OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Chippewa band cancels moose hunt

Chippewa band cancels moose hunt DULUTH -- The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt this fall amid concerns over the precipitous drop in northeast Minnesota's moose population. The band announced last month tha...

Chippewa band

cancels moose hunt

DULUTH -- The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt this fall amid concerns over the precipitous drop in northeast Minnesota's moose population.

The band announced last month that it would issue 21 permits for a bulls-only moose hunt in October on lands where it holds rights under an 1854 treaty. The tribe's reversal averts going to arbitration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which opposed the tribal subsistence hunt and canceled the state's sport moose season this fall.

Minnesota's moose population has been on a long-term decline and fell 35 percent from 2012 to an estimated 2,760 in the DNR's survey this past winter.


The Fond du Lac Band still plans to hold a moose hunt this fall on lands covered by 1854 and 1837 treaties. The tribe will offer its members 77 permits for a maximum of 25 bull moose.

The Bois Forte Band has opted not to hold a moose season.

-- Forum News Service

DNR to hire as many

as 18 new officers

The Minnesota DNR expects to hire as many as 18 conservation officers for an academy anticipated to start in April. Applications opened Aug. 26 and close Friday.

Applicants must have a valid Minnesota Peace Officer's License or be eligible to be licensed before conditional job offers are made, or complete basic police training and be certified as a full-time peace officer in a state or federal law enforcement agency with which Minnesota has reciprocity.

Candidates must pass a general written exam to be admitted to other portions of the testing and selection process. The written examination tentatively will be held Oct. 5 at Bemidji State University along with the Cloquet (Minn.) Forestry Center, Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., and the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Other portions of the process include oral interviews and completion of a comprehensive background investigation. Final job offers will be based on passing a medical evaluation, functional capacity exam and psychological evaluation.

For more information on becoming a DNR conservation officer or to apply for a position, check out the DNR website at A link near the bottom of the page will take applicants to the job posting.

-- Minnesota DNR

Bear season off

to a slow start

Bear hunter in northwest Minnesota generally have encountered tough hunting during the first week of the state's bear season, area DNR wildlife managers say.

Minnesota's bear season opened Sept. 1.

Gretchen Mehmel, manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area south of Roosevelt, Minn., said Thursday she only had registered one bear so far. Randy Prachar, manager of Roseau River Wildlife Management Area near the Canadian border, said only one bear had been registered at WMA headquarters there, as well, but few hunters traditionally register their bears at the office, Prachar said.


An abundance of berries and other natural foods means the bears are less likely to hit hunters' bait sites this year.

Minnesota's bear season closes Oct. 13.

-- Brad Dokken

Did you know?

• Five licenses remain for Minnesota's prairie chicken season and will go on sale to unsuccessful lottery applicants at noon Monday, the DNR said. Successful applicants should have gotten their notification by this past Tuesday. The surplus licenses, which will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, can be purchased at any DNR license agent, online at or by telephone at (888) 665-4236. Prairie chicken opens Sept. 28 and closes Oct. 6, and license holders can take two prairie chickens throughout the season. The DNR offered 126 licenses this year.

• North Dakota's two-day youth waterfowl season is Saturday and Sept. 15. Legally licensed resident and nonresident youth waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers statewide. An adult at least 18 old must accompany the resident youth hunter into the field, and a licensed adult is required to accompany a nonresident youth hunter. Info:

• The Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act marked its 76th anniversary this past week. The Pittman-Robertson Act was created at the urging of sportsmen and wildlife groups and diverts an 11 percent excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition to conservation. More than $2 billion has been invested in conservation because of Pittman-Robertson dollars. These funds are exclusively used to pay for a wide range of state-initiated conservation projects.

• Wilderness advocates across the country have begun a yearlong countdown to the 50th anniversary of America's Wilderness Act. Wilderness50, a coalition of agencies, organizations and universities, is coordinating a multitude of local and national events, including "Wilderness Forever," a photography exhibition at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington and the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law Sept. 3, 1964. Info:

• September is National Wilderness Month.

-- compiled by Brad Dokken

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