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Find family fun at Minnesota state parks and trails this Memorial Day weekend

There are plenty of fun places to go and things to do this Memorial Day weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails. Here are some last-minute travel-planning tips:
Camping. Sites are still available. Reservations are now required for all overnight stays at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, and many sites are already booked, but here are some options:
   -- Check www.mndnr.gov/reservations more than once. There are often cancellations, and the inventory of available sites changes all the time.
   --Take advantage of the long weekend to explore Minnesota’s northwest territory. Sites are easier to come by at the state parks and recreation areas in that part of Minnesota, and there are plenty of reasons why it’s worth the drive:
   -- Zippel Bay State Park is located on south shore of vast Lake of the Woods, with a white sand beach.
  -- Lake Bronson State Park has an observation tower that people can climb for a bird’s-eye view of the woods and wildlife below.
  -- Plan a route to include visits to other state parks along the way, such as a stop to see the Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park.
  -- Pitch a tent at a state forest, where no reservations are needed (or taken). Campsites at state forest campgrounds are all first-come, first-served.
Naturalist-led programs. There are more than 100 programs taking place at state parks and trails over Memorial Day Weekend. For example:
   -- Guided tours will take place throughout the weekend (and continue daily through Labor Day) at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota and at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park near Ely in the northeast. Because the cave and mine tours are underground, it won’t matter if it rains. Reservations recommended; visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations for more information, including times and prices.
   --   Free guided tours over, under and through the fascinating rock formations known as glacial potholes will be offered Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Interstate State Park. No reservations required.
  --  Plus, live reptiles, voyageur canoe rides, star programs, and more. For complete listings, check the online calendar.
Discovery hikes. Look for deer, birds and wildflowers along one of the many scenic trails at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Pick up a Hiking Club kit ($14.95 at park offices), look for “secret passwords” on signs along specially marked trails and earn rewards.
Two-wheel tours. Bike one of Minnesota’s many paved state trails. They’re free and mostly flat, because many of them are former railroad routes, and many of them now have trailside tune-up stations, if there is a need to tighten brakes or pump up tires. Find a trailhead at www.mndnr.gov/biking.
Paddling. There are 35 state water trails, the newest of which is the 20-mile Shell Rock River. Many of the campsites along Minnesota’s rivers are first-come, first-served and free.
See bison. See one herd at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota (and attend a program at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27, about how the park’s bison herd links directly to the millions of bison that once roamed North America). Or drive through the bison range and see the other herd at Minneopa State Park in Mankato.
Fishing. Minnesota residents don’t need a license and can fish for free at most state parks. Many park offices also loan out free fishing equipment for visitors to use. Or for people who have a license, they can wet a line at more than 1,600 fishing piers throughout the state. To find a nearby fishing pier, search by lake or county in the A-Z list at www.mndnr.gov/fishing_piers.
Geocaching. Try this high-tech treasure hunt. Many parks loan out GPS units and offer programs to get started, such as the Intro to Geocaching program from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Wild River State Park.
For information, 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).

