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Hi my name is Dan Crooms & I'm the president of chapter 54. I was wondering why more muskie fishermen don't belong to MI? I was just thinking if it was something maybe we could do to get more involvement. Membership at 35$ is a great value for the muskie activism & fish catching methods learned. If there are things wrong with this Org. we could try to change them. Thank you for the input.

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I agree great value and MI and it's chapters are to thank for the fishing we have today. Without there involvement and stocking efforts it would be sad to think where we would be at today..

Shawn Haley, Board Member, Upper Great plains Chapter 29

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My point exactly, was just thinking if we even had 75% of the muskie anglers invoved what a voice we would have and here in MN maybe more than just 2% of the lakes and better quality. The better the fishery, better the fisherman!

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I am not a die hard musky fisherman like alot of guys are, I have been a member of MI but just didnt go to meetings and only fish for them a few times a year. I know its a good cause but I just needed to cut down on my expenses. And it just seems like no one can win against the lake associations.

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I would join muskie inc but it would be hard not living in the state. What kind of commitments would you have to do besides paying the dues?

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Theres chapters all over the country. I think Fargo has one if I'm not mistaken. Your committments can be as much as you want or just pay your dues.

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I hit a couple meetings at the fridley/blaine KOC a couple years ago, but the wife at that time didn't enjoy me enjoying myself, so now I divorced her and am enjoying that I am enjoying things. So, plan to get back over there and register up

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Who do I get a hold of if I won't to join? Thinking of joining the Fargo chapter.

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If you would like to check out a meeting they are open to the public. Frogtosser I hear ya & I also think the economy is hurting all of us frown AS muskiefool has stated before there are no membership checkpoints so come to a meeting & see what we are doing. The MN MI chapters NEED all of the support we can get now as we will need the help to get the 7 additional lakes as per the longrange plan. I know Iowa has to be proud of thier work too, they have some fisheries they can really be proud of.

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I think the reason why there is so few members is because it seems to be a worthless cause. I am not a member and don't plan on it anytime soon, mainly because I don't see any point. So if someone can tell me any benefits besides a small discount a local retailer I'm all ears.

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The local chapter I would join frankly does not want to hear any new ideas they simply want a bigger membership number and grunt workers to help with the rearing ponds. The number one issue I want to see addressed is replacing tiger muskie stocking with pure starin stocking in the entire Metro. This makes sense for a variety of reasons and frankly I know the local chapter is in favor but until they can prove to me that they can make any headway with the MN DNR I won't give them a dime.

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I can only speak for chapter54 but you get what you put in. As a MN member youalso get representation in the MMA, this is ALL of the MN chapters working with the DNR to make changes to improove OUR fisheries. As I stated earlyer its importaint that we come together as muskie anglers to be able to educate the lake association to the benifits of muskies in thier lake. 54 has spent countless hours educating people on C&R, we bring a 30yr old skin mount along with a replica to show the benifits of releasing your personal trophy. We have done demos at the state fair & I think this is very worthy as alot of people get to learn more about OUR fish. MI also buys alot of the fish we catch right now, so I guess if this is worthless than I won't bother to explain any more, but if you want to take muskie fishing & the fishery to the next level then we need the numbers of people to make this happen.

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cfollow iam am a member of the fargo moorhead chapter and at our last meeting we had some DNR personal there telling us what has been done last year and what they are planning for next. One thing that they stated was they are planning on phasing out the tiger program and leaning more to all natural stocking.

and for Cbrooks are next meeting is monday the 23 at 7 o'clock at the west fargo VFW i havent heard who the guest speaker is but glitter tail lures will be.

see you there shawn earley

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cbrooks

You will really enjoy the Fargo/Moorhead chapter. Great group of guys, and some really, really good fishermen in there. You will learn alot.

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I've been a member of the Twin Cities chapter for about five years now. I live in Marshall, which is three hours away from the cities. I've never been to any meetings. I don't mind spending $35 on dues. It's a small price to pay to help out the sport that I love. And I enjoy the monthly magazine as well. Last year I got my girlfriend to join too.

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I won't be able to make it to Mondays meeting. It's tough being a muskyfanatic living in Grand Forks. Closes musky lake is Bemidji and I'm lucky enough to have family living there. I see it the same way as Lonewolf22. 35$ dollars is a good deal for a magazine subsription and supporting anything for musky fishing is well worth it.

