Minnesota hunters will be allowed to harvest snow geese, including blue-phased and the smaller Ross' geese, this spring under the provisions of a federal conservation order.
Since 2000, when Minnesota began participating in the conservation order, the state spring harvest of light geese has varied dramatically from a few hundred to 6,000, depending on weather conditions. Hunting during 2008 will be open from March 1 to April 30.
A spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained after Feb. 20 at any of the 1,800 Electronic License System agents statewide. Spring light goose permits also will be available by telephone at (888) 665-4236 or online after March 1 at mndnr.gov.
No other license, stamp or permit is required to participate. Although the permits are free, there is a $3.50 application fee to cover permit issuing costs.
Non-toxic shot requirements and federal baiting regulations as well as most regulations that apply to fall goose-hunting seasons also will apply during the spring light goose conservation action. The use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns is allowed.
Refuges closed to either duck or goose hunting during fall seasons also are closed during the spring conservation action. Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset each day. No daily or possession limits apply.
A summary of regulations will be available from license vendors, DNR wildlife offices or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free (888) (646-6367.)
Bologna snowmobile ride slated Wednesday
The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association has scheduled a Bologna ride Wednesday.
Participants will ride to the Oak Lawn Tavern, located 5 1/2 miles east of Brainerd on Minnesota Highway 18, where they will be served an all-you-can eat meal of Bologna and mashed potatoes and gravy or broasted chicken and dumplings.
Cost is $7 for the Bologna and $6.50 for the chicken dinner. The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more information, call (218) 821-6444.
Tree seedlings available at state forest nurseries
A variety of tree and shrub seedlings are still available from state forest nurseries, according to the DNR.
The tree seedling order form and list of available seedlings can be found on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/nurseries.
People also may call the nursery tree sales office at (800) 657-3767 or stop by a local DNR Forestry office.
A minimum order of 500 seedlings is required. Prices vary from $90 to $290 per 500 trees, depending on the species ordered.
OutdoorsFan Media hires general manager
OutdoorsFan Media, a division of InterMedia Outdoors in Brainerd, has hired Jim Manry as general manager.
Manry will be responsible for the day-to-day management of OFM operations, including sales, editorial, membership programs and Web site development. His first priority, according to OFM, will be to manage the late-February launch of WalleyeFan.com.
Manry, who has more than 25 years of sale experience, has for the last three years served as senior account director at ESPN Outdoors. Prior to that, he worked for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines.
DNR question of the week
Q: Our snowfall totals this winter have made cross-country skiing ideal for the first time in years. What sort of skiing opportunities are available throughout Minnesota?
A: The DNR supports more than 150 cross-country ski trails statewide, totaling more than 1,800 miles. These trails are a great way for people to see the unique natural environments of Minnesota - from the prairies to the northern hardwood forests.
Skiers are required to purchase and possess a ski trail pass before skiing on state or grant-in-aid trails. Ski passes cost $5 for the daily, $15 for the annual and $40 for the three-year pass. Most state parks and some trailheads sell daily passes, but not all of them do, so it is recommended that skiers pick up their passes at any of the more than 1,800 DNR electronic licensing agents statewide or on the DNR's Web site.
The DNR Web site has an updated list and information on every state and grant-in-aid ski trail in the state (www.dnr.state.mn.us/skiing/index.html).
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