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Early winter heats up ice fishing season

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Winter's early arrival makes many people cringe, but for ice fishing enthusiasts and resorts or outfitters that cater to ice fishing, this year's freeze-up is a breath of fresh air.

An arctic blast of fresh air.

From Devils Lake to Lake of the Woods and most points in between, ice fishing is off to an early start this year.

"This is 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..............1:45 p.m...........................................................................2:10 a.m.

Monday.............2:35 p.m..................Read more

Side by side, veteran Minnesota wardens train rookies

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Leah Kampa approached the trap, set for fisher or marten, that was sitting on top of a horizontal fallen tree about 18 inches above the ground.

"This one looks good. It's legal," she said as she got closer. Inside a small wooden box a conibear 120 trap was set, ready to grab one of the forest furbearers that are open to harvest...Read more

Early-season thin ice posing dangers for Northern Minnesota anglers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Beltrami County's emergency responders raced to the aid of imperiled ice fishermen twice in one day last month for rescues that have become all too common in November and early December.

Both sets of anglers were dangling fishing lines close to open water, only to go adrift when the ice sheets they occupied broke away. No one was...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..............8:00 a.m............................................................................8:25 p.m.

Monday.............8:45 a.m.................Read more

Late-season pheasant hunt proves successful in southwestern Minnesota

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IVANHOE, Minn. -- Jeff Davis, who lives across the highway from the land we were about to hunt on, said he noticed the farmer pick the last corn standing around a cattail wetland just a few days earlier.

"With that corn just out it should be pretty good down there," said Davis, an avid pheasant hunter.

It turned out to be the understatement of...Read more

Camp Grafton hunt in northeastern North Dakota an annual veterans' favorite

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CAMP GRAFTON, N.D. -- The buck was a dandy -- a "nice 4x4," as they'd say in the hunting lingo -- and Dennis Heap came within seconds of having it in his sights for an opportunity to pull the trigger on a recent Tuesday morning.

Seconds are a long time when it comes to deer hunting, though, and there wasn't enough time for Heap to get into the ...Read more

N.D. high school students fight mussel menace

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LARIMORE, N.D. -- Zebra mussels have gained a foothold in the Red River in recent years, but a group of Larimore High School students under the guidance of science instructor Lorie Berthold is exploring a possible way of keeping the invasive mollusks in check.

Larimore is a participating school in the Red River Basin River Watch program, and ...Read more

Maryland hopes to recruit new hunters and promote conservation

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BALTIMORE -- For Maurice Craft, the steps are rote as he begins a hunt at the Patuxent wildlife refuge outside Laurel.

He sprays himself with a mist designed to disguise his human scent, shimmies his way 20 feet up into a green metal tree stand, and readies his crossbow. He rattles plastic deer antlers to attract the game, and waits.

It's all ...Read more

Wisconsin deer hunt tradition continues

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GORDON, Wis. -- There are close to 60 sets of deer antlers in the Finstad family deer camp south of town, more than one for every year there's been a camp on the shores of Harriet Lake.

A few sets are loose on the coffee table. Most are screwed to plaques. A dozen are full head or shoulder mounts. There isn't much open wall space remaining, ...Read more

Nature photographer helps preserve his corner of Minnesota tallgrass prairie

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LUVERNE, Minn. -- Beaver Creek meanders across Touch the Sky Prairie, cascading at one location into a sublime, stair-step waterfall.

Wild bison once roamed this quartzite ridge, grazing in big bluestem grass, rubbing against immense rock outcroppings and looking out at lower land in every direction. Burrowing owls lived here along with river ...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..............8:25 p.m...........................................................................8:50 a.m.

Monday.............9:10 p.m..................Read more

Grand Forks high schooler makes the most of her once-in-a-lifetime North Dakota moose tag

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NEAR BERTHOLD, N.D. -- Two long days of hunting and miles of driving, walking and stalking had produced three opportunities for Hannah Laumb to fill her cow moose tag, but in every case, the gangly critters had bolted before she could pull the trigger.

Accompanied by her dad, Jason and grandpa, Tom Laumb, Hannah, 16, had seen enough moose to ...Read more

Michigan hunting in major decline — why that matters

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Hunting, and to a lesser extent fishing, are on the decline in Michigan -- with a particularly alarming drop in hunting that's only going to get steeper, as the baby boomers who have driven the sport for decades age and drop away.

This could pose a crisis in how Michigan funds its wildlife and habitat programs; have a huge, negative impact on ...Read more

Old granary gets new life as hunting cabin in northwest Minnesota

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NEAR KARLSTAD, Minn. -- Like hunting camps throughout the Northland, Aspen Acres is a gathering place for friends and family that's steeped in tradition.

That's never more true than during deer season, which continued through Sunday, Nov. 11, in this part of northwest Minnesota.

"The get-together is about 75 percent of the hunt," said Terry ...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..............3:00 p.m..........................................................................3:25 a.m.

Monday.............3:50 p.m...................Read more

Deer hunting's about tradition, for these two friends, it's a tradition spanning 63 seasons

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Tradition is a huge part of the Minnesota deer hunting experience. Stories of big deer bagged and of missed bucks with giant racks that somehow get bigger every year. Ritual night-before-season meals. Who gets to use grandpa's gun and sit in his stand.

But there's a tradition going on at the McCabe family deer camp, in the woods just north of ...Read more

A wild, weird deer tale figures in Minnesota's opener

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HINCKLEY, Minn. -- How exactly it came to pass that the Governor's Deer Opener this weekend is being spearheaded by a Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) chapter named for a Wisconsin hunter is a twisted tale indeed.

Highlights include a world record whitetail buck, an unusual caliber Winchester, a dance hall and -- why not? -- a tavern. ...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..............9:15 a.m..........................................................................9:40 p.m.

Monday.............10:05 a.m..................Read more

Pondering the mystery of hunting the deer rut in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ever wonder why Minnesota's firearms deer season coincides with the rut?

Friends of the late Ed Chilgren -- a state politician who championed the outdoors starting with his first election in 1926 -- can explain. The gregarious DFLer, who was born in Sweden, fought in World War I with the U.S. Marines and rose to become Speaker of...Read more

 

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