DL News Staff
Minnesota state parks will hold their annual free open house on Sunday, June 4. Although no vehicle permit is necessary during open house, fees will be charged for tours of Mystery Cave at Forestville, Soudan Underground Mine and Hill Annex Mine, and the usual camping, lodging and watercraft fees apply. Here's a list of regional state parks offering special programs that day. Big Bog, Waskish Celebrate the grand opening of this newest state recreation area at 1-7 p.m.
Question: For the first time in about seven years, anglers will be able to fish Upper Red Lake for walleye. What should anglers know before tossing their lines in the water? Answer: Special regulations are in place to manage the harvest. All walleye between 17 and 26 inches must be released immediately, so anglers will need to measure their fish. The daily bag limit and possession limit for Red Lake walleye is two, and only one of those can exceed 26 inches. New northern pike regulations on the lake allow anglers to keep three pike, including one over 40 inches.
The deadline to signup for the 2006 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program is Thursday, June 1. Enrollment under the late-filing provisions will be June 2-Sept. 30, subject to a late-filing fee of $100 per Farm Service Agency farm unit. Farmers may request a 40 percent advance direct payment.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers in Becker and Otter Tail counties to count common loons this summer. DNR nongame wildlife specialist Katie Haws said the department lacks enough assistants to undertake the survey. The DNR has coordinated the annual survey, the "Minnesota Loon Monitoring Project," since 1994. More than 400 volunteers participate in the survey annually. The project seeks to document loon occupancy and reproductive rates on several hundred Minnesota lakes located across six separate index areas in Minnesota.
Seventy-five years ago, when America shot side-by-side shotguns, the name Ithaca, was prominent. The double fell out of favor, yielding its position to the new tangled repeater guns like the Winchester Model 12 and the Browning A-5 semi-automatic. Ithaca made a good slide action named the Model 57, but it wasn't extremely popular. Ithaca began importing an Italian over-under shotgun named Perazzi, and a line of arms from Japan. Some of this market juggling succeeded and some didn't, and Ithaca faced bankruptcy three times in the past 100 years.
As seasons change, a fish's lure preference changes also. It's not that fish decide what they want to eat, it's just that some lure presentations are more appropriate at certain times of the year. In the spring when the water is cold, walleyes are more likely to be caught on slower moving baits like a jig crawled along the bottom. As the water warms, faster moving and larger baits become more productive. As we get into the summer months, spinner rigs become very good walleye catchers.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on 19.8 miles of proposed all-terrain vehicle trails located in Polk County. This grant-in-aid proposal would connect to and extend the existing 32-mile, multi-use Agassiz Recreation Trail. That trail system traverses Clay, Norman and Polk counties. With the ATV designation, the proposed GIA trail would be open to ATVs, mountain bicycles, horseback riding, hiking and snowmobile riding.
Many of the most accomplished shotgunners in Minnesota and the Dakotas are hard at it this weekend at the Becker County Sportsmen's Club. The club is hosting its annual Memorial Weekend trap shoot. There is competition in singles, handicap and doubles. It probably isn't thrilling to watch trap shooting from the sidelines, but the public is welcome to do so, and it's free! Shotgun shell reloading was a common practice up until a few years ago. No longer. Shell reloading is a rare activity these days.
WILLMAR -- The relatively friendly ending to the 2006 Legislative session reflects lessons learned after last year's government shutdown, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday. Pawlenty was in Willmar, as was House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon. Sviggum visited the Town Talk Café Tuesday morning, and the governor's plane landed at the airport at about noon. Both were in the second day of tours around the state to discuss the accomplishments and failures of the session, which ended late Sunday. "People worked together this year," Pawlenty said.
You may not commercially apply any pesticide or non-commercially apply any restricted use pesticide until you receive your license. Minnesota law requires n Commercial pesticide applicators to carry a valid license identification card with them whenever applying general or restricted use pesticides n Non-commercial pesticide applicators to carry a valid license identification card with them whenever applying restricted use pesticides. Your license will be issued when you pass the required exams and have met all other licensing requirements.