DNR Firearms, Bows and Outdoors Equipment Sale

Posted by admin on April 20, 2014 with No Comments

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will auction a select inventory of confiscated outdoors equipment on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman, Minn. The barn is located two miles east of the Highway 169 and the County Road 4 intersection in Zimmerman.
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Inventory will be available for preview/inspection on Friday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The auction starts at 11 a.m. Read more...

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Group with diverse interests to consider southeastern Minnesota deer goals

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A broad cross-section of interests will be represented on the 21-member advisory team that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources set deer population goals in southeastern Minnesota.

“Team members were selected from an open call for nominations to represent both the diversity of interests in deer management as well as for their collective familiarity with individual deer permit areas that will be discussed,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader.

More than 90 individuals applied to participate on the teams. Specific emphasis in choosing the 21 members was placed on identifying individuals with a personal connection to deer management in southeastern Minnesota.

Team members represent archery, firearm and muzzleloader hunters as well as nonhunters; area residents and landowners; farmers; orchard owners and operators; land managers; local government staff and appointed officials; local business owners; and members of hunting, conservation and agricultural organizations.

Advisory team members are: Mark Bauman, Rochester; Cynthie Christensen, Rushford; Ken Fetterly, Spring Valley; Larry Gates, Kellogg; Collin Johnson, St. Charles; Chris Kolbert, St. Charles; Kyle Kolbet, Rochester; Vong Lee, Roseville; Quintin Lohse, Chatfield; Melinda Miller, Stewartville; Anne Morse, Dakota; Mark Popovich, Welch; Ron Rosenthal, Red Wing; Tom Ryan, Byron; Jim Siewert, Lake City; Michael Simons, Cottage Grove; Terry Spaeth, Rochester; Len Strapp, Rushford; Marty Stubstad, Rochester; Mark Timm, Altura and Jim Vogen, Chatfield.

The advisory team will consider and discuss citizen input from two public meetings on deer population management as well as information from an online questionnaire and written comments. The analysis will help define the social, economic and recreational contexts for a biological discussion of the area’s deer population and development of goal recommendations.

The DNR began revisiting deer population goals in 2012, when similar area teams helped set new goals for some permit areas in the Windom, Floodwood and Tower areas. The current round of goal-setting focuses on the nine deer permit areas that comprise southeastern Minnesota. Those permit areas are 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348 and 349. The DNR plans to have new goals established in all of Minnesota’s deer permit areas before the 2016 firearms deer season begins.

More information about the goal-setting process and deer management is available on the DNR website.

 

 

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DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake management plans

Posted by admin on July 27, 2014 (Comments Closed) as , , , , ,

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is preparing individual fisheries management plans for 22 lakes in Itasca and west-central St. Louis County and is inviting public comments on the plans. Fisheries managers use the plans to describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the body of water. The plans identify goals and objectives for the fish community and identify specific management activities planned for the next 10 to 20 years.

People interested in providing comments on any of the plans can contact the DNR area fisheries office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Comments or questions may be directed to 218-327-4430 or by e-mail to grandrapids.fisheries@state.mn.us.

Public comments on management plans will be accepted until March 10. Comments may be submitted by mail or email.

Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Grand Rapids area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.

 

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Mille Lacs walleye regulation to stay the same

Posted by admin on July 26, 2014 (Comments Closed) as , ,

 

DNR extends night ban; increases smallmouth bass, pike opportunities

As part of a plan to increase angling opportunity, improve walleye numbers and stay within the state’s 1837 Treaty safe harvest allocation, the Department of Natural Resources will modify fishing regulations at Mille Lacs Lake for the 2014 season.

The walleye daily and possession limit remain unchanged. The limit will be two walleye from 18- to 20-inches, except one longer than 28 inches may be taken. The night fishing ban, enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., will begin Monday, May 12, and will be extended through Monday, Dec. 1, rather than ending in mid-June.

The 2014 walleye safe harvest level is 60,000 pounds. Of this amount, 42,900 pounds is allocated to the state and 17,100 pounds is allocated to the eight Chippewa bands with 1837 Treaty harvest rights.

“The new regulations reflect our commitment to improving the walleye fishery as quickly as possible with as little harm to the local economy as possible,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief.

When new regulations go into effect on Saturday, May 10, anglers will be able to keep 10 northern pike, of which only one may be longer than 30 inches. This increases the limit by seven. Anglers also will be able to fish for northern pike for a longer period of time. The close of the season will be extended from mid-February to the last Sunday in March. The northern pike spearing ban on Mille Lacs also will be removed.

