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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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Aug 16 - Comment Deadline. DNR seeking citizen input on Lake Vermilion management plan update. There is an updated draft management plan for northern Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion, and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, July 17. The new six-year plan (2017-2022) retains the walleye regulation implemented in May 2017 and is more specific than the previous plan about management goals and activities for individual fish species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. Other changes include new stocking guidelines for walleye and muskie, evaluation of the northern pike regulation, and adjustments to fish survey methods and the timing of sampling. The plan was developed in partnership with the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders representing local, statewide and tribal perspectives. The 20-member group held eight meetings over eight months in 2016. “Lake Vermilion is a special place to area residents and visitors alike, and that was reflected in the time commitment and hard work of our fisheries input group,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor. “The public comment period is the last step in finalizing this plan and we appreciate everyone who has contributed their time and input to the management plan for this popular, multi-species fishery.” An executive summary and full management plan are available at the Lake Vermilion webpage of the DNR website at mndnr.gov/lakevermilion. The public is encouraged to comment by responding to the web questionnaire, or by emailing written comments directly to Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor at edie.evarts@state.mn.us. The 30-day public comment period is open through Wednesday, Aug. 16. Comments will be reviewed in August and September, and a final plan completed in October.

Aug 16 - Comment Deadline. DNR accepting comments on proposed stream restoration for Spider Creek. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed stream restoration project on Spider Creek, located in St. Louis County. Release of the EAW marks the start of a 30-day public comment period. U.S. Steel proposes to restore the pattern, profile, and dimension of an approximately 2,660-foot channelized reach of Spider Creek. The project would reposition the existing straightened stream channel to restore about 4,050 feet of channel. The restoration is designed to ensure sustainable stream characteristics and to improve riparian and floodplain vegetation.
A copy of the EAW is available online at: www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/spider-creek/index.html. Copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5115. In addition, a copy of the EAW is available for public review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.
  • DNR northeast region headquarters, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
  • Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, Second Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  55401-1992.
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802.
  • Mountain Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave., PO Box 477, Mountain Iron, MN 55768.
  • Virginia Public Library, 215 5th Ave. South, Virginia, MN 55792.

The EAW notice was published in the July 17 EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 to the attention of Cynthia Novak-Krebs, EAW Project Manager, 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 “Spider Creek” 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.

Aug 18 - Application Deadline. Apply by Aug. 18 for Camp Ripley archery hunts. Hunters can apply starting Saturday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 18. Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 19-20 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 28-29 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.  Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt will be posted later in July at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunters may choose from four options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts: In person at any one of 1,500 license agents located throughout Minnesota. By telephone at 888-665-4236. Online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. The application fee for the hunt is $12 per applicant. Additional transaction fees and convenience fees are applied depending on how the application is made. To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or DNR number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license. Preference will only be given if the same ID is used from previous Camp Ripley applications. All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt. In addition, anyone at least 12 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1979, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to purchase an archery license if successful in the lottery. Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. Group members may only apply for the same two-day season. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant. The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

Aug 18 - Application Deadline. Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 16 special deer hunts in October and November. “These special hunts provide the opportunity for parents or other adult mentors to go afield with youth to hunt deer,” said Mike Kurre, Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “Deer hunting can be an extremely positive experience for youth.” Youth have through Friday, Aug. 18, to apply for the hunts. Of the 16 special hunts, 14 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12 to 15, and two are archery hunts for youth ages 12 to 17. Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. A limited number of either-sex permits are available for each hunt. However, for the hunts in Buffalo River, Camden and Lake Shetek state parks youth need to harvest an antlerless deer before getting a permit to harvest a buck. Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done anywhere DNR licenses are sold, at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. For archery hunts, apply with code 630; for firearms hunts, apply with code 631. If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, the DNR will randomly draw names to choose participants. Youth may apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt. Successful applicants also must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations. In addition to the 16 application-only hunts in state parks and refuge areas, any youth ages 10 to 15 also can participate in the youth deer season that runs Oct. 19-22, in 27 permit areas that encompass portions of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota and portions of the Twin Cities metro area. More information and a list of hunts and orientations can be found at mndnr.gov/discover.

