Minnesota And North Dakota To Receive Annual Wildlife And Sportfish Restoration Funds

I’m playing catch-up after being out of the office for a couple of days, but here are some outdoorsy items of note as the weekend approaches.

Minnesota, North Dakota to receive annual sportfish, wildlife restoration funds

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.

North Dakota received $11,170,517 in Pittman-Robertson funds and $4,109,507 in Dingell-Johnson funds.

Minnesota’s allocation was $22,971,924 under Pittman-Robertson and $12,435,934 in Dingell-Johnson funds

The funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. They are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition and sport fishing tackle, some boat engines, and small engine fuel.

Congress authorizes allocation of the funds.

Week six Catfish league results

The Red River Valley Catfish League wrapped up its sixth Wednesday night league session this week, with boat launching from the LaFave Park boat access in East Grand Forks. True to reports from the Grand Forks stretch of river in the past week or so, big fish were a bit harder to come by based on the weight totals. Each two-person team can weigh in two fish.

Wednesday’s top three teams were as follows:

  • First: Darrin Bylin and Jon Kallock, 17.2 pounds, one fish, which also landed “Fat Cat of the Night” honors.
  • Second: Brian Nelson and Bruce Nelson, 7.6 pounds and 5.4 pounds, 13-pound total.
  • Third: Ray Lee and John Stempinski, 11.6 pounds.
  • Big Slot Fish (under 24 inches): Mick Messelt and Rob Raymond, 24.4 pounds.

The league has an off week this coming week in advance of the Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament set for June 24-25. Info. www.boundarybattle.com.