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Similarly, the smallmouth bass harvest season will be extended and limits relaxed. The smallmouth bass season on Mille Lacs will start May 10 and be exempted from the statewide catch-and-release regulation that begins in mid-September. This means anglers may harvest smallmouth bass from the opener until the last Sunday in February. Anglers may keep six fish, only one of which may be longer than 18 inches. The previous regulation allowed anglers to keep six fish 17- to 20-inches, only one of which could be longer than 20 inches.

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[WATCH]: BLACK BEARS GORGE ON CORN

Posted by admin on April 23, 2014 with No Comments

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Fall Crappies On Lake Kabetogama

Posted by admin on April 22, 2014 with No Comments

As the "Dog days of summer" come to an end, the thought of cooler temperatures and crisp mornings start occurring in the minds of most anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. This is the time of year when most people start cleaning their guns and get ready for the opening day of deer archery, small game and duck season. What most people do not realize is this is the time to score BIG on fall crappie.
Fall crappie fishing can be some of the most exciting and predictable fishing there is! As the water temperatures start to drop, crappie start feeding in preparation for winter. They start gorging themselves minnows. What is so unique about this behavior is the fish prefer areas that have easy access to deep water but yet have the choice of shallow water for feeding purposes. One of my favorite areas for September/October crappies is Sullivan Bay and the mouth of the Ash River on Lake Kabetogama. The crappies have started and they are big. We got some last week, Sept. 1, 2010, that went over 15”.
Most people tend to make crappie fishing more difficult then it really is. They try and figure out what the crappie want and how to present their bait. It is very important that one must understand the food source first and try and figure out what is actually taking place. Crappie will start feeding heavily in late summer and early fall in preparation for the upcoming winter and post spawning season.

Current has many effects on crappie and their food source. Over the years I have found that my better days are on the days when current is present.  The stronger the current the tighter to the cover the crappie will be.
Pay attention to depth finders and graphs. It is very important that you do not get "on top" of "your" fish! If you happen to accidentally go over the top of them, back away and come back 30 minutes or so. They will be there!!! A lot of people ask me how do I know that what I see on the graph is crappie. Well, I guess it is called putting your time in! It is text book when you pull up on a spot and see a big "ball or school" of shad and then right below them you will see larger fish. 95% of the time these are crappie. If you ever see it, you will know what I am talking about.  I have also started using my AquaVu underwater camera to verify what I am looking at are indeed crappie.
Over the years I have tried several different line sizes and have always come back to 4 pound test. There will be some who will argue that this is too light of line but I guess it is what you have the most confidence in. I like the smaller line because I can throw a very light jig with it accurately. I never use anything bigger than 1/16. 1/64, 1/32, and 1/16 are my choices for jig heads. On these I have several favorites when it comes to plastics. Bass Assassins, tube jigs and FIN-S are my most utilized baits. Adjust to size according to depth of water and current flow. It is very important that these baits are worked very slow. The slower the better. Good choice in color in these baits are chartreuse, white lightning, crystal shad, blue and white, cotton candy, white and pepper. Use lighter colors in clear water and brighter colors in stained to muddy water. Do not be afraid to experiment.
In conclusion, fall crappie fishing on Lake Kabetogama can be some of the most productive and exiting fishing there is.

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1995 Lund TYEE w/115 Hp Johnson For Sale- SOLD

Posted by admin on April 22, 2014 with 3 Comments

SOLD-1995 Lund Tyee Grand Sport 1750


Johnson 115 HP Outboard, Shorelander trailer
full canvas enclosure,
sides,top and back, AM/FM radio,
2 live-wells and has 4 Lund seats.

$7000.00

I thought it was sold, but the guy never showed up, so it's still for sale.   Boat is located at Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota.

If interested, please email me at mnoutside@gmail.com

 

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[WATCH]: Whitetail Deer Mega Stampede

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Rating: 4

Just a few deer at work in Feb/2009 at a woodlot in New Brunswick Canada.

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[WATCH]: Walleye Spawning

Posted by admin on April 21, 2014 with No Comments

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Forest tent caterpillar population is building

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Forest tent caterpillar populations have been rising in some northern and west-central Minnesota counties since 2007, and that trend is expected to intensify, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Data suggests forest tent caterpillar populations and the associated defoliation of trees could be building towards a 2014 or 2015 peak.

The forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria, is a native defoliator of a wide variety of hardwood trees and shrubs. Its range in North America extends from coast to coast and from the tree line in Canada to the southern states.

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“These insects feed primarily on the leaves of aspen, birch, oak and basswood trees,” said Jana Albers, DNR forest health specialist in Grand Rapids. “The only hardwood not regularly fed upon is red maple.” Read more...

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