Conservation-minded motorists have driven proceeds from sales of Critical Habitat license plates to over the $10 million mark. More than 100,000 loon and deer license plates are traveling Minnesota's roads and highways. Proceeds from the $30 annual contribution are helping protect and manage habitat statewide.
License plate sales have purchased more than 3,100 acres of critical natural lands such as islands, lakeshore, river frontage, wetlands, native prairies and peatlands. The areas have been established as wildlife management areas, aquatic management areas and scientific and natural areas. The funds have also been used for nongame projects such as a bald eagle nesting survey, lake restorations and other habitat development projects.
Sales of the plates have nearly doubled since the latest version went on sale in May of 2002, said Kim Hennings, DNR land acquisition specialist. The first version, which depicted a deer, went on sale in May of 1996.
To order a Critical Habitat license plate, log onto www.mndriveinfo.org and click on "Critical Habitat Plate." Application forms and plates also are available at deputy registrar offices statewide. Phone (651) 297-3304 to have an application form mailed to you.
Paulson wins Excel bass tournament
Ryan Paulson caught a five-fish limit weighing 14.74 pounds to win an Excel Bass tournament July 19 on Whitefish Lake. Chuck Fields was second with 14.11 pounds, Jim Eide was third with 13.90 pounds and Greg Kretzman was fourth with 13.88 pounds. Kretzman also took big bass honors with a 4.65 pound largemouth.
The next Excel bass tournament is scheduled for North Long Lake on Aug. 29. For more information contact Joel Stokka at (218) 547-0389, or see www.excelbass.com.
Elke, Bollman win MWT tournament on Pelican Lake
A mayfly hatch earlier in the week and a thunderstorm on tournament day made for tough fishing, but Mitch Elke, Dassel, and Dave Bollman, Granite Falls, caught six walleyes weighing 9.60 pounds to win a Minnesota Walleye Trail tournament July 11 on Pelican Lake. The duo split a check for $2,500.
Placing second were Jeff Whitem, New Brighton, and Steve Resch, Blaine, with four walleyes weighing 7.67 pounds. In third place were Mark Sullivan and Paul Jenc, Long Prairie, with four walleyes weighing 7.42 pounds. Big fish honors went to Darryl Metzler and Dan Lemke, Eagle Lake, with a walleye weighing 4.48 pounds.
Next stop on the MWT is an Aug. 8 tournament on Ottertail Lake.
Team Allen wins Northerns Inc. tournament on Gull Lake
A team of Steve and Jim Allen caught 20 pounds, 8 ounces of northern pike to win a Northern Inc. tournament July 10 on Gull Lake. Placing second were Dean Hacker and Candy Jasmer with 16 pounds, 14 ounces, third place went to Norm and Marge Ramsdell with 13 pounds, 9 ounces, fourth place went to Burt Scripture and Leroy Frost with 12 pounds, 6 ounces, and fifth was taken by Greg Manska and John Sorenson with 12 pounds, 5 ounces. Big fish honors went to Steve Allen with a 8 pound pike.
Next up for Northerns Inc. is an Aug. 7 tournament on Cedar Lake.
Krueger wins bass tournament on Serpent Lake
Pat Krueger caught six fish weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Baxter Bass Snatchers June 27 tournament on Serpent Lake. Placing second was Guy Henkensiefken with 13 pounds, 10 ounces, and in third place was Chuck Steinbauer with 13 pounds, 3 ounces. Lunker bass for the day weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught by Paul Ruff.
Tthe Bass Snatchers had a tournament on Little Boy/Wabedo lakes on July 17. Results will be published in an upcoming edition of the Dispatch.
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