The 29th annual Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days fishing contest will be Saturday, June 25 on Howard Lake.
Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m., with shotgun start for the fishing at 8 a.m. The contest ends at noon.
Entries will be limited to the first 200 received.
The cost is $30 if received by Saturday, June 18, or $35 if received after Monday, June 19.
Entry forms are available at local buisnesses, or at the web site, www.howardlakegoodneighbordays.webs.com.
For more information, contact Denny Decker at (320) 543-2992.
Wavery Gun Club upcoming events
The Waverly Gun Club will be hosting a number of classes and events in the upcoming weeks and months.
A complete list of the upcoming action at the Waverly Cub Club is listed below.
For more information, contact Al Moy (612) 889-4423; Ken Reinert (612) 308-9259; or Russ Johnson (763) 218-7376.
The Waverly Gub Club is at 4465 DeSota Ave. SW, Waverly.
• Youth trap league
The youth trap league is open to the public, and has begun.
It runs every Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. until Monday, July 9.
Shotguns, ammo, and targets are provided.
• Summer trap league
The summer trap league has started, and individuals and teams are still welcome.
For additional information, visit the web site www.waverlygunclub.org.
• Ladies only night
The ladies only night is open to the public, and no membership is required.
It takes place the second Tuesday of every month through October, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ammo, targets, .22 cal pistols, and rifles are provided at no charge.
You may bring your own ceter fire handgun and ammunition, if you prefer.
A NRA certified range safety officer will be present on the shooting line, and instruction is available upon request.
Rain or shine, shoot from the comfort of a shelter.
Handguns at seven to 25 yards, and rifles at 50 yards.
Second annual Ugly Fish Contest on Howard Lake
The second annual Ugly Fish (carp) Contest is Friday, June 10 starting at 10 p.m., until Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m.
The contest is on Howard Lake, starting at Lion’s Park.
This is a free event, with prizes paid per pound of carp caught two-person teams.
All teams must pre-register by calling Berwyn (612) 867-1985 or Rod (763) 291-0546.
The maximum number of teams is 15, and teams cannot have more than two bow-and-arrow shooters per boat.
All contestants must fish Howard Lake and abide by fishing laws concerning rough fish as printed on pages 59 and 60 of the Minnesota Fishing Regulations 2011.
All carp (if contestant does not want them) will be disposed of at the Lion’s Park landing by the touranment sponsor.
The contest is sponsored by the Howard Lake Watershed Alliance and the Howard Lake Sportsmen’s Club.
Fishing Klinic for Kids at Buffalo Lake
Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Fishing Klinic For Kids Saturday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sturges Park on Buffalo Lake.
All area kids and their parents are welcome.
This is the largest event of its kind in Minnesota.
There will be three fishing pros on hand to share their expertise.
Come and participate to enjoy the fishing, demonstrations, vendor booths, food, games, activities, fun, and prizes.
There is something for everyone at this family-friendly event.
For more information on the organization, go to www.fishingklinicforkids.com
Conservation officers’ weekly report
From the DNR
• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers this week in Stearns and Wright counties.
CO Mies worked on complaints of carp dumped on the road from bow fishermen.
CO Mies also assisted neighboring officers with commercial checks and checking anglers.
• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended Radiological Emergency Preparedness training in St. Paul.
Reller also followed up on a call of an individual shooting geese, because he believed there are so many of them around.
The individual admitted taking two geese by shooting them with a rifle. He was issued a summons for taking geese out of season.
Reller also checked angler and boaters and the pan fish were biting good in between the storms that hit the area over the weekend.
• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) attended computer training in St Paul.
Anglers were checked on special regulation lakes in Carver County having mixed success.
Boaters were checked for illegally transporting invasive species and not pulling drain plugs from their boats.
• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) checked boating and fishing activity on lakes in Hennepin County.
She attended an event in Minnetrista that focused on local law enforcement and fire services. Several nuisance beaver complaints were handled.
She also testified in court for a boating while intoxicated case and attended division computer training.
• CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and turkey hunting activity.
Additional time was spent checking and advising boaters of invasive species.
Hatlestad also spoke at an ATV safety class in Atwater, and provided information on the role of a Conservation Officer to area lake samplers.
Time was also spent attending required training, assisting a neighboring officer with a commercial license check, and investigating a litter case involving archery killed carp.
• CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) attended training at Camp Ripley and gave a boating safety talk to children at Fort Ridgley State Park.
Officer Graham also checked anglers and followed up on a case from opener weekend.
• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continues to work a slow opening to the fishing season.
Weather continues to limit the number of anglers out.
Officer Oberg also spent time working ATV enforcement in the area.
Enforcement action taken for failure to display registration, no driver’s license, and driving conduct issues.
CO Oberg talk to a FAS class in Stewart and attended division computer training.
DNR casts license lure, nets new customer data
From the DNR
Thousands of Minnesotans who purchased a 2010 fishing license but have not yet purchased their 2011 license have been cast a friendly lure by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
These anglers received an e-mail that asks, “Are you going to let your friends have all the fun?”
The image shows an angler hooking-up with a bass as it explodes through the water’s surface.
The email also allows recipients to connect directly to the DNR’s online license center.
“This is the first year we’ve used e-mail to connect with our angling customers,” said Jenifer Wical, DNR customer enhancement manager for the Fish and Wildlife division. “We see it is as a low-cost way to reach people.”
Wical said the email reflects the agency’s interest in having more direct communication with the fishing community, which is changing constantly.
“Only 27 percent of Minnesota anglers buy a license five out of five years,” said Wical. “In fact, 32 percent of anglers buy a license only once every five years.”
These figures mean Minnesota has far more anglers than those who show up in the annual sales tally, added Wical.
