Dutch Lake, south of Howard Lake, will be the site for the second annual Dutch and Mallard Pass Lake Association ice fishing contest Saturday, Jan. 22.
The contest will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registrations taken at the boat landing prior to the contest.
The cost of the contest is $10, with a $100 top prize. Drawings will take place for additional prizes.
For additional information on the contest, go to www.dmpla.org.
Carver County PF banquet Jan. 22
The 25th annual Carver County Pheasants Forever banquet will take place Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Hamburg Community Hall.
For tickets to the event or additional information, call (952) 200-3176.
Young artists sought for Junior Duck Stamp contest
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting entries for the 2011 Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp contest, which is administered by Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge).
Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 15.
A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules and regulations for teachers and supervising adults can be found online at http://www.fws.gov/jrduck.
For additional information about the contest, or regarding a student’s or school’s participation in the Junior Duck Stamp contest, contact the Junior Duck Stamp state coordinator Mara Koenig at (952) 858-0710, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries and reference forms should be postmarked by Tuesday, March 15, and mailed to Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425.
Waverly Gun Club to have concealed carry classes coming up
The Waverly Gun Club will be offering concealed carry classes in each of the next four months.
Each class takes place for two nights, and is offered once a month January through April.
The classes in January begin at 6 p.m., and there is a $100 fee for the eight-hour class, spread over two nights.
The class dates are:
• Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19.
• Monday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 16.
• Monday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 16.
• Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20.
For more information or to register, call Kevin at (763) 242-4553.
Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club annual ice fishing contest is Feb. 13
The Rainbow Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its annual Ice Fishing Contest and raffle Sunday, Feb. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Brooks Lake in Cokato.
The fishing contest is free, along with free minnows and hole drilling.
There are both junior and senior divisions for the fishing.
Raffle tickets are $1 each for a chance at the $300 top cash prize, along with many other merchandise and cash prizes.
There will be a lunch wagon on site with hot pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and beverages.
Bring out the whole family for some winter fun and relaxation.
For more information, contact Tim at (320) 980-0460 or Dave at (612) 670-1916.
Waverly Gun Club to offer firearms safety training classes
The Waverly Gun Club, located one mile north of Waverly on Co. Rd. 9 to Desota Avenue will be offering firearms safety training classes.
Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Mike D. at (320) 543-3515 or Jim W. at (763) 658-4272.
St. Michael 13th annual ice fishing contest Feb. 5
The annual St. Michael Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest is a go this year.
The contest will take place at Beebe Lake Saturday, Feb. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. they will have an expanded area.
The contest is open to all. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 16 and under.
This year’s raffle prizes include a gas-powered ice auger, Vexilar FL20 Ultra, fishing equipment, and various gift certificates.
Tickets can be purchased at Dehmer’s Meats, Hardware Hank, from Lions members, as well as at other local businesses in St. Michael.
The Lions and Boy Scouts will be offering food, coffee, and sodas.
This will be an excellent opportunity to bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun conversation and fishing.
For more information, call Kent Johnson at (763) 497-5376 or check out the website at www.stm-lions.org.
Kingston Lions ice fishing contest
The Kingston Lions are hosting its 23rd annual ice fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the northwest side of Lake Francis.
The cost to enter is $4 per person for fishing.
Concessions will be available at the contest by the Kingston Lions Club.
Cash prizes will be given out for the three biggest walleye, northern, or bass caught during the tournament.
First place gets $100, second place gets $50, and third place gets $30.
The biggest crappie and biggest sunfish will also win a cash prize of $25.
There will also be several prize drawings throughout the tournament, including five cash prizes.
The first-place prize is an 8-inch ice auger, or $250 cash. Second and third prizes are $100 cash each, and the fourth and fifth prizes are $50 cash each.
The cost to enter the drawings is $1 for one chance, or $15 for 25 chances.
Conservation officers reports from area
From the DNR
• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns and Wright counties.
CO Mies also checked sleds.
CO Mies checked hunters and trappers.
• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several trespass complaints.
Reller assisted in a two day work crew outside his station and also checked anglers and snowmobile activity in Wright County.
Enforcement action was taken for illegal possession of an otter , snowmobile registration and trail permit violations.
• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) continued to check ice fishermen on Lake Minnetonka and in Carver County.
Violations included extra lines, unattended line, no shelter identification, and no reflective material.
Snowmobile activity remains high due to the improving ice conditions and well-groomed trails.
She also responded to a call in Chanhassen where two large bucks were locked together by their antlers.
• CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) reports that numerous anglers were out this past weekend, having good success on local lakes.
Officer Graham also checked snowmobiles, and spoke at a Snowmobile Safety class in Olivia where 50 students were in attendance.
Enforcement action was taken on failure to display snowmobile registration, operate snowmobile without safety certificate, speeding on snowmobile, failure to identify shelter properly, and trespassing.
• CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling and spearing activity.
Additional time was spent checking ATV and snowmobile activity.
Hatlestad also attended required meetings, and spoke at a snowmobile class in Cedar Mills.
• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) spoke to a snowmobile safety class and conducted aeration inspections.
Time was also spent monitoring a crappie bite on an area lake.
Snowmobile enforcement was also worked in the area along with a TIP complaint.
TIP hotline has very effective 2010
From the DNR
An anonymous call to Minnesota’s Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline recently led a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to a man who had allegedly poached a trophy buck in Hugo.
The man is facing $10,000 in fines and restitution, and loss of his hunting privileges for three years if convicted.
Information from the public leads to the vast majority of arrests for hunting and fishing violations in Minnesota, said DNR conservation officer Alex Gutierrez of Forest Lake.
