The DNR is proposing special regulations for northern pike on 75 Minnesota lakes.
Locally, 18 lakes could get the regulations, including Dam and Long lakes in Aitkin County, Mitchell, Round, Upper and Lower Mission lakes in Crow Wing County, Wabedo, Woman, Little Boy, Little Woman, Girl, Child, Ada and Pine Mountain lakes in Cass County and Cedar, Alexander, Fish Trap and Shamineau lakes in Morrison County.
The proposed regulations, which include minimum and protected slot length limits, are designed to increase or maintain the number of large northern pike. The above lakes and 57 others statewide will be monitored for 10 to 15 years to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed regulations. Presently there are special regulations in effect for northern pike on 32 Minnesota lakes.
The DNR will host open houses to discuss the regulations at the following locations:
* Sept. 3, 1-7 p.m., Dam, Long lakes, Aitkin County, DNR office, Aitkin;
* Sept. 9, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Mitchell, Round, Upper and Lower Mission lakes, Crow Wing County, DNR office, Brainerd;
* Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m., Wabedo, Woman, Little Boy, Little Woman, Girl, Child lakes, Cass County, Wabedo Township Hall, Longville;
* Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m., Ada, Pine Mountain lakes, Cass County, Backus City Hall, Backus;
* Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m., Cedar Lake, Morrison County, Upsala Cooperative Telephone Annex, Upsala;
* Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m., Alexander, Fish Trap, Shamineau lakes, Morrison County, Scandia Valley Fire Hall, Lincoln.
There will also be an open house in St. Paul on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 by writing to DNR Fisheries, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155-4012; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling (651) 297-3287.
Application deadline approaches for Camp Ripley youth archery hunt
Youths interested in the 2002 Camp Ripley youth-only archery deer hunt are reminded that this year's application deadline is fast approaching.
The hunt is scheduled for Oct. 12-13. One hundred permits will be issued to eligible youth ages 12-17 as of October 10, 2002. Youths must have completed a hunter safety course and must have their application post-marked by August 31, 2002.
All youths will be required to be accompanied by an adult mentor who will not be allowed to hunt or carry a bow and arrow. A random drawing on Sept. 9, 2002 will be held publicly at MDHA in Grand Rapids to select hunt participants.
Successful applicants and their parent or guardian will identify an adult mentor to accompany youth. Hunt sponsors will assist with identification of appropriate mentors if requested by youth and their parent or guardian. Youth hunters will be required to have a valid Minnesota archery deer hunting license and attend an education/training session to participate. No group applications or party hunting will be allowed, and deer of either sex can be taken. Youths will not be allowed to take deer with management permits during this hunt.
Interested youths must apply for a permit by completing a 2002 Camp Ripley Youth Archery Hunt Application. Application forms are available by calling MDHA at 800-450-DEER (3337), or by downloading an electronic application at the MDHA website at www.MnDeerHunters.com, the Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. (MBI) website at www.strictlybowhunting.com/mbi/, or the Minnesota State Archery Associaiton (MSAA) website at www.mnarchery.com. A processing fee of $4.00 per submitted application is required. This fee must be sent in with your application for a Camp Ripley Youth Archery Permit, and is non-refundable.
Firearms safety training class to meet
A local firearms safety training class will meet Sept. 3-19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Range day will be Sept. 14. The cost of the class is $6. To register, call Cal White at 829-7582.
10,000 Rinks Foundation to host local bass tournament
The Minnesota Wild's 10,000 Rinks Foundation and Genmar Industries will host the first annual 10,000 Rinks Foundation Bass Fishing Tournament at Cragun's Resort, Gull Lake, Aug. 27-29.
The tournament is a two-day event on the Minnesota Pro/Am Bass Tour and will include 33 boats, each guided by a professional angler, a Minnesota Wild player or local celebrity. The tournament is intended to raise funds for hockey programs throughout Minnesota.
Phone (651) 602-6033 or (651) 602-6011 for more information.
Fifty Lakes Sportsmen's Club dinner is Aug. 31
The Fifty Lakes Sportsmen's Club will host its 26th annual fund raising dinner on Aug. 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the clubhouse in Fifty Lakes. A spaghetti dinner will be followed by a $500 raffle.
The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-12 and there is no charge for children under age 7. Phone (651) 426-5760.
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