May 26-28 - Musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps coming to 3 state parks. Michigan-based author and songwriter Bill Jamerson will present the “Dollar a Day Boys” program, a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Itasca, Buffalo River and Lake Bemidji state parks over Memorial Day weekend. Jamerson has presented at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of state and national parks. The presentation includes storytelling, reading excerpts from his novel and performing original songs with his guitar.  “The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun,” said Jamerson. “It is about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.” Program schedule: Itasca State Park (Park Rapids) - Friday, May 26, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Forest Inn. - Buffalo River State Park (Glyndon) – Saturday, May 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at park picnic shelter. - Lake Bemidji State Park (Bemidji) – Sunday, May 28, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the amphitheater. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the presentations. People are encouraged to bring CCC photo albums and memorabilia if they have any. Jamerson will also present a 45-minute children’s lumberjack show at Lake Bemidji State Park on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the park Dining Hall. With guitar in hand and dressed in costume, Jamerson will tell stories about the lumberjack experience in Minnesota and sing traditional songs about working in the woods, living in a bunkhouse, work ethics, hardships of river drives and the importance of camp food. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine-year run from 1933-1942, 2.6 million men enrolled across the country including 86,000 in Minnesota. An average of 51 camps operated in Minnesota each year with a total financial obligation of $85 million. Itasca State Park was a site for one of the many CCC camps. The “C”s planted more than 180 million trees in Minnesota, fought hundreds of forest fires, released several billion fish in rivers and lakes, built hundreds of dams and bridges and constructed thousands of miles of roads. Other state parks constructed by the "C"s include St. Croix, Lac qui Parle, Gooseberry Falls, Whitewater, Interstate and Flandrau. Camp Rabideau in Blackduck, north of Bemidji, is still standing and contains many original CCC buildings. It is one of the finest camp restorations in the nation. Aside from his songs, Jamerson has written a book and several articles on the CCC, as well as produced 11 PBS films. For more information visit mndnr.gov/state_parks, or visit Jamerson’s website at billjamerson.com

May 27, June 18 - Twins offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR. twins hatAnyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.
The offer is good for these games:

  • 1:10 p.m. Saturday, May 27, vs. Tampa Bay; and
  • 1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 18, vs. Cleveland.

Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the field box or home run porch.
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.

May 27 - Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic. Grand Marais, Minn. The gravel will start flying at Le Grand Du Nord s second annual gravel cycling event on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 8 a.m. in downtown Grand Marais, Minn.  Registration opened in mid-January, and approximately 350 bikers are expected to participate. Male and female cyclists will ride the 100-mile or 50-mile course and will use navigational cue-cards to follow a remote and hilly route through the boreal forests on the North Shore of Lake Superior.   Le Grand Du Nord is one of Cook County s four established bicycle challenges, and the county boasts more than 2,000 miles of trail for visitors of all experience levels. We have attracted two new annual cycling events during the past few years,  says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County.   Event organizers are attracted to our area s natural beauty and festive small town atmosphere. We encourage anyone considering participating in the event to come up early and take advantage of the area s great bike trails.  Cook County also hosts the Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, June, 24, 2017 at Lutsen Mountains and the Norpine Fat Bike Classic on Jan. 6, 2018. Bike events are fun to watch and fun to participate in,  adds Jurek, saying a pre- and after-party will be held at Voyageur Brewing in Grand Marais on Friday and Saturday nights. Le Grand Du Nord is the newest and most northern gravel cycling classic, organized by Heck of the North Productions, a company based in Duluth, Minn., which began in 2009 as a small group ride. Jeremy Kershaw, founder and director, says,  I have watched The Heck of the North transform the lives of people who have not necessarily identified as  athletes. Follow Le Grand du Nord on these social media outlets Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/heckofthenorth/

June 2 - Comment Deadline. Christina management plan updated. Anyone interested in management strategies for Lake Christina in Douglas and Grant counties in west-central Minnesota is encouraged to review and submit comments on the updated draft management plan, which makes it easier to initiate lake level drawdowns. Lake Christina, a nearly 4,000-acre shallow lake, is currently managed for the benefit of migratory waterfowl, primarily through periodic drawdowns. The management plan has been updated in an effort to more effectively manage the lake to keep in it a clear-water state; that is, a state in which submerged aquatic plants dominate the system instead of algae and suspended sediments. Management triggers, which are used by managers to initiate drawdowns, have been updated in this plan. These triggers are tied to water quality and aquatic plant abundance. Drawdowns mimic drought conditions by consolidating nutrient-rich sediments, stimulating aquatic plant growth, and reducing unwanted fish populations through winter mortality. Drawdowns on Lake Christina are carried out through the use of electric pumps, installed with funding provided by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, Ducks Unlimited, the Christina-Ina-Anka Lake Association, and other partners. Downstream water level triggers that would require pumping be reduced or stopped entirely, including those on Pomme de Terre and Barrett lakes, have not been changed. A copy of the updated management plan is available online at the DNR website. Submit comments by June 2 to Nicholas Brown, wildlife lakes/Red River basin specialist, at nicholas.brown@state.mn.us or 218-739-7576, ext. 244. 

