Staff and News Reports

Brainerd playing host to USFWS public hearing on proposed wolf delisting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public hearing to take comments on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on June 25 in Brainerd, Minn. And as more than a million public comments have already come in, the 480-seat Franklin Arts Center auditorium in Brainerd, in north-central Minnesota, is expected…

Game Commission to implement Auditor General recommendations

The state Auditor General’s office released findings from its recent audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the agency said in a news release Thursday, May 30. The audit did not reveal the misappropriation of any funds, but identified a number of procedures the Game Commission can strengthen to ensure sound and transparent fiscal management. The 136-page report on the audit…

Volunteers needed at Cascade River State Park this Saturday; The Nature Conservancy’s Highway 61 reforested program to restore first site

(The Nature Conservancy)Volunteers are needed this Saturday, June 1, to help plant trees and protect seedlings from deer browsing on 55 acres at the entrance to Cascade River State Park, along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The restoration is the first project under The Nature Conservancy’s new Highway 61 reforested program, which is focused on replacing dying birch trees located…

Nonresidents would feel brunt of South Dakota archery deer-hunting changes

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed three changes that would impact nonresident archery hunters for the 2019 deer hunting season. In addition, one change was proposed that would impact resident archery hunters. The Commission’s proposal would first impose a delayed start date for nonresident archery deer hunters on public lands, including private land leased by the department…

Canadian boat tariffs removed

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that impacted boat businesses on both sides of the border. National Marine Manufacturers Association and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by…

Angler Qwest seeing growth in sales, dealers

Angler Qwest, by Apex Marine, has seen significant growth for 2019 thanks in part to regional advertising supporting dealers in several states. In addition, the brand is gaining traction due to consumers using the boats and exposing the brand to anglers across the country. Brad Dupuie, Angler Qwest product manager, said that the advertising campaign for 2019 has been aimed…

CWD found in captive South Dakota elk

PIERRE, S.D. – Chronic wasting disease has been identified in a captive elk in Clark County, S.D., the South Dakota Animal Industry Board said in a recent news release. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says the owner of the 21-month-old female elk noticed the animal was ill and contacted his veterinarian, who submitted samples to the Animal Disease Research and…

ESPN’s Olbermann blasted after Twitter shaming of hunter who killed turkey – legally

ESPN personality and ex-MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann demanded that his Twitter followers make a turkey hunter’s life a “living hell” for posing with a rare albino turkey he killed. But the turkey was shot legally during the hunting season. And the hunter isn’t the only one shooting back. Read the story here. .@KeithOlbermann’s tweet threatening turkey hunter Hunter Waltman was FINALLY removed…

Former DNR boss Landwehr to lead Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

(Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters)ELY, Minn. — The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters announced Tuesday, March 5 that former Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has been named its executive director. Landwehr served as DNR commissioner for the last eight years under Gov. Mark Dayton (new Gov. Tim Walz chose Sarah Strommen to head the agency earlier this year)….