MNSJ RADIO: 57″ Muskies, Deer Harvest Numbers and more

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Robert Hawkins caught a 57″, 50 lb muskie on Mille Lacs on fly gear!  Hear him tell us how he did on this week’s show.  Steve Merchant from the MN DNR talks deer harvest numbers through the first weekend of the gun deer season, Jamie Dietman checks in from his deer stand and Joe Henry has a Lake of the Woods update.

See the muskie video here:

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MNSJ Radio: What does Pheasants Forever Say About Pattern Tiling?

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Last week we spoke to Congressman Collin Peterson about pattern tiling, CRP and flood control in the Red River Valley.  He mentioned that some of the conservation organizations are behind the times so we reached out to Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and Pheasants Forever. This week, we get PF’s response from Dave Nomsen, the Vice President of Governmental Affairs.  Dave has spent the last two decades speaking on Capitol Hill on behalf of pheasant hunters and other wildlife conservation advocates.  This week Dave talks tiling, CRP, and more.

Jamie Dietman is back from his elk trip in Montana.  How’d they do and would he do it again?  We’ll find out.  Plus he sits in on a DNR meeting about Gull Lake.  Where are the walleyes? They have a new plan to bring walleyes back on this popular lake near Brainerd.

Joe Radinovich is a former legislator that now is the Assistant Commissioner on the Iron Range Resource Reclamation Board.  He comes from a family of miners who spent time in the Cuyuna Mines.  Just how did they get from mines to the recreation area they are now?  We’ll ask him.

And Joe Henry is back to talk about the transition to ice fishing on Lake of the Woods.  Now is the time to book your winter trip!

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MNSJ RADIO: On This Week’s Show – Congressman Collin Peterson….

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On this week’s MNSJ Radio show, we talked with Congressman Collin Peterson about the 13th annual VIP Pheasant Hunt that takes place in Montevideo.  It was the precursor to the Governor’s Pheasant Hunt and Peterson explains how he helped get that started.  He also offers some strong opinions to pattern tiling.

Jamie Dietman checks in from the mountains!  He’s in eastern Montana elk hunting for the first time.  How’s it going?  We’ll find out.

John Devney from Delta Waterfowl gives us an update on the migration and tells us what kind of ducks he’s seeing come through central North Dakota.

And Joe Henry is back with a Lake of the Woods area hunting and fishing report.

Tune in!

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  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)
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2015 MNSJ BUCK BOARD!

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Every buck listed on the Buck Board is entered into the Minnesota Monster Contest!  Send in your deer today.   Please include the name of the person who shot it, how old the person is and what it was shot with (gun or bow).   It must be from the 2015 deer season and shot in Minnesota.

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Paul Grannes – 5 1/2 year old buck named “Goofy”. Shot with a bow.

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Deb Luzinski: “Last Saturday, 5:41pm. I was hunting on private property in Washington County. I had seen this buck at the beginning of the season then not again so I assumed he had moved on. Long & short is- I called him in to 13 yards, put a beautiful shot on him, recovered him at the end of a 60 yard blood trail. What an incredible buck, such a blessing. “

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Kyle Agre – I am blessed to have the opportunities to hunt whitetail deer on my family farm. This Minnesota River Valley buck came in to my antler rattling this weekend. A big THANK YOU to Mike Thull and Don Steffen helping to recover the deer after a long and difficult track job.

Charles Nathe shot this beautiful deer on November 7th with his gun in St. Cloud

Charles Nathe shot this beautiful deer on November 7th with his gun in St. Cloud

Josh Wieland shot this monster somewhere between Twin Valley and Faith, MN

Josh Wieland shot this monster on November 9th with his gun, somewhere between Twin Valley and Faith, MN

Luke Onstad, age 37, shot this giant with his bow in Houston County on the morning of October 27

Luke Onstad, age 37, shot this giant with his bow in Houston County on the morning of October 27

Zach Jacobson, age 17, shot this beauty in Blue Earth County on November 8th with his shotgun

Zach Jacobson, age 17, shot this beauty in Blue Earth County on November 8th with his shotgun

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Bill Stark shot this 14 pointer on November 1oth with his shotgun in Anoka County

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31 year old Matt Ergen shot this buck on November 13 with his shotgun in Clearwater, MN

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Nathan Marino, 35, shot this 9 pointer on October 3rd in St Louis County with his bow

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Lou Xiong, 23, shot this one on November 7th with his shotgun in Winona County

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Jeff Goebel, 53, shot this buck on Halloween in Goodhue County with his bow

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Nate Zeroth, 38, shot this 7 1/2 year old buck in Isanti County. His dad, two boys and himself had been watching this deer on trail cams for 5 years. His two boys had found his sheds in years past as well. Nate had a bow hunting encounter with him earlier, when the buck destroyed his decoy. He finally put an end to the story on November 13th

 

Matt Murphy: I shot this buck on 11/14/15 around 5:00 pm. I am 26 years old and was hunting on private land near Kellogg MN. I took this buck with my Remington 1100 gun. It was probably a 20 yard shot. This is also my FIRST BUCK!!

