MNSJ RADIO: We’re At Game Fair! We talk To Shawn Stahl from RNT, Dennis Mackedanz from TIP and Joe Henry from LOW

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This week on MNSJ Radio, we talk to exhibitors at Game Fair to give you a little peek into what you can see when you come out.  Shawn Stah is in town manning the RNT Calls booth.  You;ve seen Shawn on RNT-V and hunts Minnesota on occasion.  What does he think of hunting here?  We’ll find out.  We also find out what he’s got at the RNT booth, what this thoughts on early seasons are and what changes (if any) he makes throughout the season.

Dennis Mackedanz also explains what TIP – Turn in Poachers is all about.  They also have the Wall of Shame there with some giant bucks that have backstories that you can learn at Game Fair.  We also talk about the recent Otter Tail over-the-limit violations from a group of non-resident anglers, and how a phone call to TIP made it possible.

Joe Henry is back as well with a fishing report on Lake of the Woods.

  1. Fargo: AM 970 WDAY  Saturdays at 6am  (LISTEN LIVE)
  2. DuluthAM 1490 The Fan/92.1 FM Sundays at 6am (LISTEN LIVE)*NEW AFFILIATE!
  3. Park Rapids: AM 870 KPRM Sundays at 7am
  4. Walker: AM 1570 KAKK  96.3 FM Saturdays 8:00a
  5. Wadena: AM 1070 KVKK Saturdays 7:00a
  6. Wahpeton: AM 1450 KBMW Saturdays at 8:00a (LISTEN LIVE)
  7. Grand Forks: AM1310 KNOX Saturdays at 10a (LISTEN LIVE)
  8. Fergus Falls:  AM 1020 THE GAME Saturdays at 10a 
  9. MontevideoAM 1460 KDMA Saturdays at 9am
  10. BemidjiAM 820 WBKK Sundays at 7am
  11. St CloudAM 1450 KNSI/103.3 FM Sundays at 6am *NEW TIME  (LISTEN LIVE)
  12. Ely94.5 FM WELY, Saturdays at 6AM  (LISTEN LIVE)
  13. Hibbing: AM 650 WNMT, Sundays at 8AM
  14. Worthington: AM 730 KWOA, Saturdays at 1PM
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MNSJ PODCAST: MN Deer Regs Explained by Leslie McInenly

The 2015 MN Deer Regulations were released last week.  Some questions remained about certain areas, new regulations for 2015 and why some areas are designated as “intensive harvest zones”.  To sift through it all, we asked Leslie McInenly, Big Game Program Leader at the MN DNR to be our guest on last week’s MNSJ Radio show.

Listen to Leslie here:

MNSJ Podcast: Jay Link talks about lion hunting regulations

So much discussion lately about trophy hunting, safari’s and, in particular, a lion that had a name.

What is fact and what is rumor?  It’s hard to know without being there.  We decided to get someone who has been there and actually knows the rules and regulations about hunting in Africa.  In fact, he even knows the professional hunter that is at the center of this situation.

Jay Link operates Link’s Wild Safaris and answered our questions on last week’s MNSJ Radio show.   If you missed it, this is your chance to listen again.

Hear Jay here: 

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MN Waterfowl Dates and Regulations Set

DNR announces fall duck and goose seasons

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 26, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“While the season structure is similar to recent years, we adjusted the duck season dates in the south duck zone based on hunter preferences,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway.

More information on duck, goose, sandhill crane and other migratory bird hunting seasons will be available in the 2015 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, available in mid-August in booklet form and online at http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

Duck seasons and limits
Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.

In the north zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
In the central zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 10, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.
In the south zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4, closes for 10 days, then reopens Thursday, Oct. 15, and runs through Friday, Dec. 4. The re-opening coincides with the annual statewide teachers’ conference on Oct. 15-16 when many schools do not schedule classes.
The only bag limit change from the 2015 season is for canvasback, which increases from one to two per day. The daily duck bag limit remains six ducks per day. The mallard bag limit remains four per day, including two hen mallards. The daily bag limits remain at three for wood duck and three for scaup.

All states in the Mississippi Flyway were offered the option for a September teal season or two bonus blue-winged teal during the regular season. Minnesota did not participate in either teal option last year and again made the choice not to take a teal season or bonus blue-winged teal option this year.

“We’ve had nearly two decades of liberal duck seasons with 60 days of hunting and six-duck daily bag limits,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “In recent years, the duck season has opened one week earlier than in the past, which has afforded Minnesota hunters more opportunity to take teal and wood ducks.”

In addition, waterfowl hunting in open water on five large water bodies in Minnesota has also been allowed.

“For these reasons, we don’t believe that an early teal season or further liberalization by adding two bonus blue-winged teal to the daily bag for the first part of the season is needed,” Landwehr said.

Mallard abundance from a continental spring survey that includes Minnesota is used to determine overall duck season length. This year’s estimate was 11.8 million mallards, which was well above the long-term average. Since 1997, duck season length has been 60 days each year and the mallard population has ranged from 6.8 million to 11.8 million mallards.