June 2-3 - Willie Walleye Weekend. Baudette, Lake of the Woods, and surrounding areas would like to welcome everyone to come enjoy an updated Willie Walleye Weekend. With the addition of lots of activities this could make this the best Willie Walleye days/weekend yet! The dates are June 2nd and 3rd. Activities include Flea markets, rodeos put on by Wojo’s Rodeo, DJ Entertainment, breakfast and dinners, car show, 5k run, horse show, fish fry, bingo, and sidewalk sales. If you are in the area come stop by and partake in this family fun filled weekend. www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

June 2-4- Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs. Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse. Registration is open for an event that teaches the basics of fly fishing to pairs of youths and adults, from evening on Friday, June 2, to afternoon on Sunday, June 4, near Lanesboro. “The youth and adults are both beginners, so they can struggle and laugh and grow together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Fly fishing lets you catch a variety of fish species and after this class the participants will be ready to fish on their own in lakes, ponds and streams.” To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of June 2, and each youth-adult pair must have less than 10 hours of fly-fishing experience between them.
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YAM_FlyWkend2017. For more information, contact Groebner at 507-359-6049 or deborah.groebner@state.mn.us

June 2-4 ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free. Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails June 2-4, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually). This is the fourth year that Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails during “No Registration Weekend.” “We see this weekend as a great opportunity to showcase the wide variety of state and grant-in-aid trails across Minnesota,” said Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program consultant. “There are a large number of privately registered ATVs across the state, and we encourage them to explore the public trails for free June 2-4.” Trail maps, updates on trail conditions, youth ATV Safety training and other OHV information can be found online at www.mndnr.gov/ohv
Some great places to start, according to Straka, include:

  • The Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, a 1,200-acre OHV park in Gilbert with 36 miles of scenic trails for riders of all abilities. The recreation area will have special programs, rides and displays on Saturday, June 4.
  • The 100-mile trail system in Nemadji State Forest, which connects to the Matthew Lourey State Trail and the Gandy Dancer Trail for more riding opportunities.
  • The 29-mile Spider Lake trail system in Foot Hills State Forest, where riders can curve around lakes and ponds, go up and down a variety of hills, and view overlooks from the ridges throughout the forest.
  • The 200-mile Northwoods Regional Trail System in Aitkin and Itasca counties, where riders can use the Soo Line Trail to connect to great communities and trail loops.

The DNR advises riders to keep safety in mind when out on the trails. In particular:

  • Safety training is required for ATV riders born after July 1, 1987, and it is recommended for everyone that operates an ATV.
  • Kids under age 18 must wear a DOT-certified helmet.
  • Kids age 16 and under must fit the ATV they are operating and be able to properly reach and control the handlebars and reach the foot pegs while sitting upright on the ATV.

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June 7 - Application Deadline. ND Deer Season Set, Online Apps Available. North Dakota's 2017 deer season is set with 54,500 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,500 more than last year.
The number of licenses available for 2017 includes 2,750 for antlered mule deer, an increase of 200 from last year; 1,022 for muzzleloader, an increase of 94 from last year; and 245 restricted youth antlered mule deer, an increase of 20 from last year. Game and Fish will issue mule deer doe licenses in units 4B and 4C for the first time since 2011. However, for the sixth consecutive year there are no mule deer doe licenses available in unit 4A, due to higher winter mortality which caused a slight decline in numbers from 2016. North Dakota's 2017 deer gun season opens Nov. 10 at noon and continues through Nov. 26. Online applications for regular deer gun, youth, muzzleloader and resident gratis licenses are available through the Game and Fish Department's website at gf.nd.gov. Also, paper applications will be at vendors throughout the state by mid-May. The deadline for applying is June 7. Nonresidents may apply for North Dakota deer licenses only through the Game and Fish website. A new law passed by the North Dakota State Legislature allows youth who turn age 11 before the end of the calendar year to receive a whitetail doe license valid for only the youth deer hunting season. Therefore, 10-year-olds who turn age 11 in 2017 are eligible to receive an antlerless whitetail license. Hunter education is not required until the youth turns age 12. State law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver's license number or a North Dakota nondriver photo identification number. Applications cannot be processed without this information. Gratis applications received on or before the regular deer gun lottery application deadline (June 7) will be issued an any-legal-deer license. As per state law, gratis applications received after the deadline will be processed based on licenses remaining after the lottery - generally only antlerless licenses remain. Total deer licenses are determined by harvest rates, aerial surveys, depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.

