have enjoyed pheasant hunting here for over sixty years,” said Dayton. “For the past seven years, we have held Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Openers, which have been very popular. I thank our wonderful hosts in the Marshall area for all of their hard work to make this year's Opener such an outstanding event. I invite all Minnesotans to join us for this special Minnesota tradition.” Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and available until sold out, at the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 507-532-4484. The banquet features a social hour, dinner and program which will include Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman and local presenters. The banquet is part of the weekend festivities, hosted by Marshall, that showcase the many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities the Marshall area has to offer visitors. This is the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Marshall previously hosted the second Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2012, after Montevideo hosted the inaugural event in 2011. Marshall has a population of 13,680 and is located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities at the junctions of U.S. Highway 59 and state highways 19, 23 and 68. Marshall and southwest Minnesota actively promote hunting and outdoor recreation. Within 25 miles of Marshall, there are 37 Walk-In Access areas totaling just under 3,000 acres, 20 waterfowl production areas totaling approximately 3,779 acres and 132 WMAs totaling 24,407 acres. In Lyon County alone, there are 47 WMAs totaling 11,184 acres. All are open to public hunting. Explore Minnesota and the DNR are assisting the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce in planning the event. More information and updates on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener can be found at exploreminnesota.com/mngpho.
Oct 16 - Comment Deadline. DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet dam safety and public waters work permits. The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota. This is the public’s opportunity to submit written comments on these draft permits. One draft dam safety permit covers the proposed flotation tailings basin, which would receive tailings (a mixture of finely ground waste rock and water) after the commercially recoverable copper, nickel and other elements are removed. This proposed tailings basin would be on the site of the existing tailings basin of the historic LTV iron ore mine. The second draft dam safety permit covers the proposed hydrometallurgical residue facility, which would receive residue (mostly gypsum) generated from a process that would use pressure and temperature reactions to extract additional precious metals beyond what can be achieved by the primary processing facility. PolyMet initially submitted its dam safety permit applications in July 2016. Since then, the DNR, its external consultant Emmons Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR), and a team of top geotechnical dam safety experts assessed the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed NorthMet dams. This team included experts in mining geotechnical engineering with both Minnesota and worldwide experience. The group included a member of the review panel that previously investigated the Mount Polley dam failure in British Columbia. The DNR considered input from state, local, and tribal government technical experts. The applications have been used to create the two draft dam safety permits, which the DNR is now releasing for public comment. The DNR dam safety permit program regulates the construction, operation, and maintenance of Minnesota dams to protect public health, safety and welfare. Minnesota rules establish standards and criteria for dams, which cover both initial permitting and ongoing regulatory oversight. PolyMet also submitted an application for a public waters work permit in May 2017. The DNR recently completed its comprehensive review of this application, and considered input from state, local, and tribal government technical experts to create the draft public waters work permit. The draft public waters work permit is for a culvert extension to widen Dunka Road, the connecting road between the proposed NorthMet plant site and mine site. It would extend the culvert on Unnamed Creek, which is a tributary to Wyman Creek, a public water.
The DNR public waters work permit program applies to public water basins, wetlands, and watercourses. A public waters work permit may be required for proposed projects that affect the course, current, or cross-section of public waters. The DNR is seeking public comments on these three draft permits before making any permitting decisions. Commenters should include the words “NorthMet Dam Safety” or “NorthMet Public Waters” in the title of their comment emails or letters.
Written comments may be submitted no later than Oct. 16, by email to:
NorthMetPermitting.DNR@state.mn.us or by U.S. mail to:
MN Department of Natural Resources
ATTN: PolyMet NorthMet Project
500 Lafayette Road N, Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
In addition to the two dam safety permits and the public waters work permit, the project would need nine additional DNR permits, as well as several other state, federal and local permits and approvals in order to proceed. The DNR permits and approvals that are needed before the proposed NorthMet project could proceed, include the permit to mine (including financial assurance and wetlands replacement), water appropriation permits, dam safety permits, public waters work permit, burning permit, and an endangered species takings permit. A timeline of the permitting process is available from the DNR’s PolyMet website. PolyMet’s dam safety and public waters work permit applications, along with DNR’s draft permits and fact sheets, are available on the State’s PolyMet Portal (click on the DNR link).
