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Waverly Daze Fishing Contest is Saturday

July 4, 2011

by Chris Schultz

The 17th annual Waverly Daze Fishing Contest on Waverly Lake is set for Saturday, July 9. The event is sponsored by the Waverly Lake Association.

Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. July 9, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The contest ends at noon.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place winners in four seperate categories – northern, walleye, bass, and panfish.

Entries will be limited to the first 49 boats entered, and the entry fee is $25 per person.

There will be a minimum of two paid entrants per boat, and a maximum of 100 participants in the contest.

For additional information, contact either Huns (612) 759-8284; Steve (763) 772-2041; or Jim (763) 658-4444.

Firearms class to begin at Watertown Rod and Gun Club

Registration is set from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30 at the Watertown Rod and Gun Club for firearms safety training.

Class dates are Aug. 1, 2, 4, and 5, with class from 6 to 9 p.m. each day. Field day will be Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Patrick at (612) 709-1243 or Cory at (763) 218-3228.

Surface water runoff reduction project
From the CROW

The surface water runoff reduction project focuses on preventing and reducing sediment-related turbidity problems through protecting water quality and quantity.

This project will be aiming at promoting positive land use changes, along with promoting a sense of watershed stewardship and awareness throughout the Crow River Watershed.

The project contains three main tasks – BMP installation, public outreach, and administration.

There is $335,750 for cost share to put BMPs on the ground throughout the watershed.

An additional $1.2 million in septic system loans is available in the following counties – Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, and Wright.

Contact CROW at (763) 682-1933 or your local SWCD/NRCS office for more details. The grant will end in June 2013.

Apply now for prairie chicken, fall turkey hunts
From the DNR

Hunters who wish to apply for one of 186 permits for the 2011 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for a fall turkey hunting permit must do so by Friday, July 30, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Application materials and maps of permit areas for both hunts are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey.

Winners will be notified though the mail by mid-September after applying at any DNR electronic licensing agent.

The application fee is $3. The license costs $23 for residents and $78 for nonresidents.

The $5 stamp validation has been incorporated into the license fee. A separate stamp is no longer required.

This year there will be 10,450 fall turkey permits available for the season, which runs from Saturday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 30.

In 2010, hunters harvested a record 1,353 birds in the fall hunt, with hunter success typically about 20 percent.

• Prairie chicken season

The five-day prairie chicken season, which will begin Saturday, Oct. 22, is open to Minnesota residents only.

Hunters will be charged a $4 application fee and may apply individually or in groups up to four.

Prairie chicken licenses cost $20.

The hunt will be conducted in 11 prairie chicken quota areas in west-central Minnesota between Warren in the north and Breckenridge in the south.

Up to 20 percent of the permits in each area will be issued to landowners or tenants of 40 acres or more of prairie or grassland property within the permit area for which they applied.

Resident hunters younger than 12 may apply for a prairie chicken license.

The odds of being drawn are about one in three, depending on the area chosen, said Bill Penning, DNR farmland wildlife program leader.

The season bag limit is two prairie chickens per hunter.

Licensed prairie chicken hunters will be allowed to take sharp-tailed grouse while legally hunting prairie chickens.

Sharptails and prairie chickens are similar looking species.

The general closure on taking sharp-tailed grouse by small game hunters in this area is to protect prairie chickens.

Licensed prairie chicken hunters who wish to take sharptails must meet all regulations and licensing requirements for taking sharp-tailed grouse.

In 2010, an estimated 87 prairie chickens were harvested, with 37 percent of hunters taking at least one bird.

Hunter success varies considerably from year-to-year, especially when poor weather prevents hunters from going out in the field.

CO weekly reports
From the DNR

• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) spent some time preparing for a possible shutdown by meeting with Sate Park staff.

Reller also checked anglers and boaters in Wright and Sherburne counties.

Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no angling license no PFD on board a watercraft and taking illegal length smallmouth bass.

• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) participated in Operation Dry Water on Lake Minnetonka over the weekend.

Violations included BUI, PWC after hours, transom riding, and failing to display watercraft registration.

Several fishing violations were also found. She followed up on several aquatic vegetation removal complaints.

She also patrolled local scientific and natural areas and checked boaters for invasive species.

• CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) worked the Minnesota River Valley checking anglers, boaters, ATVs, state and county parks.

Officer Graham also assisted other local law enforcement agencies with on-going investigations.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) attended firearms training at Camp Ripley put on by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

CO Oberg also worked ATV enforcement in the area.

Officer Oberg handled calls relating to injured and orphaned animals.

• CO Wayne Hatlestad (Litchfield) checked angling, boating, and PWC activity.

Additional time was spent checking and advising boaters of invasive species.

Hatlestad also checked ATV and OHM activity, and investigated possible WCA and public waters violations.

Question of the week
From the DNR

Q: Because of their flat hulls, canoes and kayaks can navigate just about any body of water, but are there Minnesota trails specifically designated for these types of activities?

If so, where are they located and where can a person find information about them?

A: All water in Minnesota is open to paddling, but access to it can be either private or public.

There are 1,600 DNR public water accesses. State water trails offer 4,400 miles of routes managed for canoeing,

kayaking, boating and camping along 31 rivers statewide and the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Camping on water trails is typically free and can’t be reserved ahead of time.

A water trail can be found within about an hour of most parts of the state.

Free printed state water trail maps, which include a description of public access points, campsites, rest areas, navigational features and river miles, are available from the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us.

This year, there is also a new, online interactive map that makes it easy to customize and print their own map and to find information about facilities.

Maps, river level reports, recommended trips, safety and trip planning information can be found on the Minnesota DNR’s website at www.mndnr.gov/watertrails.