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Used-gear store aims to get people outdoors

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DULUTH, Minn. -- The racks are already brimming with used gear for camping, skiing and all sorts of outdoor fun.

There are boots, jackets, fleece pullovers, snowshoes, skis, backpacks, camping mattresses, stoves and sleeping bags, to name a few items, all for a fraction of the price of new.

In a city where a sizable portion of the population ...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..............9:15 p.m.....................................................................................9:40 a.m.

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

Down on the deer farm, chronic wasting disease is critical issue

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SOUTH RANGE, Wis. -- Quinn and Cade Musch are plunging head-first into a business many people want shut down.

The brothers are building a fenced deer farm about 20 miles south of Superior where they will raise trophy bucks with massive sets of antlers and then sell all-inclusive fenced hunts to customers for upward of $4,000 each.

The trophy ...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..............4:15 p.m......................................................................................4:40 a.m.

Monday.............5:00 p.m.......Read more

Wasting disease puts deer farms under fire

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LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Thor, a spectacularly antlered whitetail buck, lives only in the fevered imaginations of most of the 450,000 Minnesota hunters who have ventured afield this deer season in search of a trophy.

But to a select band of hunters willing to pay money, everything about Thor is real.

The 5-year-old buck is a genetically ...Read more

Doug Leier: Proper care and preparation will ensure wild fish and game tastes even better

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- I met a new friend recently who had moved to back North Dakota from California.

When the afternoon discussion turned to the many options for restaurants now available in North Dakota that weren't here when he left for the military, we both recalled fond memories of growing up in rural North Dakota and eating more grouse, ...Read more

Deer hunting at a fast pace inside Minnesota's newest CWD zone

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EMILY, Minn. -- Tracy Jones rolled his eyes at the thought of two more weeks of deer hunting.

It was Monday at his custom meat shop on Highway 6 and his parking lot was overflowing with pickup trucks and trailers loaded with more carcasses. He had a crew of four men working outside, just to handle the intake.

"We're busy, but it's working out ...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..............9:55 a.m.....................................................................................10:25 p.m.

Monday.............10:50 a.m......Read more

Deer camp tradition spans three generations for Duluth family

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FAIRBANKS, Minn. -- Larry Zwak was in his element, surrounded by friends and family, everyone wearing a little blaze orange, everyone eating, everyone with a beer in their hand, everyone paying homage to the patriarch of the Zwak family deer camp.

It was the annual party at the camp and the place was buzzing with laughter and back slapping, ...Read more

'Why Women Hunt': New book by Minnesota author and hunter Kristine Houtman profiles 18 female hunters

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Kristine "K.J." Houtman is a latecomer to hunting, a passion she didn't begin pursuing until 2014.

It all started during a sturgeon spearing media event on Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago, which Houtman attended as an outdoor writer and angler with longtime connections to the fishing industry. She spent nine years running the ...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..............3:40 a.m......................................................................................4:10 p.m.

Monday.............4:40 a.m.......Read more

Minnesota man drawn to hunting years after his father's death afield

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Van Tassell walked to his deer stand Saturday morning toting a .338 Savage and three decades' worth of memories.

Brandon, 34, was fairly new to the sport. He had begun hunting birds in his mid-20s. But not until two years ago did he consider giving deer hunting a try.

Brandon wasn't brought up as a hunter. But he was ...Read more

Recruiting foodies and 'hipnecks' as the new hunters

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Before she went hunting for the first time, Crystal Egli practiced walking around with a replica rifle, feeling its heft while "on the verge of tears." Egli had discovered the appeal of hunting -- but had serious qualms about holding a rifle due to a lifelong fear of guns.

"Why don't I hunt?" the 35-year-old Coloradoan asked herself. "That's 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..............10:40 p.m..................................................................................11:00 a.m.

Monday.............11:20 p.m........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..............5:35 p.m....................................................................................6:00 a.m.

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

Untold story: That time when Asian raccoon dogs nearly invaded Minnesota

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DULUTH, Minn. -- It was early December 1981 when state Conservation Officer Lee Alderson found a dead animal along a road a few miles north of Cloquet, a critter no one had ever seen in Minnesota before.

The animal had apparently been struck by a car. At first blush it looked like a raccoon, including the masked face. But it was a bit different...Read more

While grieving for friend, angler catches Minnesota record muskie

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Kitzmann of Davenport, Iowa, holds the new Minnesota catch-and-release muskie record, after landing a 57\-inch behemoth while fishing Lake Vermilion on Aug. 6.

Kitzmann, a lifelong muskie angler, was alone at his family's cabin when he received word a friend had died at age 40. Not wanting to remain in the cabin alone, he ...Read more

Bow hunting for deer remains popular as interest in archery dips a little

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MINNEAPOLIS -- John "Junior" Larsen and John Schaffer have been drawing back bows and shooting arrows since they were young kids.

In the interviews below, Larsen, 56, owner of Bwana Archery in Little Canada, and Schaffer, 49, owner of Schaffer Performance Archery in Burnsville, discuss archery participation and equipment trends.

The peak of ...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..............11:15 a.m..................................................................................11:45 p.m.

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

First statewide youth deer hunt helps grow next generation of Minnesota hunters

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MINNEAPOLIS -- About an hour north of Hibbing this weekend, six youngsters participated in Minnesota's first statewide youth deer hunt, and in the process developed lifetime memories.

Clad in blaze orange, they sat in stands scanning for whitetails in early mornings and late afternoons, and in between walked forest trails, hunting grouse.

Come...Read more