Aug 18 - Application Deadline. Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day on Saturday, Sept. 9.
“Helping a kid learn to hunt is a great way to share your skills and show what the outdoors have to offer,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. National Wildlife Service, Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club, the Fox Lake Conservation League, the DNR and others have teamed up to offer the hunts, which will take place in four areas:

  •     Southern Twin Cities metro area locations.
  •     Sherburn private land between Fairmont and Windom.
  •     Private land in Fergus Falls.
  •     Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman and Princeton.

Application forms must be received at the DNR central office by Friday, Aug. 18. Applicants will be drawn in a lottery if a hunt is oversubscribed, with preference given to novice hunters. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible and must attend an orientation on Friday, Sept. 8, in the location for which they were chosen. Applications and more details about the hunt are available online at mndnr.gov/discover and by contacting Kurre at 651-259-5193 or michael.kurre@state.mn.us

Aug 18 - Application Deadline, prairie chicken hunt lottery. Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2017 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season. The nine-day prairie chicken season begins Saturday, Sept. 30, and is open only to Minnesota residents. “Prairie chicken populations are tied to habitat, and their numbers rise and fall depending on the amount of grasslands and prairie on the ground,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four. Prairie chicken licenses cost $23. Apply at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul; online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at 888-665-4236. An additional fee is charged for orders placed online or by phone. The hunt takes place in 11 prairie chicken quota areas in west-central Minnesota between St. Hilaire in the north and Breckenridge in the south. Up to 20 percent of the permits in each area will be issued to landowners or tenants of 40 acres or more of prairie or grassland property within the permit area for which they applied. The season bag limit is two prairie chickens per hunter. According to spring surveys, prairie chicken numbers this year are similar to the last several year. Last year, 111 hunters harvested 102 prairie chickens. Licensed prairie chicken hunters will be allowed to take sharp-tailed grouse while legally hunting prairie chickens, but prairie chicken hunters who want to take sharptails must meet all regulations and licensing requirements for taking sharp-tailed grouse. Sharptails and prairie chickens look similar and sharp-tailed grouse hunting is normally closed in this area of the state to protect prairie chickens that might be taken accidentally. Applications are available wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold and application procedures and a permit area map are available at mndnr.gov/hunting/prairiechicken.

August 19 - 26th Annual North American Sturgeon Tournament. The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?!  The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population.  It is only fitting that the home of the 26th Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  The tournament is Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Noon -2:00 pm is the Youth Contest.  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the adult contest. This will be the third year there is a youth sturgeon championship.  This is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom.  It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs.   Click Here for a video to show you how. It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself.  When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills.  It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical.  Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size. If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette.  Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area. For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, Soren Oleson (218)-634-2800. www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Aug 21 - Application Deadline. Youth and families can apply through Monday, Aug. 21, to learn how to hunt pheasants with experienced hunters in October. “These hunts can be the building blocks for a lifetime of rich experiences in the field,” said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Find out about equipment and skills you need to have safe and rewarding hunts.” Youth must be 12-17 years old as of the date of their hunt, have earned a firearms safety certificate and possess a small game license if required. Youth must have a parent, guardian or adult authorized by a parent or guardian accompany them as a mentor, without a firearm. The adult must also attend with the youth during the pre-hunt orientation. In the family hunt, all participants can hunt, but they need to be 12 and older, have little to no pheasant hunting experience, and have the appropriate safety certificate, stamp and license.
The hunts are provided through Pheasants Forever and the DNR. Applications and more details about the hunt are available online at mndnr.gov/discover by contacting Kurre at 651-259-5193 or michael.kurre@state.mn.us.

Aug 22, 24, 26 - Fur Harvester Classes Scheduled. The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring two fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers. Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 22, 24 and 26. Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period. Students will learn the history of the fur trade in the Dakotas, furbearer identification, tools and techniques for harvesting furbearers in North Dakota, as well as proper handling (skinning, fleshing and boarding) of furbearers. Upon completion, graduates are issued a certification card that is recognized by any state requiring trapper education prior to purchasing a license. Anyone interested in signing up for the class should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov, click on buy and apply, and “list of education courses” under the hunter education heading.

