Field reports: Youth outdoor field day set
A Youth Outdoor Field Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Northern Sportsmen's Club, 7229 Rice Lake Road on Island Lake. The event, for youths ages 8 to 17, is sponsored by the club and by the Lake Superior chapter of...
A Youth Outdoor Field Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club, 7229 Rice Lake Road on Island Lake. The event, for youths ages 8 to 17, is sponsored by the club and by the Lake Superior chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Activities will include shooting a laser simulator, .22 rimfire rifles, shotguns on the trap range, archery, deer-caliber rifles and muzzleloader rifles. Seminars will be offered on hunting dogs and tree-stand safety. Preregister by Wednesday by calling Paul Pedersen at (218) 590-7716. Youth must be accompanied by a parent.
Muskie tournament coming to Lake Vermilion
The Professional Musky Tournament Trail comes to Lake Vermilion near Tower on Friday and Saturday. Musky Hunter magazine’s Fall Meltdown tournament is the third and final qualifying event of the tournament trail before the Ranger Boats Championship in Chippewa Falls, Wis. First prize is worth $20,000 with a full field. To enter, contact promusky.com or call (815) 478-4092.
West-central Canada goose hunting opens Saturday
Hunters can hunt Canada geese in west-central Minnesota from Saturday through Aug. 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters are allowed to shoot up to 10 Canada geese per day, but there is no limit to the number of Canada geese a hunter can possess.
“The state’s Canada goose population remains high, and the August management action is one way to control goose numbers,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist for the DNR. “This harvest helps limit the amount of damage the birds cause to crops in the western portion of the state.”
The August goose harvest will open only in the intensive harvest zone in west-central Minnesota, with shooting hours from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. A small-game hunting license, special goose permit and state waterfowl stamp are required. A federal waterfowl stamp is not needed; however, it is required to hunt geese and other waterfowl beginning in September.
This is the third year the DNR has held an August goose management action.
“Last August, about 5,500 hunters harvested about 21,000 Canada geese, compared to 24,000 in 2013,” Cordts said. “Factors like weather and progress of small grain harvest tends to affect hunter success.”
The DNR in August will announce details of fall waterfowl seasons, including the September Canada goose season that runs from Sept. 5 through Sept. 22, and the regular Canada goose seasons that tentatively begin Sept. 26.
Trout Unlimited seeking volunteers
Minnesota Trout Unlimited is seeking volunteers to sample North Shore stream temperatures for a groundwater research project. UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute is a partner in the project. Volunteers are needed each Saturday during August. Brief training sessions will be held Saturday mornings before volunteers spend the rest of the day walking a stream section. Volunteers also can work weekdays in afternoons or evenings.
Contact Peder Yurista, Gitche Gumee Chapter TU board member, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .