A donation from the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association (LLBA) will help conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) enforce noise levels of generators used during night bowfishing on waterways.
Artificial lights powered by generators are important to bow anglers seeking species such as carp, suckers and bullheads.
The three donated decibel meters valued at $1,250 provide additional resources for conservation officers to enforce noise restrictions on lakes and rivers used by bow anglers.
"The DNR can really use these decibel meters to ensure those living around bodies of water can maintain their privacy while those bow fishing can enjoy their sport," said Capt. Greg Salo, a DNR regional enforcement manager in the Twin Cities. "It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."
Troy Decker, LLBA president, said the donation is an investment in their sport.
"We want everyone to enjoy the waterways in Minnesota," Decker said. "This is a proactive step by our organization to ensure everyone can by making sure generators are in compliance with the law."
The three meters will be calibrated and certified by the state. Conservation officers will be trained how to use them in the field.
"We're extremely pleased to have this relationship with LLBA," Salo said. "Their donation will be a very effective tool for the DNR."