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Outdoors Notes

The Minnesota Fishing Museum will host the fourth annual Fishing with the Pros fundraiser April 8 at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner, featuring wood-smoked fish and chicken kiev, will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from the Minnesota Fishing Museum and are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 10 and under. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $30. Advance purchase is strongly recommended and VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Master of ceremonies will be Bill Sherck, Emmy award-winning reporter, outdoor host and producer.

Among those also on hand to share tips and fishing stories will be Steve Pennaz, award-winning fisherman, editor and television host and executive director of the North American Fishing Club; Dave Genz, Mr. Ice Fishing; and fishing legends Don Karlgaard, Chad Rau, Ray Gildow, Glen Belgum and Marv Koep.

There will be silent and live auctions and also on hand will be representatives from Northland Tackle, Lindner Media Productions, Rapala, Vexilar, Spicer Fine Arts and numerous resorts and businesses.

Prior to the event, there will be a free open house from 1-5 p.m. April 8 at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls.

NWTF Gobblers Chapter  banquet is March 26

The Central Minnesota Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host it’s 15th annual banquet/fundraiser March 26 at the Nisswa American Legion.

There will be raffles, games and live and silent auctions for prizes exclusive to NWTF events, including several guns. All proceeds for the event are used to support the hunting tradition and the wild turkey.

Gobbling hour (social hour) begins at 5 p.m. and, weather permitting, there will be an outdoors seminar for youths at 5:30 p.m., with some tips for hunting wild turkey.  Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

For ticket information, call Dan Zimmerman at 821-7701 or Craig Warner at 838-3835.

Brainerd firearms safety classes slated

Firearms safety classes are scheduled from April 5-21 in Brainerd.

The six class sessions (April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21) run from 6-9 p.m. at the American Legion, 708 Front St., Brainerd. Students should arrive at 5:45 p.m. the first day (April 5) to fill out registration forms. An all-day range event starts at 8:30 a.m. April 16 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.

Cost is $11, due at the April 5 class. Students must register by calling Cal White at 829-7582.

Hunting, fishing license fees public input meeting

A public input meeting on fishing and hunting license fees is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. March 17 at Northland Arboretum.