June 8 - Comment Deadline. River Valley Master Plan released to public. Plan’s release comes after public input and two years of planning A development plan that will guide future conservation efforts and the creation of recreational opportunities on either side of the Minnesota River between Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks in southern Minnesota is available for a 30-day public comment period. The Minnesota River Valley Master Plan is a collaborative effort between Redwood and Renville counties and the Department of Natural Resources. The purpose of the plan is to:

  • Develop an outdoor recreation destination that would promote regional economic growth, development, and tourism while respecting private lands and the agricultural heritage of the area.
  • Promote the conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Minnesota River Valley area in Redwood and Renville counties.
  • Provide for the shared use, enjoyment, and understanding of resources through a broad selection of outdoor recreational opportunities and recreational travel routes that connect units of the outdoor recreation system in the river valley.
  • Assess impacts to the natural and cultural resources, interpretive services, recreational opportunities, and administrative activities in the area. Recommendations on the possible unit designation of the area under the Outdoor Recreation Act.

The plan can be found on the DNR website or at www.mnrivervalleymasterplan.org.  Comments can be sent to Comment@MNRiverValleyMasterPlan.org through June 8. Printed copies are available for loan at the Renville County Environmental Office in Olivia, the Redwood County Environmental Office in Redwood Falls, the Redwood Falls Public Library and the Lower Sioux Environmental office in Morton. A public open house will also be held June 8 to receive written comments. It will be in Redwood Falls, in the Redwood Falls Public Library community room from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Minnesota Legislature in 2014 directed the DNR to develop a master plan. Civic leaders from Redwood County and Renville County and the counties’ consultant, Great Outdoors Consultants, agreed to collaborate with the DNR to examine how to better leverage and protect the natural and cultural assets in the Minnesota River Valley. Those assets include public lands like state and county parks, wildlife management areas, remnant native prairies and floodplain forests, glacial geology features, many rare species, a rich agricultural heritage and a high density of historic sites. “A big thank you to the hundreds of citizens, landowners, and business owners that provided input to the master plan,” said DNR southern region director Dennis Frederickson. “The feedback they gave at public workshops and through the comment periods helped shape this document. We appreciate how people have invested time and energy in promoting and protecting assets that are near their communities.” The plan goals and actions work towards providing a balance between recreation and conservation opportunities. This includes possible new trails that link city parks, county parks, state parks, and campgrounds to communities and recreational attractions like museums and historical sites. Strategically increasing conservation lands on the landscape will help maintain the character and quality of the area. “This is an exciting milestone for the project,” said Redwood County environmental director Scott Wold. “I look forward to working with the community as we move from this initial planning stage and begin implementing the master plan recommendations.” Once final county and state approval is given to the master plan, the next step is to begin implementing identified strategies. A first step is for the project partners to convene an advisory board consisting of local organizations, individuals and agencies. Secondly, special designations can be sought to add importance and raise awareness for the project. Communities will need to secure project funding through a combination of state and local funds, and private contributions.  Funding for this plan project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources through a grant to Renville and Redwood counties. Survey results, project maps, photos and other project information are available at the DNR’s project website as well as www.mnrivervalleymasterplan.org.

