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..............Midnight............................................................................................12:25 p.m.

Monday.............12:...Read more

Mississippi River holds a means of escape — and a playground for bow anglers

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ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, Minn. -- From Winona north to the Twin Cities and farther north still to its headwaters in Itasca State Park, this river bends like an artery through Minnesota, and is forever in motion.

Whether bracketed by statuesque pines near Brainerd, the bright lights of the Twin Cities or Wabasha's leafy hardwoods, the ...Read more

Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on them

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Contrary to the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota's wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.

The National Wild Turkey Federation laid off 51 employees recently as a consequence of COVID-19. Staff cuts have hit other groups to a lesser degree, and they're...Read more

Far from done, but a comeback plan for elk north of Hinckley advances

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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have agreed to work together on a formal proposal to reintroduce elk north of Hinckley on the eastern side of the state.

The two sides are far from making a decision, but the latest development assures that the idea that was first kicked around in ...Read more

Pedal-powered kayak offers serious fishing platform

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ON RICE LAKE, Minn. -- Noah Jahr noticed a twitch of his rod tip, stopped pedaling for a moment, calmly lifted the rod out of the holder and gave it a snap.

"Just another pike," he said as he reeled in yet another small northern on this fish-filled lake just outside Duluth.

But hey, pike are fun "and this stretch right here, if I ever need to ...Read more

Fur flies over Missouri proposal to allow hunting of black bears

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Wildlife watchers from places as far away as Germany have bashed a proposed black bear hunt in Missouri that would take place in October 2021.

The Missouri Department of Conservation proposed the event last month, saying a "limited" hunt was "essential" to managing the black bear population in the future "as Missouri's ...Read more

Wildlife tour gets real when venomous cottonmouth climbs aboard boat off Outer Banks

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If there's anything more unnerving than watching a venomous snake swim toward your boat, it's suspecting it found a way aboard and is hiding.

That happened Sunday to Todd Winn, a human resources officer in the U.S. Navy, as he was enjoying an "eco photography boat tour" off North Carolina's Outer Banks.

"I was taking photos of this cottonmouth...Read more

After Midland flood, Wixom, Sanford lake residents face long, complicated restoration

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Charles Hudler used to look out his window at Wixom Lake, resplendent with fisherman, boaters and families of ducks or swans moving slowly across its tranquil, blue-green waters.

He now looks out on a vast field of mud where his waterfront utopia used to be. The lake is gone. The Tittabawassee River has re-emerged. Erosion is ongoing.

And this...Read more

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

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..............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 ( 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

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..............2:30 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