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Dennis Anderson: Bait shop owner makes otherworldly move to gold mining in Area 51

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News that Joe Kruchowski had sold his bait shop and was moving to Area 51 didn't take me by surprise, though I was unnerved when I learned he wouldn't be traveling in his '76 AMC Pacer.

Instead, he will trek more conventionally, in a motor home, behind which, on a trailer, will follow his Nissan Juke NISMO RS, a ...Read more

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Dog injured in fight with black bear, the latest in a string of Idaho bear conflicts

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A dog is recovering from injuries after fighting a black bear on a trail near Ketchum, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said in a news release last week. It’s the latest in a series of black bear conflicts in the Wood River Valley and across Idaho.

Fish and Game officials said a woman was walking her dog near her home in the East Fork ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Aug. 7-Aug. 21)

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.…....................7:55 p.m....………………….……....................................8:25 a.m.

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How a Tampa Bay couple is hooking Hispanics on kayak fishing

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During the pandemic, as the world isolated from COVID-19, Tatiana and Mario Cruz got hooked on kayak fishing.

When they lost their jobs — Mario as a chauffer and Tatiana as an event organizer — the Puerto Rican couple turned their hobby into a mission.

“We finally had the time to do what we liked most, which was kayak fishing,” said ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 31-Aug. 14)

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…………..............2:20 p.m.......………................................................2:40 a.m.

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Dennis Anderson: BWCA is unforgettable, even when the only sound is silence

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Inclusion can be good and necessary. But sometimes people like to spend time with people like themselves.

Such is the reasoning behind a burgeoning effort by the Twin Cities group Wilderness Inquiry (WI) to sponsor what it calls affinity trips into the outdoors — meaning, in today's example, a recent excursion into the boundary waters by a ...Read more

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You can catch your own lobster dinner in Florida -- but there are rules you should know

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Hungry for lobster? You can soon catch your own.

The two-day lobster miniseason in Florida runs Wednesday and Thursday, and thousands of people will visit the Keys and other spots in the state for a chance to bag their legal limit of Florida spiny lobster.

The crustacean’s tail meat is not only sought after in South Florida, but across the ...Read more

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California used to pay people to hunt mountain lions. Now we spend millions to protect them.

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LOS ANGELES — Whoever drove the car or truck that last week killed the mountain lion P-89 on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills — about 60 years ago, that driver would have been in line for a reward, a government atta-boy bounty of as much as $75 (more than $730 today).

California was not fussy about how you killed a mountain lion, just so ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Best underdog story in Minnesota sports? Two dudes from Mankato.

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They attended the same suburban Twin Cities grade school, middle school and high school, and in recent years have been students together at Minnesota State Mankato — where their goal is to turn that school into a national bass-fishing powerhouse.

Nathan Thompson and Brian Linder, both 22, have shared a passion for fishing throughout their ...Read more

Fresh look at rough fish and their protection builds steam

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The "No Junk Fish Bill" carried this year in the Minnesota House by Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn would have required the Department of Natural Resources to evaluate rough fish designations and whether any nongame species need protection or management.

The bill included a $250,000 appropriation and a deadline of next summer for a written report to the...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 24-Aug. 7)

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………................8:40 a.m...…………………….…....................................9:05 p.m.

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Two huge pythons and lots of baby invasive snakes found in Big Cypress

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A state wildlife officer and a contracted snake trapper found two large female Burmese pythons, lots of hatched and unhatched eggs and and a considerable number of the baby invasive reptiles within Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County earlier this month.

One of the snakes was 17.6 feet long, about a foot shy of the record-breaker ...Read more

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'You should be ashamed': Vander Esch criticized after feeding wild bear in viral video

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Former Boise State University football star Leighton Vander Esch is facing criticism online after posting a video of himself feeding a wild black bear while on a recent fishing trip in Idaho.

Vander Esch, who grew up in Riggins and is in his fifth year as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, posted the video on Instagram last week as part of a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 17-July 31)

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.…....................3:20 a.m....………………….……..................................3:45 p.m.

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Dennis Anderson: Minnesotans have fishing rods, will travel far -- and farther

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Challenging as it is to prove, it's likely that Minnesotans travel farther and more frequently to fish than do anglers from any other state.

Five of these adventuresome Minnesotans are profiled here. With fishing rods in hand, they have either just come back from a far-flung fishing trip or are on distant waters as you read this.

Terry Arnesen...Read more

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He's got the secret to catching huge trout in summer

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LIGONIER, Pa. — Spring is for trout. Cold, tinted snowmelt flowing past shoreline skim ice. Circular ripples spreading outward from a perfect cast. A subsurface flash, a tug on the line and the thrill of guiding a crafty trout to the streambank or a waiting net.

For many Western Pennsylvanians, lazy summer days are for bass lying under the ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for July 10-July 24)

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 p.m.......………...............................................9:35 a.m.

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Laura Yuen: The truth about mosquitoes -- and what you may be doing wrong

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The start of July typically marks the peak of mosquito season in Minnesota. You know what to do. Stock up on citronella candles, wear garlic around your neck, scare them with direct sunlight, stake 'em in the heart, and whatever you do, never invite a mosquito into your home.

Where was I? Oh, yes, distilling fact from fiction about how to ward ...Read more

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Eagle fledgling's tumble lands it in rehab center

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It is not uncommon for young siblings to bash each other on the head and a moment later embrace in a tender hug.

That's sort of what happened last week between two fledgling bald eagles awkwardly attempting wing flaps at a nest site at the U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works-Irvin Plant in West Mifflin.

Following a push, a precipitous fall and rescue ...Read more

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Where are Colorado's gray wolves? State officials have lost track of the eight-member pack.

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Despite two new wolf attacks on cows in Colorado’s North Park this spring, state officials can no longer track the pack of eight wolves, leading to speculation that some might have been killed or that a new litter has been born.

The wolves live on the outskirts of Walden, east of Steamboat Springs. The elder female wandered into the area from...Read more