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Field reports: It’s time to plan for annual Douglas County Sports Show

The Douglas County Fish and Game League will hold its annual Sports Show from March 28-30 at Wessman Arena in Superior. The event will include fishing, hunting and outdoors displays by retailers and organizations, how-to seminars, a live fish pond, laser shooting, cowboy action shooting and hands-on crossbow shooting. Food will be available.

Seminars will be presented by Jarrid Houston of Houston’s Guide Service, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl of Northland Tackle, charter captain Dave Koneczny of KDK Charters, Tom Dietz of Parker Crossbows and Mike Miller of Six Guns Kennel/Hay Creek Kennels on puppy training.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. One ticket is good for all three days. Show hours are 5-9 p.m. on March 28; 10 a.m. to

7 p.m. March 29; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30.

Deer listening sessions set

Minnesota deer hunters are invited to attend one of a series of listening sessions jointly hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. All listening sessions will be from

7-9 p.m. Here’s a list of the meetings in northern Minnesota:

Virginia: April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. W., auditorium.

Bemidji: March 24, Bemidji High School, 2900 Division St. W., Lumberjack Room.

Brainerd: Wednesday , Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive.

Online comments also will be accepted beginning Wednesday at

Fishing-shelter deadline is here

Minnesota ice anglers are reminded that ice shelters must be removed from inland waters north of U.S. Highway 2 no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For Minnesota–Canada border waters, the deadline for removal is March 31.

Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadline, DNR officials said. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access.

Comment now on Tower fisheries plans

People who wish to comment on fish management on Tower-area lakes and streams have until March 28 to ask questions or submit comments, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Interested citizens can review current plans for lakes as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Tower fisheries office, 650 Highway 169 in Tower. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call (218) 753-2580, ext. 221, or email To request a draft copy of any lake management plan, email

Wisconsin turkey permits cut

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reducing the number of over-the-counter permits for its spring hunt in response to hunters’ concerns about winter mortality. Remaining over-the-counter permits in Turkey Management Zones 6 and 7 in northern Wisconsin will not be issued, and over-the-counter permits in zones 4 and 5 will be reduced by 25 percent, according to a DNR news release.

COGGS raises $56,000

The Twin Ports cycling group COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) raised $56,000 at its third annual Duluth Traverse Gala, held March 1.

That included a $30,000 donation from Loll Designs, the Duluth manufacturer of outside furniture made with recycled materials. Another $26,000 came from the 200 people who attended the event. COGGS says it will use the money to purchase another excavator and hire an additional employee, bringing its trail-building crew to four. The club is building a 100-mile single-track trail across Duluth for mountain biking and other nonmotorized use.