Winners of the annual ice fishing derby on Howard Lake were as follows:
• Walleyes: none caught;
• Bass: Berwyn Schmidt, Howard Lake, 5 pounds;
• Crappie: Jim Hermaning 14 oz.;
• Sunfish: LeeAnn Adickes, 12 oz.;
• Northern: Craig Kjillahl, Howard Lake, 13 pounds, 3 oz.
• Fish house: Rich Winter of Lester Prairie (high school science teacher);
• Hand auger: Dan Zachmann, Howard Lake (1st); Pete Drusch, Howard Lake (2nd);
• Chisel: Bob Gruenhagen, Waconia (1st); Tom Bobrowske, Howard Lake (2nd);
• Electric auger: Dave Oestreich, Howard Lake (1st);
• Power auger: Dan Zachmann, Howard Lake (1st); Dave Oestreich, Howard Lake (2nd).
Deadline to remove fish houses
The deadline to remove fish houses in the south area of Minnesota is Monday, March 2.
Season comes to an end this past week
The walleye, northern pike, and bass seasons here in Minnesota came to a close Sunday, Feb. 22.
Watertown Rod & Gun Club to host annual sportsman banquet
The Watertown Rod & Gun Club will be hosting its 13th annual Family Sportsman Banquet Saturday, March 7.
Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling Gary Kubasch at (952) 807-2372. A limited number of tickets are available.
The banquet will take place at the Watertown Civic Center.
Snowmobile safety class in Carver County
Carver County Sheriff ‘Bud’ Olson and sheriff’s office personnel will be conducting a youth snowmobile safety class in March.
The youth class includes nine hours of classroom instruction, followed by one hour of practical (hands-on) operation.
Youth must be 12 years of age by April 30 to attend, and do not need their own snowmobile.
The cost of the youth class is $5, and pre-registration is required by calling (952) 361-1898.
The classes will take place at the Carver County Public Works Headquarters in Cologne.
Classes will be Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. each night.
The final class will take place Saturday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to noon, and will include classroom, test, and practical operation.
Adults that are in need of a snowmobile safety certificate should contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 1-888-646-6367 for an independent study CD.
Upon successful completion of the class, the student will be certified by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for operation of a snowmobile in the state of Minnesota.
The DNR web site also has information about other classes locally and throughout Minnesota www.dnr.state.mn.us.
MDHA state habitat 22nd banquet
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is proud to announce their 22nd Annual State Habitat Banquet to take place Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Minneapolis Gateway Hotel, formerly the Four Points Sheraton, in Minneapolis.
Designed specifically to raise matching grant dollars for state-wide wildlife habitat projects, festivities will begin with a social hour and raffle ticket sales at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6 p.m.
MDHA will be giving away prizes to include the 2009 MDHA Gun of the Year, a Remington Model 700 30.06; the 2009 MDHA Print of the Year, “Something is in the Air” by Scot Storm; and many, many more.
Tickets to the State Habitat Banquet are available from the MDHA State Headquarters for $45.
To order your tickets, call 800-450-DEER ext. 12 or fax a ticket order form, found at www.mndeerhunters.com, to (218) 327-1349.
There will be no tickets sold at the door. Be sure to get yours early, as there are a limited number of tickets available.
MDHA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of approximately 20,000 members and 63 chapters throughout Minnesota “working for tomorrow’s wildlife and hunters today through education, habitat and legislation.”
Join the fun, attend the banquet and help us ensure a positive future for our outdoor heritage.