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Outdoor Notes for April 15

Upcoming events at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Saturday, April 21, from 1-2 p.m.—GPS & Geocaching 101

Have fun learning about GPS and get an introduction to the great sport of Geocaching. Bring your own GPS unit or use one of ours. This class is designed for beginners and will get you ready for the new statewide Geocaching program—Aquatic Quest—that starts the following day. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Saturday, April 28, from 1-1:45 p.m.—Creatures of the Night

At this talk and demonstration we will discuss owls, raccoons, skunks, bats and other nocturnal wildlife. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Saturday, May 5, from 1-1:45 p.m.—Spring Bird Migration

This talk and slideshow about migration will include a lesson on the use of binoculars and tips on how to attract birds to your own backyard! Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon—Wildflowers of Kathio

This is a two-part program. A slideshow illustrating many wildflowers that grow in the area will be followed by a half-mile accessible trail walk to see what's in bloom. The slideshow will be 30 minutes long and the walk will take an hour. You are welcome to attend either or both parts of the program. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 a.m.-noon— Wildflowers of Kathio

This is a two-part program. A slideshow illustrating many wildflowers that grow in the area will be followed by a half-mile accessible trail walk to see what's in bloom. The slideshow will be 30 minutes long and the walk will take an hour. You are welcome to attend either or both parts of the program. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Deep Portage summer camps for 2018

Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack offers a wide variety of Summer Camps to suit almost any interest. Whether a child is interested in fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure, or expanding their scientific horizons, we have a camp for them. Campers learn a lot, have fun, make new friends, and grow in their appreciation for all the Minnesota great outdoors has to offer.

Forkhorn I Deer Hunting Camp (ages 11-16). Four sessions: June 17-22 · July 8-13 · August 5-10 (ALL GIRLS) · August 12-17. Includes DNR Firearms Safety Training. Sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. $425

Forkhorn II Deer Hunting Camp (ages 12-16). Two sessions: July 15-20 (ALL GIRLS) · July 22-27. Includes MN DNR Bowhunter Education Training. Sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. $425

Forkhorn III Deer Hunting Camp (ages 13-16) July 29-August 3. Includes MN DNR Advanced Hunter Education Training. Sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. $425

Izaak Walton League Camp (children, ages 9-16) August 5-10. $425 per camper or $750 per grandparent/grandchild or parent/child.

Mini Camp (ages 9-16) July 1-3. $225

Fishing Camp (ages 10-14) July 1-3. $225

Upland Bird Hunting Camp (ages 12-16) July 15-20

Sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society and Pheasants Forever. $425

For additional information and registration materials call (218) 682-2325, email portage@uslink.net, or visit our website at www.deep-portage.org.

Get fishing questions answered or a license on the go at Fish Minnesota

What species can I fish for? What kind of bait is legal? What kind of fish can I keep? Don't have a fishing regulations book handy? No problem. You can find the answer at Fish Minnesota, the fishing information webpage at mndnr.gov/fishmn.

Fish Minnesota is a mobile-friendly destination for information on when, where and how to fish. Users also will find a link to LakeFinder, which provides detailed information on more than 4,500 lakes throughout the state.

"Fish Minnesota has become a go-to resource for many anglers because it can be accessed anywhere there is mobile phone service," said Al Stevens, DNR fisheries lake and stream survey program consultant. "In addition to fishing regulations, there is a trove of information available through Fish Minnesota, including maps and stocking reports."

In a rush to get on the water? Fish Minnesota includes a link to purchase a fishing license with your smartphone. Following the license purchase, buyers receive a confirmation email or text that can be presented to a state conservation officer as proof of a valid fishing license.

The printed 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet is available anywhere DNRlicenses are sold and at mndnr.gov/fishmn.

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