A proposal to allow winter angling on Aitkin County trout lakes is under consideration by the DNR. If approved, opening the lakes would require rule changes, which would be identified in the DNR Minnesota Fishing Regulations publication.
Current regulations are posted at lake access points. Aitkin County's trout lakes remain closed to winter angling in 2005. A recent story in an outdoors publication said Aitkin County trout lakes were open to angling this winter season, which is not the case.
Osprey photos sought for wildlife poster contest
The DNR is looking for a few good osprey photos to be featured in the 2005 nongame wildlife checkoff poster. The poster helps promote donations to the nongame wildlife program and is available free to people who donate to the wildlife checkoff fund on their state tax forms.
Photographers may submit up to 12 original slides taken in Minnesota. Photos chosen to be included in the year 2005 poster will be published with photo credit. Contest winner(s) will receive a framed copy of their winning photo, along with their choice of a complimentary copy of the best selling CD "Restore Your Shore," or a copy of the award winning book "Landscaping for Wildlife."
Slides or transparencies may be submitted with each slide labeled with the photographer's first and last name. Slides should be submitted in a clear plastic 35mm slide sheet. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included for return of the slides. Deadline for entries is June 17. Entry forms and contest rules may be obtained from the DNR information center by calling (651) 296-6157, or toll-free 1-888-MINNDNR (646 -6367) in greater Minnesota, or visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
North Country question of the week
The DNR is almost a year into its Strategic Conservation Agenda. I've heard a number of successes have been achieved. What are they?
"The Conservation Agenda enables the DNR to communicate and work towards its mission through a set of measurable indicators and conservation targets," said Keith Wendt and Laura Preus of the DNR's science policy unit. "Just a few of the successes achieved include an increase in the number of participants in special youth hunts and the increase in metro area ponds stocked for fishing and education. Minnesota's wild turkey population has continued to expand. The DNR continues its work to achieve third-party audited certification of 4.5 million acres of state-administered forestlands. And progress is being made in areas such as clean water initiatives, recreation opportunities and new efforts to provide land-use planning information to citizens and local leaders."
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