Firearms safety training classes are scheduled to begin March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Brainerd. There will be six sessions and each will last two-and-a-half hours. Any girl or boy who will be 12 by Nov. 4 is eligible. Some adults will also be accepted. Class size is limited to 30 students. Register by calling Clarence Aune at 764-3261.
A separate class for deer hunters begins March 21 at 6 p.m. Call Harry Meyer at 829-7345 for more information.
Quail tournament set for April 14-16
The National Upland Quail Classic tournament is scheduled for April 14-16 at Little Moran Hunt Club in Staples. Both pointing and flushing dogs may be entered, with team divisions for each. Dogs need not be pure bred to be entered. Trophies and cash paybacks will be awarded for both divisions. There also will be seminars by top regional professional trainers and a banquet Saturday evening.
Deadline for entries is April 1, 2000. For more information or to register contact Midwest Gundog Kennels at (320) 294-5802.
Crappie contest is April 22
Thousands of anglers are expected to compete in the 33rd annual Leukemia Crappie Contest on April 22 on Lake Minnetonka. The contest runs from 12:01 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event serves as a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Participants can enter the grand prize drawing for a boat/trailer valued at $5,000 by pre-registering at any Twin Cities-area Gander Mountain or Holiday Stationstore. The fee is $4 and entrants need not be present at the contest or the drawing to win.
Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest crappies takne in the adult and youth divisions. All crappies caught during contest hours are eligible for prizes. For more information call Karen Kaukol at (303) 346-8418.
Trout Unlimited meets March 14
The Paul Bunyan chapter of Trout Unlimited will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 at the Brainerd Public Library. The featured speaker will be Carl Haensel, fishing editor of the state newsletter TU Unlimited. He will present a slide show on some of the best trout waters in western Wisconsin. Attendees are invited to bring any lure-making or fly-tying gear for a post-program session.
For more information call Mike Rahn at 829-7569 or Jim Youngman at 828-9437.
DNR opens wildfire web site
The Minnesota DNR has created an online Wildfire Information Center to help keep people informed about wildfire conditions. The web site www.ra.dnr.state.mn.us/fire will be updated on a daily basis. According to Olin Phillips, DNR wildfire protection supervisor, it will be the most up-to-date statewide source of information for anyone concerned about current wildfire conditions. The DNR will have a toll-free telephone information line operating later this spring that will also provide wildfire updates and condition reports.
Volunteers needed for deer clinics
Volunteers are needed by the DNR to conduct white-tailed deer clinics throughout Minnesota. The clinics, developed by the DNR Enforcement Division's education section, are part of a series of clinics that promote safe and responsible hunting.
Volunteers may choose from among four training dates and locations: Owatonna (March 15), Lanesboro (March 21), Walker (April 1), St. Paul (April 8). Pre-registration is necessary. For more information call Regional Training Specialist Dick Anderson at (218) 826-6437.
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