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Outdoor Notes - April 9

DNR's confiscated equipment auction April 29

The DNR's confiscated equipment auction is scheduled Saturday, April 29 at Hiller Auction Service in Zimmerman. The auction will be open to the public and is held outdoors. This year the auction times have been moved earlier than in past years. Previewing is available from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Auction day preview starts at 7 a.m. and the auction starts at 9 a.m. The auction hasn't been held since September of 2014 and there is a large inventory available.

Anyone purchasing a firearm will be required to pass a background check.

Visit www.hillerauction.com/04292017.html to see a list of firearms, bows and other hunting, fishing and trapping equipment being offered for sale.

DNR seeks input on Round River Drive ATV trail proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division invites public review and written comments on a proposal by the city of Akeley to obtain grant-in-aid funding for 5.36 miles of all-terrain vehicle trail on county land in Hubbard County, 1 mile northwest of Akeley, according to a DNR news release.

The trail—known as the Round River Drive ATV Grant-in-Aid Addition—will be maintained by the city of Akeley and the Akeley Paul Bunyan ATV Trail Riders. The entire 5.36-mile trail section is now open to ATV use. The trail will also be available for horses, mountain bikes, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding.

The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. Comments may be submitted:

• Via mail to Dave Schotzko, area supervisor, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

• Via email to david.schotzko@state.mn.us.

For more information, visit the trail proposal page or call Dave Schotzko, 218-308-2367.

B is for blue jays and birds program at Itasca

Children 2-5 years old are invited to come explore at Itasca State Park and learn about nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery from 10:30-11:15 a.m., April 11 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom. Bring outdoor clothes—part of the program will be exploring the outdoors.

Adults must accompany children. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal around the fireplace in the visitor center lobby after the program.

'Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series' Hike

If you enjoy hiking and are looking for a group to hike with on a regular basis, join the North Country Trail hiking group as they begin their first of 12 hikes in the "Itasca to Hubbel Pond" series April 29. This 6.5-mile hike will travel through the south section of Itasca State Park from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Portions of the trail will be strenuous. Join the park naturalist and NCT hiking members as we hike along this section of rolling glacial landscape. Learn more about the other 'Itasca to Hubbel Pond' hikes during this afternoon outing.

Dress for being outdoors, including sturdy boots that can get wet/muddy, water, energy snack, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, tick gaiters and hiking/trekking poles.

Meet at the North Country Trail Head Parking at the South Entrance to Itasca State Park at 12:30 p.m. The 6.5 mile route will follow the North Country Trail and Eagle Scout Trails into the western portion of Itasca State Park. Portions of the trail will be strenuous.

New Upper Red Lake walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to a news release from the Minnesota DNR.

These new regulations, effective on the walleye fishing opener Saturday, May 13, allow one more fish in the daily bag than the regulations that were in place in the winter.

"Harvest under the three fish bag limit resulted in approximately 109,000 pounds for the winter season," said Gary Barnard, area fisheries supervisor in Bemidji for the DNR. "There is still room within the target harvest range to allow an additional fish this spring."

Red Lake's walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee.

"The new harvest plan recommends a more aggressive approach when walleye spawning stock is in surplus, as it currently is," Barnard said. "The extra fish allowed by the daily bag limit will increase open water harvest some, and allowing one fish over 17 inches meets our harvest plan objectives by spreading harvest over a wide range of sizes and removing some of the surplus spawning stock."

More information on Red Lake fishing regulations are available at mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing.

Try Gun Golf at Brainerd Lakes Chamber event

Shoot a hole in one June 31—literally! This year, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce combines the traditional golf and sporting clays tournaments into one exciting networking event. Experience the new sport fusion—Gun Golf—at Cragun's Point Gun & Golf Club. Registration is 7 a.m. and shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The new tournament format will feature two teams per hole - the "drivers" and "shooters." Specify preference in your team registration. Prizes are awarded for longest drive and longest shot while penalties are assessed for birdies and eagles.

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