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MINNESOTA DNR NEWS #11                                                                                 Feb. 10, 2014
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More Minnesota businesses now required to take aquatic invasive species training
DNR catalog of women, outdoor family programs available
Women’s mentored turkey hunt applications due Feb. 18
Question of the week: fish house


More Minnesota businesses now required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species (AIS) training to owners of lake service provider businesses so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state.

Businesses such as resorts and outfitters that rent, lease or decontaminate boats and other water-related equipment are now required to attend AIS training and acquire a permit under a state law change that took effect last July. These businesses are considered lake service providers, which means they must attend training, apply for a permit, and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law.

“Before this change, the law applied only to businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire,” said April Rust, DNR AIS training coordinator. “The law change means many more businesses will need to attend training to learn about the threat of zebra mussels and other invasive species, and how to prevent their spread."

Seventeen free AIS training sessions are planned around the state. Registering for the winter and early spring sessions will give businesses time to attend training and get a permit before ice-out. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each training.

A list of all 2014 training sessions is available at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/permits/lsp/lsp-ais-training.pdf.




DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Feb. 10, 2014

DNR catalog of women, outdoor family programs available

Women who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills can find a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the 2014 Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) catalog.

“The catalog offers a wide array of opportunities for women and families,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Our skill-building classes focus on learning by doing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.”

Program offerings this year include a sturgeon fishing trip, grouse and pheasant hunts, kayaking and canoeing. Classes are designed for women age 14 and older; they range from beginner to advanced level.

For more information about upcoming classes, visit www.mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 to request a copy of the BOW 2014 spring, summer and fall catalog of events.




DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          Feb. 10, 2014

Women’s mentored turkey hunt applications due Feb. 18

Women who have never hunted wild turkey but would like to can apply for a mentored hunt offered through the Minnesota Department and Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 18. Participants will be selected through a random lottery if the number of applications exceeds the number of available opportunities.

Women are encouraged to sign-up with a friend or adult daughter. The application and general information is available at www.mndnr.gov/discover.

“This program is aimed at those who have no or very limited turkey hunting experience,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “By working through skilled turkey federation volunteers and private landowners, our goal is to provide quality skill-building at known locations.”

Most hunts will occur Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, at locations near Hugo, McGrath, Detroit Lakes, Morton and Plainview. Participants must attend a turkey hunting clinic prior to the hunt. Participants will do most of their hunting on private land thanks to private landowners and the NWTF volunteers who obtained permission.

To be eligible, a women hunter must be 18 on or before Saturday, May 17. All participants must possess a valid firearms safety certificate; purchase an Apprentice Hunter Validation; or be born before Dec. 13, 1979. The program is for first-time turkey hunters or has very limited experience. Preference is given to first-time hunters. Participants will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who will accompany them throughout the entire hunt.

Participation in the hunts is only restricted by the number volunteers and private lands that are available. Property owners, who have an interest in providing a quality experience in turkey hunting or NWTF members who could share their hunting expertise, should contact Keith Carlson at: kcanoka@comcast.net for information about lending some land or a hand.




Q: Do I need to put my name on my fish house if I’m not leaving it on the lake?

A: All shelters, except for occupied portable shelters, placed on the ice must have one of the following: complete name and address; driver’s license number; 9-digit DNR number. A person using a portable shelter on the ice that does not display identification must remain within 200 feet of the shelter. A shelter may not be left unoccupied or unattended anytime between midnight and one hour prior to sunrise unless the shelter is licensed.

- Capt. Greg Salo, DNR Region 3 Enforcement manager




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