DL News Staff
Record harvests by archery and muzzleloader hunters pushed the deer harvest during 2005 above 255,500, the third highest harvest ever recorded, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The statewide firearms harvest was down 6 percent, but the archery harvest increased 11 percent and muzzleloader harvest increased 50 percent. Firearms hunters harvested 216,700 deer while archery and muzzleloader hunters harvested 23,200 and 14,000 deer, respectively. Hunters who participated in the early antlerless season on Oct. 15-16 harvested 1,600 deer.
The deadline to remove dark houses, fish houses and shelters off the ice of inland waters is midnight on Feb. 28 in the southern two-thirds of the state, and March 15 in the northern third. The Minnesota DNR is reminding anglers to keep waterways clean by picking up litter around their shelters. Litter is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000. The Feb. 28 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S.
Sturgeon tagging requirements and extra days of fishing for walleye, sauger, northern pike and several other game fish are among new regulations that will affect anglers in the near future in Minnesota. Changes for the coming fishing season and a summary of all Minnesota fishing regulations are included in the 2006 Fishing Regulations handbook, available now wherever fishing and hunting licenses are sold. The 2006 fishing license year begins March 1.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is hosting its annual winter workshop March 3-5 at the Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center near Hackensack. Classes offered include dog sled mushing, ski-joring, ice fishing, snowshoeing, laser and air gun shooting, cross-country skiing, decoy carving, winter survival, trapping, Dutch oven cooking, polar fleece hat making and snowmobiling. Participants sign up for three classes during the weekend.
At the February meeting of the Becker County Sportsmen's Club, a number of items of interest about the summer trap shooting league were reviewed. Among them was the shooter's questionnaire that was completed at the conclusion of the league season. The surveys have been analyzed, and the results will be disclosed during the trap shooting meeting on Thursday, March l6, at the American Legion Club in Detroit Lakes.
This is the time of year when fish start to show some of the effects of fishing pressure. Although some lakes across the Midwest haven't seen quite as much ice-fishing pressure as usual this year, the fish in most bodies of water are acting like fish that have been beat up on as much as ever.
The Rising Sun Dancers host a square dance, 2 to 4 p.m. today (Sunday) in the Waubun Community Center. Jim Kooyer will call tips, rounds by Donna Stone. Afterwards there will be a bus to Shooting Star Casino for dinner. For info, call 734-2269. Will Weaver, award-winning Minnesota author, discusses his recent books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Perham Public Library. Free and open to the public. For info, call 218-346-1474. The 31st annual Toothpick Engineering Contest, sponsored by MSUM and the F-M Engineers Club, starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
Located at the corner of West Lake Drive and Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, Giovanni's recently re-opened, offering up a few new menu options as well as their made-from-scratch pizza pies. "We used to own it when it was located next to the South Washington Avenue Subway, sold it and recently got it back," explained owner Joyce Schweigart. Schweigart along with her son, Zack Taves, own the local pizza franchise.
Filled with everything from clothing to hardware and everything in between, Lakes Variety will soon be opening their unique new and gently used goods and clothing shop to the lakes area.
Marco has been honored as a 2006 Minnesota Work-Life Champion. Winners were announced on January 26, at the luncheon awards ceremony held at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park. The 2006 Minnesota Work-Life Champions Awards is Minnesota's first state-wide awards program spotlighting the efforts of Minnesota businesses to implement programs and practices that create flexible and supportive workplaces. Marco was one of twelve companies - from Rochester to St. Cloud - that were recognized based on their substantial efforts to create balanced work-life cultures.