Published April 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Minnesota elk hunt, School archery tournament etc.

Elk licenses will be available in the Grygla, Minn., area and in Kittson County, which this year has a new zone in the northeast part of the county in addition to its traditional zone near Lancaster, Minn.

By: Compiled by Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

DNR to offer 23 elk tags this year; June 1 is deadline to apply

ST. PAUL — Hunters have until June 1 to apply for one of 23 elk licenses the Department of Natural Resources is offering this year in northwest Minnesota.

Elk licenses will be available in the Grygla, Minn., area and in Kittson County, which this year has a new zone in the northeast part of the county in addition to its traditional zone near Lancaster, Minn.

According to Erik Thorson, acting big game program coordinator for the DNR, the agency is offering more licenses this year to meet population goals outlined in the elk management plan. The new bulls-only hunt in northeast Kittson County aims to target a population that also spends part of its time in Manitoba, he said.

“This limited hunt is designed to maintain this population’s wild behavior while still allowing the herd to grow,” Thorson said.

Three seasons will be conducted in this year’s elk hunt. The first season in each zone runs from Sept. 15 to Sept. 23. The second season in the Grygla and Kittson County Central elk zones runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9. The third season, limited to the Kittson County Central Elk Zone, runs from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23.

Here’s a breakdown of license availability:

- First season: Two either-sex licenses in Grygla (Zone 10), one either-sex license and five antlerless licenses in Kittson County Central (Zone 20) and two bull-only licenses in Kittson County Northeast (Zone 30).

- Second season: Three antlerless licenses in Grygla, one either-sex license and four antlerless licenses in Kittson County Central.

- Third season: One either-sex license and four antlerless licenses in Kittson County Central.

The DNR may issue one license in the Grygla area and as many as three in the Kittson County Central Elk Zone to qualified landowners in a preferential drawing. Licenses in the new Kittson County Northeast Elk Zone only are available through the general drawing this year.

Elk licenses cost $250, and all applications must be filed electronically at any DNR license agent, the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense or by telephone at (888) 665-4236. Hunters may apply individually or in parties of two. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $10 per hunter.

For more information and maps of all three hunting zones, go to mndnr.gov/hunting/elk.

— Minnesota DNR

N.D. archery tourney draws 336 students

BISMARCK — Josh Gapp of Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg High School and Shae Tofte of Devils Lake were among the top five finishers in their respective divisions at the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament April 13-14 in Bismarck.

Gapp finished in the top five in the high school boys division, while Tofte was a top five placer in the middle school girls division. Overall male and female winners were Lucas Nadeau of Dunseith and Lisa Buckhaus of Hankinson.

Dunseith won the high school team championship, while Medina and Hankinson won the middle school and elementary championships, respectively.

Each winning team received a trophy and five dozen arrows, along with a $2,500 travel grant for committing to represent North Dakota at the national tournament, set for May 11-12 in Louisville, Ky. Nadeau and Buckhaus, meanwhile, received a plaque, a limited edition bow and a $750 travel grant if they choose to attend the national tournament.

A total of 336 student archers from across the state competed in the tournament.

— Herald staff report

Did you know?

- North Dakota has issued all of its nonresident any-deer archery licenses for the 2012 bow season. A total of 682 any-deer bow licenses were available for nonresidents this year. The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the previous year’s mule deer gun license allocation. Game and Fish issued 4,550 mule deer licenses in 2011.

- A limited sturgeon harvest season on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River began Tuesday and continues through May 7. Anglers will be able to fish sturgeon by catch-and-release only from May 8 to May 15, and the season will be closed from May 16 through June 30. A second harvest season is set for July 1 through Sept. 30. During the harvest season, anglers can buy a tag to take one lake sturgeon from 45 inches to 50 inches or longer than 75 inches.

- North Dakota’s bowfishing season opens Tuesday, and the Game and Fish Department said participants must properly dispose of the fish they take. Leaving dead fish on a shoreline or in the water is unlawful and can result in a citation. For more information on bowfishing regulations, check out the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.

- The DNR will offer 12 parcels of land for sale during a public auction set for 11 a.m. May 30 at DNR’s central office in St. Paul. Parcels are located in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Cook, Hubbard and St. Louis counties. Info: www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/landsale/index.html.

- The DNR on Friday lifted burning restrictions in 13 metro and central Minnesota counties, but restrictions remain in effect in northern counties including Becker, Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau and part of Polk County. Info: www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire.

- A recent survey of anglers found that one in five had to cancel or quit fishing a particular location last year because they lost access. Most were able to shift their fishing to a different location, but about a third of those one in five — or 7 percent of all respondents — said it caused them to quit fishing altogether. Another 35 percent said they fished less frequently. Research group AnglerSurvey.com conducted the survey.

- The DNR reminds horseback riders that a Horse Pass is required for riding state-managed horse trails. The passes cost $5 daily or $21 annually. The DNR manages more than 1,000 miles of horse trails and more than 500 horse campsites across the state. Info: mndnr.gov/horseback_riding.

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