Jan. 20 Outdoor Notes
■ Cabela’s announces plans for Woodbury store
SIDNEY, Neb. — Cabela’s Incorporated has announced plans to open a store in Woodbury.
Cabela’s expects to open the store in fall 2014. The 85,000-square-foot store will be located in the Tamarack Village Shopping Center. It will be Cabela’s fourth store in Minnesota, following the East Grand Forks, Owatonna and Rogers locations. Construction is expected to start in fall 2013.
The store is expected to employ up to 185 full- and part-time employees and most will come from Woodbury and the surrounding area.
■ Third annual Granite City Ice Fishing Derby set for Feb. 9
The third annual Granite City Ice Fishing Derby will be held Feb. 9 on Pleasant Lake, between St. Cloud and Rockville.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. with fishing from noon-3 p.m. Over $10,000 in prizes could be distributed to participants, including portable fish houses, augers, fish locaters and much more.
During the last two years the event attracted over 200 participants per year. Many fish of all species were caught. In 2011, the largest fish was caught by a Boy Scout from Becker. This year, with prizes increased, an even larger field of participants is expected.
Youth and adults are invited and encouraged to attend the event, which will also feature concessions, warming locations, kids’ activities and a designated spectator area. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by Feb. 1 for a discounted rate by visiting www.bsacmc.org and clicking on Granite City Ice Derby.
Proceeds of the event will benefit local youth outdoor activities. To find out more about the event, visit www.bsacmc.org or call the Central MN Council Boy Scouts of America office at 320-251-3930.
■ Helicopters to count deer in many areas of Minnesota
Pending suitable snow cover, low-flying helicopters will be conducting whitetail deer population surveys from January through March in northwestern, central and southeastern Minnesota.
DNR pilots will fly survey areas in 18 deer permit areas during daylight hours at about 200 feet. Results of aerial surveys are used to help estimate deer population in these areas.
Affected areas include permit areas 260 and 264 in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau counties; permit areas 239 and 270 in Becker, Clay, Grant, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties; permit areas 214, 215, 221 and 22 in Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties; and deer permit areas 341-349 and 602 in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties.
Aerial elk surveys using both an airplane and helicopter are planned for the Kittson County and Grygla elk ranges in northwestern Minnesota.
Questions about survey flights should be directed to the DNR’s farmland wildlife research office in Madelia at 507-642-8478; the northwest regional wildlife office in Bemidji at 218-308-2651; or the Rochester area wildlife office at 507-206-2859.