Ice throughout the northern half of Minnesota will no longer support an ATV, according to DNR officers.
Conservation Officer Jim Tischler, Crosslake, said he stopped to assist the driver of an ATV that went through the ice on North Long Lake and that the operator wasn't overly concerned when Tischler warned him about the poor ice. "He said, 'Really?' and drove off," Tischler said.
The temperature swings over the past two weeks have resulted in very inconsistent ice conditions, Tischler added. "I've talked to fishermen who say there's 10 to 15 inches of ice in places and that may be true. But the honeycomb ice we're starting to see won't support much weight. Our recommendation right now is to stay off the lakes. Those crappies just aren't worth it."
Lakes in southern Minnesota have been ice-free for several weeks. Lake Minnetonka ice went out March 18, the second earliest date in 146 years of record keeping. The earliest ice-out on record for Lake Minnetonka is March 11, 1878. The average ice-out date for the lake is April 15, according to the Freshwater Institute.
Feds investigate wolf shooting
HILLMAN -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a timber wolf in eastern Morrison County. The shooting occurred in February but as yet nobody has been charged. A reward of $2,500 is offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in this crime. Persons with information are asked to call (800) 532-2887.
Bill would aid unlucky moose hunt applicants
The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed a bill that would improve some people's chances of getting a license to hunt moose.
Under the bill (HF2838), sponsored by Rep. Roxann Dagget, R-Frazee, residents who have applied for and failed to get a moose license at least 10 times would be able to apply in a separate selection process. It would make 20 percent of all moose hunting licenses available to those applicants who have repeatedly failed to win a license.
The state issues a limited number of such licenses every other year through a lottery system that includes all applicants in one pool. Last year 189 licenses were issued to hunt in northeastern Minnesota. There will not be a moose hunt this year.
Class to teach fly fishing basics
The Minnesota Fly Fishers, a club based in the Twin Cities, is offering its 14th annual weekend introduction to fly fishing. Topics will include basic equipment, casting, knots, flies, wading, tactics, safety and ancillary equipment.
The class will take place May 6-7 at Lynnhurst Community Center in south Minneapolis. Loaner equipment will be available for those who need it.
The cost is $65 and includes two days of instruction, handouts and a book. For more information call Lew Beccone at (612) 870-2313 or Ed Estlow at (612) 542-0188).
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