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Video shows wolf fishing for spawning suckers in northern Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS — Late in the dark of night a wolf stands alone, listening, on the shore of an island in the Ash River in northern Minnesota. A splash. The wolf darts into the water, corrals the fish toward shore, dunks her head under and pulls up a fat white sucker.

The spring spawning run has begun for one the state's most abundant fish, a time...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: More women are out fishing, but where are more kids?

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MINNEAPOLIS — The goodwill that exists among Minnesotans for conservation of the state's natural resources and especially for preservation of outdoor traditions — fishing among them — is unbounded.

That was among my thoughts last weekend during the inland walleye and northern pike opener, which some friends and I spent on Lake ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 26-June 9)

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………................2:10 a.m.....………………….................................................2:40...Read more

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Pittsburgh's deer reduction program won't be enough to temper population, Pitt research indicates

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh's white-tailed deer reduction program was announced and initiated in 2023 without much detail or justification. A University of Pittsburgh study documents new information, confirms the necessity of deer management in the city and offers recommendations on how to proceed.

Professor Jeremy Weber and his students at the ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Weather more than walleye was top of mind as we launched the opener

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ON LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH, Minn. — The surprise Saturday on the first day of Minnesota's inland walleye and northern pike season wasn't that the fish were or weren't biting. They're always biting somewhere, sometime for someone, a positive vibe that was the operative mojo of the late, great Jimmy Buffett, among other renowned anglers.

No, the ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: After more than six decades, the Minnesota fishing opener still brings them together

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MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday, at the crack of dawn, these old boys weren't on the water. They were near it, in the same cabin at the same resort they've been visiting for decades; in no hurry on this fishing opener to push away from the dock.

They're weren't worried. They'll catch their walleyes.

For 64 years running — 65 this opener — they ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 19-June 2)

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.…...................9:10 p.m....………………….……..............................................9:...Read more

Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: For Minnesota opener, fishing will be fantastic -- and catching will be great

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MINNEAPOLIS — This Saturday, when Minnesota's inland walleye and northern pike seasons begin anew, the fishing, as always, will be fantastic.

And the catching? You heard it here first: It'll be fast and furious.

To make this admittedly out-on-a-limb prediction, I looked at statewide ice-out dates, which obviously were early this spring, and ...Read more

Pittsburgh-area hunters plan around rain for spring turkey season

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PITTSBURGH — Wild turkeys are often given too much or too little credit. Their ability to perceive the world around them is seen as nearly magical, or they are considered dumb animals with brains the size of a pea.

There's no magic in a gobbler's ability to see a finger twitch at 100 yards, no absence of intellect in being startled when a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 12-May 26)

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………….............4:05 p.m........……….........................................................4:35 ...Read more

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Licensing for Minnesota recreation making major leap to digital age

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's licensing and permitting system for outdoor recreation — everything from bobcat-trapping to Nordic skiing on state trails — will undergo an electronic transformation next year to offer the convenience of mobile phone displays and on-the-go registrations.

Old-school paper certificates for fishing and other ...Read more

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John Hayes: How to take trout from the river to the kitchen

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PITTSBURGH — To make the most of the moment, determine why you're there. For the fish or for the fishing?

Trout fishing can be a thrill whether you are a catch-and-release fly angler or expected to bring something home for the frying pan. And if you're a kid contributing to the family dinner for the first time, sharing the catch can be a ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for May 5-May 19)

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 a.m.....………………….................................................10:00 ...Read more

Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Building a new fish hatchery will help shorten the time between bites

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MINNEAPOLIS — Craig Soupir has $20 million to spend, and wants to do it right.

In fact, the money isn't Soupir's, and he alone isn't responsible for ensuring the Department of Natural Resources builds the best fish hatchery $20 million can buy.

But it's safe to say no one is more excited than Soupir, the DNR's area fisheries supervisor in ...Read more

David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Will 'shotgun only' zone for deer in southern Minnesota be abolished?

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MINNEAPOLIS — A yearslong effort at the State Capitol to abolish Minnesota's "shotgun-only" zone for deer hunting in most of southern Minnesota continues to inch along, this time with the opportunity for individual counties to cling to the status quo.

A bipartisan push for the change has earned support in the Senate, but there's still ...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for April 28-May 12)

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:...Read more

Best times for anglers

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(Table for April 21-May 5)

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…………............10:35 p.m........……….......................................................10:55 ...Read more

Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Anglers protesting tough new Mille Lacs rules are wrong

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MINNEAPOLIS — Science can come in handy when it suits your biases. Otherwise — especially in the case of fish and wildlife management — it can be a hassle.

Just ask those who are complaining about the Department of Natural Resources' recent declaration that anglers this spring and early summer on Mille Lacs can't keep any walleyes.

None....Read more

Steven Oehlenschlager/Dreamstime/TNS

Big Ten deer hunting rankings? Minnesota isn't the powerhouse you'd expect.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ever wonder how Minnesota stacks up against its peers in deer hunting?

Among the 11 states now represented in the Big Ten Conference, Gopher Nation stands out as a blueblood in the categories of opportunity and participation.

Minnesota boasts 8.2 million acres of public hunting land and has fielded an average of 476,000 deer ...Read more

Steven Oehlenschlager/Dreamstime/TNS

Big Ten deer hunting rankings? Minnesota isn't the powerhouse you'd expect.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ever wonder how Minnesota stacks up against its peers in deer hunting?

Among the 11 states now represented in the Big Ten Conference, Gopher Nation stands out as a blueblood in the categories of opportunity and participation.

Minnesota boasts 8.2 million acres of public hunting land and has fielded an average of 476,000 deer ...Read more