Outdoor Notebook: Minnesota State Parks Offer Free Admission November 25 – Grand Forks Herald

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will waive entrance fees to all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, November 25 – the day after Thanksgiving.

This “Free Park Day” is one of four days each year that the DNR waives the vehicle permit requirement to enter state parks and recreation areas. The goal of Free Park Days is to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of being in nature.

“Open year-round, Minnesota state parks and recreation areas offer places of calm and beauty where you can recharge your batteries during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season,” said Ann Pierce, director of the DNR Parks and Trails Division, in a statement . “It’s a fantastic time to get out into nature with friends and family after the Thanksgiving celebrations.”

Visit the DNR website ( mndnr.gov/freeparkdays ) for more information.
– Report of the Herald staff

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed new rules and changes to a variety of game and fish statutes contained in Title 30 of the North Dakota Administrative Code. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 16 at 1:15 p.m. at the agency’s Bismarck headquarters.

The proposed changes are as follows:

  • Chapter 30.04.03. Section 30-04-03-17. Hunting guide and hunting outfitter examination. A change to the electronic administration of the written exam.
  • Chapter 30.05.03. Section 30-05-03-22. Violations are not punishable. An amendment to change the fee from $35 to $75.
  • Chapter 30.05.01. Section 30-05-01-02. safety equipment for boats. A change to update US Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.
  • Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-04. License Restrictions. Amendment to prevent a retail bait seller from losing his license if he has been convicted of a state or federal criminal game or fish offense within the past three years.
  • Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-05. Licensed Assistants. Change to update wholesale bait vendor requirements.
  • Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-08. Interstate Transport. Change to add the import of creek chub as a bait vendor.
  • Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-13. Prohibited waters for taking legal live water bait. Changed the update language for approving bait vendors.
  • Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-15. Inspections and Records. Amendment to give bait wholesalers 90 days to provide required records, compared to 30 days in the past, and proposed change for licensed bait wholesalers to submit their records to the Ministry before a new license can be issued.
  • Chapter 30-03-06 Section 30-03-06-01. Gear. Modification to add equipment that is introduced into a body of water must be free from aquatic nuisance species, may be inspected by a Game and Fish employee, and boat docks, elevators, and associated equipment must be dried for a minimum of three weeks before being placed in a be brought to other bodies of water.
  • Chapter 30-03-06 Section 30-03-06-05. water forbidden. Amendment to transform the State Water Commission into the Ministry of Water Resources.
  • Chapter 30-01-01 Section 30-01-01-01. Organization and tasks of the game and fish department. Change to update department organization.
  • Chapter 30-04-09 Section 30-04-09-01. Electronic booking system. Create a new chapter related to the electronic mail system.

The proposed rules can be viewed at the Department’s office at 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095 or on the website at gf.nd.gov. A copy of the proposed rules may be requested by writing to the above address, by calling (701) 328-6305, or by emailing [email protected] Written or oral comments received by December 27th will be fully considered.
– Report of the Herald staff

Devils Lake is set to host the NWT Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Devils Lake is set to host the 2023 National Walleye Tour championship, tournament organizers said. The NWT circuit is presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.

Pending approval by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the championship at Devils Lake is scheduled for September 6-8, the NWT said.

The 2023 NWT tournament season begins March 21-22 with an event on the Illinois River outside of Spring Valley, Illinois. Additional events at the 2023 circuit are planned for May 17-18 at Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; 22-23 June at Lake Francis Case, Pickstown, SD; and 27.-28. July on St. Mary’s River, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

For more information: www.nationalwalleyetour.com .

– Report of the Herald staff

Judge restricts wolf hunting in Montana

HELENE, Mont. — In response to a lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote, a Montana state judge has ordered a reduction in the number of wolves that can be trapped in Montana and the hunting and trapping of the species near national parks Yellowstone and Glacier limited.

Citing a story in the Daily Montanan, the Sportsmen’s Alliance said the court’s injunction also prohibits the use of snares to capture wolves. The order expires on November 28, the same day that State District Court Judge Christopher Abbott called a full hearing on the issue.

The two groups that filed the lawsuit have long opposed any hunting of wolves, arguing that the current hunting and trapping season is harming wolf populations and affecting wildlife management in states where hunting occurs nearby.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks had authorized the killing of up to 456 wolves, including six near Yellowstone. Judge Abbott’s order also lowered that cap to just two wolves near the park. As of November 16, hunters had killed just 56 wolves since the season began in September.

The department is expected to argue for the currently established wolf season. The court will hear counterarguments to the animal rights groups’ claims and ultimately decide whether the temporary restrictions must remain in place.
– Sports Association

  • Archers who participated in the Camp Ripley Hunt October 28-30 near Little Falls, Minnesota, has had good success, the DNR said. This year, 1,953 participating hunters shot 221 deer, including several large bucks weighing more than 220 pounds, during the three-day hunt. Last year, 1,949 hunters killed 273 deer while hunting.
  • The DNR has certified two new state record fish so far this fall: In the catch-and-release category, a 58.25-inch musculo-lunge fish caught on Mille Lacs Lake by Eric Bakke of Princeton, Minnesota; and in the certified weight class, a 1-pound, 12-ounce hybrid sunfish from Green Lake in Kandiyohi County that broke the existing record.
  • The North Dakota Game and Fish Department pays or loses approximately $800,000 in credit card fees annually from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, This was announced by the North Dakota Wildlife Federation. For this reason, the Game and Fish Association and the North Dakota Legislature recommend increasing nonresident hunting and fishing license fees to align with neighboring states and making fees charged by credit card companies the responsibility of the license purchaser – not the department .