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September 5, 2003

Prospects improve for pheasant hunters

Counts indicate 65-percent increase in ringneck numbers By Tim Spielman Associate Editor Madelia, Minn. With the pheasant opener in Minnesota just a month away, wildlife officials in Minnesota are predicting an improved harvest, based on a recent roadside survey that showed a 65-percent increase in pheasant numbers. The ringneck opener is Oct. 11 this year.

McGinty dismissed by the MWA board

Editor Plymouth, Minn. The Minnesota Waterfowl Association board of directors voted late Wednesday night, Aug. 27, to fire its long-time executive director, Mike McGinty. MWA President Jim Cox would not reveal details of the board’s vote, including whether or not it was unanimous or split. The eight-hour meeting went until 3 a.m., and the seven-member

New London, Minn. Sibley State Park will host its annual open house this year on Saturday, Sept. 6, as part of Prairie Pothole Day, a popular local event sponsored by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association. Open house hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visitors will be admitted free to the park that day. Special interpretive programs will be held throughout thee park, with a focus on wetlands. For more information, call the park at (320) 354-2055, or visit the web site: www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Watson, Minn. Hunters wishing to reserve a goose hunting station in the controlled hunting zone at Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area are reminded to submit their application by Sept. 17 to the Minnesota DNR. This year’s goose season begins on Saturd

Hunters must apply on a standard 31/2-inch by 51/2-inch postcard bearing the applicant’s full name and address, and listing first, second, and third choices of dates. Applicants should also indicate whether they will accept other dates if none of their choices are available. Applications should be sent to: Controlled Hunt, Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management

St. Cloud, Minn. A 54-year-old Rice man drowned in a quarry connected by a channel to the Mississippi River on Saturday night near the St. Cloud Country Club.

Clifford David Malikowski was fishing with friends near the quarry just west of the river when he fell into deeper water, according to the St. Cloud Police Department. He was crossing the water-filled quarry to get to a sand bar, witnesses told police. Police and firefighters were called to the area at about 6:30 p.m.

Rabbits and hares: hunting in abundance

Contributing Writer Minnesota’s rabbit hunt begins Sept. 13, and according to surveys of hunters, snowshoe hares and cottontail rabbits are abundant. Combined harvests of hares and rabbits per hunter last year averaged between four and five. The jackrabbit population conversely remains low. The season is open throughout the state. Snowshoe hares Snowshoes live in the

St. Paul The 2003 waterfowl regulations supplement, with information on special goose hunts, waterfowl limits, and season dates, will be available soon at Minnesota’s 1,800 electronic license sales (ELS) agents and at the DNR License Center in St. Paul.

The state’s duck season runs Sept. 27-Nov. 25. The proposed daily duck limit is six, and may not include more than four mallards (of which two may be hens), three scaup, two wood ducks, two redheads, and one black duck. One pintail daily may be taken during a 30-day season, Sept. 27-Oct. 26, and one

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS Muskie reports from the north end of the lake are encouraging. The defined weed edges and points are worth working with bucktails, crankbaits, and topwater presentations. There’s been a better evening walleye bite on the shallow rocks. Slip bobbers and leeches will produce fish after dark, but crankbaits are a better way

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