Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
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Fish house deadlines, Hall of Fame inductees, and a new scholarship fund

Don McMillanSCI Foundation creates scholarship fund to honor Don McMillan

Thumbs-up to the Safari Club International Foundation, which this week announced a new scholarship fund in memory of my old friend Don McMillan. The Minnesota Chapter of Safari Club International and the trustees of The Hamline University of Minnesota recently entered into an agreement with the SCI Foundation to establish The Safari Club International Endowed Scholarship in McMillan’s name. 

The scholarship fund will assist Hamline School of Law in providing tuition scholarships in memory of Don McMillan to one or more second- or third-year law school students who have demonstrated interest in hunting and fishing, supporting the use of hunting as a tool for sustainable wildlife management and conservation, and preserving hunters’ rights.

According to an SCI release, this “Hunter/Conservation Advocacy” scholarship is the first of its kind in Minnesota.

McMillan, a dentist by profession, was an avid big-game hunter and fisherman and a tireless advocate for hunting, fishing, and conservation. He volunteered for decades with SCI and was the Minnesota Chapter president from 1980 to 1982 and president of Safari Club International from 1984-1986. 

Later, Don was president of the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance during its glory days of the late 2000s, and played an important role in the passage of the Legacy Amendment in 2008. A great organizer, Don was active politically and worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to accomplish some great conservation milestones. He was the active MOHA president until he suffered a heart attack and passed away in April 2012 at the age of 74.

SCI says the fund has been created by contributions from the Minnesota Chapter of SCI, members of SCI, and the family and friends of Don McMillan. Additional donations to the scholarship can be made to SCI Foundation with a note that it be dedicated to the Don McMillan Scholarship Fund.  For more information, or to make a donation to the Safari Club International Endowed Scholarship in memory of Don McMillan, contact director of SCIF Education Sue Hankner at shankner@safariclub.org or (520) 620-1220 ext. 294.

Everyone in the Minnesota conservation community misses Don to this day. For past reflections on Don, I invite you to read a blog I wrote about his passing here.
 

The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota announces new inductees

The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota this week announced the “legends and legendary organizations” for induction on March 28. Duane Peterson, Leroy Ras, Tom Neustrom, Vexilar, and Northland Fishing Tackle make up this year’s legends. To commemorate their contributions, they’ll be enshrined in the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota during an evening banquet on March 28 coinciding with the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Each year, the inducted legends of the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota vote in up to three new individual members and up to two corporate members to the Hall.

Watch for a complete piece by Tim Lesmeister highlighting all the inductees in an upcoming print edition of Outdoor News.

Ice house removal dates work off a west-to-east line formed by U.S. Highway 10 starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.  Shelters south of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. Shelters north of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching

The end of February means deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses, and portable shelters from frozen lakes have arrived.

Dates of removal are determined by a west-to-east line formed by U.S. Highway 10 starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. 

Shelters south of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. 

Shelters north of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 

Exceptions are Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31), Minnesota-Iowa border waters (Feb. 20), Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters (March 5), and Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters (March 1). 

The DNR does prosecute owners who don’t remove shelters. After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited. Learn more here

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