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Winsted Sportsmen’s Club annual hog roast coming up April 4

March 23, 2009

by Chris Schultz

The annual Winsted Sportsmen’s Club Hog Roast will take place Saturday, April 4 at the Winsted Legion Club.

The hog roast will run from 5 to 8 p.m. with a membership drive and a meat raffle also taking place during that time.

Tickets in advance cost $8 in advance; they will be $9 at the door.

Pick up your tickets at Keg’s Bar, Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, and at the Winsted Co-op.

Prints for the Prairies

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited is holding a first-of-its-kind art sale and auction called “Prints for the Prairies.”

The event takes place Thursday, April 30 at the Oak Marsh Country Club in Oakdale.

The ducks need your donation of vintage prints, original paintings, or hand-carved wooden decoys to make our event a success.

Look in the attic, the storage room, and under the bed for good quality vintage wildlife art that you are no longer using, and donate it to this unique event.

Each donor will receive a donation receipt in exchange for their donation.

Contact Stevie Grussendorf at mndu@mtn.org or (952) 820-8174 in the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited state office to coordinate receipt of your donation.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at www.uptilt.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=5am,15e39,2o8q,6ba4,94ma,bmhj,jgoducks.

Prairie Archers steak and shrimp dinner Sat.

Prairie Archers will be hosting a steak/shrimp dinner Saturday, March 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dodge House in Lester Prairie.

Call in your reservation before 6 p.m., Friday, March 27 to Jim Richardson (320) 395-2721, or to the Dodge House at (320) 395-2877.

Watertown events that are coming up

• Saturday, April 25: certified barbeque judging class at the Watertown Community Center. For information, call John Hanley at (952) 955-1330.

• Friday, May 1: the Watertown Lions’ Rails to Trails fundraiser dinner, 5 p.m. at the Watertown Community Center. For information, call Gary Harding at (612) 267-1172.

Wright County PF to host annual fundraiser

The Wright County Pheasants Forever will host their annual fundraising banquet Monday, March 30, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center.

Funds raised at the chapter event are used to promote wildlife habitat restoration, purchase land for public access, and youth conservation education in Wright County and greater Minnesota.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact Walt Barlow at (320) 543 -3660, Josh Pommier at (763) 300-9716, Bob Peterson at (320)963-6581, or Bruce Bartl at (763) 682-0653.

DNR firearms safety classes in LP

DNR firearms safety classes will take place at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club Monday and Tuesday nights starting Monday, April 6 and running through Tuesday, May 5.

The classes will be two hours per night, and are open to anyone who is 12 years old or older by Dec. 31, 2009.

Call Gary Godel to register at (320) 395-2561, or e-mail him at garygodel@mchsi.com.

Space is limited.

DC area lake association’s Spring Fling is March 29

The 2009 Spring Fling is set for Sunday, March 29 in Litchfield at the VFW on Highway 12 (formerly the Farmer’s Daughter).

The following lake associations are taking part in this event: Lake Stella, Manuella, and Lake Washington.

Social hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the meal will be at 6 p.m.

To RSVP or ask questions, call John Fink, (320) 275-0114.

Youth wood duck box building day Mar. 28

The ninth annual Carver County Youth Wood Duck Box Building Day is Saturday, March 28, at the Watertown Rod & Gun Club, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Builders will produce 125 wood duck boxes, which will be given away free. There is a limit of one box per child, or two per family.

Free hot dogs and chips will be served during the event.

Crow River DU to have raffle April 14

Crow River Ducks Unlimited will conduct a raffle at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted Tuesday, April 14.

The organization was granted a gambling permit from the City of Winsted, according to the city council minutes that were posted March 5.

McLeod County PF 2009 banquet April 18

The McLeod County Pheasants Forever banquet will take place Saturday, April 18 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

For more information on the banquet and other events, call Mark and Sue Reinert at (320) 864-6325.

Hunters welcome at DNR meeting
From the DNR

Hunters are invited to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources open house slated for 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the DNR Regional Headquarters at New Ulm.

DNR wildlife managers will be present to take comments and answer questions about any hunting-related topics attendees might have.

The DNR Regional Office is located just off Highway 15 South, approximately one mile south of New Ulm.

Increased walleye limit for Upper Red Lake
From the DNR

Anglers who fish Upper Red Lake will be able to keep four walleye during the 2009 fishing season that opens May 9.

The new limit is one more walleye than last season and two more than when the lake was re-opened to fishing in 2006.

