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Catch-and-release works only when it's done correctly

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A generation ago, the idea of catching a legal fish and throwing it back seemed strange. Catch and ... what?

Now catch-and-release has become common, especially among bass anglers. But a Canadian study published last year says that fishing tournament anglers should adopt better release policies.

Black bass — the largemouth, smallmouth and ...Read more

Dennis Anderson: Smaller-scale conservation groups doggedly pursue stewardship

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MINNEAPOLIS — These days a type of gameday program is necessary to keep track of social issues battling for our attention. Racial unrest. The federal debt. COVID-19. Worker shortages. Government ineptitude. Political divisiveness. Seven days a week, each presents itself as a crisis, demanding, if not action, at least awareness.

Lost in this ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Minnesota DNR leader Strommen turns to the people for help

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MINNEAPOLIS — Sarah Strommen isn't the first Department of Natural Resources commissioner to realize the future of land, water and outdoor-recreation funding is strewn with land mines.

But she's the first to attempt to do something about it.

In an interview recently, Strommen outlined — at times broadly, at times more specifically — a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 20-July 4)

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………..............8:20 p.m..…………………….….............................8:45 a.m.

Monday…�...Read more

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Idaho angler tackles elite trout fishing challenge: 20 native species across 12 states

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BOISE, Idaho — At the end of May, Daniel Ritz again found himself in unfamiliar waters. The 33-year-old Boisean had just landed in Alaska, the latest destination in his pursuit of more than a dozen rare trout species.

Within a few days, Ritz had landed four of the six species he came to Alaska to catch, adding to the list of trout he'd ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: The time is now for fishing the peak of the Minnesota season

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Knowing when to fish in Minnesota is almost as important as knowing where to fish. Beginning with the walleye opener in mid-May and ending with muskie fishing just before freeze-up, the state's best open-water fishing follows fairly predictable patterns.

That said, in most years, the overall best time to fish Minnesota lakes is right now. ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Plans in Canada are murky as resorts that draw Americans continue to suffer

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Like everyone who has ever held a rod and reel in Canada, I have memories that just won't quit. Some feature walleyes, others lake trout, northern pike, Arctic grayling and more.

Which is why, in Minnesota, which likely sends more anglers to Canada every year than any other state, the border closing that prevents travel to Ontario, Manitoba, ...Read more

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The birds you're hearing now in the Northwest may come from thousands of miles away

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Among the most prominent avian singers this time of year are our migrant visitors, some of whom have traveled thousands of miles, bringing vibrant color and song.

Migration allows birds to winter in warmer climates but demands superbird caloric feats.

In human terms, it’s the equivalent of a 150-pound person gaining 15 pounds of pure fat per...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 13-June 27)

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.……..…..........2:35 p.m...………………….……............................3:05 a.m.

Monday…�...Read more

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Idaho's new wolf law has prompted a petition that could relist the animals as endangered

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Critics of an Idaho wolf law approved earlier this month have launched a petition that could reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves that were lifted a decade ago.

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity announced Wednesday that they petitioned the...Read more

Forget swarms of cicadas. Millions of Mormon crickets are marching in the Idaho desert.

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For weeks, the U.S. has been bugging out over Brood X, the massive hatch of cicadas swarming on the East Coast after 17 years underground.

Idaho won’t see any cicada swarms, but a Boise woman’s recent videos showing a different insect infestation have drawn a lot of interest.

On May 19, Becky Parkinson shared a trio of videos on Facebook ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Grand Rapids mourns loss of DNR conservation officer Sarah Grell, 39

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In the past year, law enforcement officers too often have been considered contributors to society's ills, rather than part of the solution, which they are.

In Grand Rapids Friday, in northern Minnesota, the opposite of cops-are-the-problem was on display. The sad occasion was the funeral of Department of Natural Resources conservation officer (...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for June 6-June 20)

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…………...........9:05 a.m.......………........................................9:25 p.m.

Monday……....Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 30-June 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…………..........3:40 a.m..…………………….…............................4:10 p.m.

Monday……...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Resort life is declining; some wouldn't have it any other way

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MINNEAPOLIS — Craig Brown wears many hats, and on a recent day, one suggested he was a plumber, another designated him as a fishing guide, and still another labeled him as a dock boy at the resort that has been in his family 42 years.

The hats are figurative, of course. But the reference underscores the many and varied duties and challenges ...Read more

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Green drake mayflies are among PA's hidden natural treasures

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There’s another emerging insect that’s raising the hackles of Pennsylvania outdoors lovers. And to see them, you don’t have to wait 17 years.

Joe Henry will tell you all about his passion for fly fishing during the spring green drake hatch. He’ll describe the sensation of standing in the center of a dense swarm, and explain how his hand...Read more

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Boat registrations are at the highest in 12 years. Here's how to stay safe on the water.

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Peak boating season is just around the corner and there may be more newbies out on the water.

During the pandemic, more people have sought outdoor spaces — including on the water. New boat sales in Washington were up 12% last year and the number of vessel registrations were the highest in 12 years, according to the Northwest Marine Trade ...Read more

Bear cub tranquilized, relocated after wandering through Boise backyards, police say

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Boise police and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tranquilized and relocated a young black bear that had been seen wandering around a Boise neighborhood Thursday.

In a tweet, the Boise Police Department said officers found the bear in a tree near 26th Street and Hill Road at around noon.

"The bear was safely tranquilized and taken to a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 23-June 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.……..…..........9:35 p.m...………………….……........................10:05 a.m.

Monday……..�...Read more

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Fishing in Tampa Bay? You'll soon be able to keep seatrout, snook and redfish again

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Anglers in Tampa Bay will once again be allowed to keep snook, redfish and seatrout starting June 1 after wildlife officials voted Thursday to end restrictions implemented after a past Red Tide bloom.

The unanimous decision by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission followed extensive feedback from guides, captains and hobbyists, ...Read more