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November 19—ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will waive entrance fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 25 – the day after Thanksgiving.

This “Free Park Day” is one of four days each year when the DNR waives the permit requirement for vehicles to enter state parks and recreation areas. The goal of Free Park Days is to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of spending time in nature.

“Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas are open year-round and provide places of peace and beauty to recharge during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season,” Ann Pierce, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, said in a statement. “It’s a fantastic time to get outdoors with friends and family after celebrating Thanksgiving.”

For more information visit

days of free admission to all Minnesota State Parks sites on the DNR website

(

mndnr.gov/freeparkdays

). — Herald’s Staff Report

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to discuss proposed new rules and changes to various game and fish related laws included in Title 30 of the North Dakota Administrative Code. A hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the agency’s headquarters in Bismarck.

The proposed changes are as follows:

* Chapter 30-04-03. Section 30-04-03-17. Exam for hunting guide and hunting outfitter. Amendment on conducting the written exam electronically.

* Chapter 30-05-03. Section 30-05-03-22. Violations are not criminal. Amendment to change the fee from $35 to $75.

* Chapter 30-05-01. Section 30-05-01-02. Boat safety equipment. Supplement to Update United States Coast Guard Approved Fire Extinguishers.

* Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-04. License restrictions. Amendment to revoke a retail bait seller’s license if convicted of a state or federal game or fish crime within the past three years.

* Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-05. Licensed assistants. Change to update the requirements for assistant wholesale bait sellers.

* Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-08. International traffic. Addendum to add chub imports by bait vendors.

* Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-13. Prohibited waters for the consumption of legal live water baits. Change to update the decoy vendor permission language.

* Chapter 30-03-01.1 Section 30-03-01.1-15. Inspections and records. An amendment to give wholesale bait sellers 90 days to provide the required records, up from 30 days in the past, and a proposed amendment to require licensed wholesale bait sellers to submit their records to the ministry before a new license can be issued.

* Chapter 30-03-06 Section 30-03-06-01. Equipment. A change to add equipment that enters a body of water must not contain aquatic nuisance species, can be inspected by a game and fish officer, and boat docks, lifts and related equipment must be allowed to dry for a minimum of three weeks before being placed in another body of water .

* Chapter 30-03-06 Section 30-03-06-05. Water is prohibited. Amendment to change the State Water Commission to the Department of Water Resources.

* Chapter 30-01-01 Section 30-01-01-01. Organization and Functions of the Game and Fish Department. Completion of the update of the department’s organization.

* Chapter 30-04-09 Section 30-04-09-01. Electronic bookkeeping system. Create a new chapter related to the electronic accounting system.

The proposed rules may be inspected at the Department’s office at 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095 or at gf.nd.gov. A copy of the proposed rules may be requested in writing from the above address by calling (701) 328-6305 or by emailing [email protected]. Written or oral comments received by December 27 will be fully considered. — Herald’s Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — Devils Lake is slated to host the National Walleye Tour Championship in 2023, tournament organizers announced. The NWT circuit is represented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.

Pending permit approval from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the championship at Devils Lake is scheduled for Sept. 6 and 8, NWT said.

The 2023 NWT tournament season begins March 21-22 with an event on the Illinois River from Spring Valley, Ill. Other events at the 2023 race are scheduled for May 17-18 at Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; June 22nd and 23rd at Lake Francis Case, Pickstown, SD; and July 27-28 on the River St. Mary’s, Sault Ste. Marie, Miha.

More information:

www.nationalwalleyetour.com

. — Herald’s Staff Report

HELENA, Mont. — In response to a lawsuit by WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote, a state judge in Montana has ordered a reduction in the number of wolves that can be taken in Montana and limits hunting and trapping of the species near Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

I quote a story in the Daily Montanan,

The sportsmen’s association said the court’s temporary order also prohibits the use of snares to catch wolves. The order expires Nov. 28, the same day state District Court Judge Christopher Abbott scheduled a full hearing on the issue.

The two groups that filed the lawsuit have long opposed any wolf hunting, arguing that the current hunting and trapping season would harm wolf populations and affect wildlife management on federal lands where hunting takes place nearby.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized the killing of up to 456 wolves, including six near Yellowstone. Judge Abbott’s order also reduced that limit to just two wolves near the park. As of November 16, hunters had killed only 56 wolves since the season began in September.

The ministry is expected to support the currently established wolf season with arguments. The court will hear counterarguments to requests from animal rights groups and ultimately decide whether the temporary restrictions should remain in place. — Sportsmen’s Union

* Archery hunters participating in the hunt at Camp Ripley Oct. 28-30 near Little Falls, Minn., were very successful, the DNR said. This year, 1,953 participating hunters shot 221 deer during the three-day hunt, including several large deer weighing more than 220 pounds. Last year, 273 deer were taken from 1,949 hunters while hunting.

* The DNR has confirmed two new state record fish so far this fall: in the catch-and-release category, a 58.25-inch muskellunge caught on Lake Mille Lacs by Eric Bakke of Princeton, Minn.; and in the certified weight class, a 1-pound, 12-ounce hybrid sunfish from Green Lake in Kandiyohi County that tied the existing record.

* The North Dakota Game and Fish Department pays or loses about $800,000 a year in credit card fees from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, the North Dakota Wildlife Federation said. As a result, the federation is recommending that Game and Fish and the North Dakota Legislature increase non-resident hunting and fishing license fees to bring them in line with neighboring states, and that fees charged by credit card companies become the responsibility of the license buyer — not the department.

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