Resident wild turkey hunters must apply electronically by July 28 for a fall 2000 license.
Applications can be purchased from any Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agent. The deadline is Friday, July 28. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1 and must be completed no later than July 28.
All turkey hunters who applied for licenses in 1999 will be sent a 2000 application with maps of open permit areas and permit quotas. All applicants should fill out the worksheet before going to one of the 1,700 ELS point-of-sale license agents to complete their application. Application worksheets will be available the last week of June.
Two five-day seasons are offered: Oct. 18-22 and Oct. 25-29. Eleven permit areas in southeastern Minnesota will be open and 3,090 permits will be offered. The cost to apply is $3.
A watercraft safety class for persons 12-17 will be sponsored by the Gull Area Lakes Association and Crow Wing County and Cass County water patrol units.
All persons 12-15 are required by law to have a permit to operate a boat with a motor of over 25-horsepower and all persons 14-17 must have a permit to operate a personal watercraft. The class will allow attendees to get their temporary permits that day. All rules and regulations will be covered and attendees will get behind-the-wheel training.
The free class is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Lunch will be provided. Call 963-2229 to register.
DNR announces mineral lease sale
The DNR will host a sale for mineral exploration and mining leases in October 2000.
The lease sale plans are announced now to give mining companies and other interested parties time to review the areas under consideration.
Areas open to lease sales are in Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties. Some lands were offered in previous lease sales and others are new offerings. The time and place of the sale will be announced by legal notice at least 30 days prior to the sale. A map showing the areas under consideration is available from DNR Division of Lands and Minerals, Box 45, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4045; (651) 296-4807.
Pro-Am bass tournament comes to Whitefish, Gull The sixth annual Skeeter-Yamaha Bass Tournament is scheduled for June 23-24 on the Whitefish chain and Gull Lake.
The format has a pro and amateur fishing together for a limit of eight fish per day over the two tournament days. Pairings for Day One will be drawn at the pre-tournament meeting at Ron's Squaw Point Restaurant on Gull Lake on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Day One competition will take place on the Whitefish chain. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m. at Moonlite Bay restaurant on Cross Lake.
Day Two brings the competitors to Gull Lake. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m. at Ron's Squaw Point Restaurant. Pro and amateur champions will win a 2000 Skeeter boat powered by a Yamaha outboard.
Other events include an on-the-water demonstration of Skeeter bass boats sponsored by Pierz Marine (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday) and an open house at Pierz Marine on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle benefiting Camp Confidence.
For more information call 829-1111.
Kraft, Rengo win
A team of Kevin Kraft and Glenn Rengo took home the first place prize of $100,000 at the Wave Wacker Mega 2000 Walleye Tournament June 8-9 on Lake Mille Lacs.
Kraft and Rengo's two-day total weight of 35.09 pounds included an 8-pound walleye caught on Day Two. In second place were Roger Grothe and Mark Brumbaugh with 34.37 pounds and in third place were Al Lindner and Jim Lindner with 32.16 pounds. The biggest walleye was a 9.87-pound fish taken by the team of Mark Dammann and Dale Roepke, who placed sixth with 31.27 pounds.
Fishing for disabled persons set for June 24-25
The Fishing Has No Boundaries 2000 event is scheduled for June 24-25 at Lake Bemidji.
The event provides fishing opportunities for disabled persons. About 100 local fishermen and volunteers donate their time, equipment and expertise to provide a weekend of fishing on Lake Bemidji. Disabled persons will fish Saturday and have a fish fry that evening. Breakfast will be served Sunday morning before the participants return to the lake. The event ends with lunch and an awards ceremony at noon. All meals are provided.
For more information call (218) 759-2544 or (218) 751-8207.
Women's shooting sports clinics planned
A series of clinics designed to teach women how to shoot trap and sporting clays will be offered in July and August.
A trap shooting clinic is scheduled for Kanabec Conservation Club, Mora, July 15 from 1-4 p.m. A sporting clays clinic is scheduled for the Horse and Hunt Club, Prior Lake, July 22 from 1-4 p.m. A trap clinic for beginners is scheduled for St. Anthony Gun Club, Anoka, Aug. 5 from 1-4 p.m.
Guns and ammunition are provided. Cost is $30 per person. Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 persons for each clinic. To register call 1-888-MINNDNR.
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