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Study says climate change bad for walleyes

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Warmer waters in Wisconsin over the last several decades are linked to a decline in walleyes and an increase in largemouth bass.

And if the trend continues as predicted with climate change, the number of Badger State lakes that support natural reproduction of walleyes will fall to 4 percent statewide while largemouth will increase to 89 percent...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...............1:00 p.m.................................................. 1:20 a.m.

Monday............. 1:40 p.m........................................Read more

12-year-old doesn't need long for hunt of a lifetime

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A 12-year-old El Dorado, Kan., boy now knows what it's like to have a huge case of buck fever, and still get the huge buck.

Ethan O'Brien thought his chance at killing his first deer was gone. It was too dark to see the deer, he told his host, Kent Marr. Marr, who could see the huge buck, fixed that problem when he plucked sunglasses from the ...Read more

Wood Duck Society dwindling, but it still educates

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's a question that never ceases in the Wood Duck Society, a storied 32-year-old nonprofit dedicated to conserving the species, mainly by teaching people all over the country how to protect hens and their broods by installing proper nesting boxes.

"Lots of people say, 'If you love wood ducks so much, why would you shoot them?' "...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...............7:35 a.m...................................................8:00 p.m.

Monday.............8:25 a.m.........................................Read more

Early duck season a learning experience

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Dedicated waterfowlers look forward to the early duck season in South Florida even though they usually have to contend with fiercely hot temperatures, high humidity and an abundance of mosquitoes.

But they don't mind the heat, the sweat and the bugs because it's been nearly eight months since the regular duck season ended and they got to spend ...Read more

Before the rut, expect experienced bucks

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In the fall, increasingly shorter days trigger most of the white-tailed deer behaviors that hunters rely upon. During the mating season, hormones run amuck. Females advertise their willingness to breed. Males catch a whiff, react violently to competing males and forget their naturally fidgety, guarded nature. Hunters learn that the rut creates ...Read more

Minnesota wrestled with wild rice baiting question before duck opener

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Regulations controlling the baiting of ducks and other waterfowl have been around for a century and haven't been overlooked in Minnesota by federal agents or state conservation officers.

On the contrary.

For four full months leading up to this year's duck hunting season, which recently opened statewide, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ...Read more

Eco-Ed Camp offers lessons in nature

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TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK, N.D. -- Marty Egeland had the seventh-graders' attention even before he showed them his collection of antlers and horns.

The topic was wildlife and the habitat critters need to survive.

"What are the four things an animal needs to survive?" Egeland asked.

The students quickly came up with three -- food, water and ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

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...............1:00 a.m...................................................1:30 p.m.

Monday.............1:55 a.m.........................................Read more

Fly fishing: New book explains how to find it, what's there and how to catch it

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Anglers have been dropping flies on Pennsylvania waters since the 1600s, and some of the sport's most iconic writers have documented how, when and where to catch trout on the state's streams. Surely everything worth writing about Pennsylvania trout fishing already has been written. Hasn't it?

That's what Tom Gilmore thought.

"My first two ...Read more

Bear hunting to bring out monitors

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As Wisconsin nears the start of the season for bear hunting with dogs, an animal protection group is planning to document hunting activity in the Northwoods, setting the stage for a test of the state's new hunter harassment law.

Members of Wolf Patrol will be monitoring bear hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, said the group's ...Read more

Special hunt at a Kansas windmill

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GRAHAM COUNTY, Kan. -- They came down the valley like squadrons of Star Wars fighters. Often a dozen or more in a bunch they dipped and dived in flight like only doves can do.

Thirty yards from a waterhole, three of the birds slowed and floated in. Jim Mellensifer raised his 20 gauge, swung on the birds then lowered the gun without firing a ...Read more

Bear hunters enjoy success early during Minnesota bear season

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HILL CITY, Minn. -- Cooper Parker wasn't even on his bear stand yet, and already he was feeling the anticipation of Minnesota's opening day of bear season on Thursday, Sept. 1.

"I'm trying to stay mellow," said Parker of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Parker and his buddy, Marshall Henricks of Redfield, Iowa, had come north to hunt bears for the first ...Read more

Study: Chronic wasting disease causes 10 percent decline in deer

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Chronic wasting disease caused an estimated 10 percent annual population decline in a study of white-tailed deer in Wyoming, according to research published recently.

The work, which spanned 2003-10, is the first of its kind on a wild herd of whitetails.

It sought to answer one of the big questions surrounding CWD: What is the effect on a ...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..............7:45 p.m...................................................8:10 a.m.

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

Catching scallops fun for the whole family

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Scalloping is the ultimate family activity.

It's something that all ages can do, and no experience is necessary to be successful and have fun.

The only skill needed is the ability to swim down 4-8 feet so you can grab a bay scallop with your fingers.

Scalloping in Florida is done in the shallow state waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the ...Read more

Arborists get back to their roots with play in the trees

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BARTLETT ARBORETUM, Kan. -- There was terror in Kaleb Locke's scream when he fell 15 feet from a cedar. But partway to the ground, that yell turned to laughter as a rope attached to a harness around his waist tightened.

Back and forth Locke swung through the trees and over a lake. Six friends, some of which watched and shouted encouragement ...Read more

Outdoors writer's eyes are failing, but his attitude is soaring

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Growing up, popular Twin Cities outdoors writer Tori McCormick had it made.

As a kid in Belle Plain and Shakopee, he called the Minnesota River Valley home, and the river itself his home waters. Those were good times, and in later years, while in college at the University of Minnesota and at the University of St. Thomas, while ...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...............2:20 p.m...................................................2:40 a.m.

Monday.............3:00 p.m.........................................Read more