“We have been very pleased that a cautious approach to regulating this fishery has maintained harvests within the safe harvest range,” said Gary Barnard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) area fisheries manager in Bemidji. “It has allowed us to gradually relax regulations to provide even more angling opportunities.”

Harvest estimates for the winter season, which ended Feb. 22, were approximately 52,000 pounds of walleye.

Since that level is well below the safe harvest level of 112,000 pounds, the daily bag and possession limit could be increased.

The current protected slot limit requiring all walleye from 17-to 26-inches to be immediately released will remain in effect for the early season, when angler catch rates are high.

Beginning June 15, and for the remainder of the open water season, the protected slot will be adjusted to require that all walleye from 20-to 26-inches be immediately released.

Throughout the open water season, only one fish more than 26 inches is allowed.

The walleye size limit will revert back to the 17-to 26-inch protected range on Dec. 1, 2009.

The winter adjustment is necessary because winter angling pressure has been consistently higher than open water pressure.

The bag limit for the next winter season has yet to be determined but will be based on harvest estimates from the open water season.

DNR officials hope the four fish limit can continue into the 2009-2010 winter season.

For more information on Minnesota’s walleye, fishing and fishing regulations, visit www.mndnr.gov/fishing.

DNR begins process to update five-year plan for stewardship program
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners have an updated five-year plan in the works for the Forest Stewardship Program and should unveil it by July.

This document provides technical advice and long range planning guidance to interested private landowners.

The plan revision process is facilitated by Dovetail Partners with support from the DNR Stewardship Program and the Blandin Foundation.

“Many public and private organizations are engaged in providing services to family forest owners, but our previous plan was almost 10 years old. The revisions will help acknowledge the many partners and complementary efforts that are now in place,” said Andrew Arends, Cooperative Forest Management supervisor for the DNR Division of Forestry.

The updated plan will address the status and accomplishments of the program as well as the emerging opportunities for family forestland stewardship in the state.

Since 1992, the stewardship program has written management plans for 10,000 landowners affecting 1.5 million acres. Program staff has set a goal of writing another million acres of management plans by 2015.

The revision committee involves representatives from USDA Forest Service, which administers the Forest Stewardship Program, and many of the program partners.

Those include the Minnesota DNR, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Minnesota Forestry Association (MFA), Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC), University of Minnesota Extension Service, Trout Unlimited, and the Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters (MACF).

There will be opportunities for stakeholder review before the plan is finalized.

Those with questions about the project can contact Andrew Arends at (651) 259-5261.

State forest roads and trails to be closed temporarily during spring thaw
From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporarily closing some forest roads and trails to motorized traffic to avoid environmental damage on wet soil.

The temporary closures will continue until conditions improve, which depends on temperature and rainfall levels.

The DNR will post “Roads and Trails Closed” signs at main roads, trail heads and parking facilities in affected forests.

Trail closure information is also available online at or at by clicking on “Current Conditions” in the bottom left-hand corner, or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-2966157 (Twin Cities metro area) or toll free at 888-MINNDNR (6466367). The information is updated weekly.

“Many of these same areas are closed to motorized vehicle use for a short period of time every spring,” said Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program manager. “We will be checking these roads and trails often and will re-open the areas just as soon as possible. In the mean time, we urge all forest visitors to check trail status, observe all posted signs, and ride responsibly.”

All roads and trails remain open to foot traffic.

Also, the DNR also reminds riders that Minnesota Law prohibits Class 1 ATVs from operating in road ditches in the Agricultural Zone between April 1 and Aug. 1.

The Agricultural Zone lies south of a line roughly defined from Moorhead to Taylors Falls along Highway 10, and along Trunk Highway 95.

Questions of the week
From the DNR

Q: Many landowners use ATVs strictly for agriculture-related purposes, meaning the machines never leave their property.
Do they need to purchase a three-year license for their ATVs?

A: Landowners using ATVs solely for agricultural activities or harvesting wood, or exclusively on private property, can purchase a permanent registration sticker for their machine instead of the public use license, which has to be renewed every three years.

The cost for the permanent license is a one-time fee of $14.50 and is valid until the ownership of the ATV is transferred.

The private use registration license is not transferable.

ATV’s 25 years and older are exempt from registration if they were originally manufactured as ATV’s, not cobbled together from spare parts.

Additional licensing requirements for ATVs and other Off-Highway Vehicles can be found in the 2008-09 Off-Highway Vehicle Regulations handbook, or on the DNR’s web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/ohv/index.html.