The Duluth Retriever Club is once again handling it's summer Train the Trainers program at their trial grounds at 5476 Lester River Road just outside Duluth.

Dog owners who want to learn how to better train their hunting dogs can sign up online or simply show up at the first meeting on May 29.

The T3 program will meet from 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday for 10 weeks. The cost is $50 (plus a $50 annual club membership and some volunteer hours.) There's also a retriever training DVD available for $20.

For more information contact Steve Ranneberg at stevedrann@gmail.com or 218-428-0621 or go to duluthretrieverclub.net for more information or to sign up.

Bear hunt application deadline May 3

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted through May 3 wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,400 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The 2019 season is open from Sept. 1 through Oct. 13. Lottery winners will be notified by June 1. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Aug. 1. Any unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon Aug. 6.

An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for the no-quota area that includes east-central and far northwestern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in the no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear.

The DNR has set 2019 bear permit numbers for quota areas to allow bear population numbers to gradually increase. More bear hunting information is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/bear.

Comment on ATVs in Togo Forest Rec Area

The DNR wants comments on a proposal to revise the requirements governing off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Togo Forest Recreation Area in the George Washington State Forest in Itasca County.

Currently, OHVs must be trailered in and out of the forest recreation area. This proposal will allow campers with OHVs to unload their OHVs at the campsites within the forest recreation area and access the recreational trails within the state forest, including the Thistledew ATV Trail. OHV access to the recreational trails will be limited to existing roadways and campsites.

The DNR will accept written comments through May 3 to guy.lunz@state.mn.us or to Guy Lunz, area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

The DNR will also hold a public meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Side Lake Community Center, 7485 McCarthy Beach Road. For information, visit mndnr.gov/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans or call Guy Lunz at 218-328-8984.