Minnesota firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to shoot an antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as a “lottery” unit this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their licenses and apply for antlerless permits by Sept. 8.
This season, antlerless deer permits will be available by lottery in 67 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas. Antlerless deer are defined as those with antlers less 3 inches long. No application is needed to take antlerless deer in permit areas designated as hunters choice, managed or intensive harvest areas.
Hunters who want to participate in special firearms deer hunts also need to apply for permits that are issued by lottery, and that application deadline is Sept. 8, too.
For more information, consult the 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook online at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer or available free wherever licenses are sold.
Isle Royale proposes fee increase
Since 1997, Isle Royale National Park has charged a $4 per person daily user fee. The park is now proposing a fee change and would welcome comments before a final decision is made.
The proposed fee change includes:
- Change the $4 per person per day user fee to a $7 per person entrance fee good for one day.
- The Isle Royale annual pass will increase from $50 to $60 and will include up to three people traveling with the pass holder, which is consistent with other Federal Recreation Passes.
- Honor all Federal Recreation Passes (Annual, Senior, Access, Military, Volunteer). They are currently not honored because Isle Royale charges a user fee instead of an entrance fee.
- Discontinue the $150 annual boat rider pass that currently covers the operator and all passengers in a private boat for the year. Because the $60 annual park pass would include up to four people, the annual boater pass would no longer be needed.
- To be consistent with Park Service fee collection policy, children ages 15 and under would be exempt from paying fees (currently children 11 and under are exempt).
- Park fees have not increased since 1997, while the costs of managing the park and providing visitor facilities and services has increased significantly, park officials said. All fees collected at
- Isle Royale remain in the park and are primarily used for trail and dock maintenance projects. The proposed fee change would take effect starting in the 2017 season.
To provide feedback, you may do so at any park visitor center or online at parkplanning.nps.gov/ISROfees
Disability hunt applications available
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near McGregor, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Rice Lake Refuge, will offer its 10th annual deer hunt for people with disabilities Oct. 6-9. The maximum number of hunters who can participate is 12.
Anyone interested in applying for this year’s hunt should contact Walt Ford, Refuge Manager, for a hunting application by calling (218) 768-2402. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 2.
Wilderness first responder course set
A 76-hour wilderness first responder course will be offered in Duluth on three successive weekends, Sept. 23-25, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9.
Classes will be held at the Thom Storm Chalet at Chester Bowl Park. Participants must attend all three weekends. The course, valuable to those who lead trips or spend a lot of time in the wilderness, will be offered by Longleaf Wilderness Medicine. More information about the classes, including registration, can be found at longleafmedical.com.
Jay Cooke, Fond du Lac to hold gathering
Minnesota state park officials and members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold a sharing community gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Jay Cooke State Park.
Visitors are invited to pack a picnic and bring friends to share a day of fun and learning about Ojibwe culture, artifacts and resource management with the park’s closest Ojibwe neighbors.
“We’re excited to work alongside the Fond du Lac Band and share in a celebration of the land and water so important to us all, as we commemorate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails,” said Park Manager Lisa Angelos.
Activities in and around the River Inn interpretive center will include a guided walk, archery, nature tables and an Ojibwe-language puppet show. For more information, go to mndnr.gov/jaycooke.
A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit).The park entrance is three miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210.
DNR honors turkey federation
The National Wild Turkey Federation in Minnesota recently received a Partnership Award from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for outstanding contributions to forest management in Minnesota.
The NWTF has provided both financial contributions and administrative support to the DNR’s Division of Forestry that increased efforts to maintain and enhance oak conservation in four areas statewide. One of those projects included planting and protecting 4,800 red oak seedlings in the Aitkin area.