St. Joe Rod & Gun Club News & Updates

Here you will find all the recent news and updates from the Rod and Gun Club. From meeting minutes, MN DNR news, fish stocking, events, and more.


Annual Meeting

March 3, 2023

Come Back For More Information

Possible Location and Date: Sal's on April 18th, 2022

Officer Elections are coming up. If you would like to volunteer for a position or nominate a member for a position please contact a St. Joe Rod and Gun Club board member or through the website.


2022 Bird House Building

March 24, 2022

Another successful birdhouse build event. Children of all ages came from around the area to learn and build a variety of different birdhouses. Thank you to everyone who showed up and volunteered.

Shooting Targets

Firearm Safety Certification

January 1, 2022

To obtain your firearms safety certification you will need to go to the MN DNR website and schedule your online course. You must have your online certification to participate in the Field Day with Brad Phillipp by Feburary 14th. 

Date and time of the Field Day is still to be determined. Contact Chad Phillipp for more information (320) 828-4956


28th Annual Saint Joe Rod & Gun Club Fishing Contest

February 20, 2023

Once again, The St. Joe Rod & Gun Club was excited to sponsor this great family event for our club members, friends and families. This year we had over 400 participants fishing during the ice tournament. Whether you caught a fish, or not, we hope you, your family and friends had a great day on the ice. Over $4000.00 in prizes were given away before, during and after the contest. We hope that you might have been one of those lucky winners. The food stand was a popular site, serving grilled burgers, hotdogs, hot chocolate and much more. It was awesome to see so many kids enjoying a day on the ice. The late afternoon windy weather got a bit chilly, but we hung in there until the last prize was given away. Throughout the contest, 69 sunfish, 18 perch, 5 crappie, 2 walleye and 2 bass were caught. The largest game fish caught was a 2.25 Lb bass. The largest panfish caught was a 6.7 oz crappie.

Many thanks to all of the club members who volunteered their time to make this annual event happen.

We also thank all club members for their non profit annual membership dues which
contribute and help the organization sponsor our Ice Fishing Contest each year.


Little Watab Lake Fish Stocking

Dec 31, 2021

At 1:00 PM The St. Joe rod and Gun Club purchased 50 pounds of black crappie from Bosek Fisheries located in Garfield, MN for $500. These fish will hopefully adapt and increase the overall population of black crappie in Little Watab Lake. Interested in possibly donating more fish for Little Watab & Kraemer Lake please visit our donations page. Enter a brief description of what you would like to see done with your donation.

Fishing Boat

Your Voice at the DNR Round Table!

January 1, 2021

The Rod and Gun Club maintains a seat on the DNR Round Table held every January. With this seat the Club has input on State wide hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, ATV’s,  parks and trails  including other  biological and  environmental issues


MNCF December Newsletter

Join the Minnesota Conservation Federation!

Become a member or sponsor and help us to continue the important conservation work we have been involved in since 1936.

All members and sponsors will receive official MNCF stickers, an MNCF license holder, a welcome letter from our Executive Director, and the knowledge that you are helping to conserve the natural resources and outdoor places that are such an important part of our lives.

Are conservation and outdoor pursuits an important part of your business or workplace? Join us by becoming a business  sponsor of MNCF!


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December 10, 2021

First the bad news. On December 6, A new wild deer tested positive this week for Chronic Wasting Disease. This deer was harvested in Unit 604 near Merrifield, MN. This area was flagged after a captive deer tested positive in the spring of 2019. The Minnesota DNR was conducting three-year surveillance of the zone, which would have ended this year had the area remained negative. Now they will begin a new three-year watch starting next year. 

This announcement was made just days after the DNR rescinded the transport ban of all live cervids into and throughout Minnesota. Captive cervids facilities are often found to be the origin sites for cases around the state and we at MNCF, along with our partners at the CWD Action Coalition are working hard to express our disappointment with the lifting of the ban and will continue to push on our proposal to try to end the farming of deer in Minnesota to save our wild herd. 

If you are still there hunting, please submit and harvest deer for testing, regardless of your location in the state. If you have questions or need help finding a check station, please reach out to us. Every Sample Helps!