The Lake Superior Steelhead Association and Brule River Skagit Casters are hosting the fourth annual Brule River Spey Day, an all-day "fly fishing conclave'' on the shores of the Brule River on Saturday.
The event starts at 11 a.m. and will be held at McNeil's Landing on the Brule River, north of Wisconsin Highway 13 off Clevedon Road. Presentations will go into the evening. Several world-class fly angler instructors will be on hand to offer teaching clinics along with several vendors such as Sage, St. Croix, Reddington, Rio and OPST.
Lunch is provided and fishing and fly tying opportunities are available. Bring your own beverage and chair. The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in fly fishing but especially in the spey style of fly fishing.
"This is a big deal for the Brule River and its anglers because it promotes a more difficult style of fishing. It's a style of fishing that promotes a more fish-friendly catch rate that, in the end, is much more fun,'' said Matt Jordan, a local fishing guide and member of the Brule River Skagit Casters. "There should be good numbers of browns, steelhead, king and coho salmon in the river so we have wild fish to cast to."
Bring a chair and your own beverage. For more information go to steelheaders.org/news. Donations suggested to the Brule River Sportsman's Club.
No deer carcasses allowed into Minnesota
Hunters who head outside Minnesota to shoot deer, elk, moose or caribou this autumn are reminded they cannot bring their animal carcases back into Minnesota.
The prohibition on importation of whole carcasses of these cervids from anywhere in North America was put into place in 2016 as a proactive measure to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota and bring consistency to regulations. Processed (butchered and packaged) meat, quarters, antlers and trophy taxidermy mounts are allowed to be imported.
Minnesota is one of 12 states with this type of ban while, 40 states have some form of carcass importation restrictions in an effort to restrict the movement of CWD.
No deer feeding in some Minnesota counties
A deer feeding ban is in place until at least 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two facilities where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease.
The ban includes Aitkin, Crow Wing. Morrison, the portion of Cass County south of Minnesota highways 34 and 20 and the portion of Mille Lacs County north of County Road 11 as well as Kandiyohi, McCloud, Meeker, Stearns, Wright and the portion of Renville County north of U.S. Highway 212.
The feeding ban applies not just to corn or grain but also all fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay and other food that is capable of attracting or enticing deer. Feeding bans are intended to reduce the number of areas where deer can come into close contact, either directly or indirectly.
Deer baiting is illegal across Minnesota during hunting season but recreational feeding is allowed up to 10 days before hunting season starts in areas not included in the ban.
South Dakota pheasants up 47 percent
The number of pheasants counted in the annual South Dakota summertime roadside survey was up 47 percent this year over 2017.
As reported Tuesday by the News Tribune, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department on said the statewide pheasants-per-mile index hit 2.47 this year, up from the 2017 index of 1.68. The number of chicks in each brood was up 22 percent over last year, with favorable June weather credited.
Statewide, 85 of the 110 survey routes had a higher pheasant count than 2017, which was one of the worst years in recent history. Kelly Hepler, secretary of Game, Fish and Parks, said the biggest increases were in eastern counties, which had very low counts in 2017.
Hepler said the loss of habitat — namely unplowed and undeveloped grassland — continues to be a concern. Hepler said hunters should notice far fewer disturbed Conservation Reserve Program fields compared to last year when emergency haying and grazing was authorized in response to severe drought conditions.
South Dakota's statewide pheasant hunting season runs from Oct. 20 to Jan. 6. Minnesota's roadside pheasant survey results are expected to be released Tuesday.
Apply this week for Rice Lake refuge deer hunt
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 12th annual deer hunt for people with disabilities Oct. 11-14. The 18,000-acre refuge is located five miles south of McGregor on Minnesota Highway 65.
Organizers will assist hunters with getting from the refuge headquarters to and from their hunting site, providing volunteers to assist with the handling of the animal after it is shot (if requested), and meals. Deer hunting will only be allowed between the hours of noon and 30 minutes after sunset.
Anyone interested in applying for this year's hunt should contact Walt Ford, refuge manager, for a hunting application by calling (218) 768-2402, ext. 100. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 7 to: Walt Ford, Refuge Manager, 36289 State Hwy. 65, McGregor, MN 55760.