The Brainerd Elks Fishing Fling, an annual rite of spring, is scheduled for Wednesday.
The event, which has sold out each of the past four years, begins at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Brainerd. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m.
This year's featured speaker is Ted Takasaki, president of Lindy-Little Joe Fishing Tackle Co. Takasaki competes on the In-Fisherman Pro Walleye Trail and the Masters Walleye Circuit. He has won prestigious titles on both circuits and is regarded as one of the nation's top walleye anglers.
Nearly everyone who attends the Fishing Fling receives a prize. The grand prize is lodging for three nights at Wigwam Lodge on Lake of the Woods. Other prizes include dinner and launch for four at the Blue Goose Inn, two nights lodging at Superior Shores on Lake Superior, numerous gift certificates, rods and reels.
All proceeds benefit the Elks Youth Activities Fund and the Elks' scholarship program.
About 275 tickets are still available at $20 apiece. For more information call 829-2643.
Lifetime licenses now available
Outdoorsmen can now purchase lifetime hunting and angling licenses. Residents and nonresidents may make a one-time, non-refundable payment for an individual hunting or fishing license that's good for their lifetime.
A total of six licenses are priced for four different age groups: 3-and-under, 4-15, 16-50 and 51-and-older. Prices range from $217 to $1,083. Licenses are available only at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
Revenue from the new licenses goes to a special fund. Each year an amount will be transferred from that fund to the Game and Fish Fund for fish and wildlife management and law enforcement. "The pricing structure is set up so we pretty much break even," said Richard Hassinger, assistant director of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Hunters and anglers with lifetime licenses will still need to register each year. The process will be the same as buying a license but will not require payment. The annual registration allows lifetime license holders to pick up regulations booklets, apply for antlerless permits, and purchase stamps and other licenses. Holders may register annually at authorized license vendors by using the DNR's phone licensing system, or, when licenses become available on-line, over the internet.
The lifetime licenses go on sale next year and will be valid starting March 1, 2001, for residents and March 1, 2002, for non-residents. The lifetime license will remain valid even after the license holder moves from Minnesota.
DNR to increase walleye fingerling stocking
The DNR plans to stock Minnesota lakes with about 2.6 million walleye fingerlings this year. That would be the highest number since 1992.
The number of fingerlings the DNR can rear for stocking depends heavily on climatic conditions. Our recent mild winters have resulted in larger fingerlings but fewer overall, Payer said.
Walleye fry stocking is relatively inexpensive and produces good fishing in many lakes. However, in lakes where fry do not survive well fingerlings are more successful because they are larger and better able to survive predators.
The DNR will rear fingerlings in roughly 22,000 acres of ponds this year, an increase over the approximately 18,000 acres used last year. The DNR hopes to produce at least 121,000 pounds of walleye fingerlings and plans to buy an additional 4,000 pounds from private fish growers.
Arbor Day is April 28
Arbor Day, April 28, marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of trees.
More than 2,000 ceremonies will take place around Minnesota as part of tree planting projects. Minnesota's Arbor Month Partnership offers the following ideas:
-- Plant a tree in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth or wedding. People without a backyard can pot a plant on a deck or patio or hang a bird feeder. Call a garden center affiliated with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association for advice on the best trees and plants for a particular situation.
-- The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen provides many year-around family activities. Call (952) 443-2460 for information about current family programs.
-- Take a walk around the neighborhood, identify as many different leaves as possible and start a tree scrapbook. Check out books about trees from a local library.
-- Visit the Virtual Arbor Fair from your home or classroom. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the conservation of trees and the environment. The Minnesota Arbor Month Partnership, startribune.com and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association have collaborated to provide current information, curriculum and resources.
For more information about the Minnesota Arbor Month Partnership or details about how to get involved, contact the DNR Division of Forestry at 828-2565.
Minnesota Lakes Day is May 6
The Minnesota Lakes Association (MLA) will sponsor Minnesota Lakes Day on May 6 at the Nisswa Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Minnesota Lakes Day is an annual observance on the first Saturday of May as proclaimed by former Gov. Arnie Carlson in 1996.
The program "Strategies for a new century of caring," includes a presentation and panel discussion on strategies for working with local governments, sustainable lake management, and meeting lake association goals. The Science Museum of Minnesota will demonstrate its soon-to-be online atlas of 21 resource maps available for every minor watershed in Minnesota. The maps are available as a lake management tool for all citizens.
Lynn Lyng of the Minnesota Foundation will discuss strategies for creating a foundation to support the fund raising goals of a lake association, and for personal gift planning, to assure the legacy of clean lakes.
Cost is $5 for individuals and $8 for couples. Contact the MLA at (800) 515-5153.
Gun shop announces summer league program
Eckelman's Gun Shop and Shooting Range, Fort Ripley, will host three shooting league programs this summer.
League classifications include handgun, .22 rimfire rifle and highpower rifle. Persons can shoot all three if they like. One full course must be shot in May, June, July and August. Cost is $10 for each league ($5 for rimfire). Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the season.
For more information call Mark Eckelman at 829-3176.
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