Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

January 24, 2000

DNR's 2000 calendar

January

Winter Bird Count, Whitewater State Park; 1

Winter lake trout opener (within BWCA); 1

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Duluth; 4-10

Candlelight Ski, Old Mill State Park; 8

Tourism Conference, Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria; 11-12

Entry deadline 2001 Wild Turkey Stamp Contest; 14

Winter lake trout opener (outside BWCA); 15

Candlelight Ski, Wild River State Park; 15

Sportsmen's Boat and Camping Show, St. Paul River Centre; 19-23

Boat Show, Minneapolis Convention Center; 19-23

Snowshoe Hike, Fort Snelling and Wild River state parks; 22

MinnAqua Ice Harvest Festival, Hyland Park, Bloomington; 22

2001 Wild Turkey Stamp Contest judging; 28

February

Candlelight Ski and Walk, St. Croix State Park; 5

Marine on St. Croix to William O'Brien State Park Ski Race; 6

Candlelight Ski, Old Mill State Park; 6

International Eelpout Festival, Walker; 11-13

Candlelight Ski, Mille Lacs Kathio State Park; 12

Snow Shelter Building Workshop, St. Croix State Park; 12

Vasaloppet Cross Country Ski Race, Mora; 12-13

2000 fish and wildlife licenses go on sale; 15

Duluth Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Civic Center; 16-20

Greater NW Vacation Show, Minneapolis Convention Center; 16-20

St. Cloud Sports and Travel Show, Civic Center; 18-20

Candlelight Ski, Gooseberry Falls and Lake Bronson State Parks; 19

Fish houses must be off ice at night, south (see fishing regulations); 29

End of DNR 1999 game and fish license year; 29

March

Beginning of DNR 2000 game and fish license year; 1

Crow hunting season (first split); 1-31

Minnesota Deer Classic, State Fair Coliseum, St. Paul; 10-12

Northwest Sportshow, Minneapolis Convention Center; 10-19

Fish houses must be off ice at night, north (see fishing regulations); 15

Maple Syruping at Fort Snelling State Park; 11-12, 18-19

Maple Syruping at Wild River State Park; 18-19, 25-26, April 1-2, 8-9

April

Spring wild turkey hunting opener; 12

Trout Fishing opener-in streams; 15

National Wildlife Week; 16-22

Earth Day; 22

Arbor Day; 28

March For Parks, Glendalough State Park; 29

March For Parks, Lake Maria State Park; 30

May

Arbor Month; 1-31

Bear hunting license application deadline; 5

March For Parks, Blue Mounds State Park; 6

Lake trout fishing opener (summer, statewide, lakes); 13

Governor's Walleye/Northern Fishing Opener, Crane Lake; 13

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend; 13-14

Seegwan A Celebration of Spring, Wild River State Park; 20

National Safe Boating Week; 20-26

Daily summer tours begin at Mystery Cave/Forestville State Park, Hill Annex Mine, and Soudan Underground Mine state parks; 27

Bass fishing opener; 27

June

American Rivers Month; 1-30

Muskie fishing opener; 3

Buffalo Days, Blue Mounds State Park; 3-4

Ninth Annual National River Clean-Up Week; 3 - 10

National Fishing Week; 3-11

State Parks Open House, statewide; 4

Canoe & Fur Trade Encampment, Crow Wing State Park; 4

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend; 10-11

Fall wild turkey hunt application deadline; 30

July

Annual Flandrau Fest, Flandrau State Park; 8

Black Raspberry Jelly Making Demo, Whitewater State Park; 8

Crow hunting season (2nd split); 15-Oct. 15

Miner's Day, Hill Annex Mine State Park; 15

Creamery Picnic, Old Mill State Park; 30

August

Entry deadline Year 2001 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest; 4

Wacipi event, Upper Sioux Agency State Park; 4

Game Fair, Anoka; 4-6 & 11-13

16th Annual Woodcarver's Festival, Lake Bronson State Park; 5-6

Year 2001 DNR Trout and Salmon Stamp Design Contest judging; 10

Rendezvous Celebration, Grand Portage State Park; 11-13

Prairie Day, Great River Bluffs and Wild River state parks; 12

Photo Contest Display, Wild River State Park; 12

Prairie Tour, Sibley State Park; 12

Tree seedling sales begin; 15

Camp Ripley archery deer hunt application deadline; 18

Shetek Revisited, Lake Shetek State Park; ; 18

Minnesota State Fair; 24-Sept. 4

Entry deadline 2001 DNR Waterfowl Stamp Contest; 25

Grinding Day, Old Mill State Park; 27

2001 DNR Waterfowl Stamp Contest judging; 31

September

Bear season opens; (To be announced)

Snipe and rail hunting opener; 1

Early Canada goose season opens; 2

Daily tour schedule ends at Mystery Cave/Forestville State Park, Hill Annex Mine and Soudan Underground Mine state parks; 4

Antlerless permit lottery application deadline; 7

Entry deadline 2001 Pheasant Habitat Stamp Contest; 15

Small game opener; 16

Badger, opossum trapping opener; 16

Deer hunting opener, archery; 16

Youth Waterfowl Hunt; *16

Hawk Walk, Whitewater State Park; 16

Prairie Seed Collection, Wild River State Park; 16-17, 23-24, 30-Oct. 1

2001 Pheasant Habitat Stamp Contest judging; 21

Woodcock hunting opener; 23

Take a Kid Hunting Weekend; 23-24

Waterfowl season opener; *30

October

Year 2001 state park vehicle permits go on sale; 1

Prairie Seed Collection, Wild River State Park; 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

Pheasant hunting opener; 14

Fall wild turkey hunt, first season; 18-22

Camp Ripley Archery Deer Hunt, first season; 19-20

Fall wild turkey hunt, second season; 25-29

Trapping tag application due; 27

Furbearer opener for mink, muskrat, beaver, otter; 28

Camp Ripley Archery Deer Hunt, second season; 28*29

November

Deer hunting opener, firearms; 4

Deer hunting opener, muzzle loader; 25

December

Lake trout winter opener (Lake Superior only); 1

Spring wild turkey hunting application due for 2001; 1

Wreath Making Workshop, Old Mill State Park; 2

Caving Field Trip, Whitewater State Park; 2

Trapping season for fisher, marten, bobcat; 2

Late Canada goose season; *9-18

*Tentative dates

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