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Bois Forte Natural Resources

5344 Lakeshore Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Josh Sherman, Chief Conservation Officer
Office:218-757-3261 Ext: 1301
Cell: 218-404-5761
Fax: 218-757-3312
Email: josh.sherman@boisforte-nsn.gov

 

Tony Mason,  Conservation Officer
Office:218-757-3261 Ext:1301
Cell: 218-404-3955
Fax: 218-757-3312
Email: tmason@boisforte-nsn.gov

  • Makwa (Bear)

    Makwa (Bear)

    It’s that time of a year again and the bears are up and walking around looking for food. Take into consideration that we live so close to the bear sanctuary that there will be some bears venturing into the village to find “easy” food sources, (garbage, bird feeders, dog/cat food).

    Here are a few tips on keeping the bears to a minimum in the village this year.

    1. Keep garbage indoors overnight until morning of curbside pickup
    2. Use trash cans with lids.
    3. Keep dog/cat food inside.
    4. Do not discard food outside as it will attract bears, when they find food outside your house once, they will keep returning.

    *If everyone could help and please follow these suggested tips, especially properly storing and disposing of garbage the bears would have no reason to stay in the heavily problem areas and move on.**

    Any questions, comments, spotting, or suggestions of bears, please contact the Conservation Officer.

  • Seasons

    Seasons are subject to change per Conservation Committee

    • 2021

      Bois Forte 2021 Hunting/Gathering Seasons

       

      Deer

      LIMIT OF 4, EITHER SEX

      BUCKS ONLY: JULY 1 TO DECEMBER 31

      DOE: SEPTEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 31

      SHINING: NO DATE SET (CURRENTLY)

       

      Waterfowl

      REGULAR SEASON: AUGUST 17 TO DECEMBER 31

      MN STATE SEASON, SEPTEMBER 25th – NOVEMBER 23rd

      GUIDING WILL FOLLOW MN STATE SEASON/REGULATIONS

       

      Bull Moose

      (TO BE DETERMINED)

       

      Small Game

      GROUSE 5 DAILY

      SEPTEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 31

       

      Trapping

      JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31

  • Permits

    Hunting Permit Fees

    Hunting Permits are FREE of charge for: Students, Active Military, Elder, and children under 13. Proof of eligibility required.

    All other Band members are $15.00.

    Hunters are required to have a hunting permit in their possession while hunting and adhere to the Bois Forte Conservation Code.

  • 2021 Netting Season on Lake Vermilion

    2021 Netting Season on Lake Vermilion

    The Bois Forte Tribal Council through the 1854 Treaty Authority has adopted a set of regulations entitled “The Bois Forte Code for Non-Commercial Netting of Game Fish in the Waters Adjacent to the Vermilion Reservation” which will apply to all Non-Commercial game fish netting activities.

    All band members participating in this activity are required to abide by the rules therein. Each permittee will receive a copy of the regulations upon receipt of a valid netting permit.

    Permits and Regulations are available by contacting and/or stopping by:

    1854 Treaty Authority Office
    4428 Haines Road
    Duluth, MN 55811
    Office: 218-722-8907 or 1-800-775-8799
    1854 Conservation Officer – Leo Vidal 218-591-3256

    Bois Forte DNR Office
    5344 Lake Shore Drive
    Nett Lake, MN 55772
    Office: 218-757-3261
    Bois Forte Conservation Officer – Josh Sherman  218-404-5761

    Vermilion Community Center  
    1610 Farm Point Road
    Tower, MN 55790
    Office: 218-753-4542
    Bois Forte Conservation Officer – Josh Sherman  218-404-5761

    SEASON DATES:

    January 1 – December 31, 2021 (Excluding May 31 – September 15, 2021)

    PERMITS/IDENTIFICATION CARDS REQUIRED:

    Bois Forte approved a temporary amendment during COVID which allows for use of an 1854 ID or Bois Forte Tribal ID as the only requirement for the 2021 netting season (no netting permit required for 2021).

    PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD):

    No band member may set or remove a net under this code without wearing or having in their watercraft a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for each person. PLEASE NOTE: Type IV PFD’s (throwable types) are no longer legal under the code.

    NET RESTRICTIONS:

    All nets shall be identified with the Band member’s name and Ceded Territory Identification Card number plainly printed with an indelible marker on the first float on one end of the float line.

    Each gillnet shall be marked with two buoys, one on each end of the gillnet. Each gillnet should have a highly visible marking device whether it be a flag, brightly colored buoy or both, to prevent damage by passing watercraft. “Highly visible” means that the marking device is a color that can be seen in low light conditions and is a size that is easily discerned with the naked eye.

    *If you have any questions about the net marking requirement, please contact an 1854 or Bois Forte Conservation Officer (see contact numbers above).

    2021 NETTING SEASON AT LAKE VERMILION↓

    2021 UPDATED NETTING MAP↓

Bois Forte
Bois Forte Tribal Government - Nett Lake

5344 Lakeshore Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Office: 218-757-3261
Toll Free: 1-800-221-8129
Fax: 218-757-3312
Email: Receptionist

Bois Forte Tribal Government - Vermilion

1610 Farm Road South
Tower, MN 55790

Office: 218-753-4542
Fax: 218-753-4055
Email: Receptionist

Urban Office - Minneapolis

1308 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Office: 612-871-6618

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Urban Office - Duluth

206 West 4th Street #204
Duluth, MN 55806

Office: 218-336-1048

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