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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: DNR to conduct a public hearing on Rabideau Lake management

BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct a public hearing to formalize the management plan for Rabideau Lake in Beltrami County.

The hearing will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Rabideau Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Education Building.

Located six miles south of Blackduck, Rabideau Lake is a 723-acre basin with a shoreline that is mostly undeveloped and irregular. The northeast basin of the lake (560 acres) is a good historic wild rice production lake that provides brooding, resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and other wildlife species, as well as recreational opportunities, including wild rice harvesting, waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing, according to a DNR release.

The southwest basin (163 acres) is deeper than the northeast basin and supports a quality fishery that provides bluegill, black crappie, walleye, yellow perch and northern pike fishing opportunities.

The DNR will manage the northeast basin as a shallow lake, primarily for wild rice and waterfowl. The goal is to manage this basin for 200-250 acres of wild rice annually. The DNR will manage the deeper southwest basin to maintain the quality fishery, officials said.

To meet these goals, the DNR plans to manage water levels at the existing control structure to encourage wild rice growth in the northeast basin while avoiding winter fish kills in the southwest basin. Desired lake levels will be manipulated throughout the spring, summer and late fall, and maintained throughout winter to retain oxygen levels needed to avoid winter fish kills in the southwest basin.

Those unable to attend the hearing, but wanting additional information, should contact Dave Rave, Bemidji area wildlife supervisor, at (218) 308-2336, dave.rave@state.mn.us.

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted until Sept. 29, and can be mailed to the Bemidji area DNR office, 2114 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601.

For more information on shallow lake management, visit mndnr.gov/wildlife/shallowlakes.

DNR tags invasive carp for first time

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has captured a bighead carp and, for the first time in the state, tagged it to learn more about invasive carp.

After a period of acoustic telemetry tracking to learn more about its range and other behaviors, the tagged invasive carp will be removed from the water and euthanized. The data will increase the DNR’s ability to capture invasive carp when they enter Minnesota waters.

“This new tool is another proactive step Minnesota is taking to prevent the spread of invasive species,” DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer said in a press release. “The more we can learn about these species, the more effectively we can continue to minimize their potential impact, with the help of Minnesotans who use rivers for business or recreation.”

The DNR captured a 37-pound, 43-inch bighead carp in the St. Croix River, surgically implanted a thin, 4-inch long tracking tag and returned the fish to the river. Daily tracking by boat has shown the fish’s precise range, feeding areas and other details about the types of conditions these species prefer.

The DNR won’t know some things about this fish, such as whether it’s an egg-bearing female, until after they recapture, euthanize and examine it.

The Minnesota Legislature granted the agency the authority to use tagging as a research tool. Legislative approval was needed because the agency is putting an invasive species back into the water for a period of weeks.

The DNR is permitted to track up to two invasive carp in the St. Croix or Mississippi River at any given time. Anyone who catches a bighead, grass or silver carp must report it to the DNR immediately. Call (651) 587-2781 or email invasivecarp.dnr@state.mn.us. Take a photo and transport the carp to the nearest fisheries office or make arrangements for it to be picked up by a DNR official.

Apply by Aug. 18 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

ST. PAUL -- Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Apply online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, by phone at (888) 665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 19-20 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 28-29 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.

The DNR will sample deer harvested at the Camp Ripley hunts for chronic wasting disease. There will be protocols in place for sampling and for handling trophy deer using licensed taxidermists.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with the Department of Military Affairs and the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department. Visit mndnr.gov/deer to find additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt.

Mentored deer hunt at Rydell NWR

ERSKINE, Minn. -- This October 28-29, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine will again be hosting a special Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for children ages 12-15.

The event is held in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association.

Rydell is the only NWR in Minnesota that offers this special "mentored" deer hunting opportunity. A total of 15 youth will be allowed to participate in this hunt. Participating youth will be required to hunt with a parent, guardian or mentor. They will be allowed to harvest one deer of either sex on the refuge. One requirement for youth hunt participants is that they attend a mandatory orientation session. This will be held at Rydell NWR from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.

Interested youth must apply for this hunt no later than Aug. 18th. Applications can be

completed at any DNR license agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

Music at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI -- The next Music Under the Pines concert series is at 2 to 3 p.m. today at Lake Bemidji State Park. Tim Goodwin, a singer/songwriter who plays acoustic folk, blues, and rock in a mix of original songs and covers ranging from Chuck Berry to Paul Simon to Gillian Welch to Greg Brown, will perform at the amphitheater. Concert will be held in the Visitor Center in case of rain.

Youth Fishing Day at Rydell

ERSKINE -- Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting their 2nd Annual Youth Fishing Day at Rydell NWR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 12.

This free event is targeted towards youth age 15 or younger. Anglers age 16 and older must possess a valid Minnesota DNR fishing license to fish on the Refuge. A limited amount of fishing tackle (rods and reels) will be available, or youth anglers are welcome to bring their own. Bait will be provided, free of charge. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

The event will also include a fish cleaning demonstration and a casting seminar and contest.

Certificates will be given to participants who catch their first fish, as well as for the biggest fish of

each species and the winner of the casting contest. Other surprise prizes will be awarded to

participants as well. Pre-registration is required. Please call or email one of the below contacts no later than Tuesday, Aug. 8 to sign up for the event.

All participants should check in at the Refuge Visitor Center on the day of the event. Rydell NWR is located three miles south of U.S. Highway 2, between Mentor and Erskine, at 17788 349th St SE.

For more information, please contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 ext. 16

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