News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, May 30

May 30, 2023

DNR invites public comment on Red Lake WMA master plan update

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area to share their thoughts on a draft update of the WMA’s master plan, which will guide management of the popular hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching destination in northwestern Minnesota.

Red Lake WMA staff will explain the plan and its purpose, answer questions, and collect input at an in-person open house and on a webinar. No registration is required for either event.

The in-person open house is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the Big Bog State Recreation Area Visitor Center, 55716 Highway 72 NE, Waskish.

The webinar is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 8. A link to join the webinar is available on the Red Lake WMA page of the DNR website.

Review and comment on the plan

The draft master plan update is available for review on the DNR website.

People can comment on the draft plan through Tuesday, June 20, in a variety of ways, including: using the online form on the Engage with DNR website; providing verbal and written comments at the June 6 open house or June 8 webinar; emailing [email protected]; or mailing comments to Red Lake WMA Master Plan, Fish and Wildlife Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155.

DNR webinars cover muskie diets, launching a boat

The Minnesota DNR invites people interested in fishing, wildlife and outdoor skills to tune in to upcoming webinars that feature discussions about muskellunge diets and launching a boat.

The first webinar is Wednesday, May 31. DNR fisheries experts Brian Herwig, Jim Wolters and Kamden Glade will share the results of their recent research projects providing new insights on the diets and ecology of Minnesota muskie and related fishing tips for catching Minnesota’s top aquatic predator.

The second webinar is at noon Wednesday, June 7. Boating is woven into Minnesota culture — along with a culture of safety that needs to be modeled and reinforced both at the ramp and on the water. Lisa Dugan, DNR’s recreation safety outreach coordinator, will review important safety preparations and etiquette for those launching a boat.

The webinars are part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. The webinars are free, but registration is required. More information is available on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

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