Get involved by joining a DNR oversight committee
Do you buy hunting or fishing licenses and wonder how the money is spent? Are you interested in good fiscal stewardship? Participating on a citizen oversight committee is a great way to learn more about DNR funding and programs. It also provides an opportunity to provide feedback on budgets and spending that impact our natural resources.
Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the DNR spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are encouraged to submit applications through Monday, Sept. 20. The committees are established pursuant to state law. The DNR needs at least 13 people to fill vacancies on the fisheries oversight and wildlife oversight committees.
Learn more at www.dnr.state.mn.us/gamefishoversight
Hunters asked not to shoot research bears
The Minnesota bear hunting season is open and the DNR is asking hunters to avoid shooting marked research bears. These bears are marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio collars.
Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 20 radio collared black bears across the state, especially in bear hunting zones 25, 27, 45 and 451, and in parts of the no-quota zone. The bears are in or near the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork or near Camp Ripley.
Low water conditions await waterfowl hunters
Waterfowl hunters need to be aware of low water when hunting seasons begin, starting with the experimental early teal season from Saturday. Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8, and the early goose season from Sept. 4 through Sept. 19.
Most of Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes and waterways have lower water, and in many places, the water level is drastically lower. Many shallow wetlands or temporary waterways are dry. Hunters are encouraged to scout areas ahead of time for water levels, vegetation densities and bird use. Hunter crowding could be an issue, especially on waterfowl opener, because hunters may choose to move to new locations if their traditional opener hunting locations are too dry.