June 9 - DNR Sale. The Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals. Areas offered for lease are in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties and total 195,324 acres. The notice of sale, mining unit book containing the sale areas, interactive web maps and other information are available on the DNR’s website, www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/leasesale/index.html. The lease sale involves nonferrous minerals, which are all metals except iron ore and taconite. Examples of nonferrous metallic minerals are: copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold, silver, cobalt, chromium, zinc, lead, bismuth, tin, tungsten, tantalum and niobium. Under Minnesota law, the DNR is charged with managing state-owned minerals for exploration and development. Revenue from the metallic mineral leases benefits public schools, local taxing districts, and the state’s general fund. This is the 35th sale of leases for state-owned metallic metals. Companies interested in submitting bids may obtain bid forms and instructions by contacting the DNR’s Lands and Minerals Division, 651-259-5959. Sealed bids must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday June 8, 2017. A public bid opening will take place June 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the DNR’s Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. The DNR will then review all bids and notify potentially affected landowners. Notifications will go to the surface rights owners of parcels that receive bids. The DNR will help these landowners understand what leasing might mean for them and their rights as surface owners. Based on the bids received and evaluation of the bidders’ qualifications, the DNR will prepare a recommendation for the state’s Executive Council for consideration at its September 2017 meeting. The council -- comprised of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state auditor -- will make final decisions about whether to approve the leases. A lease does not automatically grant the leaseholder permission to mine. Before a state-owned parcel can be mined, the leaseholder must comply with all legal requirements for environmental review and permitting. These same standards apply to nonstate minerals. Most state metallic minerals leases end within five years. Historically, only 2.2 percent of state leased parcels have had exploration drilling. Prior to any exploration activity, leaseholders must submit a minerals exploration plan to the DNR, which then imposes any restrictions deemed necessary to limit impacts to resources and property owners.The sale notice will be published in the EQB Monitor and State Register on May 8. For the next several weeks, newspapers in the counties where the leases are being offered will also be publishing the notice.

June 14 - Comment Deadline. DNR seeks comments on environmental review of Hawkes Company Peat Mining Project. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 14 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Hawkes Company Peat Mining Mercil Site project. Hawkes Company is planning to expand its current peat mining activities in New Maine Township in Marshall County. The expansion area is a 299-acre rich fen and upland site located about 1.5 miles southeast of the company’s current operations. Of this 299-acre site, 198 acres have recoverable peat resources. Peat mined from this site would be used in the base of high-quality turf in various sporting arenas and golf courses worldwide. An environmental assessment worksheet is a document that provides basic information about a project that may have the potential for significant environmental effects. A copy of the document is available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/hawkes/index.html Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5110. A copy of the EAW is available for public review at: DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. DNR Northwest Region Headquarters, 2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601-8599. Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1992. Crookston Public Library, 110 North Ash Street, Crookston, MN 56716. Thief River Falls Public Library, 102 First Street East, Thief River Falls, MN 56701. The EAW notice is being published in the May 15 EQB Monitor. Written comments on the EAW must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, to the attention of Lisa Fay, principal planner, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. 
Electronic or e-mail comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Hawkes Peat EAW” in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Written comments may also be sent by fax to 651-296-1811.

June 14 - Comment Deadline. DNR invites public input on Thief Lake WMA master plan update. Open house scheduled for May 31. People can review and comment on an updated draft master plan for the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, and can attend an open house on Wednesday, May 31, in Thief River Falls. Thief Lake WMA’s 55,000 acres span the forest-prairie transition zone in northwestern Minnesota. At its core lies 7,100-acre Thief Lake, a large marsh that is an important production and staging area for waterfowl. At the open house, DNR staff will provide copies of the draft plan and be available to answer questions and receive comments. The open house is 6-8 p.m., at the Thief River Falls DNR Area Office, 246 125th Ave NE in Thief River Falls. A brief presentation about the WMA and plan update will take place at 6:30 p.m. The updated plan will be used to guide management of the WMA’s wetlands, forests, brushlands, prairies and grasslands, and agricultural lands, which provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. The plan was last updated in 1980. Those unable to attend the open house can review the draft plan update and submit comments online through Wednesday, June 14, at http://bit.ly/ThiefLakePlanUpdate

