The Minnesota spring turkey lottery results are in. If you applied for a license, you can go to the DNR website to see if you were selected. Here's the link: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/turkey/index.html
No, I didn't get drawn this year. But I'll buy an over-the-counter license for later in May, and I'll be hunting Wisconsin, too.
Meanwhile, it's not too late for first-time youth hunters and women hunters to apply for mentored turkey hunts this spring. Application deadline is Feb. 19. For more, see www.mndnr.gov/discover.
Spurred by concerns over a falling walleye population, state and tribal officials have cut in half the safe harvest level for Lake Mille Lacs for 2013.
That almost certainly means much more restrictive walleye regulations for anglers next spring.
“We want to be very cautious,’’ said Tom Jones, Department of Natural Resources large lake specialist. “We are definitely in a spot we’ve never been before.’’
The total walleye harvest for the lake, the most popular walleye fishery in the state, is being trimmed from 500,000 pounds last year to 250,000 pounds this year. The quota for anglers will be 178,750 pounds, and for Chippewa band members 71,250 pounds— both half their 2012 quotas.
Officials aren’t sure why the walleye population, especially the smaller male fish, is declining. Biologists suspect predation by increased numbers of smallmouth bass, northerns and larger walleyes might be one factor.
The Council ensures recommendations that are consistent with the State Constitution and state law and that take into consideration the outcomes of, including, but not limited to, the Minnesota conservation and preservation plan, that directly relate to the restoration, protection, and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife, and that prevent forest fragmentation, encourage forest consolidation, and expand restored native prairie.