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Angler Catching Walleye

A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT  By Ron Schara                                                                              First of all, thanks for taking the time to read the MN-FISH newsletter and for your support of our primary mission. And that is? To give Minnesota anglers a voice in the legislative decisions made by our elected officials and to function as a watchdog over fish management decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At the moment, only a few fishing-related bills have been introduced and/or discussed in legislative…

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Angler fishing in sunset

Fifty-five million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2020 according to preliminary data from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) 2021 Special Report on Fishing. These 5 million new and returning anglers, who are younger, more diverse and live in urban areas, represent 10% growth in fishing participation in 2020. In addition to overall participation gains, RBFF saw substantial gains in key segments for growth including youth, women and diverse audiences. “Fishing, like all other outdoor activities, clearly benefited…

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Clean Drain Dry Act

Wildlife Forever is proud to release the 2020 Clean Drain Dry Initiative®annual accomplishment report. Through media outreach, communications marketing, and community engagement, the public awareness campaign has generated over 85 million impressions in 2020.  Invasive species threaten fishing, boating, and outdoor recreation. Implementing consistent best practices empowers users to prevent the spread. “Ensuring biodiversity and the integrity of our public lands and waters is a national priority. Recreational users are the backbone to preventing the spread of invasives. They also…

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State Map

Wildlife Forever has partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to map invasive species and their connection to congressional districts of the western United States.  The new report commissioned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) highlights 25 nonindigenous aquatic species (NAS) and ranks congressional districts’ level of infestations. The “Battle of the Bads!” reportwas developed with information from leading biologists, the BLM, and USGS, to determine the most harmful NAS and their current spread throughout the western states.…

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Head2Head Fishing’s Pro Walleye Series is happy to announce a new partnership with Learn 2 Fish With Us. Greg Karch, a certified angler educator and instructor with the Wisconsin DNR and BSA, started this non-profit organization in 2006 with a mission “to grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring both beginner and experienced anglers.” Having this as their main focus and mission statement has helped them host over 268 fishing clinics across the Midwest which in total educated…

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