June 16 - Application Deadline. Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota. Northwest elk research continues. Hunters have through Friday, June 16, to apply for one of 13 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We have native elk herds and managing them involves balancing the benefit they provide to all Minnesotans with the damage these large animals do to fences and crops,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader. “Our elk management plan provides background and guidance on our elk management and research.” Licenses will be available for two concurrent elk seasons in Kittson County’s central (zone 20) and northeast (zone 30) zones. The Grygla area elk zone will not be open to hunting in 2017 because that area’s elk population is below the population goal level outlined in the elk management plan. The first 2017 elk season runs from Saturday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 17, in both open elk hunt zones. Three bulls-only licenses and one antlerless-only elk license will be available in the Kittson County central zone (zone 20) and two bulls-only licenses will be available in the Kittson County northeast zone (zone 30).  The second 2017 elk season runs from Saturday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 15. Three bulls-only licenses and one antlerless-only elk license will be available in the Kittson County central zone (zone 20) and three bulls-only licenses will be available in the Kittson County northeast zone (zone 30) for the second season. Hunters may apply individually or in parties of two at any DNR license agent, the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at 888-665-4236.  There is a nonrefundable application fee of $4 per hunter. The license fee is $287.  Hunters will have to select a zone and season when applying. Hunting information including maps of the elk hunting zones is at mndnr.gov/hunting/elk.
In addition to managing elk populations through hunting, the DNR continues to track 19 adult cow elk that were outfitted with GPS tracking collars in early 2016 for a research project that will enhance knowledge of elk and help inform elk management in the future. Applicants should be mindful that if successful in the antlerless lottery, they will be asked to not shoot radio-collared cows because the study is ongoing. More information on Minnesota’s current elk herd and ongoing studies exploring the feasibility of reintroducing elk to northeastern Minnesota in the future can be found at www.mndnr.gov/elk and elk.umn.edu

June 16-18 - Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival. North House Folk School. 11 am - 5 pm. Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats there s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the shores of Lake Superior. Festival Highlights- Harbor Side Wooden Boat Display - Boats-to-Tools Auction - Wooden Boat Speaker Series - Craft Demonstrators - Lake Superior Chowder. Katie Krantz, 218-387-2788.

June 17-18 - Boundary Waters Expo. Seagull Lake Public Landing. 11 am - 5 pm. Join us at the third annual Boundary Waters Expo, to be held June 17-18th, 2017 at the Seagull Lake public landing on the Gunflint Trail. This is a family-friendly, hands-on event with fun for everyone. Come enjoy the place that National Geographic has named one of the world s  50 Places of a Lifetime.  Your Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness adventure starts here! The Boundary Waters Expo will feature: Speakers - Activities - Hands-on demonstrations- Breathtaking scenery - Campfire storytelling and discussions led by Cliff Jacobson and others. A Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale, benefiting the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center And more! Katie Krantz, 218-387-2788.

June 22 - Public Meeting. DNR seeks public input by July 7 on draft plan for St. Croix State Park. Attend an open house on Thursday, June 22, to help shape the future of St. Croix State Park. The open house will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the park’s St. Croix Lodge visitor center.
Staff from the Parks and Trails Division at the Department of Natural Resources will be available to answer questions and collect comments on the draft management plan for the park. The master plan will set the direction for the park for the next 15 to 20 years, with recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors. Recommendations in the draft plan include:

  • Continuing efforts to restore pine barrens and oak savanna plant communities.
  • Developing more staff-led interpretive programs.
  • Renovating the Paint Rock Springs Campground.
  • Creating new trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding.
  • Designating trails for winter fat biking.

The draft plan can be reviewed online. Copies are also available for review at the park office and at the DNR regional office, 1201 E. Hwy. 2, Grand Rapids. Anyone who can’t attend the open house can send comments to jade.templin@state.mn.us or to: MNDNR Parks and Trails Division, St. Croix Management Plan comments, 500 Lafayette Road Box 39, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039. The DNR will accept comments through Friday, July 7.

