The Brainerd chapter of the Minnesota Walleye Alliance will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Brainerd Elks Lodge. The meeting will feature an open discussion on the topic of potential fishing bag limit changes in Minnesota.
The DNR is considering changing the fish limits and is seeking public input on the subject. DNR personnel will be on hand to listen to the discussion and answer questions.
Slot limits will also be discussed. The legislature recently expanded the number of waters that the DNR can manage with special regulations and slot limits have proven to be successful at improving lakes across the state. The alliance will discuss how these slot limits are perceived by the public.
Monthly meetings of the Brainerd Walleye Alliance are open to the public. Non-members are welcome to attend. Members will vote on which direction the alliance should focus its attention and support on fish limits and special regulations.
Area anglers will also want to mark their calendars for Nov. 1 when Ted Takasaki, PWT pro and president of Lindy Little Joe, will be the featured speaker.
Steinbauer wins Bass Snatchers tournament
Chuck Steinbauer won the Baxter Bass Snatchers fifth tournament of the year on Little Boy/Wabedo lakes. The winning weight was 22 pounds, 3 ounces. Steinbauer was followed by Mick Ziebell with 19 pounds, 2 ounces and Joel Stokka with 17 pounds, 11 ounces. Ziebell also had the big bass of the tournament with a 5 pound, 11 ounce fish.
Twenty five participants caught and released 85 fish. Average weight was 2 pounds, 5 ounces. One more tournament remains on the schedule. Steinbauer leads the club in points and is followed closely by Dennis Lothspeich, Brandon Cizek, Ziebell, Ram Mehta, Guy Henkensiefken, Dixon Esary, Bill Ludenia and Tom Swanson, all of whom are vying for a top six finish.
The last tournament will take place on North Long Lake.
Lakeshore Conservation Club wraps up shooting season
The Lakeshore Conservation Club recently concluded its 2000 trap and skeet season. First place in the Trap Blue League went to Lake-N-River Bait (Cliff Young, Brackett Wagner, Milt Wagner, Jim Wnuk, Len Loukota, Don Sigerty, Curt Busby). Second place was taken by Oasis Sport Shop (John Jensen, Tom Ryan, Keith Clarke, Mike Hemmerich, Tom Whitehead, Stu Wange, Gail Anderson).
In the Trap Green Leauge, first place was won by Eckelman Gunsmithing (Tim Dullum, Cindy Jensen, Wayne Damerow, Harold Johnson, Pete Nistler, Steve Olson, Mark Levig). Second place went to Rardin Construction (Jan Retka, Darlyne Dano, Nonie Stumvoll, Shirley Stumvoll, Joyce Minor, Mary Ebnet, Renee Ross).
Men's Top Gun was Milt Wagner and Ladies Top Gun was Jan Retka.
In the Skeet League the top team was the Over the Hill Gang (John Scholl, Bill Henney, Bruce Yund, Charlie Hein) while second was taken by an unamed team consisting of Jeanyne Alderson, Tony Chantland, Mike Griep and Bill Alderson.
Top Gun in the Skeet League was Brad Tisdell.
Absentee ballots available for deer hunters
This year's general election falls on the Tuesday following the opening of deer hunting, meaning thousands of hunters will be away from home on Election Day. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association urges hunters to vote by absentee ballot if their hunting plans interfere with their ability to vote in person.
Hunters can get absentee ballots at their county auditor's office. The ballots can be filled out in the courthouse or mailed in prior to Election Day. Ballots are available 30 days before Nov. 7. Ryan Bronson, operations manager for MDHA, said, "There are nearly half of a million deer hunters in Minnesota who are impacted by our electoral process. It is critical that their voices are heard even while they are out in the field."
For more information visit www.mndeerhunters.com
Crow Wing State Park planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday
The citizens advisory committee for the Crow Wing State Park planning process will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Paul Bunyan Learning Center. The group will discuss future recreational development and make citizens recommendations.
Some of the issues to be discussed include boundary definitions, land buffer needs, survey needs and posting priorities. Also to be discussed are storage buildings, septic systems and other unfinished business from the previous meeting.
The committee has monthly meetings at which it will help set the direction of the park for the next 15 to 20 years. Interested persons should call 829-8022 for more information.
Landowners, hunters should beware of new posting regulations
'Land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is no longer considered agricultural land and must be posted if the owner does not want people on it. But lands classified as agricultural do not need to be posted to keep people off.
"Agricultural" is defined as land that's plowed or tilled, has standing crops or crop residue or is within a maintained fence for domestic livestock.
To legally post CRP land the owner must post it once per year. In the event a sign somehow falls down the landowner only needs to verify that it was up at one point. A neighbor or anyone else who can verify that the sign was up is sufficient. But for added insurance landowners might want to take a picture of their signs.
Landowners no longer must post as many signs as previously required. To be legally posted land must:
-- have signs along the boundaries every 1,000 feet or less, or in wooded areas where boundaries are less clear, at intervals of 500 feet or less;
-- be posted at the primary corners of each parcel of land and at access roads and trails at points of entrance to each parcel, except corners only accessible through agricultural land need not be posted;
-- have letters at least 2 inches high. The sign must include the signature or the legible name and telephone number of the owner, occupant, lessee or authorized manager. An unauthorized person may not post land with signs prohibiting outdoor recreation or trespass.
Minnesota metallic minerals lease sale set
The DNR will hold a sale of metallic minerals leases at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, in the French River Room, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth. No land or water areas within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Voyageurs National Park will be included in this or any state mineral lease sale.
The leases are to explore for, mine and remove metallic minerals in trust fund lands, lands and minerals forfeited for nonpayment of taxes, lands and minerals otherwise acquired, and other state-owned land under DNR jurisdiction. Lands for the metallic minerals lease sale are located in portions of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.
Find fall's best color on DNR web site
It isn't only trees that put on a colorful show in the fall in Minnesota. Prairie grasses, flowers, vines and shrubs -- even the sky itself when northern lights appear -- mark the change of seasons with colorful hues.
To discover where to go and what to see during this season of change, check out the Minnesota DNR web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Click on the "Current Conditions" listing and it will bring up a Minnesota map. Select any region of the map for a complete description of all color conditions in state parks in that part of Minnesota.
The color reports are gathered from information provided by color observers in state parks across Minnesota. In addition to leaf color, the reports also include information about the changing fall colors among the native grasses and wildflowers; what berries, nuts and fruits are ripe and available for picking; which wildlife migrations are under way; and events that are taking place in state parks and neighboring communities.
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