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Fish and wildlife managers put 'more teeth' in southwest's Heron Lake

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For the fifth time in as many decades, Heron Lake in far southwestern Minnesota has a revamped natural resource management plan.

New in 2022 for this historic waterfowl basin will be a heavy emphasis on fish-stocking — namely walleye and northern pike. Are duck hunters OK with that?

In short, yes. But it took some explaining from Maggie ...Read more

BOB DOWNING/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS

Despite increasing pollution, Pennsylvanians are still spending time in waterways, state report says

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Pennsylvanians spend about as much recreation time in the state's waterways as they did two years ago, despite an increase in agricultural toxins trickling into the rivers.

In 2020, nearly 30% of the state's waterways were considered "impaired." Now, more waterways are in some way damaged, according to a biennial water quality report released ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Jan. 30-Feb. 13)

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.

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Sunday.…...................10:30 a.m....………………….…….............................11:05 p.m.

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Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Outfitters say Forest Service went too far in reducing Boundary Waters permits

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From her outfitting business on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), Clare Shirley can't help but think the U.S. Forest Service went too far in reducing permit availability for the upcoming season.

She agrees something had to be done to curtail crowding and resource damage that burgeoned in 2020 and continued last year. But ...Read more

Sam Cook/Duluth News Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: So you want to paddle Quetico this summer? Well, maybe.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jeremy Dickson knows well the sound of a phone not ringing.

The owner of Canoe Canada Outfitters in Atikokan, Ontario, Dickson until two years ago oversaw a business that flew 1,500 anglers into outpost cabins and outfitted as many as 3,000 paddlers into Ontario's 1.2 million-acre Quetico Provincial Park, which lies adjacent to ...Read more

Randy Hjelsand/Dreamstime/TNS

Minnesota's tiny goose capital Up North wants you

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MINNEAPOLIS — Attention waterfowl hunters who dream about moving closer to marshlands north and west. The goose capital of Minnesota will award you seven-tenths of an acre inside its city limits if you move there and build a house.

That's right: Zero down, zero interest and zero payments on a roomy 100-by-300-foot lot in Middle River, a town ...Read more

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More chronic wasting disease confirmed in Idaho, this time in elk and white-tailed doe

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BOISE, Idaho — Chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological condition that affects members of the deer family, has been confirmed in two more Idaho animals, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials confirmed last week.

In a news release, Fish and Game said a cow elk and a white-tailed doe tested positive for the contagious disease. They ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Jan. 23-Feb. 6)

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.

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Sunday………….............4:10 a.m.......……….............................................4:35 p.m.

Monday...Read more

Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch/TNS

Study: White-tailed deer in Ohio 'frequently infected' with novel coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — White-tailed deer are 'highly susceptible' to infection from the novel coronavirus, according to a study published in December in the journal Nature.

More than one-third of 360 deer swabbed across nine locations in northeast Ohio between January and March 2021 were found to be infected with three variants of the novel ...Read more

Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: While DNR Fish and Wildlife Division reorganizes, jobs go wanting, outposts go dark

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Make a call to the Department of Natural Resources office in Tower, in northeast Minnesota about 20 miles southeast of Ely.

Ask for the person in charge of wildlife.

Chances are you will get a recording advising you to leave a message, with a response likely from a wildlife manager in the DNR's Cook office, 25 miles west of Tower.

Or give a ...Read more

Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Illegal gill nets used to catch 500 pounds of fish and sharks

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has arrested 10 people from Atlanta who were using illegal gill nets to catch fish and sharks at the Skyway Bridge north rest area in St. Petersburg, the agency announced last week.

Officials said the nets were 1,660 feet long, “which is more than four and a half football fields of netting...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Jan. 16-Jan. 30)

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.

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Sunday………..............11:25 p.m...…………………….…..............................11:45 a.m.

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Study: White-tailed deer in Ohio 'frequently infected' with novel coronavirus

Sports / Outdoors /

COLUMBUS, Ohio — White-tailed deer are 'highly susceptible' to infection from the novel coronavirus, according to a study published in December in the journal Nature.

More than one-third of 360 deer swabbed across nine locations in northeast Ohio between January and March 2021 were found to be infected with three variants of the novel ...Read more

Dennis Anderson: While DNR Fish and Wildlife Division reorganizes, jobs go wanting, outposts go dark

Sports / Outdoors /

Make a call to the Department of Natural Resources office in Tower, in northeast Minnesota about 20 miles southeast of Ely.

Ask for the person in charge of wildlife.

Chances are you will get a recording advising you to leave a message, with a response likely from a wildlife manager in the DNR's Cook office, 25 miles west of Tower.

Or give a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Jan. 9-Jan. 23)

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.

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Sunday.…...................6:00 p.m....………………….……...............................6:20 a.m.

Monday...Read more

Mari Faiello/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Cloud Nine Outdoors opens new worlds to explore for Tampa Bay youths

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Ya Ya Fofana Jr. was far from home and out of his comfort zone.

The 10-year-old watched as a 134-pound boar meandered up a Cedar Key dirt road toward him. It definitely was not a common sight for the St. Petersburg native.

Jovan McNeill stepped up, tapped Fofana on the shoulder and asked if he was ready.

After whispers of encouragement and ...Read more

David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Fish and Game confirms chronic wasting disease in two more Idaho deer

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Two more Idaho deer have been confirmed to have chronic wasting disease, a contagious, fatal neurological disease that was first detected in the state last month.

In a news release, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said two white-tailed deer bucks tested positive for chronic wasting disease, which is caused by malformed proteins called ...Read more

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Five outdoor issues in Minnesota worth watching in 2022

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Whether you live on a dirt road, a suburban lane or in a downtown condominium, chances are good in Minnesota that you care about fish, water, wildlife and wilderness. For 2022, here are five news stories to follow about the great outdoors:

Less is more

Minnesota's walleye bag limit could drop from six to four this year if more legislators buy ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Jan. 2-Jan. 16)

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.

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Sunday…………...........11:50 a.m.......………..........................................12:25 p.m.

Monday…...Read more

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

MnDOT stopped painting bridge near Wabasha to save baby owls

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Road work can come to a screeching halt for myriad of reasons, and this fall in southeastern Minnesota it was all because of a nest of barn owls.

Crews painting the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge spanning the Mississippi River and connecting Wabasha, Minn., with Nelson, Wis., spotted five babies nestled inside the steel structure on Oct. 5 and put part ...Read more