June 23-25 - Summer BOW. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is accepting registrations for the annual summer workshop June 23-25 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp, Washburn. Enrollment is limited to participants age 18 or older. Workshop fees of $150 cover instruction, program materials, use of equipment, all meals and lodging. Participants can choose from a number of different activities, including archery, firearms, fishing, hunting, paddling sports, wildlife and plants, cooking and outdoor knowledge. BOW workshops are designed primarily for women with an interest in learning skills associated with hunting, fishing and outdoor endeavors. Although open to anyone age 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to women who have never tried these activities or who are beginners hoping to improve their skills. Women interested in attending the summer workshop can view an information brochure at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, and print and mail an accompanying enrollment form. Registration deadline is May 17. The camp is limited to 72 participants. More information is available by contacting Brian Schaffer at 701-328-6312, or email bschaffer@nd.gov

June 24-25 - Lutsen 99er. Lutsen Mountains. The Lutsen 99er is an Ultra Mountain Bike Race through 99 miles of the most rugged terrain Minnesota has to offer. The race starts and finishes at Lutsen Mountains and winds from the coast of Lake Superior through the peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains with 19 mile, 39 mile, 69 mile and the ultimate 99 mile course options. If you think you have what it takes to ride in the race, registration detail or cheer them on, moral support is welcome and spectator information can be found at on the web site Lutsen 99er or PDF map on this listing. There are events planned for the entire weekend, including a Friday night BBQ and post-race party Saturday night with live music in the courtyard. Katie Krantz, 218-387-2788.

June 26 - DNR land sale. The Department of Natural Resources will offer three northern Minnesota parcels in a public oral bid auction in June.  Two parcels in St. Louis County and one parcel in Beltrami County will be auctioned on Monday, June 26 at the DNR Office in Grand Rapids. The properties include a developable lakeshore parcel on St. Mary’s Lake and a recreational parcel in the Kabetogama area, both in St. Louis County, and a 40-acre unimproved parcel in Lammers Township, Beltrami County. The area DNR Office is located at 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, 55744. Registration will begin at noon, with auction at 1 p.m.  Bidders are advised to obtain/view the property data sheet, be familiar with the property, minimum bid price, and terms and conditions of sale prior to attending the auction. Bidders must be registered before the 1 p.m. start time in order to bid. To obtain a property data sheet or terms and conditions of sale, call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367 or email landsale@dnr.state.mn.us. The property data sheets are also available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/landsale/.

June 26 - Public Meeting. DNR invites public input on proposed motor vehicle use in new state forest. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to learn about proposed recreation opportunities in Centennial State Forest, a 3,394-acre state forest in Cass County donated to the DNR in 2013. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26, in the Walker Community Center Rotary Room, 105 Tower Ave., Walker. Following a presentation at 6 p.m., there will be time for questions and answers, map review and comments. Minnesota state forests are classified into three groupings for off-highway vehicle (OHV) and motor vehicle use: In “managed” forests you may ride on all state forest roads, signed trails and non-designated routes that are not posted closed. In “limited” forests you may ride on all forest roads and trailed signed for specific motor vehicle use. “Closed” forests are open only to highway-licensed vehicles on forest roads. As part of the overall planning process, the DNR is proposing to classify Centennial State Forest as “limited.” The DNR is also proposing to designate approximately 11 miles of forest roads, to allow OHV and motor vehicle use on those roads. Comments received at the meeting will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Written comments may be submitted by fax to 651-297-1157, by email to foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us, or by mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039. The DNR will accept written comments through Wednesday, July 26.  For more information call: Tim Williamson, OHV acquisition and development specialist, Parks and Trails Division, 218-308-2369. Joel Lemberg, Backus Area forest supervisor, Forestry Division, 218-947-3232, ext. 223. For more information, visit the Centennial State Forest webpage

