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Best times for anglers

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(Table for Feb. 25-March 10)

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.…..................12:40 a.m....………………….…….........................................1:10 ...Read more

Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Are we going to save Minnesota waters from carp, or not?

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In a career spanning nearly four decades, University of Minnesota professor Peter Sorensen has researched invasive fish from Australia to the Great Lakes. For the past five years, he's focused on Lock and Dam 5 in the Mississippi and believes the lock there is an ideal location to install a deterrent to keep silver and other invasive carp out of...Read more

David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Fewer walleye on Mille Lacs will mean tighter regulations this year

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The Department of Natural Resources will tighten fishing regulations on Lake Mille Lacs this year in response to a downturn in the lake's walleye population.

DNR fisheries biologists presented the data Tuesday night at a meeting of the lake's citizens advisory committee. The population decline was not unexpected, nor is it dire, state fisheries...Read more

Dozens of ducks were killed and dumped. Idaho Fish and Game is looking for answers.

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Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials are seeking information on a poaching case involving dozens of dead ducks left to waste in Canyon County.

The agency in a news release said conservation officers on Feb. 1 learned of a number of mallard ducks dumped by a rockpile near the Mora Canal near Lynnwood and Bowmont roads. The area is a few ...Read more

Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: In the Bahamas, pursuing dinner can also bring hungry sharks

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SPANISH WELLS, BAHAMAS – Roy Pinder eased his sleek 25-footer from the dock and motored through the harbor here past the big boats from which he dove for lobsters for more than 30 years, living on board for up to a month at a time.

On this day in the harbor in addition to Roy's boat and the big lobster boats, a few pleasure yachts were tied ...Read more

Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Don't feed the bears: State, federal agencies push back against fliers found in Tahoe area

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Fliers have reportedly been posted around Lake Tahoe encouraging people to feed bears despite state laws and government agencies stating otherwise.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service, fliers have been posted recently in the Lake Tahoe Basin, “encouraging people to feed bears and allow them ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Feb. 18-March 3)

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…………............7:50 p.m........……….......................................................8:20 a...Read more

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Moose that knocked down Alaska man shot by troopers

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PALMER, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers said they shot and killed an aggressive moose that knocked down a man early Sunday in Willow.

The moose charged the man after a warning shot was fired from a firearm in an attempt to scare the moose away, according to troopers.

The moose continued to act aggressively when encountered by troopers in ...Read more

Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee/TNS

Rockfall closes popular hiking trail in Yosemite National Park

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FRESNO, Calif. — A popular Yosemite National Park trail was closed this week due to a rockfall.

Travel on the trail between Happy Isles and the Vernal Fall Footbridge is prohibited “until further notice,” park authorities announced Tuesday on Facebook.

A detour is available for park visitors, authorities said.

“Hikers should follow ...Read more

Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

Pittsburgh bird count shows all-time highs for ravens, bald eagles and redwing blackbirds

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PITTSBURGH — A rainy and mild late December influenced birdwatchers as well as the birds for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Pittsburgh.

With 215 participants, it was an average year for volunteers who counted almost 36,000 birds of 76 species.

"We had many more planned to participate and we still had an excellent number of ...Read more

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With Minnesota's unseasonably warm weather, ticks are back

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Walking, hiking, spending time outdoors enjoying the unseasonable warmth? If so, check yourself for ticks.

That advice comes from the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD), which reported finding its first deer tick of the season Monday in a field near Rosemount in Dakota County. The agency also received reports from other counties ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Feb. 11-Feb. 25)

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………..............1:45 p.m.....…………………................................................2:10 ...Read more

Lake of the Woods 'Bombers' remain winter workhorses

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Before Gregg Hennum sold Sportsman's Lodge in 2021, his family's well-known Lake of the Woods fishing resort maintained a fleet of more than 20 Bombardier snow buses to get anglers to and from the walleyes.

Those caterpillar-tracked machines were so critical to making money during winter, he kept four for himself. Around Lake of the Woods, they...Read more

John Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: An invasive carp deterrent is possible if Minnesotans play their cards right

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The actor Paul Newman earned his nickname in the flick "Cool Hand Luke" by deluding his fellow prison inmates in a game of five-card stud. Holding only a king-high "hand of nothing," our hero bluffed others at the table into folding, with Newman declaring afterward that, "sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand."

The reference is timely, ...Read more

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Trumpeters and tundras were shot, found on private property near Morris

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Federal wildlife authorities have given new details in the killing of multiple swans in west-central Minnesota, including that the birds were shot and discovered near public land protected for waterfowl.

In mid-January, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) asked for the public's help in the investigation of the birds' deaths in Stevens County...Read more

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Wild cat smuggled through DIA finds permanent home at Denver Zoo

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DENVER — The Denver Zoo’s latest feline resident has been waiting in the wings for more than a year — first smuggled through the Denver International Airport on a commercial flight, then held as evidence in a federal investigation.

In April of 2022, a video went viral when a cat escaped its carrier on a United flight to Denver, reportedly...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for Feb. 4-Feb. 18)

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.….................6:55 a.m....………………….……...........................................7:25 p....Read more

John Hayes/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Pennsylvania hunters shot fewer bears in 2023, but research continues

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In 2023, hunters in Pennsylvania took the lowest number of black bears since 2007. Nevertheless, the annual harvests through regulated hunting are largely responsible for a rise in the bear population, from an estimated 4,000 in 1980 to about 20,000 in 2020.

Results of the 2023 autumn bear seasons have not been fully tabulated, but the ...Read more

David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

DNR explores a weighty walleye change: reducing the daily limit

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A movement to slash Minnesota's statewide walleye bag limit from six fish to four is percolating once again inside the Department of Natural Resources, more than a year after the Legislature tossed the idea overboard.

Certain to shake up emotions within the state's universe of anglers, resorts, fishing guides, cabin owners, bait shops, fishing ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

(Table for Jan. 28-Feb. 11)

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…………............2:00 a.m........………........................................................2:20 ...Read more