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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..............10:40 p.m..........................................................................11:10 a.m.

Monday.............11:40 p.m................Read more

Sailorettes launch ice fishing tradition and ditch significant others for annual Lake of the Woods trip

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They call themselves the Sailorettes, and this group of Grand Forks-area women is proving that ice fishing isn't just a "guy thing."

If the photos are any indication, these women know how to have a good time on the ice during annual winter trips to Lake of the Woods, and they catch plenty of fish in the process.

The ice fishing trips have ...Read more

Hunters have 'a moral obligation' to carry on their culture, one Idahoan says. But how?

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BOISE, Idaho -- At 6 a.m. in mid-January, a trio of hunters sat cloaked in layers of camouflage, waiting for first light when they could begin shooting during what would likely be one of the final duck hunts of the year.

With an hour before the hunt could begin, their decoys already floating in the water, the particle board duck blind disguised...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..............4:20 p.m.............................................................................4:45 a.m.

Monday.............5:05 p.m................Read more

Lake of the Woods booming in final ice season of super-sized bag limit

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ROOSEVELT, Minn. -- The caterpillar tracks on Tim Hill's transport rig creaked loudly as he departed shore with another load of Lake of the Woods ice anglers.

It was 23 degrees below zero on a sunny, windless Friday afternoon and business was booming. Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort, self-proclaimed as one of the world's largest ice fishing ...Read more

Polar vortex can't keep fat bike enthusiast from finishing another Arrowhead 135 race

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Scott Jensen admits he was nervous going into this year's Arrowhead 135 winter race in northeast Minnesota, given all the hoopla about the dreaded polar vortex and forecast record cold temperatures.

That's understandable when you're gearing up for a grueling, 135-mile wilderness ride on a fat-tire bike from International Falls to Tower, Minn.

...Read more

What's on TV? Fish, and lots of 'em

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BLUE LAKE -- Gary Rutherford loves to watch televisions in the dead of winter.

So just about every morning in January and February, Rutherford fires up his big pickup truck, calls his yellow lab Ranger to join him and leaves his lakeside home in Pengilly to drive 7 miles to Blue Lake near Nashwauk.

He plows his way to his Ice Castle fish house...Read more

In Twin Cities turf war, residents scramble to adapt to new coyote neighbors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The con begins long after nightfall, with an unearthly cry that echoes across the empty expanse of frozen marshland.

Josh Anthony, 38, sits in the shadow of reedy cattails on the far reaches of the west metro outside Montrose, dressed in winter camouflage and waiting for his prey to make a fatal mistake. An electronic device ...Read more

As hunting licenses go unsold in Indiana, officials and advocates look for answers

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Indiana officials are looking for ways to encourage more women and youth to become game hunters as the state continues to issue a declining number of hunting licenses.

The state's wildlife preservation programs rely on the sale of hunting licenses as a main source of funding, so Indiana's decline in hunting over the past decade is threatening ...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..............5:30 a.m.............................................................................5:55 p.m.

Monday.............6:20 a.m................Read more

Fishing in a SnoBear adds comfort to cold, blustery day in the Lake Region

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DEVILS LAKE -- On the misery scale, this cold, blustery recent Tuesday in January had all the makings of a solid 8, with 10 being the worst.

That wasn't an issue for Tom Rost. As wind whipped the icy horizon into a snowy froth and the mercury plummeted, Rost was seated at the helm of a SnoBear -- think of it as a mobile fish house on tracks -- ...Read more

Young hunters need to start with right firearm for them

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Finding the right firearm for a young hunter is a key step in boosting overall participation in Upper Midwest hunting seasons.

Choosing a gun with the right fit, low recoil and high impact will make the experience a lasting draw to the outdoors.

Mike Ahlman of Ahlman's Gun Shop in Morristown, Minn., said a Daisy Red Ryder is ...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..............Midnight...........................................................................12:05 p.m.

Monday.............12:10 a.m...............Read more

New wood harvest goals still leave surplus of mature aspen

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The Department of Natural Resources "did absolutely the right thing" by undertaking a deep analysis of state-owned timber resources but didn't go far enough in raising its annual harvest goal, according to an industry stakeholder.

Wayne Brandt, executive director of Minnesota Forest Industry, said the state won't even put a dent in its large ...Read more

She found fame as a TV hunter, but Eva Shockey has a new focus: an NC adventure series

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Several times during Eva Shockey's Facebook Watch series "Eva Shockey's Outdoor 101," as she's hiking through Pisgah National Forest or trudging up a trail to Linville Falls, she's stopped by awestruck fans -- almost always men -- who want a photo with her. She cheerily obliges while her husband, former pro hockey player Tim ...Read more

Duluth carver honors nature in woodwork

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Bill Majewski sat in the garage workshop of his home in Duluth's Smithville neighborhood and fired up a small rotary tool sounding so much like a dental drill that it produced involuntary cringes among guests.

But instead of fillings and caps, Majewski's work is turning wood into copycats of nature. He calls himself a carver but he's also a ...Read more

During his 40 years at Fish and Game, he built connections to help Idaho's 'critters'

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When Virgil Moore leaves the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office for the last time, it won't be without tears.

After more than 40 years in wildlife management, the 67-year-old IDFG director will retire this month, leaving a legacy that includes rebuilding multiple animal populations, managing wolves delisted from the Endangered Species Act...Read more

Minnesota's first female DNR commissioner, Sarah Strommen, is an angler and recovering mayor who gets things done

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The first female commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources is a problem solver, consensus builder, clean water champion, lake cabin owner and fishing enthusiast who vows to deepen the connections Minnesotans have to the outdoors.

Sarah Strommen, who was picked over incumbent Tom Landwehr to shepherd the state's land, lakes 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..............12:25 p.m.........................................................................12:50 a.m.

Monday.............1:35 p.m..................Read more

Ice fishing group Hard Water Zombies now pushes a safety-first message after deaths of two members

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Max Westerberg fished on thin ice in his younger years without a second thought, once crashing into waist-deep water on West Rush Lake in Chisago County.

His core body temperature plunged while he scrambled to escape the icy water. In a panic, he ran to a random house for help. Lucky for him, the homeowner was there to open the door.

Such was ...Read more