Northerns Inc. had its first two tournaments of the season recently. The Mississippi River tournament was won by Buzz and John Guin with 22 pounds, 4 ounces. Second place went to Tylor and Brandon Magnan with 19 pounds, 5 ounces. Third place went to Kevin Hacker and Rod Pierce with 19 pounds. Fourth place went to Greg Manska and John Sorenson with 17 pounds. Fifth place went to Steve and Jim Allen with 16 pounds, 13 ounces. Lunker of the tournament weighed 11 pounds, 4 ounces, measured 36 inches and was caught by John Guin.
In a tournament on Pelican Lake, Buzz and John Guin won with 21 pounds, 7 ounces. Second place went to Rob Carper and Jim Goerges with 20 pounds. Third place went to Jim and Neal Falenschek with 19 pounds, 7 ounces. Fourth place went to Les Manska and Leonard Rager with 14 pounds, 12 ounces. Fifth place went to Ron and Paul Wickham with 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Lunker of the tournament weighed 12 pounds, 7 ounces, measured 36 inches and was caught Rob Carper.
Quinn wins bass tournament on Rabbit Lake
Steve Quinn won the Range Bassmasters Rabbit Lake tournament on July 3 with 11 pounds, 4 ounces. Second place went to Brandon Cizek with 10 pounds, 10 ounces. Third place went to Scott Lindman with 9 pounds, 6.5 ounces. Big bass for the day was caught by Quinn and weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces.
Apply now for prairie chicken, fall turkey hunts
Hunters can apply for one of 100 permits for the 2005 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 4,410 permits for the fall turkey hunt by July 29 at ELS vendors statewide.
The five-day prairie chicken season opens Oct. 22 to Minnesota residents only. Hunters may apply individually or in groups up to four. The hunt will take place in seven areas in west-central Minnesota between Crookston and Breckenridge. Season bag limit is two prairie chickens per hunter. This year prairie chicken hunters will also be allowed to take sharp-tailed grouse while legally hunting prairie chickens.
Minnesota's prairie chicken population had more than 3,000 breeding birds in the spring.
Applications for the fall turkey hunt are also being accepted at ELS vendors statewide. Hunters may apply for one of 4,410 permits to hunt in one of 24 permit areas from Oct. 12-16 or Oct. 19-23.
The deadline for applications for both the prairie chicken and fall turkey hunts is July 29.
Special youth deer hunt applications available
Applications for the 2005 special youth deer hunts became available July 1 at ELS vendors statewide. Application deadline is Aug. 19. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.
Four archery and four firearms special youth hunts are planned for October. Eligible youths may apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt. Youth age 12 to 15 are eligible for the firearms hunts, and youth ages 12 to 17 are eligible for the archery hunts. Youth who applied in 2004 will have preference. There is a mandatory orientation session for each hunt. Hunters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or an adult authorized by the parent. All youth hunters must possess a valid Firearms Safety Certificate.
Archery hunts include Camp Ripley, Oct. 8-9, 150 permits; Lake Alexander TNC Preserve in Morrison County, Oct. 8-9, 20 permits; Arden Hills Army Training Site A, Oct. 20-21; Arden Hills Army Training Site B, Oct. 22-23.
Firearms hunts include Whitewater Wildlife Management Area Sanctuary, Oct. 20-23, 50 permits (participants may hunt by archery or firearms); Lake Bemidji State Park, Oct. 22-23, 25 permits; St. Croix State Park, Oct. 29-30, 100 permits; Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, Oct. 22-23, 20 permits.
For more information go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/youth.html.
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