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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..............12:40 a.m.................................................................................1:00 p.m.

Monday.............1:20 a.m...........Read more

Minnesota boy gets much-needed day with his fishing hero

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MINNEAPOLIS -- When 10-year-old Colby awoke last Wednesday morning, he was in a fishing kind of mood. He and his parents were vacationing near Park Rapids, Minn., and Colby had climbed out of bed early, grabbed his rod and reel and headed with his mom, Kaia, and dad, Seth, for Mantrap Lake.

A skilled angler, particularly for his age, Colby ...Read more

Minnesota pheasant count is down 17% from a year ago

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota pheasant numbers fell 17% from a year ago, according to roadside counts completed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Throughout the state's pheasant range, an average of 37.4 pheasants were observed per 100 miles during the survey conducted July 30 to Aug. 18. The pheasant count this year was slightly lower ...Read more

Minnesotan Alex Robinson is newly in charge of venerable Outdoor Life

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Robinson wouldn't be surprised if in the past month the ghosts of Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Teddy Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, among many other celebrated writers, artists and conservationists, have peered over his shoulder.

Robinson, 31, who lives in the Twin Cities, was appointed editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine ...Read more

Damming question: Can beaver and trout coexist?

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ALONG THE FRENCH RIVER, Minn. -- Josh Dumke was squatting in the grass, just out of the stream, carefully holding a tiny brook trout in one hand and a syringe in the other.

It looked like the little fish, sleepy and calm after a quick bath in water spiked with clove oil, was about to get an insulin shot, or maybe a tetanus booster.

Instead, ...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..............2:00 p.m...................................................................................2:30 a.m.

Monday.............2:55 p.m..........Read more

Fishing and reminiscing: Veterans honored with day on the lake

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ON LAKE VERMILION, Minn. -- These are former soldiers and sailors and Marines who have been through it all and back -- from picking bodies out of the water after a Japanese suicide attack on a ship, to a year of firefights in Vietnam, to shuffling secret documents in and out of Libya.

So what did these six U.S. military veterans spend most of 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..............7:15 a.m...................................................................................7:45 p.m.

Monday.............8:10 a.m..........Read more

Minnesota falconer is still raptor-crazy after all these years

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Frank Taylor didn't so much struggle in third grade as he did daydream his way through it.

"It was in third grade I started going crazy about birds of prey," he said. "I had read 'The Once and Future King," by T.H. White, and thought, 'Wow, if they flew those birds in the Middle Ages, we should be able to fly them now.' "

Thus ...Read more

Minnesota's ancient lake sturgeon could get endangered species protections

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MINNEAPOLIS -- They lived through the fall of the dinosaurs and were there as the Great Lakes formed, surviving as a species relatively unchanged for some 200 million years. But the life of the sturgeon of North America may be nearing its end.

Over the past century, lake sturgeon have lost more than 99% of their population and have been wiped ...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..............2:00 a.m...................................................................................2:20 p.m.

Monday.............2:40 a.m..........Read more

Central Minnesota hunting region split on need to 'try something'

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RANDALL, Minn. -- Bob Hines, a retired well driller in central Minnesota, has bought many guns in his lifetime. He supports the Second Amendment and voted straight Republican in recent elections.

But he's also tired of hearing stories of mass shootings on the news. And while he's not sure anything can be done to curb the violence at this point,...Read more

Q&A with new Minnesota DNR Fish and Wildlife Division head Dave Olfelt

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Dave Olfelt, 58, was named Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Division director last month by Commissioner Sarah Strommen, replacing Jim Leach, 65, who retired in April.

Olfelt has worked for the DNR 31 years, most recently as a regional wildlife manager stationed in Grand Rapids. He's also held management ...Read more

Zebra mussels found in northern Minnesota mine pit

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A mining company was pumping water out of an active pit north of Duluth when its crew spotted in the shallows what looked like a mature colony of Minnesota's most notorious invader -- the zebra mussel.

Now the question for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is how the damaging mussels were able to get a foothold in the ...Read more

Record catch: At 112 years, Minnesota fish is the oldest freshwater fish ever verified

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Alec Lackmann doesn't quite have his Ph.D. yet, but he's already made his mark on science.

Lackmann, a graduate student at North Dakota State University, set out to study the buffalo fish -- and what he found amazed him.

Hunting in the waters of west central Minnesota and collecting samples from fishermen, Lackmann found five ...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...............9:20 p.m..................................................................................9:45 a.m.

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

Catfish club gives back with 'Operation Border Whisker' fishing event

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Living along the Rainy River near Loman, Minn., Joey Buzay gets his fill of fishing for walleyes and lake sturgeon.

Channel catfish, not so much.

That all changed last Wednesday night, when Buzay, along with about 30 other veterans and active military, were treated to an evening catfish trip on the Red River in Grand Forks...Read more

Lake Minnetonka's Big Island is a big problem. Can the popular summer hangout be fixed?

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LAKE MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Gabriel Jabbour couldn't help but shake his head as he eased his boat past sunburned throngs guzzling cans of spiked seltzer in the packed waters of Cruiser's Cove last weekend.

The cove next to Big Island has long been summer party central for Lake Minnetonka boaters. But some longtimers like Jabbour say that nowadays...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..............3:20 p.m..................................................................................3:45 a.m.

Monday.............4:10 p.m...........Read more

Rattlesnake sightings create a buzz in SE Minnesota bluff country

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MINNEAPOLIS -- They live deep in the ground most of the year until the summer heat draws them out onto the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

But this year, the timber rattlesnake has become the talk of Winona in southeastern Minnesota. Wildlife experts are now having to answer the question: "What's up with all the rattlesnakes?"

People...Read more