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Ice fishing tournament also a learning tool for students

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DUNDEE, Wis. -- The kames and eskers were covered by a healthy blanket of snow, the trails were groomed, the air temperature hovered in the 20s and the lakes had at least 10 inches of crystal cap.

By any measure last Saturday, the northern Kettle Moraine region was bursting with opportunities for winter recreation.

At late morning the ...Read more

Son's disability was no match for a dad's will to take him hunting

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Jerame Hugunin was the stereotypical proud dad when he watched his son get an award recently for having one of the biggest bucks measured during the Kansas Monster Buck Classic.

The size of the 10-point rack was reason enough for him to get emotional for his overjoyed 14-year-old son, Brayden. But the story of the obstacles ...Read more

Playing the scale: Arid southwest Kansas no match for quail

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MORTON COUNTY, Kan. -- Sometimes Mother Nature can be cruel to the southwest corner of Kansas.

It was the heart of the disastrous Dust Bowl, and since had at least two droughts possibly drier than those "Dirty Thirties." A few years ago, some places went 12 months with no rain.

Most of plants that survive in the sandy soil carry thorns, ...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...............11:10 a.m...........................................11:40 p.m.

Monday.............12:05 p.m..............................................Read more

Try these fishing tactics to catch snook

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The torrential rains South Florida has received over the past week will give anglers a fighting chance to catch dinner as the snook season opened this week.

No matter what time of day you go fishing, you can probably catch a snook or two at a local spillway.

"They're in the canals, but there's also some still in the spillways, and they will be...Read more

Legality of evidence questioned in Minnesota deer poacher case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The lawyer for an accused west-central Minnesota deer poacher says evidence against his client should be tossed out because Department of Natural Resources conservation officers violated his constitutional rights.

In papers filed Friday in Lac qui Parle district court, attorney Bill Peterson of Bloomington said the DNR didn't ...Read more

Chasing bluegills, catching crappies: Anglers work for their fish on Split Hand Lake

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- The cold spell had broken last week. Justin Bailey figured the bluegills would be chomping again on Split Hand Lake south of Grand Rapids.

He dropped the transducer of his Vexilar flasher down the first hole that his fishing partner, Justin Wiese of Grand Rapids, Minn., had drilled. The Vexilar's dial was lit up with ...Read more

Wisconsin group ties flies and dreams of spring fishing trips

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OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Old Man Winter had served Wisconsin a serious plate of cold.

The digital thermometer at a nearby bank showed single digits. In these parts, that's Fahrenheit for frigid.

But inside the Oak Creek Community Center recently, the temperature was near 70. And more importantly, the climate was sunny.

"I see this fly in the mouth ...Read more

Minnesota considers elk management plan

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Cattle trailers filled with wild elk captured from the eastern mountains of Kentucky will roll to Black River Falls, Wis., in the coming months as part of a five-year reintroduction of the animals to the meadows, marshes and woods of Jackson County in Minnesota.

"We are keeping very detailed notes and documents on how we do this," said Kevin ...Read more

Minnesota's ice fishing season gets off to a late start

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BRAINERD, Minn. -- On the frozen surface of North Long Lake, Jim Gabrick climbs out of his portable ice shelter, his arms thrown wide, his smile even wider.

The world around him is silver-gray and silent. The heavy clouds above blend into the frost-tipped trees that ring the snowy lake. A few flurries swirl around him. The only sounds are the ...Read more

Diehards still pursuing the ducks

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Despite North American duck populations being at all-time highs for most species, it has been a very disappointing hunting season for most waterfowlers.

After a strong start to the 2015-16 season back in November, duck numbers in South Florida have decreased dramatically.

Many times, dedicated hunters that were regularly killing three-man ...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...............5:20 a.m.............................................5:45 p.m.

Monday.............6:05 a.m..........................................6:...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...............12:05 a.m...........................................12:30 p.m.

Monday.............12:55 a.m..............................................Read more

Fargo teenager is 'like a bird whisperer'

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Anyone who's ever watched Noah Kuck in the field will attest to his uncanny ability to hear and identify birds.

To call birdwatching a passion for the Fargo teenager would be an understatement.

"He's like a bird whisperer," said Kathy Barker of Grand Forks, who has a cabin on Pine Lake in Clearwater County next to Kuck's ...Read more

Outdoors artist adds another award to esteemed career

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On a quiet winter's day recently in his light-filled studio, David Maass placed a paintbrush in his right hand, prepared yet again to create from pools of color an image unique to his mind's eye.

Perhaps a mallard, or mallards, would be the centerpiece, or maybe a canvasback or bluebill, wings cupped over decoys.

Born an artist, Maass was ...Read more

Kansas fights feral hogs with the push of a button

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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, Kan. -- Kansas' war on feral swine is being fought largely on a 40-mile front along the Oklahoma state line.

But Curran Salter is winning battles from his Hoisington home about four hours away, often in the middle of the night with the simple push of a button. That's all it takes to drop a new style of trap that's greatly ...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...............6:40 p.m.............................................7:10 a.m.

Monday.............7:35 p.m..........................................8:...Read more

Program provides hunting access in Kansas

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Jake George remembers his college days, when he and his friends were just getting started in hunting.

They didn't have the contacts with landowners back in those days. And they were scrambling to find places where they had permission to hunt.

That's why George found the following to be such a blessing: the Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) program...Read more

The bald eagles are back in the North Cascades: Where to see them and get expert advice

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SEATTLE -- Bald eagles heading to the North Cascades to feed on salmon in the Skagit River draw visitors to one of Washington state's most beautiful natural settings with event weekends through January in Rockport, Concrete and Marblemount.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park has displays, information...Read more

Wisconsin anglers enjoy idyllic early trout season

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WESTBY, Wis. -- The year was newly minted and Timber Coulee was in fine winter form.

The hollows and ridges of Wisconsin's Driftless Area wore a handsome coat of snow. The air hovered in the high 20s.

The conditions made clear, at least temporarily, that the activities at Snowflake Ski and Golf Club near Westby would be focused on frozen white...Read more