Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Duluth, Minn. — The 2022 Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show is set for this weekend, Dec. 9-11, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

The show will feature a variety of new ice-fishing products and accessories, including fishing tackle, fish houses, and much more. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to talk with some of the top pros in the ice-fishing industry while you’re there. Panel discussions will include pro staff from Clam, Eskimo, Macula, and other top industry names.

Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults 18 and older, $7 for youth ages 6 to 17, and admission is free for kids age 5 and under.

For more information, visit arrowheadiceshow.com

MILLER NAMED DNR CENTRAL REGION WILDLIFE MANAGER

St. Paul — The DNR announced last week that Gretchen Miller had been hired as the department’s new central region wildlife manager.

Miller began her career with the DNR in 2004, working in area wildlife offices in Sauk Rapids and Rochester, serving a stint as resource specialist for the Parks and Trails Division at St. Croix State Park, and most recently serving as a district supervisor with Parks and Trails.

Miller recently completed a 10-month “acting” assignment in the central region wildlife manager role. She will begin in her new position Dec. 21.

MN-FISH SUPPORTING KIDS FISHING THROUGH TOYS FOR TOTS

Osseo, Minn. — MN-FISH, via donations, donated 1,000 youth fishing rod and reel combos to the Toys for Tots program in late November. The current goal is to put 4,000 youth fishing rods and reels into the hands of less fortunate children this year.

“Give the Gift of Fishing” continues to seek donations in order to reach that goal.

To donate by credit card or PAYPAL, go to MN-FISH.com and click on the Toys for Tots logo. You can also donate by check; the address is MN-FISH/Give the Gift of Fishing, P.O. Box 7 Osseo, MN 55369.

CPL GRANT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

St. Paul — The Conservation Partners Legacy grant program is now accepting applications for the third round of “expedited conservation projects.”

The second round of expedited conservation projects grants recently closed. Nearly $1.5 million remains for the third round of ECP funds, which is open until Jan. 17.

The ECP grant cycle funds eligible activities that restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife on public lands and waters in Minnesota. Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $50,000, with a maximum total project cost of $1,000,000. Learn more at www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/cpl/index.html

WISCONSIN BLACK BEAR HARVEST AUTHORIZATION APPLICATIONS DUE DEC. 10

Madison, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR reminds black bear hunters that applications for the 2023 season are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2022. Hunters may apply for harvest authorizations or purchase preference points toward future drawings at GoWild.wi.gov or through an authorized license agent.

Preliminary estimates show hunters harvested approximately 4,100 bears during the 2022 black bear season. Final harvest totals will be available at a later date. In the meantime, DNR staff and the Bear Advisory Committee currently are determining the 2023 harvest quotas. The drawing for 2023 harvest authorizations will take place in early February. Last year’s bear drawing results and zone-specific wait times are available on the DNR’s website: dnr.wisconsin.gov

USDA, SOUTH DAKOTA ANNOUNCE OPENING OF NEW CREP

Pierre, S.D. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of South Dakota are expanding their partnership through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to assist South Dakota farmers, ranchers, and agricultural landowners in improving water quality, reducing soil erosion, enhancing wildlife habitat, and creating public hunting and fishing access.

The Big Sioux River Watershed CREP, offered by USDA and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, expands the voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs available to South Dakota agricultural producers and focuses on the Big Sioux River watershed. Enrollment for the South Dakota CREP opened Nov. 1.

BIG-GAME MEETINGS SCHEDULED ACROSS NEBRASKA IN DECEMBER, JANUARY

Lincoln, Neb. — Hunters and landowners are encouraged to offer their feedback on big-game issues during the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s public information meetings this winter.

Three-hour meetings are scheduled in each Game and Parks district. All in-person meetings, which will have a different format from years past, begin at 5 p.m. local time. The first hour will be an open house with time to talk with wildlife biologists, conservation officers, and staff. Biologists will make a presentation at 6 p.m. and discuss big-game harvest results and season structure.

Meetings begin Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 5. 2023. For a list of in-person meetings or to participate virtually, visit www.OutdoorNebraska.org/FishGameMeetings

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