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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...............7:10 a.m................................................7:40 p.m.

Monday.............8:05 a.m............................................Read more

Kansas man believes in fishing by the numbers

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EL DORADO RESERVOIR, Kan. -- Doug Meyer is a numbers guy when it comes to fishing.

"I want the wind somewhere between five and 15 miles per hour," Meyer said as he got ready to walk past where a rocky point met shallow water. "The barometer needs be somewhere between 29 and 30 and steady or climbing."

He also likes to be fishing when the air ...Read more

When a stubborn gobbler won't approach, options are limited

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You can cut. You can purr. Scratch the ground, relocate, clam up for hours. It can be frustrating to wait for a wary tom to step into range.

"I've tried everything. When they don't come, they don't come," said Perry Burdick, proprietor of Burdick's Lodge, a deer and turkey camp and guide service in Smethport, Pa. "If there was a way to get a ...Read more

Sturgeon spawning on Wisconsin's Wolf River is spectacular

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NEW LONDON, Wis. -- The Wolf River ran within its banks on a recent Tuesday, a tea-colored, watery highway following its time-honored path south toward Lake Winnebago.

But not everything followed the current.

In fact, if measured by tonnage, it could be argued the river's biomass had shifted upstream.

Evidence came as easily as a glance at ...Read more

Researchers visit wolf dens to learn more about pup survival and wolf population dynamics

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From somewhere in the dark recesses of the den came nearly inaudible squeaks and whimpers. Carolin Humpal, a wildlife research biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, had already peeked inside. She knew what she would find once she slithered head-first down the entry hole and into the den.

A pile of wolf pups. Maybe two ...Read more

Lure of the week: Rapala's Shadow Rap Shad

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Lure manufacturers have long been in a race to come up with the bait that best imitates a struggling shad.

Rapala thinks it has won that race with the Shadow Rap Shad, which is making waves this spring. The lure is a jerkbait -- nothing new there. But it's how this lure acts when it is paused that makes it stand out, pro fishermen say.

It ...Read more

End of the line for wolves on Isle Royale raises urgency of whether to introduce more

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The 55-year saga of wolves on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior may be coming to a close.

The latest survey shows only two wolves left -- a male-female pair that are so old and closely inbred that they are unlikely to successfully reproduce.

That, however, has increased the urgency of a major question hanging over the National Park ...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...............1:20 a.m.................................................1:45 p.m.

Monday.............2:10 a.m...........................................Read more

Wisconsin couple teaches through Learn to Hunt program

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MARSHALL, Wis. -- Main St. in Marshall hosts a handful of parades each year, official and otherwise.

Arguably none is more enthusiastic than the camouflage procession that breaks out in this Dane County town each spring.

The 2016 edition took place recently.

Waves of kids and adults in various foliage-patterned outfits and jackets converged ...Read more

Turkey hunt a great way to introduce prominent guests to Kansas outdoors

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- Lori Winningham has always been a morning person. But never had she experienced a morning like she did recently in the Flint Hills.

With new friend John Moore, Winningham walked beneath a sky where stars were spread as thick as holes on a sieve. Sitting in a cloth blind, she watched the world wake up around her. Towering ...Read more

Missouri boys enjoy one of state's best spring shows

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CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo. -- It didn't take long for cousins Dean and Lucas Wright to learn what turkey hunting is all about.

Both of the 12-year-old boys slipped into the timber with their adult mentors recently never having hunted the big birds and not at all knowing what to expect. But moments after settling into a tent blind, they watched as a ...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...............9:00 p.m................................................9:25 a.m.

Monday.............9:45 p.m............................................Read more

Success story: Whitewater wildlife area to launch 38th turkey season

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Gretchen Miller grew up in Minnesota's premier wild turkey range, surrounded by the steep hillsides, mixed hardwoods, trout streams, wetlands, crop fields and grassy prairies that define the driftless area south and east of Red Wing.

More specifically, the Whitewater River Valley "across the street" from her home in Trout Valley was ground zero...Read more

Menominee walleye run lures anglers

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MARINETTE, Wis. -- The lower Menominee River was a study in contrasts.

On the south shore, a pair of littoral combat ships was docked at Marinette Marine Corp. The hulking naval vessels were nearly 400 feet long and several stories high.

Just downstream, two ocean-worthy hulls were tied up on the north side of the river, too, in various stages...Read more

For a dad and his kids, Nebraska has become a turkey-hunting destination

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Luke Korpela heard the gobbler first. Luke told his dad, Carlton's Ross Korpela, he was sure he had heard a gobble in the distance.

Soon, the gobbler called again. But it was a long way off.

The Korpelas -- Ross and sons Luke, 10, and Jack, 8 -- were bowhunting with other friends and friends' kids in northern Nebraska a couple weeks ago. Ross ...Read more

Mississippi turkey hunter has donated more than a kidney to the ailing

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Just a couple years ago, Cindy Pittman of Starkville, Miss., was losing hope.

After battling kidney disease for her entire life, doctors told her she was running out of time.

"They told me I only had another four or five years if I didn't get a transplant," she said.

That's when she said fate stepped in. Pittman's mother read a story abut a ...Read more

It's not too late in the season to bag a turkey

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As Florida's spring turkey season winds down, it's important to keep in mind that it's never too late to get a gobbler.

All it takes to bag a bird during the season's final days is knowing your way around the woods and patience.

The season runs through April 24 in Florida.

Although the wary birds are probably even more cautious after having ...Read more

Pass It On program looking for more female mentors to help girls learn about outdoors

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- The shot's echo had barely faded when the shouts, high-fives and hugs began early recently in a special turkey season designed to give youth, and the disabled, first chance at spring turkeys.

Nastosha Sweeney stood by her first downed turkey, removing a camo mask to show a face that's becoming more common in hunting.

...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...............3:00 p.m................................................3:30 a.m.

Monday.............4:00 p.m............................................Read more

Walleye making annual spawning trip up Wolf River

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ORIHULA, Wis. -- Some people use the calendar to indicate the seasons.

Others use the planets.

Still others, like those in this hamlet along the Wolf River, take their cues from outdoors activity.

As the sun dominated the sky and the mercury reached 61, there was no doubt -- spring had sprung.

"She's set in pretty good," said Gary Chikowski,...Read more