Matt Murphy: I shot this buck on 11/14/15 around 5:00 pm. I am 26 years old and was hunting on private land near Kellogg MN. I took this buck with my Remington 1100 gun. It was probably a 20 yard shot. This is also my FIRST BUCK!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brad Brasel, 38, shot this one with his gun on November 13th in Ottertail County. 10 pointer, with a 21 inch inside spread, Green Score 164 5/8 gross

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Michael Conway, 33, shot this buck with his bow on October 18th in Ramsey County

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Mike Curlee, age 28, shot his FIRST buck, this 8 point buck in Olmsted county, MN on 11/14/15 with a Remington 870 magnum. This buck has been spotted at different times of the year the past 3 years on trailer camera and in person. There was at least 2 other hunters wanting to harvest this deer. The buck came in around 6:45 am and was shot at 20 yards and stopped about 15 feet from his tree stand.

MIlle Lacs Winter Regulations Announced: Here’s how many walleyes you can keep

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The DNR has announced that Mille Lacs ice anglers will be allowed to keep 1 walleye, 5 northern

Anglers may keep one walleye between 18 and 20 inches or one longer than 28 inches when ice fishing begins on Mille Lacs Lake this winter.

The winter walleye regulation goes into effect on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decision reflects the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee’s desire to keep winter fishing open all season.

“The clear consensus among committee members was to implement a conservative regulation allowing fishing to continue throughout the winter without the risk of closure,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief. “We believe this regulation meets that criteria.”

If winter walleye harvest approaches the established cap, catch-and-release will be implemented so angling can continue.

The DNR made the decision after considering three regulation options it presented for committee discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Garrison. Discussion among committee members provided the DNR with good input and positive direction, reinforcing the DNR’s belief that the regulation protecting small walleye was the wisest choice.

During last year’s ice fishing season, Mille Lacs anglers could keep two walleye from 18 to 20 inches, except one out of those two walleye could be longer than 28 inches.

“We’re all working together to assure great winter opportunities while staying conservative enough to ensure the long-term health of the fishery,” said Dean Hanson, advisory committee co-chair and owner of Agate Bay Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. “The 2013 walleye year class will provide some great catch-and-release action, and folks still will have the opportunity to harvest a fish.”

DNR staff will monitor creel data every two weeks during the winter. If angler walleye harvest appears likely to exceed this year’s 5,000-pound cap, catch-and-release walleye fishing would go into effect. State anglers harvested 3,100 pounds of walleye last winter.

Tribal biologists and the DNR agreed Oct. 15 to set the winter harvest cap for state anglers at 5,000 pounds after September fish assessment data showed that pounds of spawning-age walleye and numbers of walleye from the 2013 year class were above established benchmarks.

“The committee stressed members’ support for a conservative management strategy that helps ensure the future health of the lake,” Pereira said. “The DNR fully supports that approach.”

Consistent with the committee’s discussion, the DNR also will reduce the limit of northern pike on Mille Lacs from 10 to five, with one fish longer than 30 inches allowed. Anglers may only keep a northern longer than 30 inches if they have caught two pike shorter than 30 inches and have both in immediate possession.

The pike regulation goes into effect on Dec. 1 and continues through Sunday, March 27, 2016. Its intent is to provide anglers with additional opportunity to catch and keep fish on Mille Lacs.

More information about Mille Lacs Lake management is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake.

About the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr appointed 17 Minnesotans representing diverse perspectives and interests to the newly formed advisory committee to give the DNR input on fisheries management programs and related issues for Mille Lacs Lake.

“We wanted to promote more citizen and community engagement in fisheries decisions on the lake,” said Landwehr. “These dedicated people bring an important perspective to our work and will help the DNR make decisions that will shape the lake’s future.”

Members of the committee will contribute to the broader understanding of biological, social and economic aspects of the Mille Lacs fishery and will develop recommendations on potential approaches and regulations to solve identified issues.

Committee members represent diverse interests: local business and tourism; tribal and academic; and local county officials. 

More information about the committee members is available at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake under the tab “Building a Future.”

Plan on Hunting the Pillsbury State Forest? Read This First:

From the DNR:

Hunters and other recreationists who frequent the Pillsbury State Forest in Cass and Crow Wing counties can expect to encounter active salvage logging operations and other cleanup activities throughout the fall and winter. The activity will likely interrupt hunting as DNR foresters and contractors work to clean up 1,102 acres of downed wood and damaged trees, and to reduce the potential for wildfire.

A severe wind storm July 12 toppled trees in portions of the 25,000-acre state forest and surrounding area between Brainerd and Nisswa. As a result, the forest habitat was altered dramatically in some areas where entire stands of mature trees were blown down. Hunters may find their favorite spots are no longer suitable and should allow extra time for pre-season scouting for new locations. Access to some locations could prove challenging as some trails are not yet cleared of fallen trees.

“There are still many areas of the forest where hunters can find a good place to hunt, but they will want to allow plenty of time for scouting and realize there will be noise and activity there,” said Rob Rabasco, Brainerd area assistant wildlife manager. “The altered landscape – combined with the extra human activity – can significantly change animal patterns and behavior, so hunters will want to weigh all of those factors.”

As always, forest users should use caution with any potential sources of fire or ignition. Extra timber and wood debris on the ground can present an opportunity for increased fire danger until there is 3 inches or more of snow cover on the ground.

For more information and updates on the Pillsbury State Forest, visit http://www.mndnr.gov/state_forests/sft00039/index.html