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Upper Peninsula man charged with 125 wildlife crimes, including killing eagles, wolves

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A Chippewa County, Michigan, man has been charged with 125 wildlife crimes, including killing protected bald eagles and wolves.

The charges -- filed earlier in May against Kurt Johnston Duncan, 56, of Pickford -- were the result of a months-long investigation by the Department of Natural Resource's Law Enforcement Division, officials said in a ...Read more

Jon Stravers serves as eyes and ears of the Driftless Area

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His granddaughter calls him "Hawk Daddy" and he moonlights as a folk musician. He recognizes bird calls so precisely that he knows -- by nickname -- who is making them.

Meet Driftless Area bird researcher Jon Stravers, a free-spirited zealot who spends countless days on the Mississippi River and its backwaters immersing himself in observation ...Read more

More than 250 fishing tournaments in Minnesota still proceeding with restrictions

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Upward of 250 fishing tournaments are going forward in Minnesota this season despite significant rule changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jon Hansen, fisheries consultant and tournament policy coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said he will contact tournament organizers soon to remind them ...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..............7:40 p.m............................................................................................8:05 a.m.

Monday.............8:30 p...Read more

Minnesota state parks slowly get ready to reopen to campers

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IN AFTON STATE PARK, Minn. -- On Tuesday, May 19, while hiking in this oak-laden expanse of bluffs, ravines and grassy ridgetops that adjoin the St. Croix River, Erika Rivers was uncertain when Minnesota state parks would again be open to overnight camping.

The second oldest state park system in the nation, Minnesota's latticework of 66 state ...Read more

Veteran fishing guide Tony Roach ready to safely go back to work

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ON LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. -- Unable to book paying clients when Minnesota's summer fishing began May 9, Tony Roach was on this big lake that day nonetheless, casting a jig and retrieving it while boating one walleye after another.

Like other Minnesota fishing guides from Winona to Warroad, Roach's business (roachsguideservice.com) had been ...Read more

Suffering from cabin fever during quarantine? Perhaps it's time to pick up a pole.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As the weeks drag on and the weather becomes increasingly pleasant, the sense of cabin fever caused by our collective coronavirus quarantine is sure to increase.

So many entertainment options we used to take for granted are now indefinitely off limits: Forget about taking in a baseball or softball game. Date night at the movie...Read more

More people fishing, but smaller segment of U.S. population overall

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The number of people fishing across the U.S. went up in 2018, including more women and more minorities than ever before, according to a comprehensive report on angling in America.

The "2019 Special Report on Fishing," a joint effort of the Outdoor Foundation and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, polled more than 20,000 people ...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..............2:30 a.m............................................................................................3:00 p.m.

Monday.............3:30 a...Read more

Sales of Minnesota fishing licenses are exploding

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota is tracking an explosion of interest in fishing as the Department of Natural Resources approaches a peak sales period for fishing licenses.

New information will be released Monday, but sales of licenses two weeks ago were 41% ahead of last year's pace. The fastest-growing category was "resident youth," covering licenses...Read more

Michael T. Osterholm is Minnesota's infectious disease expert (and an angler, too), and he sides with fishing safely

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael T. Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. A renowned epidemiologist who is advising governments worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic, Osterholm is a passionate angler who grew up trout fishing in northeast Iowa.

In the interview below, he talks ...Read more

Anglers should consider alternative waters and species on Minnesota fishing opener

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In the normal spectacle of Minnesota's fishing opener, a half-million anglers scatter across the state, mainly in search of walleyes.

But this year, with some 200,000 of those license-holders being urged to fish close to home in the seven-county metro area, there's not nearly enough walleyes to go around.

To fill the void, a lot...Read more

Rift in Minnesota Legislature threatens 77 conservation projects

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DULUTH, Minn. -- The Voyageurs Wolf Project is at the forefront of conservation research and education in Minnesota. In just a few years of field work, the project already has revealed all sorts of stunning new information on wolves in summer months in Voyageurs National Park -- what they eat, where they roam and how they interact. 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..............8:55 p.m...........................................................................................9:25 a.m.

Monday.............9:50 p....Read more

Grizzly tracks were spotted near Idaho city. Is it the same bear seen nearby last year?

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Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently confirmed that tracks near Grangeville came from a grizzly bear, a species not common in that part of the state, according to an agency news release.

The tracks were spotted April 18 about seven miles south of Grangeville in the Fish Creek Meadows area, officials said. A hair sample was collected near ...Read more

Fishing during COVID-19: Stay close to home and keep your distance

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota officials continue to gear up toward some sort of normal fishing season this spring and summer, with opening day set for May 9, even though the state's stay-at-home order is still in effect.

In one breath, state officials told residents to go fishing and hunting and get outdoors, and they took steps to remind the ...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..............2:40 p.m............................................................................................3:05 a.m.

Monday.............3:30 p...Read more

As birds battle for habitat on sinking island, biologists step in

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For years now the birds have been fighting it out, two old rivals trapped together on a tiny island slowly sinking into a busy harbor of Lake Superior. The prize: nesting space on a sandy mound free from people and predators.

On the one side are the ring-billed gulls, larger, clumsier, more aggressive and much better adapted to living around ...Read more

Minnesota, Wisconsin wildfire crews ready for busiest time of year

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Spring wildfire danger is about to creep up across Minnesota and Wisconsin in coming days as the last vestiges of winter's snow melt away and the warming sun dries out grasslands and woods.

April and early May are usually the region's most intense months for wildfires, after snow recedes but before new green growth appears. ...Read more

Ruffed grouse advocates to emphasize creating habitat in bolstering populations

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Historically, ruffed grouse have been Minnesota's most popular game bird, measured by the number of hunters who pursue it and total of birds harvested.

That has changed some in recent decades, as peak populations of grouse have declined, with hunter numbers flagging proportionately.

Grouse numbers rise and fall in approximate 10...Read more