Sept 1 - Application Deadline. DNR announces a new round of shooting range grants. A new round of grant funding to develop and improve shooting ranges throughout the state is available for 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources. There is $1.2 million in grant funds available, with grants requiring a match from the applicant organization.  The application deadline is Sept. 1. In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature authorized $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting clubs to either develop or improve trap shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities. In 2016, the DNR provided grants totaling $675,000 to 20 organizations. “We are combining trap grant opportunities along with skeet, rifle, pistol, and five stand projects," said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. "We will also be able to gauge the interest in firearms range improvements and development, picking up where left off in 2016. In the past, we had a separate grant program for trap ranges, and all other types of shooting sports." Since 2014, the DNR has provided over 120 firearms range matching grants to over 100 shooting sports organizations. There are two levels of grant funding available: those at or below $25,000, and those above $25,000. Each has a separate request for proposal (RFP) form, and these can be found on the DNR website

Sept 1 - Entry Deadline, submit designs for waterfowl stamp. Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. The white-winged scoter is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2018 waterfowl stamp. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. To see more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

Sept 1 - DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications by Friday, Sept. 1, for short-term action request (STAR) funding for projects in Minnesota’s coastal area. These grants, offered through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, help local communities, agencies and organizations balance protection of coastal resources while providing places for people to live, work and play. STAR grants offer up to $7,500 in funding for eligible, short-term projects located within the coastal program service area in northeastern Minnesota. This year, applicants must provide minimum match of 20 percent of the total project cost. Grant recipients may choose a start date of March 1, Sept. 1, or Dec. 1, 2018, and must complete project work within six months. Eligible projects must align with at least one of the following categories: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Hazards, Water Quality, Public Access, Coastal Community Development, or Coordination and Public Involvement. Local and state governments, non-profit organizations, area-wide agencies, regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, tribal governments, joint powers boards and sanitary sewer districts are eligible to apply. Currently, $77,000 is available for STAR grants with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management, as approved by the National Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Program application information is available at mndnr.gov/mlscp. For more information, contact Cynthia Poyhonen, grants specialist, at 218-834-1447 or send questions by email to mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us.

Through Sept 8 - Zippel Bay State Park boat access and harbor parking area closes for construction. The boat ramp and harbor parking area at Zippel Bay State Park, on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota, will be closed through Sept. 8 for construction projects that will improve park facilities. The area will open temporarily for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Construction activities will include enlarging and paving the parking lot, bringing in power to light the ramp and parking lot, repairs at the boat ramp and relocating or replacing existing structures. It will also include accessibility updates, installation of vault toilets and stormwater management improvements. “It is always difficult to close a facility for use during the summer months, but in this case it is necessary, considering the amount of construction that will occur,” said Steve Hennessy, Parks and Trails Division acquisition and development coordinator. “In the short term, it will be an inconvenience, but once completed, visitors will enjoy a very nice facility.” During construction, the rest of the park will remain open for camping, swimming, hiking, birding and picnicking. For updates on construction and other information about the park, visit mndnr.gov, or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

Sept. 8-10 - 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival. Sweethearts Bluff - Campground and Recreation Area. The Radio Waves Music Festival is a favorite for visitors, area residents and performing musicians. It s held rain or shine, with two stages housed under a large tent, and includes on-site food, children s activities and on-site camping.  This year features 29 performers, including eight new bands, in addition to six that have not played in several years. The event features three-days of musical performances by favorite local musicians in a variety of genres including: Dusty Heart (Americana, Roots), Earth Wind & Todd (Early 70 s rock, pop funk soul and disco), Floydian Slip (Classic rock, rock), Plucked Up String Band (Astroturf), SplinterTones (Eclectic dance music), Step Rockets (indie alternative) and more.  For additional information, visit: http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/Radiowaves/  Tickets are $10 per day or $20 for the weekend. Children ages 12 and under are FREE! Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as  the Arrowhead  and the  North Shore of Lake Superior .  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades -- most recently it was named USA Today s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn.  Naturally Unforgettable.  Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at www.visitcookcounty.com

