Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

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

March 12, 2001

Good things happening in conservation

In February, the DNR launched a new tool called CyberNewsService to help keep the general public informed about general outdoor topics and conservation in Minnesota.

The fishing has been excellent and Winsted Lake has been a pretty busy place this winter. The resurgence of Winsted Lake has come about because of the tremendous efforts of the Winsted Lake Watershed Association.

In next week's column, we'll take a little closer look at the association, its latest efforts, and a unique fundraising project that just kicked off.

Also, and I am very excited to announce that Ken Durdahl, a local waterfowl enthusiast and conservationist from Howard Lake, was recently elected state chairman of Minnesota for Ducks Unlimited.

Ken has been a long time member of DU, the national leader in wetlands conservation and restoration.

A tremendous amount of responsibility comes with the position in regard to the fact that Minnesota has more licensed duck hunters per capita than any other state in the country.

Look for a feature on Ken in this paper in the near future.

CyberNews service

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has introduced a new service that will enable anyone with an e-mail address and Internet access to receive the latest news and information about hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and resource issues.

Whether they are interested in hunting lottery deadlines, fishing regulations changes, camping or hiking conditions and opportunities, or environmental education news and materials, subscribers can select from a wide menu of topic areas.

"As more and more people look to the Internet for their news and information, this is another convenient way for people to get the latest outdoor recreation and resource news they need," said Sara Eliason, the DNR Web site coordinator.

Check it out by going to DNR's CyberNewsService, then select one or more of the specific topics areas.

The service is free; people can unsubscribe at any time.

Outdoor notes

­ The Lester Prairie Sportsmen's Club will hold its annual father/son-daughter banquet Friday, March 16 at Lester Prairie City Hall. Mike Lynch of WCCO radio will provide the featured entertainment. His show is on astronomy and star gazing. Tickets are available from club members and at Big Don's Carthederal in Lester Prairie.

­ The Winsted Sportsmen's Club will meet Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at Tom's Corner Bar in Winsted. Agenda items include the building of wood duck houses and planning for the upcoming he/she mixer.

­ The days are getting longer and warmer. However, the remaining snow cover (still about 15 inches) is hanging in their and may not be gone for a quite awhile. I recall the snow coming on Nov. 11, and if the snow cover hangs in there until approximately April 15, we will have set a new record for consecutive days with continuous snow cover.

­ Remember to purchase a new 2001 fishing license. Year 2000 licenses expired Feb. 28.

­ The 2001 Minnesota fishing opener is set for Saturday, May 12.

­ If you contemplated feeding pheasants this winter and never got around to it, right now would be a great time to start. Pheasants and other wildlife are most vulnerable during the latter stages of winter. This winter, with our heavy snow cover, they could use all the help they can get. If you start a feeding program, please continue it until the snow cover is gone.

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