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Outdoors Field Reports: ‘Train the Trainer’ classes coming at Retriever Club

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The Duluth Retriever Club will hold its annual “Train the Trainer” classes weekly on Tuesday nights starting May 13. The class is designed to teach the owners of retrieving breeds how to train their dogs for hunting and retrieving. In addition, the club will offer a “Beyond T3” class at the same time each week for those who want to do more advanced training with their dogs.

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The programs are open to anyone wanting to make his or her dog into a better retriever. The cost for either program will be $50 for a DRC membership, $50 for the 10 class sessions, and $20 for a training DVD. Members also are asked to perform two days of volunteer work for the club. Those interested in either class should email DRCsecretary@gmail.com, or meet at the club house, 5476 Lester River Road, at 6 p.m. May 13. More information about the club is available at duluthretrieverclub.net.

Youth Outdoor Expo registration opens

Hartley Nature Center and the W.J. McCabe chapter of the Izaak Walton League will hold the 2014 Youth Outdoor Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3. Kids 4 to 14 are invited to participate. The event is free.

Kids will work their way through stations to try fly-tying, bird-banding, fly-casting, exploring the aquatic world, a laser hunting simulation, building a birdhouse and more. Lunch will be provided. Participation is open to the first 125 kids who sign up. Register by calling Hartley Nature Center at 724-6735.

Youth turkey hunters have flexibility

Minnesota’s spring turkey season opened Wednesday and continues through May. This year for the first time, youth 17 and younger can hunt the entire Minnesota spring turkey season or until they shoot a turkey, and they can choose any location open to turkey hunting.

Youth 13-17 need to obtain a license for a fee of $5. Youth 12 and younger need to obtain a free license. License vendors will add a $1 issuing fee. Licenses are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold statewide.

Check for trail closures   

ATV riders should check for updates on trail closures in state forests this time of year, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say. Road and trail condition information is updated by

2 p.m. every Thursday on the DNR website’s “Current Conditions” page at mndnr.gov. Closure signs also will be posted at trailheads.

Wisconsin stocks trout

More than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in dozens of inland trout waters across Wisconsin before the May 3 inland fishing season opener, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A list of waters being stocked is available at dnr.wi.gov. Search “fishing” and click on the trout stocking feature.

More than 100,000 of the fish are to be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with municipalities.

Ontario reduces moose hunting limit

Ontario moose hunters will see about 18 percent fewer tags for adult moose this fall as a result of a declining moose population, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources announced this past week.

Notable decreases in the moose population were seen in wildlife management units in the Dryden, Nipigon, Fort Frances and Thunder Bay districts, according to the MNR. The decreases were noted in this year’s annual aerial surveys.

The largest reduction in moose tags will be seen in areas with the largest population decreases. Factors influencing the moose decline included harvest, predation, parasites, habitat condition and low calf numbers, according to the MNR.

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