June 28 - Public Meeting. DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28, to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forest. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DNR Forestry Office, 804 Cherne Drive NW, Warroad, with a presentation at 6:30 followed by time for questions and answers, map review and comments. Draft recommendations aim to improve trail sustainability and to enhance recreation opportunities. Proposed changes include adding new trails and trail connections, designating new hunter-walking trails and undesignating unsustainable minimum maintenance roads. The draft proposals reflect feedback gathered during an open house in June 2016. The forest is classified as “managed” with respect to motor vehicle use, which means that forest roads and routes are open to motor vehicles unless posted closed. The DNR does not propose changing the “managed” classification. Anyone unable to attend the June 28 meeting can review the project documents online on the trail revision project page and submit written comments through Friday, July 28.  Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to state forest trail designations must be made by commissioner's order and published in the State Register.  Written comments may be submitted by fax to 651-297-1157, by email to foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us, or by mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039. For more information, call 651-259-5279 or 218-308-2372.

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

June 3 - 2017 Girls Gone Fishing Tournament. Calling all ladies!! This year’s ladies only 2017 Girls Gone Fishing Tournament is set for June 3rd!! And there is still time to get in on this action!! Teams of 2 ladies, with a male guide to drive the boat if you so choose, and a day full of fun await you when you head north for this tournament… and show the men what you are really made of!! Some basics for you: Registration deadline – June 2nd at 6 p.m. $180 per team until May 1 then $200 per team, includes: t-shirt, tournament entry, a meal following the tournament, and many door prizes! Individual and team prizes awarded as well. Check tournament poster below for categories. Tournament payouts - Largest fish - Times – Rules meeting 6pm Friday night. Fishing begins at 9am weigh in is no later than 4pm - Awards and door prizes 5pm after fishing, with meal included. If you have any questions give River Bend’s Resort a call at (218-634-3084) or visit their website at RiverBendsResort.com


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

Women new to archery or bow hunting can learn basics in DNR classes. Women new to archery or women who want to take their shooting to the next level and start bow hunting can register for classes this spring that will help them hit the mark, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We have two upcoming class series – one for beginning archers and one for women interested in learning to bow hunt,” said Linda Bylander, DNR outreach program coordinator. “Having a supportive atmosphere and tips from experts can really help accelerate the learning process.” The hunting series has three classes for women interested in learning how to bow hunt, with the first class on Saturday, March 4, at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Women enrolled in the hunting series are given priority for the mentored archery spring turkey hunt and mentored fall archery deer hunt. The beginner’s series consists of two classes for women new to archery or with limited experience. It covers archery basics, equipment and target shooting. The first class is Wednesday, April 5, at A-1 Archery in Hudson.   Safari Club International North Country Bowhunters Chapter, A-1 Archery, Chilakoot Archery Cub and the DNR are teaming up for these classes. For more information or to register, contact Bylander at linda.bylander@state.mn.us or 218-203-4347. The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program offers a wide range of outdoor skill classes in fishing, hunting and outdoor sports. For more information, visit mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157 to request a catalog.

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. “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
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

Learn to camp, paddle, rock climb, mountain bike and fish

Registration is open for the 2017 I Can! programs


I can paddleLooking 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 info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).
To register 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.state.mn.us/state_parks/can_fish.html


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saints offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

hatAnyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saints.
The offer is good for these games:

  • 7:05 p.m. Saturday, May 27, vs. the Kansas City T-Bones, tickets $19; and
  • 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, vs. Sioux City Explorers, tickets $17.

All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/saints. Buy 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.

National Wildlife Refuges Announce Fee-Free Days for 2016
Head outdoors and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places — America’s national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive — free admission on these days in 2016:

  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • October 9 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11-13 – Veterans Day weekend

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the nation’s premier habitat conservation network, encompassing more than 150 million acres in 563 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Most refuges admit the public free year-round, but a few normally charge a small entrance fee to cover maintenance and visitor services. There’s at least one national wildlife refuge in every state, and one within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas. Find one close to you here. Learn how you can buy a pass here.

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

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

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TELEVISION

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


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

FISHING THE MIDWEST WITH BOB JENSEN
fishingthemidwest.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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