Published October 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

Outdoors Notebook: DNR elk plan comments, Tribute to Bud Jacobi etc.

The DNR must present its elk plan to commissioners in Roseau, Kittson and Marshall counties Nov. 3 to meet the mid-November deadline for having a management plan in place.

By: Compiled by Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

Elk plan comments: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking input on its draft Strategic Elk Management Plan through Wednesday.

The 35-page plan, which seeks to maintain a free-ranging, wild elk population in northwestern Minnesota, has been available online at mndnr.gov/hunting/elk and open to public comment since April.

“Two local working groups had numerous recommendations regarding elk populations and management in northwestern Minnesota,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program manager. “Many of these recommendations are reflected in the plan’s latest draft as well as several comments received online.”

The goal is to maintain a sustaining, yet limited elk population to provide recreational opportunities, including hunting, while at the same time improve landowner acceptance of elk and reduce depredation damage.

The current draft of the plan, which incorporates all changes, is available online. An online comment form is provided, and the DNR is encouraging people to use it because of the short time available for final comments.

Merchant said the DNR must present the plan to commissioners in Roseau, Kittson and Marshall counties Nov. 3 to meet the mid-November deadline for having a management plan in place.

— Minnesota DNR

Tribute to Jacobi: The Grand Forks conservation community lost a longtime leader with the recent passing of Charles “Bud” Jacobi.

Jacobi, of Grand Forks, died Oct. 13. He was 87.

Mark Hadlich, a friend of Jacobi’s and fellow member of the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation, recently shared these words of tribute:

“Our members will remember Bud’s legacy as one that fostered involvement of youth in conservation and hunting activities. Bud took his son, Rob, out hunting at an early age, and soon Bud was inviting Rob’s friends to tag along, and then it was friends of friends of Rob’s that were invited.

“Bud had just as much fun as the kids back in the early 1960s when this all started. It was exciting to go along with Bud, because he was such an accomplished waterfowler and success was almost a sure thing.

“Today, Bud’s grandchildren all enjoy the outdoors. There was never a kid in Grand Forks County that didn’t go to our Youth Conservation Camp because of a lack of funds. Bud made sure of that. Quite a legacy to leave behind.

“Personally, Bud was probably the most generous man the club had as a member. Whether it was a Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation fundraiser, Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever or Ducks Unlimited banquets, he donated his time and talents to each organization. … He never had to be asked; he just saw a need and did what he wanted to do. He didn’t want the attention.”

It was only fitting, Hadlich writes, that Jacobi’s memorial service was Oct. 16, a Friday.

“Now everyone can still go out duck hunting on Saturday,” Hadlich writes. “Bud would have wanted it that way.”

— Brad Dokken

Did you know?

- A glance through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Whopper Club listings for October suggests the Garrison Dam Tailrace on the Missouri River is the place to be for big walleyes. Of the 11 Whopper Club walleyes listed so far this month, nine came from the Tailrace and the other two were caught elsewhere on the Missouri River. Biggest walleyes caught and kept were reported to weigh 13 pounds, 1 ounce and 15 pounds. Other Whopper Club fish reported from the Tailrace were a 12-pound, 11-ounce Chinook salmon and a 9-pound, 2 ounce brown trout. Search the listings on the Game and Fish Web site at gf.nd.gov.

- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds hunters that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on state wildlife management areas. Hunting over bait also is prohibited on all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-managed national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

- Three North Dakota lakes will close to fishing for several months beginning in November. As in past years, McDowell Dam in Burleigh County and Lightning Lake in McLean County are closed to fishing from Nov. 1 through March 31. The State Fair (Pathways) Pond in Ward County also is closed to anglers this winter during the same time.

- Campsite occupancy at Minnesota state parks this summer rose 9 percent from 2008, and the trend continued in September, the DNR said. According to a report released this past week, vehicle permit sales for September were the highest ever reported, with annual permits up 32 percent from 2008 and daily permit sales rising 32 percent. DNR officials credit the gain to warm September weather, along with programs such as geocaching and increased marketing efforts. Info: www.mnstateparks.info.

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