Volunteer fishing nurseries preserve steelhead trout

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ERIE, Pa. -- Switch on the lights hanging above the long nursery trough and thousands of 1-inch rainbow trout race toward their morning feeding. It's a routine Bob Hetz has gotten used to over the years. Make that 50 years.

Hetz stands in a light rain just outside the 3-C-U nursery shed explaining the legacy and the process of steelhead ...Read more

Once extinct in Washington, fishers return to Mount Rainier

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MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. -- In a blur, about 10 pounds of fur and flesh roared out of a plywood box, then bounded across an inch of snow before disappearing amid old-growth pines.

"Whoa, look at her go," said Jeff Lewis, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologist. "Like she was shot out of a cannon."

The zooming ...Read more

They were hunting raccoons but treed something much more fierce

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Teens Evan Hutley and Will Glotzbach raced through darkness Thanksgiving night, headed toward an excited hound that sounded as if it had treed a raccoon in eastern Kansas. But that's not what Hutley found when he shined his headlamp upward.

"I looked up, and there was a mountain lion staring me right in the face. There was no ...Read more

Who is entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?

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The last thing the Legendary Comstock Buck saw were the headlights of Keith Schuck's 2002 Chevy Astro. This was on Thanksgiving night about 7 o'clock, and Schuck was en route home to Shell Lake, Wis., traveling north on Hwy. 63 between Cumberland and Comstock.

"The buck turned his head and looked at me as I hit him, right in the middle of the ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............3:55 p.m..................................................4:20 a.m.

Monday.............4:40 p.m..........................................Read more

After the hunt, many successful Wisconsin hunters head for Hursh Meat Processing

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POPLAR, Wis. -- Against a crimson November sunset, the linear forms rose like some haphazard assemblage of ax handles.

Nightfall. The first Sunday of Wisconsin's gun deer season. Hursh Meat Processing outside of Poplar.

Those random linear shapes against the gathering dusk were the stiffened legs of white-tailed deer. More than 300 legs, ...Read more

New Pennsylvania law gives hunters the option for semi-automatics

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It isn't a sense of power in his hands, or the thrill of having the ability to kill. It's not even the ear bursting BANG, BANG, BANG at the shooting range.

"People who don't have guns never understand why we shoot," said Stephen Ambrose of Washington, Pa. "For me it's the accuracy, the control. When I can punch five holes within the size of a ...Read more

Duck packs a load of data

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Rob Vollrath has bagged his share of banded ducks and geese over the years, but nothing like the mallard he shot Oct. 28 in northern North Dakota.

Besides a leg band, the drake had a tiny device with a protruding antenna mounted on its back along with a phone number to call and the offer of a $50 reward for the unit's return.

That was a first ...Read more

Things hunters should know about a disease deadly to deer

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Some important things Kansas deer hunters need to know about chronic wasting disease as the start of firearms season opems. Information comes from Shane Hesting, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wildlife disease coordinator.

--Chronic wasting disease is 100 percent fatal in members of the deer family, which includes white-tailed...Read more

Meet Tim Turenne, a wildlife stamp king

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Time seems to stop when Tim Turenne is in his painting studio, located in the basement of his Richfield home. With no clock on the wall, the only reminder the day has gone is the shifting sunlight peeping through the room's windows.

"When I'm sitting down here painting, it really takes my mind off everything that's happening in ...Read more

What archers around the world are promising a dying Kansas child

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Sitting in a tree stand in southeast Kansas a few weeks ago, Ray Huff was feeling sorry for himself because his prospects for getting a big buck with his bow seemed slim. He looked at Facebook on his phone. Suddenly, he saw things in a different light.

He stopped at a post about a 9-year-old girl in Goddard, Kan., Addison Adams, who is losing a...Read more

Movements, subtle or blatant, can signal a deer's intentions

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Ambling slowly through the brush as it browses, the deer's ears are drooped, its tail swaying lazily from side to side. It stops, rigid and motionless, then bobs its head horizontally. Twice, the deer lowers its head to the ground and snaps it up again. It snorts and stomps.

What is the deer's next move?

More to the point, at this juncture in ...Read more

For 60 years, Wisconsin man and his family have hunted whitetails on Cedar Island

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BRULE, Wis. -- Sixty years now. That's how long Superior's Ralph Hammerbeck has been coming back to the Brule River valley for Wisconsin gun deer openers. Sixty years now, he's been hunting the rugged hills and ravines that flank the river. Sixty years, first with his dad and now with his sons and his grandson, he has been privileged to hunt ...Read more

Portable shack serves as deer season home

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- There's something magical about a hunting camp in the north woods, a point that was driven home several times again during this year's deer season.

Whether it's a rustic shack pieced together over the years or a deluxe cabin with all of the comforts of home, deer camps offer a tradition the likes of which few other outdoors...Read more

Whitetail lore lives on in Wisconsin's Buffalo County

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ALMA, Wis. -- Professional deer hunting outfitters in Buffalo County don't spare any frosting when tempting clients from around the country to buy five-day "sit" packages priced from $2,200 to $3,500.

"This area produces more record-book bucks per square mile than any other area in the world."

"Book a hunt of a lifetime!"

"Famous for massive-...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............5:10 a.m...................................................5:35 p.m.

Monday.............6:00 a.m.........................................Read more

Three-year buck pursuit was worth the wait for hunter

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Sherrie Carlson first saw the buck in 2013. Not on the hoof. Only in a trail-camera image.

"He was a 10-pointer then, the same as he is now, just a little smaller," said Carlson, 51, of Iron River.

In Wisconsin's bow season, Carlson and her husband, Todd Carlson, always hunt together, side by side in a ground blind.

"He'll ...Read more

Swede success: Hunters from Sweden have made several trips for Minnesota whitetails

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FINLAND, Minn. -- In the hallway of Kurt and Betsey Mead's log cabin near Finland, Minn., early one Tuesday morning, the deer hunters geared up for the day's hunt. Ulf Forsman, 63, adjusted the beam of his headlamp. Anders Hermansson, 42, slipped on his Duluth pack and slung his rifle.

It isn't unusual for deer hunters to cover long distances ...Read more

Report hacks the interests and purchasing patterns of hunting and shooting millennials

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They're "indoorsmen" quick with a hash-tag quip and safely anonymous snark, demanding instant gratification, high pay and comfortable lifestyle; too tech-dependent to function without electricity, too fragile to tolerate a politically incorrect word or action or thought.

That's the millennial myth, as much a pejorative caricature as any ...Read more

Deer camp hosts senior women for annual afternoon venison feast

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LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, Minn. -- A deer camp in the now-defunct town of Carp, Minn., might not be the traditional setting for an afternoon gathering of senior women, but gather they did last week at "Buttercup's Bungalow."

Now just a memory southwest of Baudette, Minn., Carp once had a store, gas station and post office. The area is ...Read more