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Deer lottery application deadline is Thursday

Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader in a lottery area and want to harvest an antlerless deer must apply for an either-sex permit by Thursday, the DNR reported. Deadlines for firearm and muzzleloader special hunts also are Sept. 8.


Hunters can apply for an either-sex permit in lottery deer areas using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. Although a hunter can be selected for both permits, successful applicants still can only take one deer.

The change for 2011 is that the either-sex permit will be valid for both the firearm and muzzleloader season; however, a hunter must have a valid license for that season and the bag limit remains one deer per year.

The 2011 lottery deer areas are 103, 108, 119, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296 and 299.

In lottery deer areas, firearms and muzzleloader hunters may only harvest a buck unless they apply for and receive an either-sex permit, which allows them to harvest an antlerless deer.

For special hunts, a person may draw both a firearm and muzzleloader permit. This year, the special hunt tables are not printed in the regulations book. A complete list is available online at

All lottery winners will receive permits via U.S. mail. Hunters may apply for an either-sex permit through any DNR license agent, online at, or by calling (888) 665-4236.

Baxter Bass Snatchers results

The fifth tournament of the Baxter Bass Snatchers was held on Fishhook Lake near Parks Rapids. 

 Guy Henkensiefken took first place with a catch of 19 pounds, 1 ounce. Mark Munson took second place with a catch of 17 pounds, 4 ounces. Dennis Lothspeich came in third with a catch of 17 pounds. 

The lunker went to Peter Johnson with a 5 pound, 5 ounce bass. In total, 24 fisherman caught and released 123 bass. 

Public invited to comment on experimental fishing regulations

Reviews of existing or newly proposed experimental fishing regulations on Minnesota waters will be the subject of 11 open house public meetings being conducted across the state in the coming weeks by the DNR.. 

In Cass County for Hovde Lake there will be public input on a review of existing regulation on bass from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Walker Area Community Center Library Room, 105 Tower Ave., in Walker.

Other public meetings will be in Anoka, Hubbard, Itasca, Kandiyohi, St. Louis and Wilkin counties.

The goal of experimental regulations on individual waters is to produce a quality fish population that can sustain increasing angling pressure and improved angler efficiency. Experimental regulations are in effect for a specific period of time, typically 10 years. Before the regulation ends, fish managers must evaluate the regulation and then gather input from public meetings to help determine whether to extend, modify or drop the existing experimental regulations.

For those unable to attend a local meeting, there will be an open house at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, on Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to take comments on any proposal. Comments also will be accepted via email to or by telephone at (651) 259-5239.

Wild edible fall mushroom workshop on Sept. 11

A wild edible mushroom workshop will be held from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Northland Arboretum. 

The workshop, put on by Nick and Sarah Jordan, is designed to help people develop the skills and confidence to begin collecting, identifying, and safely eating wild edible mushrooms. 

Activities will include a photo presentation of edible Midwest mushrooms, practice identification with fresh specimens, a mushroom foray in a nearby forest, and cooking/sampling edible mushrooms. Edibility guidelines, cautions and other pointers will be provided for each form group of mushrooms, with emphasis on the most common edible and readily identifiable mushrooms found in the Midwest. Dozens of species of edible/inedible/poisonous mushrooms will be on display.

The Jordans have mushroomed everywhere from the rainforests of Hawaii to the mountains of Pacific Northwest. For more information visit the instructors’ website at

Cost to attend is $30 per person for Northland Arboretum members and $40 for all others. Bring your own lunch and snacks, camera, notebook, mosquito-proof clothing, and any mushrooms you found and are curious about.

Registration is at the door, but those planning to attend should RSVP to Peg at (218) 829-8770 or email

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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