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Outdoor Notes - Aug. 10

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outdoors Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

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Those interested in Mille Lacs Lake can view a Department of Natural Resources quarterly newsletter that will keep readers up to date on research, fish population assessments and general information. Access the "Hooked on Mille Lacs Lake" newsletter by subscribing at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslakenews.

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"We want people to be aware of what's going on and stay connected," said Rick Bruesewitz, DNR Aitkin area fisheries supervisor.

The newest issue of the newsletter touches on topics, including a tagging study involving 14,000 walleye and 3,600 northern pike, a muskellunge assessment, predator diets, and other fish and lake facts.

Subscribers will receive an announcement about the quarterly newsletter via email, as well as periodic email updates about Mille Lacs. The Aitkin area fisheries office produces the newsletter.

In addition to the newsletter, anyone interested in learning more about Mille Lacs Lake management can visitwww.mndnr.gov/millelacslake, and can see current and previous editions of the newsletter and other information at the Aitkin area fisheries page at www.mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries/aitkin.

Steinbauer takes fourth Bass Snatchers tournament

Chuck Steinbauer, with a total weight of 19 pounds, 1 ounce, won the Aug. 2 Baxter Bass Snatchers tournament held on Pelican Lake.

Coming in second was Quentin Mack with a total catch of 17 pounds, 15 ounces. Darren Keifer took third with 17 pounds, 11 ounces. The lunker award went to Nate Steinbauer, who caught a 4 pound, 6 ounce bass.

In total, 26 anglers caught and released 140 bass during the Pelican Lake Tournament.

Ruffed Grouse Society to host fundraiser dinner in Hackensack,

The Deep Portage Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 25th Anniversary Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet on Aug. 28 at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, 2197 Nature Center Drive NW in Hackensack beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will be used to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectables.

Individual membership and dinner tickets are $60. There is also a membership and spouse package for $95(includes 2 dinners) and a junior membership and dinner ticket is $35 (17 and under). Banquet, Conservation, Sustaining, and Gold sponsorship packages are also available at $275, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 respectively.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Jerry Lamon at 218-947-3870

DNR names new regional Enforcement manager

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named Capt. Todd Kanieski its Region 3 Enforcement manager effective Aug. 13. Region 3 stretches from Camp Ripley and St. Cloud in central Minnesota through the metro area to portions of southeastern Minnesota.

"Capt. Kanieski shows exceptional leadership skills and is a true asset to the DNR's Division of Enforcement," said Col. Ken Soring, DNR Enforcement Division director. "He is a respected leader and trusted supervisor who fosters an atmosphere of teamwork within any work section, and he often inspires others through his actions. He is the right person for the job."

Kanieski has served in areas of increasing responsibility since joining the DNR in 2001, including field officer, district supervisor and administrative manager.

Prior to joining DNR, Kanieski spent eight years as a police officer and detective with the Brooklyn Park Police Department.

Kanieski's extensive list of specialized law enforcement training includes courses and certifications in leadership, officer training, investigations, employee development, tactical operations and K-9 management.

"I'm extremely honored by the opportunity to serve as the DNR Region 3 Enforcement manager and I'm looking forward to the challenges of a new job," said Kanieski.

He replaces Greg Salo, who was promoted to major and named the Enforcement Division's operations manager.

Apply by Aug. 15 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

The deadline for hunters to apply for the 2014 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls is Friday, Aug. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters may pick one season out of two seasons offered: Oct. 15-16 (Wednesday-Thursday, code 668) or Oct. 25-26 (Saturday-Sunday, code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license at least two days before their hunt to participate.

Due to military training, the first of this year's two hunts will begin one day earlier than usual, and hunting will not take place on a Friday. As a result, the first hunt will not coincide exactly with the annual statewide teachers' conference when many schools are closed, as it has in the past.

Hunters can apply for the Camp Ripley hunts through DNR's computerized Electronic Licensing System (ELS) at any one of 1,500 ELS agents located throughout Minnesota, by telephone at 888-665-4236, online atwww.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/index.html, or in the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

Application instructions and rules for this year's hunt are at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.

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