Oct 17 - LAND AUCTION: 10:00 a.m. (CT) - 1,600 +/- Acres in Logan County, ND. This property features 1,600 +/- acres of excellent fenced pasture and cropland. Located south of Gackle, ND in the heart of the central flyway, this property offers excellent waterfowl and deer hunting opportunities. Approximately 500 acres are farmable! Contact John Stober at 701.426.8834. Pifer’s Auction & Realty, 877.700.4099, www.pifers.com
October 19-22 - youth deer hunting season. Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Youth deer season is about putting the youth’s hunting experience first,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Many students get a couple days off school for teacher workshops during the youth season so the long break is a great time to plan a hunt that can teach valuable skills and help grow a youth’s interest in the outdoors.” Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission. Youth ages 10 through 15 must obtain a deer license. Youth ages 12 to 15 need to have completed firearms safety or, if not, can obtain an apprentice hunter validation. During the youth season, a parent, guardian or mentor age 18 or older must accompany the youth and only need a license if the youth is taking advantage of the apprentice validation option. Party hunting on a youth license is not allowed – so youth must take and tag their own deer. The bag limit for the youth season is one deer only. Youth may use their regular license or a bonus permit if they take an antlerless deer, regardless of the management designation. Bucks must be tagged with the youth’s regular license. Participation does not affect eligibility for the regular deer season; however, the harvested deer counts against the youth’s annual statewide bag limit and the bag limit for the deer permit area. If hunting in permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603, the early antlerless only season is in effect from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, so adults and youth can hunt at the same time in these areas; however, if a youth harvests a deer and wishes to continue hunting during the early antlerless only season they must purchase an early antlerless permit. Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603. CWD testing during the youth season is not required in the other permit areas where mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season. More information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.
Oct 20 - Entry Deadline. DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 walleye stamp. Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75. Walleye stamps are available year-round and are not required to be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses. “Walleye stamps help fund an account used only for walleye stocking,” said Neil Vanderbosch, fisheries program consultant for the Department of Natural Resources. “We use the money to buy walleye from certified private producers that we stock in lakes.” The stamp contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. The walleye must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota lakes and rivers. Artists are not allowed to use any photographic, digital, or electronic imagery product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, and online at mndnr.gov/stamps.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultimate Panfish League. Rochester, MN area lakes
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!
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
Call to book your next outing! 320-629-4868.
Ultimate Panfish League, Rochester, MN
Contact Tyler Holm, 605-216-2581, http://tylerholmoutdoors.com
The Ultimate Panfish League - Rochester is an event for locals to join in some semi-competitive fishing fun. Individuals compete with others seeking panfish in a 100% payback league that is fun for all ages. No "year-round" standings and no obligations, this is an event-by-event league.
Fishing For Life
For info: Visit www.fishingforlife.org
B-DAWGIN BASS SERIES. MN Metro Area Bass Series. Facebook- Twin City Fishing. Website-www.twincityfishing.com Tom Conboy, 651-336-0585.
Fishers of Men
Team bass tournaments in the MN area. For more information go to www.MNFOM.com or contact NaCole Schutz, 763-566-9141.
Ultimate Angler Challenge
For more information: www.ultimateanglerchallenge.com or call Doug at 218-390-9973.
Super Slam Bass Tour
MN bass tour featuring huge payouts.
Contact Brenda Halstead at Kasten4bass@hotmail.com or 320-679-2207
Northstar Walleye Classic, Wigwam Resort, Lake of the Woods
Kevin Olmstead at 218-634-9457 or Wigwam Resort at 218-634-2168
NORTH DAKOTA: A list of permitted fishing tournaments can now be viewed on the Department’s webpage www.gf.nd.gov This list will be updated each Monday. For future, please refer to the Department’s website for tournament information.
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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
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. “This will greatly increase certification accessibility to working adults and military personnel who traditionally have conflicts trying to scheduling a multi-week classroom course,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement education program coordinator. Minnesota and Iowa are the first states to offer this option for adults. The online course takes about nine hours to complete and is interactive with narration, quizzes and final exam. Both the main course and field day include a virtual range where students can shoot various firearms and action types at a variety of targets and distances. There’s even instruction on how to properly sight-in rifles and pattern a shotgun. “This is a great addition to our computer based adult safety training programs,” Hammer said. “We think it will be a huge success and create even more safe hunters. 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
EDUCATION & SAFETY TRAINING
SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
HUNTER EDUCATION & SAFETY CLASSES
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 email@example.com.
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Minnesota DNR Events
Learn to camp, paddle, rock climb, mountain bike and fish
Registration is open for the 2017 I Can! programs
Looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure this summer? Sign up for one of the I Can! programs offered by Minnesota state parks and trails.
