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Field reports: Annual Boat, Sports, Travel, RV Show opens Feb. 18

The 49th annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show will run Feb. 18-22 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in conjunction with Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic. One ticket offers admission to both shows. The show will include...

The 49th annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show will run Feb. 18-22 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in conjunction with Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic. One ticket offers admission to both shows. The show will include exhibits of boats, RVs, motorcycles, docks, fishing gear, camping equipment, resorts, campgrounds and hunting and fishing lodges. The Deer Classic will feature live Australian wild animals - kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, an emu and Australian birds. Seminars on fishing and other topics will be presented each day. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students 6-17, free for kids 5 and younger. Show hours are 5-10 p.m. Feb. 18-19; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 20-21; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22.
DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids fisheries
DNR fisheries officials are seeking public comment on management of several lakes in the Grand Rapids area by March 10. The lakes include Ball Club, Bass (Cohasset), Bowstring, Bray, Clubhouse, Grave, Hale, Ice, Island (near Deer River), Johnson, Larson (near Marcell), Little North Star, Little Turtle, Lower and Upper Panasa, McKinney, North Star, Shallow and Stingy.
To comment, call or email Chris Kavanaugh, DNR area fisheries supervisor, at (218) 999-7821 or chris.kavanaugh@state.mn.us .
Grants available for trapshooting
Minnesota trapshooting facilities open to the public have until March 2 to apply for matching grants that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will make available to develop and enhance trapshooting ranges.
“This statewide grant program will provide more opportunities for youth trapshooters, youth trap teams and adult shooters,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. “We’d like to see as many applications submitted as possible.”
A total of $1.7 million is available and will be divided between two grant categories: $700,000 is available for small grants from $2,500 to $25,000; and $1 million is available for grants above $25,000. There is no limit on the request amount for grants larger than $25,000. The grants require a match of 50 percent nonstate funds to be considered.
Grant application packets are available at mndnr.gov/grants/recreation.

Related Topics: FISHINGHUNTING
Sam Cook is a freelance writer for the News Tribune. Reach him at cooksam48@gmail.com or find his Facebook page at facebook.com/sam.cook.5249.
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