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cbrooks, I totally agree- it is money well spent. I live about a ten minutes drive from the meetings and I struggle make it to them with any consistency (work, wife, and two little kids keep me plenty busy). However, I still believe it's a good cause and I'm happy to kick my money into the pot.

Also, like Tim A said above- lots of good guys and excellent fishermen there, so if you ever have an excuse to be in Fargo at the same time as a meeting, you should swing in.

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Cfollow, I wonder which chapter you're talking about since it seems you're in the metro.

I know the TC Chapter has been doing a lot of new things lately. We're working with the DNR to do tagging studies with the muskies we stock. We just pulled off a new fundraising banquet. Our leadership got the DNR to reestablish the Esox Round Table which in turn produced the new Esox LRP. It's also MI people (TC Chapter members included) that helped to push the Pokegama stocking over the top when it looked like it was going to get put off 2 separate times over the last year.

As far as the tiger program, we did get the DNR to revisit it. The Calhoun chain will be changed to pure strain as well as some other possible candidates. The DNR is also going to change their stocking rates in the remaining tiger lakes to a more frequent basis. This will allow fishermen to target all the tiger lakes, not just the ones that have a decent year class. You have to remember that it takes time to get things done when it comes to working with the Gov't.

As far as getting "grunts" to work the ponds, we only put out the call for 1 day last year. We have a dedicated few individuals that work the ponds as a labor of love. These people haven't advertised that the want help in their day-to-day duties.

As far as membership, you bet we need more people! The more people a chapter has the more pull they can have with the DNR. The more people to help in fundraising to improve the resource. The more people to just have fun with.

About the only "new ideas" we don't want to look at are those that we've already tried (hence not being "new" anymore) and those that don't benefit the resource.

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Everyone has something to add to MI and everyone, absolutely, has something to gain. Whether you want to be informed and really get involved, or if you just want to become a better fisherman and shorten the learning curve, you will benifit from membership.

I'd love to see more frequent stocking of some of the tiger lakes. I can agree that purestrain stocking would be better in some lakes, but the tiger lakes are lots of fun if you want a little change up or are looking to get someone new a little action. Fish aren't created any prettier than the tigers.

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If you have questions about Muskies inc or the MMA's involvement or impact on the resource through the DNR call St Paul and ask to speak to anyone from fishery's or even the nice lady that cleans the halls; she see's us all the time as well, working for a better overall fishery this isn't just about Muskies.

Proud Muskies inc MMA Member

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I think a lot of people arent rejoining because muskie fishing has gotten so serious. People join to have fun, then they realize guys take things to the extreme. The people that are catching 40-100 fish a year arent giving up information that they used to give up. Some people get out a few times a year and they wanna get help where the fish are at and what they are chewing on but some of the MI guys have closed mouths or will even lie to some of the guys!!! Im not saying all the MI guys and gals are like that. I know thats how a lot of people feel!!

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Shawn, that is great about the Calhoun chain of lakes if it is in fact true. Could you provide me with the contact information of the person in charge of that stocking. I can't seem to find the information but I am 100% sure the last time I called and asked the exact question in regards to pure strain stocking in Calhoun the answer was a firm MAYBE "we're looking into it". Has something changed and is there now a firm commitment?

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I think a lot of people arent rejoining because muskie fishing has gotten so serious. People join to have fun, then they realize guys take things to the extreme. The people that are catching 40-100 fish a year arent giving up information that they used to give up. Some people get out a few times a year and they wanna get help where the fish are at and what they are chewing on but some of the MI guys have closed mouths or will even lie to some of the guys!!! Im not saying all the MI guys and gals are like that. I know thats how a lot of people feel!!

I'm sorry but you can't blame people who are that successful for not telling in this day and age. That and it seems like a lot of new people are looking for the answers and are unwilling to try and figure it out on their own. This society mentality of instant gratification knows no bounds, not that i would ever expect it too.

FWIW, in muskie fishing, it's nothing new to hide what works. Go read some of the books and articles from the 70's and 80's, it's been that way a LONG time.

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BTW John I do get the MMA newsletter each month through our club and the work that you and CP and the MMA are doing is crucial and vastly underappreciated by the general musky fishing population.

I was lukewarm at first on a lot of issues and couldn't understand why some of you guys were so intense and passionate with this stuff.

I've learned alot about the political side of things from your emails and posts the last 3 years - thanks.

I think the MMA was exactly the thing that MN muskies needed to fill the holes and make sure MINNESOTA'S resource is well kept.

fish > ego - it really does say alot.

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