Reservations are being taken for the following beginner-level programs, which start in June and continue through the end of August:
- I Can Camp! – Develop (or brush up on) fire-starting and camp cooking skills and sleep on air mattresses in tents large enough to accommodate two adults and up to three children ($60 for one-night programs or $85 for two-night programs).
- I Can Paddle! – Get out on the water for a guided canoeing, kayaking or sea kayaking adventure (prices vary).
- I Can Climb! – Experience the thrill of rock climbing with instruction provided by trained professionals from Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures ($10/child, $20/adult).
- I Can Mountain Bike! – Learn riding techniques and explore mountain bike trails with guides from the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club ($15/child, $25/adult).
- I Can Fish! – Kids will have fun of casting into the water and enjoying the excitement when there's a tug on the line. ($5/person, children under 12 are free).
The I Can! series also includes the Archery in the Parks program, which is free and for which no reservations are needed.
“Not having the right equipment or know-how can be a barrier to spending time outdoors,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “The I Can! programs make it easy for families to enjoy camping and other outdoor experiences by providing tents, canoes, mountain bikes and other gear. Friendly instructors also provide plenty of tips and encouragement so that adults and kids can both have fun learning new skills.”
Registration and more information
For more information including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements—visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).
To register for a program, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).
This series of introductory programs is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives a share of sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
The I Can! programs received a Government Innovation Award in 2015. More than 12,800 people have participated in these programs since they were first offered in 2010.
Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and campgrounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law. When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator. The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equipment. “That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests like pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit,” she said. Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March. Training is offered in winter to give businesses time to attend training and get a permit before ice-out. Registration deadlines for in-person training are one week prior to each training. A listing all 2017 training sessions is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/calendar. Overall, Minnesotans are doing a good job of helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp.
DNR offers outdoor skills programs for women and families
Women and families can learn outdoor recreational skills in a supportive atmosphere by registering for any of a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the newly released 2016 Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) and Becoming an Outdoors Family catalog. “We offer a friendly, positive environment for learning how to fish, hunt and develop other outdoor skills,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In many of the classes, prior experience isn’t needed.” For more information about upcoming classes, visit www.mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the BOW 2016 spring, summer and fall catalog of 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 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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Minnesota Twins and DNR partner to offer free hat at 3 upcoming ballgames
Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the next game in this offer coming up Sunday, Aug. 20.
As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket to three upcoming games and receive a special Twins cap.
Minnesota DNR Days with the Twins:
- 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.
- 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, vs. Kansas City Royals.
- 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. Detroit Tigers.
Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins. Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.
School of Fish
School of Fish, including an information packet, can be secured by contacting Mike Frisch by email at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the www.fishingthemidwest.com website and clicking on the School of Fish icon.
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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
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FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
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FISHING THE MIDWEST TO HIT THE RADIO AIRWAVES
Mike Frisch and Bob Jensen of Fishing the Midwest Television recently announced the creation of Fishing the Midwest Radio. Fishing the Midwest Radio is an extension of the long-running and very popular Fishing the Midwest Television Series. Fishing the Midwest Radio will run for thirteen(13) weeks beginning in the second week of May.
“Fishing the Midwest Radio will take us where television doesn’t when it comes to spreading the word about hot-bites, techniques that are productive, and will also enable us to include some of the best anglers in the Midwest with their thoughts about what’s happening in the fishing world right now” according to Frisch.
Jensen added, “Fishing the Midwest Television has been very successful for twenty-five(25) years because we appeal to the person who wants to get more enjoyment out of their fishing, and we hope and believe that Fishing the Midwest Radio will do the same. We try to keep our fishing pretty simple, yet still provide good ideas for catching more fish”.
Fishing the Midwest Radio will be 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.
Fishing the Midwest is recognized as a leader in fishing education and entertainment in the field of outdoor communications and reaches more anglers in its fifteen(15) state area of influence than any other fishing communication entity. In addition to hosting an award-winning television series, Bob Jensen is a book author, produces a syndicated weekly fishing column, and an outdoor radio show. He was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2017.
Mike Frisch is an outdoor writer, seminar speaker, fishing guide, and the founder of School of Fish. School of Fish is the leader in hands-on fishing instruction focusing on youth. Fishing the Midwest is sponsored by the most progressive fishing equipment and marine suppliers in the world. 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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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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