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Outdoor Notes - July 27

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outdoors Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Lothspeich takes Leech Lake bass tournament

With an overall catch of 19 pounds, 5 ounces, Dennis Lothspeich won the third Baxter Bass Snatchers tournament of the year, held July 19 on Leech Lake.

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Coming in second was Bill Bailey with 18 pounds, 11 ounces; and taking third place was Tim Benson with 18 pounds, 3 ounces. The lunker award went to Mich Ziebel, who netted a 4 pound, 9 ounce bass.

In all 31 anglers caught and released 128 bass.

Pheasants Forever banquet set for Aug. 14

North Country Chapter of Pheasants Forever is holding its annual banquet from 5:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 14. at the Nisswa American Legion.

The event, meal and a one-year membership is $50 for adults, $25 for youths.

There will be a pulled pork dinner, raffles and games offered at the banquet. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To register for tickets or for more information contact William Hannah at 218-820-1776, or Eric Lee at 218-820-4437. You also can email northcountrypf@mail.com or visit www.pheasantsforever.org for more information.

DNR announces 2014 wolf season, survey shows stable population

Hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning Friday, Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.

A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than last year's seasons. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year.

The early season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013.

"Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves," said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. "We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota."

The DNR's goal for wolf management is to ensure the long term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing conflicts between wolves and humans.

Hunting information

Starting Friday, Aug. 1, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,300 early-season and 1,500 late-season licenses. The deadline to apply for the hunting and trapping license lottery is Thursday, Sept. 4.

To apply, applicants need to pay a $4 fee, show proof of a current or previous hunting license and choose one of three available license options, using the season's letter designation when buying:

• Early season hunting (Season A) is open at the same time the firearms deer season is open unless a wolf zone closes earlier because the target harvest is met. The early season runs from Saturday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 23, in all Series 100 deer permit areas, and Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, in Series 200 deer permit areas. In the east-central zone, the early season is scheduled to be a two-day hunt this year, concluding when legal shooting hours end on Sunday, Nov. 9.

• Late season hunting (Season B) runs from Saturday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, or when the target harvest is met, whichever occurs first. If the east-central zone's target harvest is met during the early season, the late east-central season will not open.

• Late season trapping (Season C) runs from Nov. 29 through Jan. 31, 2015, or when the target harvest is met, whichever occurs first.

The statewide bag limit is one wolf and licenses are not zone-specific. Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification.

Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The early season purchase deadline is Friday, Oct. 31, with surplus licenses going on sale at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The late season purchase deadline is Friday, Nov. 21, with surplus licenses going on sale at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Information on wolf hunting is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf. Wolf management information is available at www.mndnr.gov/wolves.

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