New move-over law for boaters goes into effect
A new Minnesota law requiring boaters to stay clear of enforcement watercraft with their emergency lights flashing went into effect Wednesday. The so-called move-over law is intended to provide the same protection for watercraft enforcement officers as similar laws do for police, State Patrol and other emergency response personnel.
The new law states, "When approaching and passing a law enforcement watercraft with its emergency lights activated, the operator of a watercraft must safely move the watercraft away from the law enforcement watercraft and maintain a slow-no wake speed while within 150 feet of the law enforcement watercraft."
"Waves generated by other boats speeding nearby makes it difficult and dangerous for emergency responders in watercraft," Minnesota DNR Enforcement Chief Col. Jim Konrad said.
"They must be able to render aid safely to an injured victim in the water and perform their other enforcement duties. The move-over law will help ensure the safety of officers and the boaters they contact."
Apply now for permits
Hunters who wish to apply for one of 186 permits for the 2009 Minnesota prairie chicken season or for one of 9,330 permits for the fall turkey hunt must do so by July 31. The application deadline is July 30 for this fall's Minnesota elk hunt. There will be 30 licenses awarded through a lottery. Applications are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
Application materials and maps of permit areas for the prairie chicken and turkey hunts are available on the DNR Web site at www.mndnr.gov.hunting. Winners for those hunts will be notified by mail by mid September after applying at one of 1,800 electronic license agents across Minnesota.
Licenses for the elk hunts will be available in three zones: the traditional Grygla area, Kittson County-South and Kittson County-North. Maps can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/elk/index.html.
DNR offering deer hunts for youngsters
The DNR is offering five archery and eight firearms special deer hunts for more than 500 young hunters in October at locations with high deer populations that need to be managed.
Applications for the special youth deer hunts are being accepted at any DNR Electronic License System vendor or at the DNR License Center in St. Paul. The deadline for applications is Aug. 14. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.
There is no fee to apply, although successful applicants will have to purchase the appropriate deer-hunting license prior to their hunt. The youth individual firearms and youth individual archery licenses cost $13 each.
Eligible youth may apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt. Youths ages 12 to 15 are eligible for both hunts; archery hunts are extended to include those ages 15 to 17.
Youths who applied unsuccessfully in previous years will have preference. There is a mandatory orientation session for each hunt, and hunters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or an adult authorized by the parent. All youth hunters must possess a valid Firearms Safety certificate.
More information is available online at http://mndnr.gov/youthhunts.
Hunters with disabilities can sign up for gun deer hunt
The 20th Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities will run from Oct. 3 to 11.
Hunters with the appropriate Disabled Hunting Permits and who are interested in participating in the 2009 disabled gun hunt should contact sponsors directly soon to make arrangements to hunt.
A list of approved sponsors for 2009 is now available on the Disabled Deer Hunting page of the Wisconsin DNR Web site. Hunt sponsors must submit a list of hunters participating on their land to the DNR by Sept. 1. For more information, contact Olver at (608) 261-7588.