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Anglers pondering whether to travel to fishing places where residents don't want visitors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- To celebrate opening day of the spring steelhead run on Wisconsin's Brule River, Scott Thorpe throws a party that kicks off at 2:30 a.m.

Gathered on shore with his wife, brother, other family members, friends and a few dogs, they revel in darkness at the edge of Maytag Pool, where the Thorpes have hosted their "Brule Opener" ...Read more

What 'stay at home' means for Minnesota outdoor sports, recreation, fishing, hunting

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The latest executive order from Gov. Tim Walz for Minnesotans to "stay at home" doesn't stop them from fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, walking, running, visiting state parks or enjoying other available public lands.

The broad exemption in favor of outdoor recreation -- as long as people maintain proper social distancing -- ...Read more

Feds, Minnesota putting the marsh back in Marsh Lake

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Marsh Lake is working again. Water is percolating out of the famous reservoir faster than the Minnesota River is flowing in.

Before long, duck hunters, anglers, naturalists and bird watchers will start to realize a dream conceived more than 20 years ago: returning the degraded, carp-infested Marsh Lake to its previous grandeur as...Read more

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..............10:55 a.m........................................................................................11:20 p.m.

Monday.............11:40 a....Read more

Minnesota confirms five more cases of chronic wasting disease, including one wild deer

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Five new cases of chronic wasting disease were confirmed Friday in Minnesota, including one of a wild deer in Dakota County. It's the first evidence the disease has spread to the Dakota County area, about 100 miles northwest of the state's hotbed for CWD in Preston, Minn.

"We're hopeful the disease is not widespread in the area,"...Read more

Outdoors world not immune to COVID-19 effects

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It remains to be seen how fishing and hunting in the outdoors of Minnesota will be affected by the spread of COVID-19, but the outbreak is already disrupting sports shows and spoiling the spring banquet season critical to fundraising by conservation groups.

Even before the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday called on event ...Read more

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..............5:05 a.m..........................................................................................5:35 p.m.

Monday.............6:00 a.m...Read more

Minnesota teacher has introduced more than 1,000 kids to ice fishing

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Maryama Hassan was about 10 minutes into her first ice fishing experience when she reached a discouraging conclusion.

"There are no fish here," the 7th grader pronounced, pointing with authority to the opposite side of Como Lake. "They're all over there."

Just then, Karl Erickson arrived and knelt down next to the hole in the ...Read more

Solution for a scourge? University of Minnesota scientist is progressing with carp-killer tool.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Erickson followed his love of science to outer space one summer during an internship at NASA. He came away fascinated by seeing into deep space by interpreting interaction between matter and infrared radiation.

Now a full-fledged researcher at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, the 25-year-old ...Read more

Didn't bag a deer in 2019? You're not alone. Deer, elk harvests dropped last year.

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho hunters harvested fewer deer and elk in 2019 than they have in several years, thanks to a drop in fawn survival, reduced tag availability and fewer hunters, according to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game analysis.

In a news release, the agency said white-tailed and mule deer harvests hit the lowest numbers since 2011, ...Read more

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..............5:10 p.m.........................................................................................5:35 a.m.

Monday.............6:00 p.m....Read more

Camera trap photographer captures stunning wildlife images

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TETTEGOUCHE STATE PARK, Minn. -- Ryan Pennesi has a favorite spot near this North Shore park where he hit the jackpot with wildlife sightings -- a creek crossing near Tettegouche State Park.

Well, not sightings so much as trappings. And not trapping like grab the animal by the leg but camera traps, a fancy name for a fancier version of the ever...Read more

Legislation would get rid of Minnesota shotgun-only deer hunting zones

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota would do away with shotgun-only zones for deer hunting if the Legislature this year takes up a bill that recognizes changes in firearms technology and usage.

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, who chairs the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee, said she is not ready to endorse the bill ...Read more

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..............12:15 p.m.....................................................................................12:40 a.m.

Monday.............1:00 p.m......Read more

At 700 pounds, black bear killed in New Jersey sets world record, says national hunting group

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A 700-pound black bear killed by bow on private land in Morris County, N.J., has set a world record for North American black bear, besting the mark set in 1993, according to a national organization.

The bear's size didn't surprise at least one hunting advocate who said the high weight is the result of state restrictions on hunting that allow ...Read more

Big boost for efforts promoting non-toxic fishing tackle in Minnesota

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota loon lovers, like now-retired Department of Natural Resources non-game expert Carrol Henderson, have for years pushed to get a share of the massive fines and damages BP paid for the environmental harm caused by the oil spill.

As part of the BP legal settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Minnesota ...Read more

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..............6:15 a.m........................................................................................6:45 p.m.

Monday.............7:10 a.m.....Read more

California man killed a trophy deer on his rural property. Now he's facing a huge penalty.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A 70-year-old Sacramento County man will pay a $20,000 fine after pleading no contest to shooting a trophy buck out of season on property he owns in rural El Dorado County.

The hefty fine is one of the first under a law passed in 2017 that allowed judges to slap poachers with bigger penalties if they're convicted of ...Read more

Sturgeon fishing season lasts just hours on Black Lake in Northern Michigan

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Sturgeon fishing season came and went for fishers on Black Lake -- in about six hours.

Sturgeon season on Black Lake in Cheboygan County opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 1. The season, open to hook-and-line fishing and spearing, was set to run from Feb. 1-5, or until the quota was hit. The original quota for sturgeon this year was ...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..............12:10 a.m.....................................................................................12:35 p.m.

Monday.............1:00 a.m......Read more