Mepps, a manufacturer of fishing tackle, is looking to buy squirrel tails. No other material duplicates the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair when it's in water, Mepps says, and to throw the tails away is a waste of a resource.
Sheldon's Inc., owner of the Mepps tackle division, would like to buy squirrel tails or trade spinners for them. Write: Sheldon's, Inc., 626 Center Street, Antigo, WI 54409-2496. Call (715) 623-2382 or fax (715) 623-3001 for more information.
Instructors needed for wild turkey clinics
The DNR is organizing a session to train instructors for wild turkey clinics in March and April in south-central Minnesota. Presenters, masters of ceremonies, audio-visual personnel and other support staff are needed to conduct clinics. Interested persons are invited to attend an instructor training session on Jan. 20 at the Gopher Campfire Conservation Club, located 6.5 miles northwest of Hutchinson on County Road 7. The training session is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Jim Hatlevig, regional training specialist, DNR Safety Training Programs, at (218) 758-2460. E-mail: email@example.com.
DNR officers win awards
Two DNR conservation officers won awards recently.
DNR Conservation Officer Sgt. Dean Olson was named the 2000 Turn in Poachers-Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year. The award is presented to the CO who best represents the mission of TIP during the course of his duties. A state CO since 1990, Olson is stationed in southeastern Minnesota. Last year he won the first "Willard Munger Award for Wetland Achievement Award," named after the late legislator who had an extraordinary environmental record. Olson was also named the 1999 Mississippi Flyway Council's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
DNR conservation officer Leland Owens, St. Francis, won the Law Enforcement Award that since 1992 has been presented to an individual who has demonstrated dedication and service to the protection of Minnesota's resources. DNR conservation officers have won the award six times.
Owens patrols the Anoka County field station, and was recognized for his efforts to eliminate illegal dumping on the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, assisting DNR in conservation education through the media, and working closely with DNR's nongame wildlife program. Owens is also recognized for his work with sandhill crane and deer surveys as well as Blandings Turtle sightings.
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