Thursday, August 15, 2013

Midwest Outdoor News from Michigan, Minnesota, and the Dakotas

Michigan News

The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that waterfowl applications are available through Aug. 28th.  Applications are available here. Results will be available at this same page on Sept. 17th.

Minnesota News

The USFWS has reported that the Minnesota DNR found a fungus dangerous to bats at Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.  While perhaps not one of the more commonly appealing species, bats are a vital part of the ecosystem. The fungus is known to cause white-nose syndrome, a disease that has afflicted bats in many areas nationwide, often causing death.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about upland bird hunting and are near enough to Rosemount, you might consider attending a clinic at the Dakota County Gun Club (Sept. 14th, 1-5 PM).  The signup details are here.

South Dakota News

The SD Game, Fish, and Parks Dept. has finalized the 2013 waterfowl season.  The details as reported in their news release follow:
Unit 1, which includes most parts of the state, will have a daily bag limit of eight geese. The daily limit will be four geese in Unit 2 which is comprised of counties in central South Dakota along the Missouri River, and Perkins, eastern Pennington and Fall River counties. The Unit 3 January season in Bennett County will have a daily bag limit of four geese as well.
Canada goose season dates are Oct. 1 - Dec. 16 in Unit 1, Nov. 2-Feb. 14 in Unit 2 and Jan. 11-19in Bennett County.
The light goose hunting season will run from Sept. 28 - Dec. 22 with a daily limit of 20 statewide.
The Commission also finalized changes to the white-fronted goose hunting season. The season will run two weeks shorter than last year’s season and will occur from Sept. 28 - Dec. 8 in 2013. With this change comes an increase in the daily bag limit from one to two geese.
The duck hunting season dates will be Oct. 12 - Jan. 16 for High Plains Zone; Sept. 28 - Dec. 10 for Low Plains North and Middle Zones; and, Oct. 12-Dec. 24 for Low Plains South Zone.
The daily duck limit is six and may be comprised of no more than five mallards  (two of which can be  hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails or two canvasbacks.
The possession limit for all waterfowl seasons has been increased from twice the daily limit to three times the daily limit. 
Additionally, the department has proposed a scaled back mountain lion season due to low numbers.  To view the proposal, visit www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.  If you wish to comment you can send your email to wildinfo@state.sd.us. The deadline for comments is Oct. 2.

North Dakota News

Several events are upcoming of interest to the outdoor community.  Becoming and Outdoor Woman (BOW) and waterfowl workshops are two of note.  If you are interested, visit here.