Snowmobile safety class to be offered by the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club

November 19, 2012

by Chris Schultz

The Winsted Sportsman’s Club will be giving a snowmobile safety class Sunday, Jan. 6 – the location is still to be determined.

This is a four-hour CD course, and the CD will need to be completed before the class.

For additional information, contact Harvey at (952) 393-5933 and leave a message, or e-mail him at hnowak3738@hotmail.com.

Surplus late wolf season licenses go on sale today
From the DNR

Applicants not selected in this year’s early or late season wolf license lottery can purchase a surplus hunting or trapping license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon on Monday, Nov. 19, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said today.

There are 187 surplus hunting licenses and 130 surplus trapping licenses available for the late season.

The late season begins Saturday, Nov. 24, and concludes Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, provided late season harvest targets in each of Minnesota’s three wolf zones are not met.

Eligible hunters and trappers may purchase a surplus license of their choice regardless of the season they selected when applying for the lottery.

When buying a surplus license, purchasers must specify a firearm license to hunt or a wolf trapping license to trap.

An individual may purchase only one wolf license.

Surplus late season wolf hunting and trapping licenses are valid when the late season is open in any of the state’s three wolf zones.

Trappers born after Dec. 31, 1989, must have a trapper education certificate to purchase a surplus wolf trapping license if they have not purchased a trapping license in a previous license year.

If all licenses are not purchased by unsuccessful applicants, any eligible hunter or trapper, regardless of whether he or she entered the wolf season lottery, may purchase a remaining late season license beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Surplus wolf licenses are available from any DNR license agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

Online buyers should proceed to checkout immediately after selecting a surplus wolf license and quickly submit payment information to improve their chances of obtaining a license.

The DNR allocated 2,400 wolf licenses for the late hunting and trapping season.

Complete wolf hunting regulations are available online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf.

CO weekley reports
From the DNR

• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked deer hunters this past week.
CO Mies also checked waterfowl hunters.
CO Mies checked trappers and worked on tip calls.

• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave a ride along to a college law enforcement student and assisted at the CO Academy.
Deer hunting was slower than past seasons with very few deer seen harvested.
Waterfowl hunters had several good days hunting as new migrants came into the area.
Enforcement action was taken for leaving deer stands in WMA, no blaze orange, no state pheasant stamp, target shooting in WMA parking lot and no PFD on board a watercraft.

• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked deer shiners in Carver County.
He investigated a complaint of traps that were stolen from Lake Waconia.
Waterfowl and deer hunters were checked all week having poor success.

• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) spent the week gearing up for the last weekend of the regular deer firearms season.
Time was spent on the Buffalo Creek checking trap sets, deer stands and hunters.
Weather seemed to play a role in the past weekend’s deer harvest.
Duck hunters had some luck on area lakes after the cold weather came in on Sunday.
Enforcement action was taken on hunters not having their Federal Duck Stamp in possession.

• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) continued working the busy firearms deer season, success rates seemed to be lower than the CO anticipated.
CO Oberg however, was able to find several violations. Baiting continued to be a problem in the officer’s station.
Enforcement action was taken for fail to validate tag, fail to tag deer, hunt deer without blaze orange, no deer license in possession, unlawful party hunting, borrow tag, and hunt deer over bait.
The largest deer taken in the area scored close to 160 inches.