September 9 - Ramsey County PF - Youth Learn to Hunt Event. Sand Pine Pheasants, Avon MN. 8:00am. We are offering an expanded day of events including: safety training specific to pheasant hunting scenarios; learning about different hunting breeds and how they work the fields; pheasant habitat and where to hunt in Minnesota; field hunt; demonstration on cleaning birds; and recipes and tips on cooking pheasant.  Lunch is included!  There is a limit of 12 youth - they MUST have passed the MN DNR gun safety program to participate.  There is no cost for the event but attendees must provide their own transportation, blaze orange vest and hat, suitable shotgun, and shotgun shells. Daniel Jambor, 763-228-4958.

September 10 - Ramsey County PF - Women's Learn to Hunt Event. Sand Pine Pheasants, Avon MN. 8:00am. We are offering an expanded day of events including: safety training specific to pheasant hunting scenarios; learning about different hunting breeds and how they work the fields; pheasant habitat and where to hunt in Minnesota; field hunt; demonstration on cleaning birds; and recipes and tips on cooking pheasant.  Lunch is included along with wine and appetizers after the hunt!  There is a limit of 10 women - it is recommended participants take the online MN DNR gun safety program.  No cost for the event but attendees must provide their own transportation, blaze orange vest and/or hat, suitable shotgun, and shotgun shells. Daniel Jambor, 763-228-4958.

Sept 12 - Application Deadline. Applications open for $8.6 million in Legacy grants. Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to submit applications for traditional and metro grant cycles until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cpl. Projects must be on public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements. Applicants may request up to $400,000 with a total project cost not exceeding $575,000. Projects also must have a 10 percent match from a source outside a state agency. In its first eight years of funding, over $44 million has been granted through the CPL program for habitat projects throughout Minnesota. Funding comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008. Three types of CPL grants - For fiscal year 2018, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended allocating $4.5 million for the traditional grant cycle, $2.6 million for the metro grant cycle (for projects located in the seven-county metro area or within the city limits of Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester) and $1.5 million for the Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) grant cycle. The ECP cycle is open continuously through May 11, 2018, or until funds run out, with the first funding round due Sept. 25. More information about the three grant types can be found at mndnr.gov/cpl. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the request for proposal and the “how to apply” tab on the website, which guides users through the application process. Questions can be directed to: Jessica Lee, CPL grant program coordinator for the DNR, jessica.lee@state.mn.us or 651-259-5233.

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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.

Pifers Land Auction
LAND AUCTION: October 17, 2017 – 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

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August 19 - 26th Annual North American Sturgeon Tournament. The Rainy River is loaded with sturgeon, so why not have a tournament for them right?!  The fishery is extremely strong right now and the average length of Lake Sturgeon continues to grow along with the population.  It is only fitting that the home of the 26th Annual Sturgeon Championship takes place is in Birchdale, MN just 27 miles east of Baudette on Hwy 11.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  The tournament is Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Noon -2:00 pm is the Youth Contest.  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm is the adult contest. This will be the third year there is a youth sturgeon championship.  This is free of charge and youth are encouraged to take part. If you have never fished sturgeon, most anglers use a sturgeon rig with a no roll sinker and a few nightcrawlers loaded on a hook. Anchor upstream or in a deep hole in the river and still fish with your offering on the bottom.  It is a good idea to use heavy rods, reels and line as sturgeon can reach 100 lbs.   Click Here for a video to show you how. It is also a good idea to have a big net or some way of landing a sturgeon that does not cause harm to the fish or yourself.  When you handle a sturgeon or any big fish, do not grab the eyes or gills.  It is best to grab just in front of the hard tail and support their underbelly keeping the fish horizontal, not vertical.  Holding a big fish vertically can actually cause internal tearing of organs due to the sheer size. If you plan on attending, there is lodging along the river and in Baudette.  Here is a list of lodging on the Rainy River and Baudette area. For more details on the Birchdale Sturgeon Championship, Soren Oleson (218)-634-2800. www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classes & Training

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

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




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.          


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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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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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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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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