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Rabid cat attacks highlight idiocy of feral cat colonies

The following press release arrived today from the American Bird Conservancy. I like this group, because they’re birders who expose the terrible environmental consequences of free-ranging domestic cats. While many birding groups and magazines waltz around this issue, these guys provide good data and science to the public explaining this growing problem. Of course, they’re too nice even for me….

Man to retire after 50-year Minnesota DNR career

Larry Koster has a boat that’s long been collecting dust. He figures it’s time to get it back on the water.”I do like to fish and I can sit there for a long time, even if I’m not catching anything,” Koster said. “I just like to be outside, enjoying nature.” After 50 years with the Minnesota DNR as a laborer…

Iowa DNR to host public meeting April 27 on proposed wildlife rules

Des Moines — The Iowa DNR is hosting a public meeting to discuss a number of new proposed regulations including changes to waterfowl seasons, and the antlerless deer season quotas. The meeting will be conducted over the Iowa Communications Network on April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “This is an opportunity for our hunters and people who support…

More hunting and fishing treaty claims in northern Minnesota?

Minnesota Public Radio reported this morning that the Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Indian bands may look to “reassert hunting and fishing rights they say are guaranteed by 19th century treaties.” According to the story, the northern Minnesota Ojibwe bands say they plan to ignore state law and fish on the shore of Lake Bemidji on the day before…

Two Minnesota commercial minnow dealers convicted

The commercial minnow licenses of two Baudette men have been revoked for three years following an investigation by the Minnesota DNR. John D. Hult, 69, and Kim D. Barsness, 55, convicted in Beltrami County District Court on April 14 for the attempted illegal selling of wild animals (minnows), also face fines and court costs of $1,500 each. A six month…

Upper Red Lake’s mid-season slot adjustment remains for 2010

Regulations that require Upper Red Lake anglers to release smaller walleye during the first month of the open water season will remain in effect for 2010, according to the Minnesota DNR. From Saturday, May 15, through Monday, June 14, anglers must release all walleye 17 to 26 inches long. Effective Tuesday, June 15, anglers must immediate release all walleye 20…

Former USFWS Director to lead Ducks Unlimited

Memphis, Tenn. — Ducks Unlimited announced Wednesday afternoon that H. Dale Hall has been named the organization’s new chief executive officer. A former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2005-2009), Hall is widely respected as a visionary conservationist and one of the country’s most effective wildlife professionals. “We are extremely pleased that Dale Hall is stepping into this…

Two men charged with Minnesota hunting violations

St. Paul — Two Minnesota men face numerous charges, thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time if convicted of hunting related violations after an investigation by the Minnesota DNR. Daniel E. Chase, 64, Marine on St. Croix, is charged with failure to register big game, two counts of lend/borrow a license, two counts of unlawful party hunting, hunting…

Minnesota bear hunt application deadline is Friday, May 7

Applications for the 2010 Minnesota black bear hunt are due Friday, May 7. The Minnesota DNR will conduct a lottery for 9,500 permits spread throughout 11 permit areas. This fall’s bear hunt begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 17. Individuals must apply for the lottery at a license agent or the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road…

Minnesota DNR’s Smalley inducted into National Boating Safety Hall of Fame

Minnesota DNR boating and water safety specialist Tim Smalley has been inducted in the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame. Smalley was honored March 31 during the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Conference. “Our hall of fame honors individuals who have shown exemplary leadership and performed outstanding service on behalf of safe boating,” said NSBC Executive Director Virgil Chambers. “Tim…

DNR seeks comments on bear hunting, game refuge and small game rules

Citizens interested in proposed rule changes pertaining to the Lac qui Parle Game Refuge, bear outfitting, bear hunting, trapping, falconry, goose and mourning dove hunting may submit written comments to the Minnesota DNR through Friday, May 21. The rule changes do not include any of the deer hunting, waterfowl, furbearer or small game proposals discussed at 2010 public input meetings….

Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award winners announced

The Minnesota DNR, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and Turn In Poachers (TIP) have announced winners of the 17th annual Deer Hunter Ethics Award. The award honors deer hunters who have exhibited conduct during the 2009 season that can serve as an example of admirable hunting practices, according to MDHA State President John Erlandson Sr. “The awards are designed…

Minnesota DNR habitat stamp contest dates set

Entry deadlines and contest dates to select the Minnesota DNR fish and wildlife 2011 habitat stamps have been established for the 2010 calendar year. All entries must be submitted to DNR, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 20, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. The contest entry dates and details: • Trout and Salmon Stamp entries will be accepted…

2010 bull moose hunting permit application deadline is May 7

Minnesota residents who wish to participate in the 2010 moose hunt this fall in northeastern Minnesota must apply by Friday, May 7. The Minnesota DNR will make 213 permits available in 30 zones. Hunt participants will be selected in a random drawing. Season dates will be Saturday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 17. Hunters may apply at any DNR license…

Winter fish kill at three Iowa lakes

Sioux City, Iowa — Bacon Creek Lake, and two ponds in Southwood Lake Park, all in Woodbury County, are experiencing natural winter fish kills after one of the snowiest winters on record. Don Herrig, fisheries technician with the DNR’s office in Lake View, investigated the fish kills and said each lake had low levels of dissolved oxygen. Natural winter fish…

Experimental sunfish regulations extended on portion of Mississippi River

An experimental regulation limiting anglers to 10 sunfish taken from the Mississippi River adjacent to Houston, Winona and Wabasha Counties will be extended another five years, the Minnesota DNR has announced. Continuing the special regulation, which has been in effect since 2001, was supported by 65 percent of anglers participating in a 2009 public input process. The regulation is aimed…

Bald eagle shot in Iowa’s Davis County

Bloomfield, Iowa – State conservation officials in Iowa are asking for help to catch the person or persons responsible for shooting a bald eagle in southwest Davis County. The eagle was shot from a gravel road while it was feeding on a deer that died during the winter. Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders including scavenging on dead fish or animals….

Ducks Unlimited issues statement on Pawlenty RIM program veto

St. Paul, Minn. — Funding for an important and landowner-friendly habitat conservation program was line-item vetoed this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the state’s bonding bill, a move Ducks Unlimited says may jeopardize millions in matching federal funds. “The veto of $25 million for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program is a real lost opportunity for Minnesota….

Surplus 2010 spring turkey permits on sale to lottery participants March 15

Turkey hunters who were unsuccessful in this year’s spring hunting season lottery may apply for surplus permits starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 15. The Minnesota DNR makes surplus permits available at all license agents and online at www.mndnr.gov/news. Online information also includes details on surplus license availability and the status of lottery applications. Hunters who did not enter…

Comment on bullheads for bait in Minnesota by April 1

The Minnesota DNR is asking for public comment on a proposed rule that would allow anglers to use bullheads up to 10 inches long as live bait. The fish could not be transported north of Minnesota Highway 210, to prevent non-native bullhead populations from establishing themselves in any more northern Minnesota lakes. Current law allows anglers to use bullheads up…

Mississippi River produces new Iowa record perch

Guttenberg, Iowa — A new Iowa state record for yellow perch was caught March 7, in Pool 11 of the Mississippi River. Angler Bob Ruff, of Garnavillo, Iowa, caught the 2-pound, 6-ounce, 15-inch perch while ice fishing with his daughter. The weight was recorded at the Guttenberg Fish Management Station and verified on a certified scale. The previous record for…

Simon Lake to be considered for wildlife management designation

Citizens will have the opportunity Thursday, March 25, to learn about the Minnesota DNR proposal to designate western Minnesota’s Simon Lake as the state’s 45th wildlife management lake. The special designation allows the DNR to conduct work designed to improve the quality of habitat and increase the quantity of ducks. The informational meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lakeside…

Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

The Minnesota DNR will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota. Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of southeastern Minnesota are an angler’s paradise, with more than 700 miles of trout streams. Ecologically sensitive, and popular with anglers from…

Mille Lacs walleye regulation unchanged

Anglers who fish Lake Mille Lacs during the 2010 fishing season will again be able to keep four walleye up to 18 inches in length. The bag limit of four may include one trophy more than 28 inches. The regulation, which begins May 15 and is identical to the current regulation, requires anglers to release all walleye from 18-to 28-inches….