“The status of mallards, and most other species of ducks important to Minnesota hunters, is very good this year based on spring populations surveys,” Cordts said.

Youth waterfowl day
Youth Waterfowl Day will be Saturday, Sept. 12. Hunters ages 15 and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Youth may take Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from a half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoy restrictions are in effect. Five geese may be taken statewide. The accompanying adult can’t hunt ducks that day and does not need a license. However, an adult may take Canada geese if properly licensed.

Canada goose seasons and limits
Canada goose hunting is open in the three duck zones, and also in an intensive harvest zone. For a map of the intensive zone and other information, see http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

The August Canada goose management harvest is Saturday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in the intensive harvest zone only. The bag limit is 10 per day. A $4 permit is required. This is the third year Canada goose harvest has been allowed during August due to high populations of Canada geese and the damage they cause to agricultural crops.
The early September Canada goose season will open statewide on Saturday, Sept. 5, and run through Tuesday, Sept. 22. Bag limits for Canada geese are 10 per day in the intensive harvest zone and five per day in the rest of the state. A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese during the September season. The restriction prohibiting hunting within 100 yards of surface water remains in effect in the northwest goose zone, Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, Ocheda Lake Game Refuge and an area surrounding Swan Lake in Nicollet County. Early season goose hunters should consult the 2015 Waterfowl Supplement for zone maps and additional details.
Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 26, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

Sandhill crane season
The season for sandhill cranes is Saturday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Oct. 18, in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license.

MNSJ RADIO: Leslie McInenly, Jay Link and Joe Henry

This week we get the 2015 Deer Regulations explained by the Big Game Program Leader at the MN DNR, Leslie McInenly.  What changes are there this year, why are some areas considered “intensive harvest” and what are people saying about antler-point-restriction and Chronic Wasting Disease.

Jay Link operates Links Wild Safaris and has sent hunters all over the world.  He personally knows the professional hunter who was on the famous lion hunt that’s been on the news.  Jay will help us sift through the stories and rumors to get the facts sorted out and find out what is legal there and what isn’t.

Joe Henry is back with a Lake of the Woods fishing report.  Lots of walleyes on the big lake and in the river, plus muskies and sturgeon too.  And he just wrapped up a tournament on another popular Minnesota lake, he’ll give us the report from there as well.

Find a station and time to tune in here:

Here’s when and where you can listen to the show: 

  1. Fargo: AM 970 WDAY  Saturdays at 6am  (LISTEN LIVE)
  2. DuluthAM 1490 The Fan/92.1 FM Sundays at 6am (LISTEN LIVE)*NEW AFFILIATE!
  3. Park Rapids: AM 870 KPRM Sundays at 7am
  4. Walker: AM 1570 KAKK  96.3 FM Saturdays 8:00a
  5. Wadena: AM 1070 KVKK Saturdays 7:00a
  6. Wahpeton: AM 1450 KBMW Saturdays at 8:00a (LISTEN LIVE)
  7. Grand Forks: AM1310 KNOX Saturdays at 10a (LISTEN LIVE)
  8. Fergus Falls:  AM 1020 THE GAME Saturdays at 10a 
  9. MontevideoAM 1460 KDMA Saturdays at 9am
  10. BemidjiAM 820 WBKK Sundays at 7am
  11. St CloudAM 1450 KNSI/103.3 FM Sundays at 6am *NEW TIME  (LISTEN LIVE)
  12. Ely94.5 FM WELY, Saturdays at 6AM  (LISTEN LIVE)
  13. Hibbing: AM 650 WNMT, Sundays at 8AM
  14. Worthington: AM 730 KWOA, Saturdays at 1PM
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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report-8/5/15

Listen to Joe Henry give the report on MNSJ Radio here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/os6aus544atl2os/LOW%20report%20-%208515.mp3?dl=0

 

by Joe Henry

Ballards walleye

Ballards walleye

Limits of walleye and sauger filling with ease this past week as charter boats and anglers finding success in a variety of locations and with a variety of methods! Windy days have been perfect drifting with spinners and bait fishing. Try hammered gold, orange, or green tipped with crawlers or leeches. Those jigging had best luck with gold or chartreuse. Others having luck down rigging with shad raps and other crankbaits out in the basin of Big Traverse. More walleyes being caught in Big Traverse and south shore than in past weeks in depths of 10 – 33′.

On the Rainy River, anglers have been hitting the evening hours for walleye with great success near the International Bridge heading east towards Timbermill. Sturgeon fishing keep one season open through September. 45-50″ or one over 75″ allowed. Deep pockets still best using a circle hook with a gob of crawlers and anchoring upriver.
Muskie courtesy of Sunset Lodge

Muskie courtesy of Sunset Lodge

Up at the NW Angle, consistently good walleye fishing in 26-28 feet over reefs and rocky points off of Little Oak ,Oak in MN and Falcon Island in ON.  Use bright colored spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows. Also try casting with spoons in 21-23 feet. Muskie and pike active in weed beds using jerk baits. Consistent great fishing continues.  Lodging is available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging