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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Community Ed to offer Intro to Wing Shooting class

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools Community Education is offering an Introduction to Wing Shooting for Adults. This course is for those interested, but have little or no shotgun shooting/upland game bird hunting experience.

Classroom instruction includes shotgun basics, hunting and wildlife management of upland game birds, where and how to hunt upland game birds, hunting dog basics, cleaning and cooking game birds, hunting regulations and ethics.

Range instruction includes trap and skeet shooting designed to build knowledge and confidence in a comfortable environment for both men and women. Learn from female and male experienced firearms safety instructors. Graduates will have the proficiency to hunt on their own and with others. Course concludes with a guided pheasant hunt Sept. 7, at a local game preserve conducted by experienced hunting guides and dogs.

Ammunition and range fees are included. Must enroll by March 31. Ages 18 and up only.

Five sessions available, Thursdays, May 16, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7, time TBA. Cost is $120 per session. Pre-registration is required, call (218) 333-3284 X 1 or visit www.bemidjicommunityed.com

DNR to discuss Lake Winnie fish management

GRAND RAPIDS—Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff.

The open house will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids. The meeting will begin with a short presentation about historical and recent data, changes in fish populations, the impacts of exotic species on habitat, and regulations. There will be time for questions and conversation.

Lake Winnibigoshish (Winnie) is a destination fishery for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch. Like many walleye populations, walleye numbers on Winnie have gone through periods of ups and downs over time.

The meeting is not a regulation review meeting and no special fishing regulation changes are currently being proposed. Interested parties are invited to attend the meeting, review current biological data, and provide input regarding Lake Winnibigoshish management.

More information is available by contacting the Grand Rapids Area Fisheries office at (218) 328-8836, or Lake Winnibigoshish large lake specialist Gerry Albert at gerry.albert@state.mn.us.