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Field Reports: Minnesota deer hunters invited to offer feedback on deer plan

As reported in Tuesday's News Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold informational meetings across the state to gather feedback on its new deer management plan, which was unveiled Monday.

Here's a schedule of those meetings across Northeastern Minnesota. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., with people welcome to arrive anytime in that two-hour window

• Aitkin, Tuesday, Aitkin Area DNR Office, 1200 Minnesota Avenue South

• Brainerd, Wednesday, Brainerd Area DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, lower conference room.

• Cloquet, April 25, Carlton County Transportation Department Building, 1630 County Road 61.

• Grand Rapids, April 26, Grand Rapids Regional DNR Office, 1201 East Highway 2, upstairs conference room.

• International Falls, April 24, Rainy River Community College, 1501 Highway 71, Room H124

• Mountain Iron, Wednesday, Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive

• Two Harbors, April 26, Two Harbors Area Wildlife Office, 1568 Lake County Highway 2

Duluth's Zentner recognized

Duluth conservationist Dave Zentner was inducted into the Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame on Friday by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association. Zentner and several others were recognized by the group for their efforts that led to the passage of Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment in 2008.

St. Louis River report

Bald eagles, Canada geese and swans continue to interact on the St. Louis River in Duluth, said

Ken Danelski, who lives on the river near the Minnesota Highway 23 bridge at Fond du Lac.

"We've got quite a bit of action," Danelski said Friday. "Yesterday, the bald eagles must have killed a goose. There were quite a few diving down. They were even diving at the swans."

The river is about half-open in the Fond du Lac area, he said.

He estimated that about 100 geese are in that area, many paired up for nesting.

"This year, we haven't seen any otters," Danelski said. "Usually we see otters."

Comment on proposed deer quotas

The Douglas County Deer Advisory Council will meet to determine final recommendations for the 2018 deer season. The council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 270 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St. in Superior. At the meeting, the public will have a final opportunity to provide comments on antlerless quotas and permit levels for the 2018 deer season in Douglas County.

The council has recommended an antlerless harvest quota of 1,000, with 1,250 private-land and 1,250 public-land permits available to hunters.

To manage deer numbers in metro subunits, the council also recommends that 300 bonus metro

antlerless permits be made available for purchase, with 100 on private land and 200 on public land.

Dupre makes successful climb

Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais and two others reached the summit of Jeannette Peak in British Columbia, Canada, on April 2, according to a news release from Dupre. At 10,135 feet, Jeannette is the highest summit in the Selwyn Range situated in the northern Canadian Rockies.

The peak was previously unclimbed, according to Dupre's research. The mountain has remained unclimbed until now likely due to its narrow, avalanche-prone valleys and a perimeter of smaller knife-edge mountains at its base, Dupre said.

Wisconsin stocking trout waters

Fish-stocking trucks are rolling from Wisconsin state fish hatcheries and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. A total of 275,000 rainbow trout, 200,000 browns, 215,000 brookies and 50,000 lake trout will be stocked in more than 400 Wisconsin waters by May 5, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.