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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

Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 17th, 2023. Meeting will begin at 7 PM at St. Joseph American Legion with meal provided beginning at 6 PM. 

Officer Elections were held on Monday, March 20th, 2023 at the monthly meeting. Results are as follows:

Board Members(no new elections):

Bernard Imholte, Chad Phillipp, Jerry Weyer, Patrick Ampe, Joshua Kerkvliet, and John Gottwalt


President - Curt Gohmann, 1st Vice President - Paul Tomasek, 2nd Vice President - Brad Phillipp, Treasurer - Mary Tomasek, and Secretary - Renee Schneider

If you would like to volunteer for a position or nominate a member for a position please contact a St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club board member or through the website.


2024 Bird & Butterfly House Building

Will be held at the St. Joseph American Legion before the March monthly meeting.


Firearm Safety Certification

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. 

We will be holding another Field Day on Sept 9th Starting at 8 am.  Visit our events tab for more detail.  Space is limited to 25 students.

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30th Annual St Joseph Rod & Gun Club Fishing Contest


Once again, The St. Joe Rod & Gun Club was excited to sponsor this great family event for our club members, friends and families.

TICKET PRICES: $15 In Advance • $20 On The Lake & Day of Event • $10 Kids 15 Years & Under

First 100 Kids Receive Free Ice Fishing Gear



Little Watab Lake Fish Stocking

In 2022, the St. Joseph Rod & 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!

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

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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!

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