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Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest details

Here are the details on the 2009 Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest. I received them late yesterday afternoon – not in time for this week’s print edition of Outdoor News. Lord Fletcher’s is the host sponsor this year. Anglers, families, and outdoor enthusiasts can take part in the annual Crappie Contest. Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the fight against…

Let’s expand elk populations in Minnesota!

All state residents have a stake in elk management in Minnesota. So it’s in the best interest of citizens in the Twin Cities and across southern Minnesota to attend a public meeting in St. Paul on Tuesday, May 5. The state’s elk management plan will be the focus of the St. Paul gathering. A similar meeting takes place in the…

Limbaugh supports HSUS?

My long-time friend in conservation Mike Sidders alerted me this afternoon to a baffling story involving radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh. The long and short of it: Limbaugh has cut public service announcements supporting the Humane Society of the United States. For details, click the link here, or Google “Limbaugh HSUS” and see a boatload of hits regarding the story. It appears…

Animal rights update in Congress

Bob Frye, a Pittsburg-based outdoors writer and correspondent for Pennsylvania Outdoor News, posted this fine column today. The middle nugget on the latest efforts by Humane Society of the United States should be of interest to outdoorsmen everywhere in the country. Read it here. Perhaps taking a cue from sportsmen and the successful Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the animal rights folks…

Bill would increase price of Federal Duck Stamp

Ducks Unlimited sent out this press release (pasted below) today, and if this passes, you’ll pay more to hunt ducks everywhere in the United States. Federal Duck Stamps currently cost $15, and this legislation would increase the price to $25. Different versions of this bill have been around for several years, but the anti-tax increase (or “fee”) attitude in the…

Made your deer-hunting plans yet?

The fishing opener is still a month away, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about deer hunting. At least if you’re the governor of Minnesota. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced yesterday the seventh annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener will be held Nov. 6-7 this year in Thief River Falls. “The opening of deer hunting season is a special time,…

Hey Minnesota: Don’t let Lake Vermilion State Park opportunity slip away!

Doug Smith at the Star Tribune this Thursday morning reports that a “dispute over land values”  is endangering plans for a new state park along the southeast shore of Lake Vermilion. Hard to believe in this economy that developing shoreline for lakehomes remains significantly more profitable than selling property to the state. But, sadly, pristine shoreline has become a rare…

Increase your odds for drawing a Minnesota moose tag

Below you’ll see the Minnesota DNR’s press release for the annual moose hunt. The state will issue 225 high-demand tags, and with the large number of applicants, the chances of obtaining one run pretty thin. But here’s a tip for the hardy hunters among us: Apply for an interior Boundary Waters Canoe Area permit zone. DNR licensing people tell me that…

On-Air with Ron Schara this Saturday

Minnesota Bound’s Ron Schara called and interviewed me this morning for a news segment that will appear on his WCCO Radio show Saturday morning. We chatted briefly about what’s cooking in the state Legislature this spring. Despite a $5 billion budget deficit, legislators still find time for bills on fish hatcheries, pike slots limits, dove hunting, or live coyote transport….

Missing Tony Dean today

A friend in conservation sent me the press release below to note the appointment of the new NRCS chief. I’ve spent some time trying to research Mr. White and generally am developing a semi-positive vibe about the man. He has strong credentials and experience, and Sen. Tom Harkin praised White’s efforts working on the conservation title of the past two…

LOHC bill authors named

The bills that carry the recommendations of the Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council have been introduced. In the House, it’s HF 2131 and the author is Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul. Co-authors include Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Majority Leader Tony Sertich. In the Senate, both Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, and Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, introduced the exact same…

Visiting brother, enjoying Atlantic Coast of North Carolina

Spent several days last week along the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina while visiting my brother. He’s a Marine Corps pilot and officer at Camp LeJeune and bound for Afghanistan next month. Though I’ve spent a fair amount of time along both coasts, this was my first visit to the Carolinas, and their famed Outer Banks. The marine and fishing…

Habitat funding recommendations

The Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council made its final picks for year one of dedicated funding. It’s a nearly $69 million package that includes 18 on-the-ground habitat projects and that funds a program to distribute small grants to sporting groups and other local organizations. The council passed the measure on an 11-1 vote and will formally send it to the Legislature…

MCF donates $5,000 for south-metro WMA

The Minnesota Conservation Federation recently gave a check for $5,000 to the Minnesota DNR for the Vermillion Wildlife Management Area complex in Dakota County. The organization gave the DNR the check during a quarterly board meeting held at the Eden Prairie Gander Mountain store. I attended and witnessed some grassroots conservation firsthand. MCF President Steve Maurice presented the check to Tim…

Keep the pressure on

It was good to see the Star Tribune editorial this morning that dealt with the Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council. While the newspaper opposed dedicated funding to begin with, it’s good to see its defense of the council now in the matter of metro versus rural spending. As has been reported, the council made preliminary recommendations for about $68 million worth…

2009 Outdoor News Man of the Year

Outdoor News subscribers can read today about our 2009 Man of the Year: Garry Leaf. He’s our 11th Man of the Year since we started the award in 1999 (Joe Duggan was the first recipient), and Garry is arguably the most surprising pick we’ve ever made. Most folks who have won this award (10 men, one woman) received it as…

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky visit Minnesota Deer Classic this weekend

An outdoors feature in today’s Star Tribune profiled Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, of The Outdoor Channel’s “Getting Close with Lee and Tiffany.” Story didn’t mention it, but Outdoor News helped Tiffany achieve some measure of her initial hunting publicity through our annual Best Buck Contest. Looking through archives this morning, I see the former Tiffany Profant was a weekly winner…