“With the number of vacant field stations, the extra set of eyes provided by the public has never been more important,” Gutierrez said. “TIP is an invaluable asset to conservation officers.”
Since 1981, TIP has provided a toll-free hotline, 800-652-9093, for poaching information and rewards for arrests and convictions of game and fish violators.
TIP’s aggressive anti-poaching message has been showcased (until recently, see related release on vandalism) in two “Wall of Shame” trailers containing the mounts of wildlife confiscated as a result of arrests for violations of Minnesota game laws.
Minnesota’s TIP hotline was very effective 2010.
Investigations into 1,699 TIP calls resulted in 299 arrests and a total of $6,690 in rewards paid.
That compares to 1,355 TIP calls, 237 arrests, and $4,350 in rewards paid in 2009.
TIP helps to stop wildlife poachers, but that is only part of what TIP has accomplished, noted Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement director.
“The TIP hotline actually discourages violations, and with most people carrying cell phones, keying in #TIP can quickly report a violator,” Konrad said. “All sportsmen/women, landowners, citizens and wildlife benefit from poachers being caught.”
When a person calls TIP, information such as how many violators, vehicle description with any license numbers and details of what happened are important to the conservation officer who will be dispatched to handle the call.
Finding a conservation officer is just a click away at www.mndnr.gov/officerpatrolareas.
Click on the map, and a balloon will pop up that shows the officer phone number and State Patrol dispatch number.
DNR produces two new ice fishing podcasts
From the DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released the latest in its series of audio programs for winter fishing enthusiasts titled “Ice Fishing Tips.”
The two 30-minute shows were recorded in a format that can be downloaded from the DNR’s Web site and listened to on a computer or portable audio device such as an iPod or Zune.
The ice fishing shows feature professional angler “Tackle” Terry Tuma and DNR ice safety specialist Tim Smalley. DNR Information Officer Steve Carroll serves as the host.
“Terry provides insight on a variety of topics including jigging, how cold weather affects fish, understanding moods of fish, planning an ice fishing trip, and using minnow heads with jigs,” Smalley said. “I give tips for checking ice thickness and conditions, dealing with slushy conditions, developing a plan if something goes wrong, why ice anglers should carry a cell phone, and other helpful ice safety do’s and don’ts.”
Since 2005, the DNR has produced more than 100 podcast audio programs.
Topics have included ice fishing, early season and fall walleye fishing, crappie fishing, deer hunting, duck hunting, and spring turkey hunting.
Listeners have downloaded the various programs more than 435,000 times in the last two years.
“Podcasts are a cost-effective way of using technology to deliver information to folks who enjoy outdoor activities like ice fishing,” Smalley said. “And the programs are portable; anglers can listen to the information on their home computer or on an iPod while sitting on a bucket out in the middle of the lake.”
To listen to the program, click on the DNR podcasts link at www.mndnr.gov.
Dave Schad named DNR deputy commissioner
From the DNR
A veteran natural resource professional has been promoted to deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by new DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.
Dave Schad, 53, has served in the DNR since his student worker days in 1981, most recently as director of the agency’s Fish and Wildlife Division.
Previously he was the agency’s Wildlife Section chief; he has also served as wildlife operations manager, regional wildlife manager, area wildlife supervisor, and statewide wetland wildlife coordinator and statewide forest wildlife program coordinator.
“Dave’s career path has always angled up due to his depth of knowledge, breadth of managerial skills, and history of good judgment on complex issues,” said Landwehr. “Hunters, anglers and all who care about natural resources should be pleased by this appointment.”
Landwehr said he’s known Schad since they both attended the University of Minnesota, where Schad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management.
“We intend to work with the entire DNR team and the citizens of Minnesota for the long-term benefit of our natural resources,” said Landwehr.
In addition to his work in Minnesota, Schad serves on several national committees for the national Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as well as the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
“I’m honored to have been selected for this position,” said Schad. “I look forward to helping deliver what citizens expect clean water, healthy forests, outstanding recreational opportunities, and strong economies from the prudent use of our natural resources.”
Schad replaces Laurie Martinson, who was named deputy commissioner by former Commissioner Mark Holsten in 2007.
Martinson’s role and responsibilities, as well as those of other commissioner’s office staff, will remain largely unchanged during an upcoming transition period, said Schad.
Schad and his wife, Carol, live in White Bear Lake. Schad is an avid hunter, angler, camper and bicyclist.
There is no word yet on Schad’s replacement; however Deputy Fish and Wildlife Division Director Ed Boggess will serve as acting director during the interim.
Question of the week
From the DNR
Q: The Minnesota DNR Archery in the Schools program sounds interesting. What is this program all about?
A: The Minnesota DNR Archery in Schools Program is the state component of a broader national effort.
It features three pre-packaged components that make teaching target archery in K-12 classes very safe, effective and easy, particularly for inexperienced archery teachers and students.
The gear is state of the art and designed to fit every student in the class.
The training and instruction aids provided to teachers enable them to set up ranges in their gymnasiums and safely teach new archers proper form and technique consistent with the USA Olympic archery program.
Finally, the curriculum and lesson plans enable teachers to integrate the program into a rigorous academic environment.
Archery is usually the most popular physical education unit because every student can excel, regardless of natural athletic ability.
Archery is lifetime sport that students can enjoy for decades, and the program encourages youth to become more interested and involved in the outdoors.
The Minnesota DNR Archery in the Schools Program has been successful in recruiting schools and students over the past five years.
The Minnesota program is currently taught in more than 340 schools reaching 120,000 students annually.
For more information, go to www.mndnr.gov/grants/epr/archery.