“We now know that our existing angling license holders come from a large pool of people who tend to fish every other year or even less frequently,” she said. “Before our electronic license system was in place we largely believed our licensed anglers represented an avid group that bought a license every year.”
Wical said the DNR has also learned that hunters are more loyal license buyers than anglers.
Nearly half of Minnesota’s hunters buy a license five out of five years, she said.
The DNR has netted these new insights by closely examining license sales data and listening to customers.
This past winter, for example, the DNR received input from more than 2,100 licensed anglers and hunters as part of a public opinion survey of fishing and hunting license.
The survey and assessment was done, in part, to help the DNR better understand how to price and structure fishing hunting and licenses.
Hunting and fishing license prices haven’t changed in a decade.
Revenues from license sales fund the vast majority of the state’s fish and wildlife management and conservation law enforcement.
The assessment was conducted by Responsive Management, a natural resources research firm based in Virginia.
“We asked Responsive Management to help us conduct the survey of our customers because they have extensive survey expertise,” said Wical. “We did this so we can provide hunters and anglers with the license types they want at prices that meet multiple objectives.”
Among Responsive Management’s findings:
• Minnesota’s current resident fishing license ($17) is on the low end of fees charged throughout the United States
• Minnesota’s non-resident fishing license fees are on the low end of fees charged throughout the United States; non-resident licenses account for about 30 percent of license sales
• the most desirable fishing licenses are the annual combination (husband and wife) annual individual, and individual sports (angling and small game hunting)
• anglers would like to be able to buy a three-year or five-year fishing license
• anglers would like to be able to buy a “super license” that includes a number of angling and hunting privileges and their related stamps
• by a 4-1 ratio, Minnesotans rate Minnesota fishing “better” than that of other states compared to “worse” than other states
• by a 3-1 ratio, non-residents rate Minnesota fishing “better” than that of other states compared to “worse” than other states.
Mark Damian Duda, executive director of Responsive Management, said the DNR used detailed information on customer preferences as the basis for a license fee initiative currently being considered by the Minnesota Legislature.
“To its credit,” Duda said, “the Minnesota DNR isn’t proposing new license price and types based on arbitrary opinions. Instead, it is using a solid business model that incorporates the input of its customers.”
As an incentive to reply, Responsive Management purchased a lifetime fishing license and offered survey respondents an opportunity to win it in a random lottery.
Gwen Elvira Orth of Sauk Rapids won the lottery.
Connect with Minnesota Fishing on Facebook: facebook.com/mnfish.
DNR announces new live peregrine falcon webcam
From the DNR
A live webcam has been placed in a peregrine falcon box that is located in the Bremer Bank building in downtown St. Paul, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR).
The falcons can be viewed at www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/peregrine.html.
“We are very excited to provide this webcam, which allows the public a close-up view into the lives of these incredible birds,” said Carrol Henderson, supervisor of the Nongame Wildlife Program in charge of the project.
With cooperation from the Midwest Peregrine Society, the business tenants in Town Square, and Sentinel Properties, staff set up the camera to monitor the nest of a pair of peregrine falcons and their three young chicks.
The chicks hatched May 13-14 and will stay in the box, dependent on their parents, until late June or early July.
The box is about 4 feet by 4 feet and is located 26 stories up.
Peregrines do not “build” a nest, so pebbles were placed in the box to create a natural habitat.
The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world, stooping (chasing prey) at speeds in excess of 200 miles-per-hour.
They are a little larger than a crow, weighing about 1-2 pounds.
The females are one-third larger than the males.
They are mostly a slate blue color as adults, with a distinctive “hooded” appearance and a stripe that comes down from the cap.
Young peregrines are brown in color with many stripes or barring on the chest.
DDT and related chemicals had a devastating effect on peregrine falcons and many other species in the 1950s and 60s.
DDT and its residues, accumulated through food chains, impaired reproduction of many birds by causing the bird’s eggs to become so thin that they were crushed under the weight of the mother incubating them.
Chemicals extirpated some populations and raised the threat of the species extinction.
Use of DDT was effectively banned in the United States in 1972 making it possible for peregrine recovery work to begin.
In 1984 the peregrine falcon was placed on the endangered species list.
“This is truly a story of success because today, we have more than 60 unique territories in Minnesota and 39 pairs successfully raised 119 chicks,” Henderson said.
More information about peregrine falcons in Minnesota is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/projects/peregrine.html.
More information about the Midwest Peregrine Society is available at www.midwestperegrine.org.
Those interested in donating to the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program can do so by visiting www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/checkoff.html.
Question of the week
From the DNR
Q: It is recommended that public and private landowners refrain from mowing in roadside ditches until Aug. 1. Why?
A: Roadside ditches, which make up approximately half-million acres of the state’s total land area, are highly productive nesting sites for more than 40 kinds of birds and animals.
These are species that nest on the ground or in low vegetative cover.
Wildlife that nests in these areas includes pheasants, gray partridge, rabbits, waterfowl and songbirds.
Because each species has its own nesting habits when and how many times per year they rear young this habitat type receives continuous use from spring until late summer.
Unfortunately, thousands of nest and nest sites are destroyed annually in southern and western Minnesota due to mowing, off-highway vehicle traffic, agriculture encroachment and blanket spraying.
These disturbances can occur at any time, but they have the most impact during the month of June when hens are on the nest raising young.
Planting native vegetation would help alleviate nest disturbances because a ditch would not need to be hayed until crops are harvested at the end of the nesting season.
Native plants, once established, reduce the presence of weeds and are better suited for producing wildlife.
For more information about roadside wildlife habitat and the DNR’s Roadsides for Wildlife program go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/roadsidesforwildlife/index.html.