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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..............11:10 p.m.....................................................................11:35 a.m.

Monday.............11:55 p.m.....................Read more

Bald eagle, goshawk populations going in opposite directions

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The nearly half-century tally of birds that fly over Hawk Ridge every autumn is really a snapshot of annual migration, impacted by weather and natural cycles, and not necessarily a population survey.

But the tale of two raptors that fly over Duluth, Minn., on their way south each autumn are shining examples of what researchers are seeing across...Read more

Story of bear rescued from a metal cream can with Jaws of Life has happy ending

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ROSEAU, Minn. -- Bears are nosy critters by nature, and a 150-pound black bear recently found out the hard way what happens when it sticks its nose into a 10-gallon metal cream can.

Fortunately, thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Roseau Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, this story has a ...Read more

Former Vikings player Keith Nord deals with cancer but stays happy afield

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Similar to his three English setters, Keith Nord has always ranged far and wide. "I want to be moving," he said. "I don't like to sit."

A Minnetonka kid, Nord was a star quarterback in high school, though when he showed up in St. Cloud to call plays for the Huskies, he stood only 5-foot-9 and tipped the scales at 150. But he was ...Read more

Quick thinking, good fortune saves man mauled by grizzlies

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Tom Therrien and Todd Green half-ran recently through the rugged Beartooth Mountains that divide Wyoming and Montana, they prayed for help. Their friend Brad Johnson had been attacked by grizzly bears, and Therrien and Green fretted he might be dead.

Another friend, Justin Reid, had stayed with Johnson, salving his many ...Read more

Minnesota ruffed grouse outlook tough to predict

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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- After last year, Ted Dick could be excused for being gun shy about making predictions on ruffed grouse hunting this fall in Minnesota.

The season for ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge opened Saturday, Sept. 15.

Forest game bird coordinator for the Department of Natural ...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..............5:40 p.m........................................................................6:05 a.m.

Monday.............6:30 p.m.....................Read more

Can Millennial women save sport fishing in the Great Lakes?

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On a frigid morning in 2016, with sleet pounding down around her, Amanda Hughes found herself sobbing on a boat. The 27-year-old had just landed her first steelhead trout after years of hooking and losing them.

"It was like almost everything in the world just stopped and I just remember being so happy and my hands were freezing," she said.

...Read more

San Diegans lured to wild, remote Alaskan river for bucket-list fishing

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ALAGNAK RIVER WILDERNESS, Alaska -- What kind of place is Katmai Lodge, a bucket-list fishing destination carved out of the Alaskan tundra, six times closer to Russia than Seattle?

Operations Manager Bob Kantor starts telling stories.

A single caretaker watches over the lodge in the heart of the region's bone-chilling winters. One day, Kantor ...Read more

Minnesota pheasant survey has several nuggets of good news

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Unexpected as it was, the news recently that Minnesota's statewide pheasant count was up 19 percent this year from 2017 should have brightened the faces of ringneck hunters from Farmington to Fergus Falls.

This is especially true given the late spring this year that delayed nesting throughout the state's pheasant range (the ...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..............11:50 a.m......................................................................12:20 a.m.

Monday.............12:45 p.m....................Read more

From missing kids to extra fish, Minnesota K-9 conservation officer team is on the job

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DEER RIVER, Minn. -- It was Fourth of July week and Minnesota Conservation Officer Mike Fairbanks had just come on shift when he heard his radio crackle with reports of a missing boy.

Fairbanks radioed back that he and his partner were available to help in the search being quickly organized by Itasca County sheriff's deputies.

By the time ...Read more

As early Canada goose season opens, summer figuratively gives way to fall

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota might not be the waterfowl hunting mecca it once was. But there are still plenty of people in this state who are happy that summer is ending -- and duck and goose seasons are beginning.

Such was the case Saturday morning along the eastern front of the Twin Cities, where alarm clocks rang hours before daylight, signaling...Read more

Officials stress safety precautions as Maryland sees one of highest boating death rates in decades

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BALTIMORE -- Fourteen people have died in boating-related incidents in Maryland this year -- up from nine in 2017 -- putting the state on track for one of the deadliest years in decades. While the direct cause for the perilous influx is unknown, the common denominator in every death is life jackets, Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman ...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..............5:05 a.m.........................................................................5:35 p.m.

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

Old friends, new fish tales on Rainy Lake

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ON RAINY LAKE -- At the age of 89 years, 11 months and 21 days, you would have found Jim Rolando in his 18-foot Crestliner fishing for walleyes.

Then again, that's where you would find him on just about any summer day, probably even on his 90th birthday.

Forget the rocking chair on the porch. Rolando wants to be sitting on a pedestal boat seat...Read more

Retiree gets more than he bargained for on fire-shortened wilderness trip

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In retrospect, had physician Pete Arnesen known that the first waters he would paddle after retiring would be pockmarked with forest fires, he would have undertaken the expedition anyway. But the experience nonetheless is seared in his mind, and will be recalled as a cautionary tale when planning future adventures.

Arnesen, 65, ...Read more

Sleek, new Minnesota DNR fisheries boat is all-around upgrade

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota fisheries workers on the North Shore will never denigrate the 25-foot Boston Whaler that provided them safe travel on Lake Superior for more than three decades.

But the heavily used fiberglass Whaler worked beyond its life expectancy. What's now cutting waves, netting fish and dodging storms on the largest Great Lake ...Read more

Lake of the Woods fishing guide sentenced for too many fish

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A Lake of the Woods fishing guide has been sentenced to pay $770 in fines, restitution and court fees for keeping too many walleyes and saugers while guiding clients on a two-day fishing trip.

Dennis Neal Anderson, 61, of Williams, Minn., was guiding a group of six anglers found with 54 walleyes and saugers -- 12 more than allowed for a seven-...Read more

'We're trying to make a generation shift': Meet the groups diversifying the great outdoors

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When Victoria Buitron ventured onto her first trail for a New Year's Day hike a few years ago, she said the ever-changing terrain transformed her.

The treadmills she was used to didn't stand a chance.

But Buitron, 29, noticed one aspect of the great outdoors that wasn't so great.

"I've hiked just about everywhere in the tristate area, and it ...Read more