Turkey deadline set
In-Fisherman TV wins best fish show
The Sportsman Channel recently named In-Fisherman TV out of Baxter as the Best Fish Show of 2011.
The winners were revealed Wednesday night during the Sportsman Channel’s annual awards ceremony at Pure Nightclub in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show.
The voice of the American sportsman was heard as viewers logged more than 140,000 votes to determine the award winners. The process began with Sportsman Channel producers narrowing the field to five finalists in seven categories, but the final say went to the viewers, who had the opportunity to cast their votes over a three-week period in December.
Wild rice and duck habitat investment
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with Ducks Unlimited, the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the DNR on an Outdoor Heritage Fund project to protect shorelines on important wild rice lakes in north-central Minnesota.
The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended this project for 2012 funding and the Minnesota State Legislation approved recommendation in 2011.
The project intent is to protect 117 shallow wild rice lakes in Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, St. Louis and Wadena counties through the acquisition of voluntary land preservation agreements — conservation easements. Conservation easement protects land from future development while keeping land in private ownership and on the local tax rolls.
The parcels submitted will be reviewed to determine which provide the best natural resource investment for the conservation dollar. The landowners and parcels that are selected for funding will be paid 60 percent of the estimated market value of the tract.
The following Crow Wing County lakes are eligible: Arrowhead, Dahler, Dog, Garden, Goggle, Hole-in-the-Day, Little Pine, Lizzie, Lower Dean, Lows, Mud (18-137), Mud (18-36), Nelson, Rice (Blomberg’s), Rice (Clark Lake), Rice (Deerwood), Rice (Hesitation WMA), Rice (Pratt’s), Rice Bed, Terry, Twin Island, Unnamed (Lost Rice) and Unnamed (Nokasippi River).
To apply, contact Crow Wing SWCD via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828-6197.
Mentored youth turkey applications due Feb. 13
First-time youth turkey hunters, ages 12 to 17, have the chance to go afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer, according to the DNR.
Applications, maps and general information for the wild turkey hunt are available online at www.mndnr.gov/youthturkey. The application deadline is midnight Feb. 13. Participants will be selected through a random lottery.
Most hunts will be April 21-22, which is the first weekend of the regular wild turkey season.
To be eligible, a youth hunter must be age 12 to 17 on or before April 21, have a valid firearms safety certificate and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is for first-time turkey hunters only. Any youth who has ever purchased or been selected by lottery for a Minnesota turkey license of any type is not eligible.
Hunters and their mentors will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who must accompany both the youth and parent or guardian throughout the entire hunt.