Hunters have until July 18 to apply for one of 23 elk permits in Minnesota.
In total, 12 permits (two either-sex and 10 antlerless) will be offered in the Grygla Zone and 11 permits (one either-sex and 10 antlerless) in the Kittson County Zone in the Lancaster vicinity. Maps of the two hunt zones can be found at mndnr.gov/ hunting/elk.
A total of four licenses (two in Grygla and two in Kittson County) will be issued to qualified landowners in the respective elk zones in a landowner preference drawing for those who are owners or tenants of at least 160 acres of agricultural or grazing land in the zone. Unsuccessful landowner applications will then be added to the general drawing, from which the remaining applicants will be selected. Alternates will be selected in case successful parties opt not to purchase a permit.
In all, there will be three seasons in each zone: Sept. 13-21, two either-sex licenses in Grygla, one either-sex and two antlerless licenses in Kittson County; Nov. 22-30, five antlerless licenses in Grygla, four antlerless licenses in Kittson County; Dec. 6-14, five antlerless licenses in Grygla, four antlerless licenses in Kittson County.
Applications may be made at any of the 1,800 statewide locations where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Applications also are available from the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Paper applications will not be accepted. Hunters may apply individually or in parties of two. There is a non-refundable application fee of $10 per hunter. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and must purchase an elk license for $250. Each party will be authorized to harvest one elk.
New Lake Mille Lacs access to be dedicated
The newest Lake Mille Lacs public water access will be dedicated to Frank Schneider Jr. at a grand opening event at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Liberty Beach access is located on the east side of the lake, approximately 8 miles north of Isle.
Schneider, who died in 2005, was an avid angler, hunter and activist and was a driving force behind bringing public access and fishing piers to numerous Minnesota lakes.
The grand opening event is open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Stewart at (651) 259-5616.
Federal Duck Stamp event in Owatonna
The Federal Duck Stamp program will commemorate its 75th anniversary with a special celebration from 1-5 p.m. July 12 at the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna.
Activities will include an exhibit of the Duck Stamp artists' original works and many hunting and outdoors-related workshops and demonstrations.
The event is free and open to the public.
A dinner for wildlife artists and event sponsors also is scheduled. For more information about attending the dinner or being a sponsor of the event, contact Ed Erickson at (651) 962-6931 or Kristi Flanagan at (651) 962-6999.
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