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Outdoor Notes for Aug. 13

Wickham's on top at Roosevelt

Ron and Rhonda Wickham took first place at the July 29 Northerns Inc. tournament on Roosevelt Lake with a total catch of 22 pounds, 3 ounces.

In second was the team of Leroy Frosty and Gavin Kretsch, with 19 pounds, 4 ounces; in third was the team of Tim Yeager and Zac Watson with 16 pounds, 7 ounces; in fourth was the team of Jeff and Tracy Wohl with 15 pounds, 3 ounces; and in fifth was the team of Andrew and Lisa Utter with 11 pounds, 4 ounces.

The lunker of the day was caught by Joe Adams with an 8 pound, 5 ounce northern.

The next tournament will be Aug. 16 on Gull Lake.

October workshop set on making a living in fishing industry

Registration is now open for the Fall 2017 Fishing Careers Workshop hosted by Al Lindner and Troy Lindner and boosted by a line-up of successful outdoor professionals whose diverse work spans the multifaceted sport fishing industry.

Topics include tournament fishing, guide fishing, freelance outdoor writing, photography, videography, social media marketing, sales representative, conservation officer and DNR, lure design, pro staff and independent retailing.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Cragun's Conference Center and Resort on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area. This one day intensive workshop is open to everyone from high school and college students that have a spark and passion for the outdoors to business owners and professionals already working in the industry. Cost is $250 per person. Refreshments are included. Lunch can be purchased on site.

"One of the most common questions asked is 'How do I make a living in the fishing industry?'" said Al Lindner in a news release. "The sport fishing industry is so multifaceted and each speaker from various aspects of the industry will share their personal journey with practical in-depth, step-by-step advice on what it took to get where they are at today. Our goal is to have participants walk away with practical information, guidance and expertise to help them successfully navigate the sport fishing waters."

To Register online and get more information go to mycampfish.com. On-site lodging is available at Cragun's with special rates until Oct. 16. More information also can be found by calling 800-378-5095 or visiting Camp Fish/Fishing Careers Workshop on Facebook.

The 2017 Guest speakers include: Seth Feider, Bassmaster Elite Professional Angler; Tom Neustrom, professional guide/promotions, Minnesota Fishing Connections; Joel Nelson, writer, TV/media personality, Joel Nelson Outdoors; Bill Lindner, commercial photographer, videographer, Bill Lindner Photography; Mike Hehner, field producer, Lund's Ultimate Fishing Experience TV; stock photo manager, Lindner Imagery; Brett McComas, editor, Target Walleye/Ice, owner, Stout Outdoors; John Janousek, sales manager, Rassat Outdoor Group; Tim Collette, conservation officer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Mark Fisher, director of field promotions, Rapala USA; Marc Bacigalupi, area fisheries supervisor, Department of Natural Resources; Matt Johnson, ice team manager/pro staff Director, Clam Outdoors; Grant Prokop, independent retailer, Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods.

Itasca Moraine Chapter hike schedules

The Itasca Moraine Chapter is sponsoring a hike at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Meet at the ITM Trailhead on Highway 84, 4.6 miles north of Longville and just south of the highways 200 and 84 intersection. This hike is 3.5 miles in length and features many of the forest types but fewer wetlands that pervade the Itasca Moraine Chapter's portion of the NCT from the Highway 125 Trailhead to the middle of Itasca State Park. Cars will be spotted at the finish of the hike and hikers are ferried back to the starting point. Hikes of shorter distance can be arranged at the Trailhead Saturday morning, Aug. 12.

Local celebrities raise funds for cancer research

Local celebrities will be "bartending" to help raise donations during the Shoot Down Cancer sporting clays event, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Pequot Lakes. Proceeds will go to support the American Cancer Society.

Local celebrities include Chad Schwendeman of Exit Lakes Realty Premier, Walleyedan Eigen of Walleyedan's Guide Service, and Matt Wilkie, owner of The Dive Guys.

"We are excited and pleased to have Chad, Dan and Matt volunteer their time to come out and support this event," explains Gary Edwards, event volunteer, in a news release. "They are inspiring members of our community."

This event also includes a sporting clay competition, dinner, and silent auction. Registration is open to shooters and non-shooters. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

To register, to become a sponsor, or for more information, contact Jane Edwards at 832-541-5766 or at jane.edwards@cancer.org. Visit us on Facebook. The event will be held at Hunts Point Gun Club, 2142 County Road 29, Pequot Lakes, MN, 56472.

Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season opens annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers say it's shaping up to be an excellent season this year.

More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with concentrations of rice being the highest in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca and St. Louis counties. Harvestable stands of rice can be found from the Canadian border down to the metro area.

Peak harvesting dates are estimated to be in late August to early September as long as weather remains mild. Like other forms of gathering, finding a mentor who is willing to share their skills and knowledge can greatly improve success. Scouting lakes ahead of time can also be very helpful for finding harvestable stands of rice and to locate access sites.

Here are some updates from around the state:

• Detroit Lakes — Everything looks good right now for a nice fall crop.

• Park Rapids — Rice looks good on most local lakes and rivers.

• Grand Rapids — Rice looks good; seems like the perfect growing year so far.

• Tower — The rice crop will be average to below average due to abundant rain in June and July; plants are about 7-10 days behind schedule.

• Bemidji — Rice is dense in most of the rice lakes and looks excellent.

• Brainerd — Looks to be a good season this year; many of the area's wild rice lakes will have good access and great rice for harvesting.

• Little Falls — The unusually cold spring hurt the rice, resulting in delayed growth and below average stands.

• Metro area — Rice is looking good to excellent.

A license is required to harvest wild rice, unless a harvester is a Minnesota resident age 17 or younger and is accompanied by a licensed harvester. Wild rice harvesting regulations are available at mndnr.gov/wildrice with management and harvesting information at mndnr.gov/shallowlakes.

The 1854 Treaty Authority website at 1854treatyauthority.org/wildrice provides updates from ground and aerial surveys on some lakes within the 1854 ceded territory in northeastern Minnesota. The aerial surveys are tentatively scheduled for mid to late August; the results will be posted soon after.

Those interested in harvesting wild rice are reminded that it is unlawful to take wild rice grain from any of the waters within the original boundaries at the White Earth, Leech Lake, Nett Lake, Vermilion Lake, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac and Mille Lacs reservations except for American Indians or residents of the reservations listed.

In addition, all non-tribal members wishing to harvest or buy wild rice within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation must have Leech Lake Reservation permits.

Aquatic invasive species are a serious threat to Minnesota waters. Like any other water users, rice harvesters must follow cleaning protocols to avoid spreading invasive plants and animals, available at mndnr.gov/invasives/aquatic.

Harvesting licenses can be purchased online via desktop browser and smartphone at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or any DNR license agent. Funds from the sale of wild rice licenses support DNR management of wild rice, including managing water levels on wild rice lakes, improving or maintaining outlets and assessing habitat.

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