Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Thursday, January 26th, 2023

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Minnesota Outdoor News Mixed Bag

DNR BUDGET INCLUDES INCREASES IN FISHING LICENSES, STATE PARK FEES, MORE

St. Paul — The 2023 “One Minnesota Budget,” released by the DNR just prior to Outdoor News deadline, includes fee increases in a couple of areas of interest to our readers.

Under the section, “Investments in Fishing” ($2.4 million), it’s stated that “A fishing license increase of 20% for Minnesota residents and 30% for nonresidents will fund investments necessary to ensure these opportunities.” Under the section, “Improve Visitor Services at State Parks and Recreation Areas” ($6.6 million), it’s stated that “A park permit fee increase will support these investments.” The document also includes increases in “water-related” fees.

The budget also includes funding for the Walk-In Access Program ($800,000) and $31.7 million to “mitigate and adapt to climate change.” The total budget invests “287.4 million, the DNR budget document states. We’ll break it down in detail in the next edition of Outdoor News. To learn more, visit www.outdoornews.com/minnesota where you’ll find a story and link to the complete budget.

MINNESOTA DECOY COLLECTORS SHOW IS FEB. 1-4 IN BLOOMINGTON

Bloomington, Minn. — The 2023 Minnesota Decoy Collectors Show is set for Feb. 1-4 at the Minneapolis Marriott in Bloomington.

On Wednesday and Thursday, room-to-room trading will take place, followed by a members show and decoy auction on Friday. A public show and decoy contest will be offered on Saturday.

For more information, visit mndecoycollectors.com

BWCAW PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE

Duluth, Minn. — The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit reservations for the 2023 quota season, May 1 to Sept. 30, are now available. Visitors are encouraged to book their reservations online at www.recreation.gov/or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Visit the website for a number of other tips and suggestions.

The BWCAW is a federally regulated area with rules and regulations that you must know prior to your arrival. Permit holders are responsible for sharing the Leave No Trace Video series with their group prior to arrival.

TC WALLEYES UNLIMITED EVENT TO FEATURE NIKLASCH

Bloomington, Minn. — Professional angler and multi-species fishing guide Lynn Niklasch will be the featured guest speaker at the Twin Cities Walleyes Unlimited meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is open to the public.

Niklasch is a multi-tournament champion who has fished numerous team and pro-am tournament circuits for walleyes and muskies.

He is a charter captain and licensed fishing guide in Wisconsin. He has more than a decade of full-time guiding experience on southeastern Wisconsin lakes, the Rock and Wolf river systems in Wisconsin, the Bay of Green Bay, and Lake Michigan Visit www.tcwalleyes.com for more information.

SYTSMA JOINS PF/QF AS HABITAT PROTECTION OFFICER

Des Moines, Iowa — Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced the hiring of Eric Sytsma as the organization’s first habitat protection officer. A longtime employee of the organization in the state of Iowa, Sytsma’s new primary role will be to accelerate efforts to permanently protect habitat in priority upland bird landscapes.

Sytsma has been instrumental in providing wildlife habitat conservation solutions for farmers and landowners in southern Iowa since he began working for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in 2010 as a Farm Bill wildlife biologist. As the organization’s habitat protection officer, Sytsma will work to develop relationships with agency partners, willing sellers and donors, and other stakeholders to accelerate Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s permanent protection efforts.

NEW DNR TOOL PROVIDES HEALTH INFO FOR LAKES

St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR has created a new online tool, called the Watershed Health Assessment Framework for Lakes (WHAF for Lakes), providing easy access to water quality and health information for thousands of Minnesota lakes.

WHAF for Lakes is part of the DNR’s Watershed Health Assessment Framework (mndnr.gov/whaf/about/watershed-reports.html) and is funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

WHAF for Lakes can be accessed by searching for a particular watershed (arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/whaflakes), exploring watershed health with the WHAF Map (arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/whaf2), or using the DNR’s popular LakeFinder page (mndnr.gov/lakefind).

CORRECTION

An alert Outdoor News reader pointed out a couple things in recent editions that require clarification. One feature story mentioned the use of potato slices when spear fishing. DNR officials say such a practice would be construed as littering. Another feature story referred to the market hunting of ducks in the 1930s and ’40s. A DNR historian has confirmed that such market hunting was largely outlawed by the Lacey Act in 1900. Further ensuring the fate of market hunting was the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918. Like most laws, the historian concluded, it probably took some time for the practice to actually end following passage of the laws.

Thanks to the savvy reader for bringing these matters to our attention.

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