Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled

Women who want to learn outdoor skills with other women still have time to sign up for a three-day workshop set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Deep Portage Learning Center in central Minnesota.
The weekend workshop, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, includes classes on shooting, archery, bowhunting and more.
“Autumn is great time to come together, enjoy nature and develop new skills in a friendly and supportive environment,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator. “Deep Portage is an ideal place for this because of its great mix of classrooms, a rock climbing wall, safe shooting ranges and more.”
Also offered at the workshop are classes on finding and cooking wild mushrooms, birding, pine basket making, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, rock climbing, dressing for the outdoors, walking stick-making and beekeeping.
“Minnesota’s outdoors has so much to offer, and learning new ways to enjoy it is truly empowering and can lead to a more personally rewarding and healthy lifestyle,” Bylander said.
The workshop is designed largely for women ages 18 and up, but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit mndnr.gov/bow for more information and to register.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Stillwater artist wins trout, salmon stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout.
The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.
Markell is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2012. Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest Aug. 3 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Scott Wenner, second place; Ted Hansen, third place; and Richard Goodkind, fourth place.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The following species will be eligible for the 2019 stamp: rainbow, brook, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brown trout designs will not be eligible for the 2019 stamp.
The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents age 18 to 64 and nonresidents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Superior and when in possession of trout or salmon. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible.
Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. For more information on trout fishing license requirements, visit mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1.
The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.
The white-winged scoter is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2018 waterfowl stamp.
Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
To see more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Public shooting opportunities coming to Wisconsin ranges

MADISON, WI - Thirteen private shooting ranges in southern Wisconsin are offering public-access hours under terms of public grants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently awarded to fund facility improvements.
The Shooting Range Grant Program allows ranges to apply for federal funds generated by excise tax and various firearm and hunting equipment and to use these funds for range-related projects, according to John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports specialist. Successful applicants are eligible to have a percentage of their costs reimbursed--up to 50 percent for private ranges and up to 75 percent for public ranges.
Motoviloff said the ranges receiving grants, worth a total of $340,000, are:
Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac; North Bristol Sportsmen's Club; Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet; Wisconsin Trapshooters Association; Iola Conservation Club; Cassville Conservation Club; Door County Rod & Gun; Wausau Rod & Gun Club; Wern Valley; Osceola Rod & Gun; Brill Area Sportsmen's Club; Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club; and, Hudson Rod & Gun.
"This opens up shooting access for those living in the southeast counties." Motoviloff said, "That is where Wisconsin is most densely populated, but has limited public opportunities."
Publicly owned ranges may apply for these grants on an annual basis. Privately owned ranges may apply every two years, with Sept. 15, 2018, being the next deadline.
Here are the ways the ranges plan to use the funds:
* Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac: Build an indoor range.
* North Bristol Sportsmen's Club: Replace trap houses and build a storage facility.
* Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet: Build shooting shelters and install additional trap machines.
* Wisconsin Trap Shooters Association: Install outdoor lighting that will extend shooting hours.
* Iola Conservation Club: Install new safety fencing.
* Cassville Conservation Club: Install new Wobble Trap machines
* Door County Rod & Gun: Make facilities weatherproof and handicapped-accessible.
* Wausau Rod and Gun Club: Replace old trap houses.
* Wern Valley: Install additional new trap machines.
* Osceola Rod and Gun Club: Install a voice-activated trap machine and build shooting shelters.
* Hudson Rod, Gun, & Archery: Replace trap machines, rebuild shooting structures and increase electrical capacity.
* Brill Area Sportsmen's Club: Build berms.
* Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club: Build a roof over the 100-yard range.
To learn about other public shooting opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search "Shooting Ranges."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Question of the week

Q: If I purchase a Minnesota hunting or fishing license on the DNR website, do I need to keep a printed copy with me out in the field?
A: If you’re using a home computer, you can print most licenses and need to keep a copy with you when participating in the activity. In cases where the license has a tag, the license will be mailed to you, and you must have the license in possession.Licenses purchased on a mobile device are issued in electronic format, and you can choose to receive an email and/or text message that serves as your license. In that case, you must carry your mobile device or a printed copy of this email or text message to show proof of license.

SOURCE: Steve Michaels, Minnesota DNR licensing program director

County Deer Advisory Council meetings scheduled

MADISON, WI - Beginning Aug. 21, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary three-year population objectives within their counties.
Council meetings will also discuss potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - meetings are currently being scheduled and will be available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."
"Setting population objectives and reviewing DMU boundaries are discussions that occur only every three years," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR CDAC coordinator. "These meetings and the resulting recommendations set the stage for the number of antlerless permits and the season structures that are used in each county for the next three year period. As a result, it is important that the hunters from each county will attend and provide their input as they will be impacted for the next several years based on the results of these meetings."
August CDAC meetings will develop preliminary recommendations, and a public feedback period in mid-September will include an online survey. Councils will reconvene in October to determine final deer season recommendations in each county. Final population objectives and DMU boundaries will be determined at the December 2017 Natural Resources Board meeting based on the information received through this public involvement process.
Councils will accept public comments prior to forming both preliminary and final recommendations. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback at any CDAC meeting or send comments to CDAC members - a contact list for each council and other helpful information is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC." For additional information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Mosquito Island closed during construction

The small island locally known as “Mosquito Island” will be closed to public entry until Oct. 13.
The island, which is part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, is located adjacent to the main navigation channel between Winona and Homer, MN.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maintenance and Repair Branch based in Fountain City, WI, will be rehabbing the upstream portion of the island to replace the area that has been lost to erosion.  
USACE will use approximately 60,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from the main navigation channel to build a new island base. The new construction will tie into the upstream end of the existing island and continue upstream for approximately 900 feet. Once the base is constructed, approximately 3,300 cubic yards of soil will be dredged from an adjacent backwater. This dredging will create about one acre of fish habitat and provide enough material to cover the new island with about 12 inches of topsoil.
The new island section will be protected with rip-rap at the upstream end and rock vanes along the sides to discourage future erosion. The top will be planted with a cover crop to hold it in place through the winter. During the spring of 2018, trees will be planted on the island to provide wildlife habitat. The project will also place sand on the existing beaches to enrich them for public use.
The project construction will be funded by the USACE with an estimated cost of $600,000.

SOURCE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service