Applications for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley became available July 1. This year's hunts are scheduled for Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 30-31. A total of 4,500 permits will be available, 2,250 per two-day hunt, and hunters can apply for one of the two-day periods.
Deadline to apply is Aug. 20. Archers can purchase intensive harvest permits and take up to two deer during their hunt. Applicants must be at least 12 years old prior to Oct. 21.
Apply for the Camp Ripley deer hunts in person at any Electronic Licensing System agent, by calling (888) 665-4236, or through the DNR's Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/index.html.
Prairie chicken, fall turkey hunt applications available
Hunters seeking one of 100 permits for the upcoming prairie chicken season or one of 4,380 permits for the fall turkey hunt must apply by July 30. Applications will be available at Electronic Licensing System locations on July 1.
The five-day prairie chicken season begins Oct. 23 and is open to Minnesota residents, who can apply as individuals or in groups of up to four. License cost is $20. Prairie chicken hunters can also take sharp-tailed grouse while hunting prairie chickens. Hunters who wish to take sharptails must meet all regulations and licensing requirements for the taking of sharp-tailed grouse.
Applications for the fall turkey hunt are currently being accepted. Hunters can apply for one of 24 permit areas for seasons that run Oct. 13-17 and Oct. 20-24. Application fee is $3. License cost is $18 for residents and $73 for nonresidents. A $5 stamp is also required for turkey hunters 18 years of age or older. Deadline for applications for both the prairie chicken and fall turkey hunts is July 30.
ATV safety, bowhunter instructor training classes announced
The DNR will host clinics to train and certify volunteer instructors for ATV safety and bowhunter education at the following times and locations;
* ATV Instructor Clinic, July 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Haypoint-Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club, Highway 200 and Cedar St. S., Hill City;
* Bow Hunter Ed Instructor Clinic, July 31, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Grand Rapids Archery Club, Grand Rapids.
Participants must be at least 18 years old and must bring their drivers licenses. Also bring a pen. There is no fee for these clinics. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact Lt. Shelly Patten at (218) 897-5132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fields prevails on Rabbit Lake
Chuck Fields outfished 33 other anglers to take first place with a five-fish limit weighing 11.57 pounds at the Excel Bass tournament June 27 on Rabbit Lake. Tom Whitehead was second with 11.43 pounds, Dave Maas third with 10.92 pounds and Jeremy Neyens fourth with 9.94. Chris Kassler took big bass honors with a 4.33 pound smallmouth.
Next stop on the Excel tour is the Whitefish chain on July 18. Contact Joel Stokka at (218) 547-0389 or www.excelbass.com for more information.
Manska, Sorensen win on Pelican Lake
Greg Manska and John Sorensen caught 9 pounds, 5 ounces of northern pike June 19 to win a Northerns Inc. tournament on Pelican Lake. Roger and Adella Ubl had 9 pounds, 1 ounce to take second, Buzz and John Guin weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces for third, Burt Scripture and Larry Frost had 8 pounds, 2 ounces for fourth, and Dean Hacker and Candy Jasmer had 7 pounds, 15 ounces for fifth.
Lunker of the tournament was a 3 pound, 10-ounce pike caught by Ray Sellers.
Next up for Northerns Inc. is a July 24 tournament on Roosevelt Lake.
North Country question of the week
Sound rather than sight is used to count the ruffed grouse population. How accurate is this?
Counting by sound is accurate to detect long term (three years or more) trends in grouse populations. This method has depicted the well-known 10-year cycle in grouse over the last 50 years. However, as with sight counts there's much more uncertainty in determining the exact percent change from one year to the next.
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