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Outdoor Notes- July 31

BHS students win muskie fishing event

The Brainerd High School team of Casey Biever and Nate Adams won the Second Annual State High School Muskie Fishing Tournament July 18 on Lake Alexander. 

The tournament was hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Muskies Inc. Chapter in cooperation with the Twin Cities Muskies Inc. Chapter. Six teams participated in the statewide event representing schools from Bemidji, Farmington, Buffalo, Little Falls, and Brainerd. 

Biever and Adams boated the only muskie caught that day — a 35-incher.

Muskies Inc. chapters from throughout Minnesota were encouraged to host local tournaments and send the top two teams on to the state event on Lake Alexander.

Jim Kath, Brainerd Lakes Chapter youth director, said students were given an opportunity to represent their schools while learning about various fishing and conservation methods employed to utilize natural resources in Minnesota. 

“This has been a great event both locally and statewide,” Kath said in a news release.

“We cover everything from invasive species and lake knowledge to fishing and release techniques. The Twin Cities Chapter first suggested the idea last year and we have participated in it from the start. We are hoping to continue to contribute and help this event grow.”

Walleye slot has changed on Mille Lacs

As of Wednesday the walleye length limit regulation on Lake Mille Lacs changed to a 20- to 28-inch protected slot, the DNR reported. The protected slot was previously for walleye 18- to 28-inches.

Hunting, fishing license reminders

With the state shutdown done and operations resumed, the DNR is reminding hunters and angler that licenses are available. 

• Fishing and hunting licenses are again available at any of the state’s 1,500 license agents, as well as over the Internet or by phone.

• Hunters who successfully applied in the 2011 bear license lottery must purchase their license by Aug. 1. Licenses that are not purchased will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday. Bear baiting can legally begin Aug. 12.

• The application deadline for fall turkey and prairie chicken licenses was Friday.

• Deer hunting licenses will go on sale Aug. 1. The deadline for lottery either-sex permit applications and special deer hunts is Sept. 8. The firearms deer season opens Nov. 5. The Camp Ripley archery hunt will be held as scheduled, as will special youth and state park deer hunts. One potential exception is the St. Croix State Park youth deer hunt. The feasibility of going forward with that hunt is under evaluation because of widespread damage to the park from high winds on July 1. 

• Printed copies of this year’s hunting regulations booklet won’t be available until mid-August but an online version should be available Aug. 1.