Outdoors notes — Waterfowlers invited to two open houses

From Post-Bulletin and news services

An open house to discuss hunting seasons in 2009 for Pool 4 of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Thursday at the AmericInn in Wabasha and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Nelson Community Center in Nelson, Wis.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will give out information about waterfowl numbers and aquatic vegetation. There won’t be a formal presentation. The discussion will focus on the Mississippi River backwaters near Wabasha.

Following the open house, all information will be available online at You can also get information at the Winona District office, 51 East Fourth St., Room 203 or by calling (507) 454-7351.

OLD-TIME CARP FISHING: A story about carp fishing in Rochester a few weeks ago got this note from Norman Horton Sr. of St. Paul. He said he grew up in Rochester and in the late 1920s, carp would run up the Zumbro River to a small dam near what is now the Silver Lake Power Plant. "Us kids would take our coaster wagons and run for the river. One or two of us would jump into the rapids and start throwing out carp. Our buddies would fill the coaster wagons." The boys would sell the fish to local Jewish families. "They smoked some and cooked some," Horton said.


A CLARIFICATION: Last week’s outdoors column about practical shooting said it’s a new sport. In fact, it goes back to the 1950s and the International Practical Shooting Confederation started in 1976. To learn more, go to

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