Scientists want wolves removed from endangered list

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A group of leading wolf scientists are urging the western Great Lakes population of gray wolves be removed from protections of the Endangered Species Act.

The 26 scientists, including Dave Mech of the University of Minnesota and Adrian Wydeven of the Timber Wolf Alliance, argue the species has successfully recovered in Michigan, Minnesota and ...Read more

While Wisconsin debates hunting rights bill, Minnesota quietly hands out tickets

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Hunting and fishing aren't just pastimes and passions in Minnesota -- they're a constitutional right.

Anyone who tries to get between hunter and hunted on public lands risks a ticket and misdemeanor citation for hunter harassment. For several years, citations have been on the rise.

More than a dozen people have run afoul of Minnesota's hunter ...Read more

Kansas man a veteran of good hunting

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EDWARDS COUNTY, Kan. -- It was one of the better shots of the day, the rooster pheasant pushing 100 feet high in the air and heading toward Oklahoma in a hurry. One shot sounded and the bird's wings folded like a closed book.

Excited shouts from the shooter's hunting partners filled the air before the bird even hit the ground. Irl Palmer didn't...Read more

Florida beach anglers catch big victory

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Thanks to a strong showing by anglers and a city commission that listened, democracy prevailed in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently.

Some animal rights activists who are against fishing asked commissioner Dean Trantalis to sponsor an ordinance that would have restricted fishing on all of the city's beaches.

When the fishing community found out, ...Read more

Deer-baiting problem persists in Minnesota hunt

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Deer baiting continues to be an issue in Minnesota's firearms deer season this fall, according to Department of Natural Resources enforcement officials. As of last Thursday, 140 baiting citations had been issued to hunters in addition to 42 warnings, DNR officials said.

Over the past five years, Minnesota conservation officers have issued an ...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...............2:45 a.m.............................................3:10 p.m.

Monday.............3:35 a.m...............................................Read more

For Missouri couple, deer stand has special meaning

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Mo. -- Want an idea of how serious Beth and Bryan Lukehart are about deer hunting?

Stroll through their deer camp in northwest Missouri, filled with an orange-clad army of family and friends. Then make your way through the woods and visit one of their favorite places in the world, a rusted old deer stand.

It was here that Bryan...Read more

A sentimental deer season for longtime Missouri hunters

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HOLT, Mo. -- When Terry and Bonnie Mason climb into their deer blind Saturday, they will get a bit sentimental.

This will be the last time they will greet the Missouri deer season from their two-story enclosure. And it won't be easy to say goodbye, they say.

They have already sold their house and land near Holt, Mo. They will close on the deal...Read more

The Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940: It 'seemed too nice to hunt'

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School was held that day in La Crosse, Wis., but only in the morning. No classes were taught. Instead, students attended a program highlighting the sacrifices veterans had made for their country. Then the kids were dismissed. It was, after all, a national holiday, Armistice Day.

This was in 1940, and matters were unsettled, worldwide. ...Read more

Follow these tips to hunting ducks on public land

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It can be a challenge, hunting ducks early in the season on public land.

Hunters compete to call the ducks in, shots in the distance flare birds working your decoys, and the activity on shore often drives ducks to a roosting spot in the middle of the marsh.

But there are ways to overcome those problems. Andy Raedeke, waterfowl biologist for ...Read more

Falconers and their birds find good hunting in Kansas

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. -- Last week about 250 people from as far as Australia gathered in Hutchinson to celebrate a sport many centuries old.

"Falconry has been around at least 4,000 years," said Sheldon Nicolle, North American Falconry Association director, "and that's what's recorded."

"The only thing that replaced it was shotguns the last few ...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...............9:05 p.m.............................................9:35 a.m.

Monday.............10:00 p.m.......................................10:...Read more

Minnesota woman made deer opener a success despite injury

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Growing up in Wisconsin, Jane Heinks took firearms safety classes. Her dad hunted deer, and she figured she would, too.

It didn't happen.

"I always thought if I passed firearms safety I would be included with my brothers and my dad when they hunted," Heinks said. "It didn't turn out that way. I fished with them but didn't hunt.

"Finally I ...Read more

Where did a mule deer in Wisconsin come from?

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Randy Haines of Amery, Wis., was bowhunting recently when an antlered buck walked near his tree stand in Polk County.

He drew his bow, took aim at the deer and released an arrow, which found its mark.

The events to this point were similar to thousands of other hunting stories in Wisconsin this fall.

But when Haines recovered the animal, he ...Read more

Top fishermen cast and blast (off the tee) at Lake of the Ozarks

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CAMDENTON, Mo. -- Picture legendary bass fisherman Guido Hibdon with a golf club in his hands.

Up until last weekend, Hibdon himself couldn't.

"The last time I had a golf club in my hands is when I looked out my motel room at a tournament and saw someone stealing things from my boat," said Hibdon, who lives in Sunrise Beach, Mo. "I ran out and...Read more

The characters in a deer camp: Which are you?

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An American tradition that predates white settlement, deer camps today unite strangers as much in celebration as necessity. And what strangers they are -- often to each other, and maybe even to themselves. Starting this past Saturday with the opening of firearms whitetail hunting, Minnesota deer camps -- Worthington to Warroad, Lanesboro to ...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...............2:55 p.m.............................................3:25 a.m.

Monday.............3:50 p.m...............................................Read more

Kansas K-9 program getting the most out of its Lab work

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BURLINGTON, Kan. -- State dignitaries ringed the room as she walked in to be honored before retirement. During a distinguished career, she had saved senior citizens, rescued lost children and brought criminals to justice. She also never missed a day at work, complained or contradicted an order.

Unimpressed by the speeches and applause, Lucy, a ...Read more

This 81-year-old has a passion for Squaw Creek duck hunting

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MOUND CITY, Mo. -- On a cloudy Saturday morning, Paul Knick was back where he belonged.

After a long summer of waiting, Knick returned to his duck club near the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

Knick, 81, has been hunting ducks at the wetlands in northwest Missouri since 1948. And he has memories of days when mallards fogged into the ...Read more

For many, hunting is more than just pulling the trigger

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The tradition started in 1976, when four college buddies decided they wanted to see what the excitement created by the Kansas pheasant opener was all about.

The friends, fresh out of KU, had been introduced to hunting by their dads. But they wanted to set out on their own, so they headed to Smith Center, Kan., to land owned by one of the young ...Read more