Nov. 18 Outdoor Notes | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Nov. 18 Outdoor Notes

Posted: November 16, 2012 - 11:20pm

■ Surplus late wolf season licenses
go on sale Monday

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, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported Friday.

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 hunting 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.

■ DNR officer Pfingsten promoted

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has promoted conservation officer Tom Pfingsten to the position of chief pilot.

Pfingsten, whose interest in flying began while growing up near the Crystal Airport and serving in the Marine Corps, has spent the past 26 years as a law enforcement officer, including the last nine with the DNR as a conservation officer/pilot. He earned his private pilot’s license 20 years ago.

Most flying done by the DNR Enforcement pilots is resource management “survey and census” missions, locating and counting wildlife from the air, or locating radio-collared wildlife using aerial telemetry. CO/pilots also perform search and rescue missions, and enforce natural resources laws.

Pfingsten was promoted to the rank of captain and began his new duties Nov. 7. He replaces Capt. Al Buchert, who recently retired.

■ Custom rod-building class available Nov. 30-Dec. 2

LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods will host a rod-building class Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Participants will build their choice of a casting or spin rod during the weekend class which includes all components, free use of tools and disposables; 15-17 hours of hands-on professional instruction, a one year membership to the Custom Rod Builders Guild (optional) and more.

Cost for the class is $278. The rod built will have retail value in excess of $200.

The class is limited to six to eight builders and begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Gander Mountain in Baxter.

Other classes are scheduled during the winter based on demand and schedules. For more information and to register call today 218-562-4512.

■ Seminar schedule announced for inaugural Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo at National Sports Center

BLAINE — The National Sports Center’s new Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, November 16-18, will feature a seminar schedule boasting an all-star list of the biggest names in ice fishing.

Saturday’s seminar schedule is:

• 10:30 a.m., Brad Hawthorne, “The Bluegill Dojo: Extracting Monster Bluegills.”

• 1 p.m., Jim Hudson, “Big Water Success.”

• 2:30 p.m., Ice Team Panel Discussion and Q and A Session.

• 4:30 p.m., Brad Hawthorne, “The Bluegill Dojo: Extracting Monster Bluegills.”

Sunday’s seminar schedule is:

• 11 a.m., Jason Mitchell, “Tactics for Catching the Biggest Perch.”

• 12:30 p.m., Jason Durham, “Panfish, Top-to-Bottom.”

• 2:30 p.m., Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, “How and Where to Catch Monster Panfish.”