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Dennis Anderson: Again on the walleye opener, 'Winnie' gives up her treasures

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LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH, Minn. — Minnesota fishing-license sales last week were down more than 20% from a year ago, according to the Department of Natural Resources. But busy roads leading north from the Twin Cities on Friday indicated that boats aplenty would be on the water Saturday morning, when the state's inland angling season began.

That ...Read more

Alan Berner/The Seattle Times/TNS

Hatchery trout and PowerBait at lowland lakes: Great times for tens of thousands in Washington

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There is the mythic adventure of trekking to a mountain river, a fly rod in hand for catching wild trout. It is all taking place, of course, in a poetic setting in which nature talks to you.

Then there is the trout fishing that over 30,000 anglers, mostly in 200 lowland lakes on this side of the mountains, did on opening day for the fishing ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 22-June 5)

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………...............5:55 a.m...…………………….….................................6:20 p.m.

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Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

'It is a Minnesota thing': Canoe racing's popular past runs direct line to present

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When paddlers of all means glide through the Mississippi River for a weekend of canoe races in early summer, they'll dip into an activity that has coursed through state waters for generations.

Canoe racing doesn't get the ink of other big-time sports like the Minnesota Twins or even related recreational pursuits like Boundary Waters adventures ...Read more

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How to drink beer and support Colorado Parks and Wildlife all year long

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It’s been said that beer and the outdoors make a natural pairing, so it feels fitting that Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided to partner with alcohol makers statewide on a fundraising effort to celebrate its 125th anniversary. The best part? You can tap in all year long.

The agency, established in 1897 to help maintain and conserve the ...Read more

Dana Oland/Idaho Statesman/TNS

How rare is Boise's May snow? It's happened only a few times in more than 100 years

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Boise residents woke up in a winter wonderland on Monday, with a May snowstorm dropping heavy flakes across the Treasure Valley in what experts say was a rare event.

The National Weather Service’s Boise office recorded 0.4 inches of snow at its office near the Boise Airport by 9 a.m., but meteorologist Spencer Tangen said the NWS had received...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: To catch your limit on Saturday's opener, increase your walleye IQ

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No matter an angler's skills, catching walleyes on the opener can be easy or challenging, depending in large part on the weather — not only the weather on opening day, but on days leading up to the season's first walleye outing.

Yet weather aside, anglers who expand their walleye knowledge and improve their fishing skills can more regularly ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 15-May 29)

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.…....................11:45 p.m....………………….……............................11:55 a.m.

Monday...Read more

Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS

'Diet Coke was spewing everywhere': Alligator crashes a pre-birthday party in Florida

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A Florida couple got an unannounced visitor to their Naples home on April 27, and it came thirsty.

Jamie and Karyn Dobson, who recently moved to the Sunshine State from Chicago, heard an alarming noise that sounded like a car crash, they told Wink News.

Upon further investigation, they encountered a large alligator in their garage. The door ...Read more

Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: For opener, ice-out will be a close call on some northern Minnesota lakes

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The cool, cloudy spring that has prevailed statewide this year has implications for everyone from farmers to ... anglers. Perhaps especially anglers, including those who, on May 14, intend to open Minnesota's walleye and northern pike seasons in the northern third of the state.

In that region, will some of the state's best walleye lakes, ...Read more

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Pennsylvania is poised for a summer of ticks and the diseases they carry

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Ticks have a thing for Mary Ritter, but the sentiment is unrequited.

She takes a summer hike, she gets ticks. She takes a winter hike and picks off ticks. She steps outside her Greensburg townhouse, goes back in and finds ticks.

"I must be some kind of tick magnet," she said. "I'd like to know if I have the wrong blood type or put out some ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 8-May 22)

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…………..............6:10 p.m.......……….............................................6:45 a.m.

Monday�...Read more

BRIAN PETERSON/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: For the love of boats -- and why not?

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I've owned various garages over the years that held various boats, but none of these structures was more hallowed than the first, a poor lighted edifice that featured the usual vestiges of workshop disarray: A broom in one corner, shovels and rakes scattered helter-skelter in another, a bench full of unreturned tools borrowed from friends, and a...Read more

David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Trying to make Minnesota boating safer, legislation would extend safety training to adults

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Attempting to make the state's waters safer, proposals before legislators would require more Minnesotans to take a boater safety course before they could operate motorized boats and personal watercraft.

Currently, young people ages 12 to 17 must pass an online boater safety exam through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Companion bills...Read more

Jami Linder/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

As turkey season approaches, wild birds are free of avian flu

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Despite the arrival of avian influenza in Pennsylvania, there is no evidence the state's wild turkeys are infected a week before the one-day junior and mentored youth gobbler hunt April 23, and two weeks prior to the monthlong season that begins April 30.

Since the discovery weeks ago of a bald eagle found dead in Chester County from highly ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 1-May 15)

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………................12:30 p.m...…………………….…..............................12:55 a.m.

Monday...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for April 24-May 8)

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.…....................7:05 a.m....………………….……...............................7:35 p.m.

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Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Scientists find new way to clear invasive carp from Minnesota creek

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Thousands of invasive carp swim the channel of Ramsey County's Rice Creek and its connected lakes, rooting along the bottom and setting off a cascade of damaging effects that harm native fish, birds and plants.

Now University of Minnesota ecologists, who have spent years studying the life cycle of this unwanted fish in the Rice Creek system, ...Read more

Dennis Anderson: Women hunters find excitement, satisfaction in search for turkeys

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Once a rare sight among Minnesota hunters, women are increasingly commonplace in the state's woods and fields during fall grouse, pheasant, waterfowl and deer seasons.

Their greater participation in the field sports is also noted in spring during Minnesota's April and May turkey hunting seasons. Increasingly, women are also taking leadership ...Read more

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After shooting a grizzly to death, Idaho father and son will get jail time, hunting bans

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An Idaho father and son will serve jail time, pay thousands in fines and be banned from hunting for years after pleading guilty to poaching a female grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park last year.

Jared and Rex Baum, of Ashton, shot the bear in Fremont County more than a dozen times on March 16, 2021, leaving her carcass in Little Warm ...Read more