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Dry conditions greet waterfowl hunters

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Barring a drastic change in weather patterns, dry conditions will play into hunting strategies this fall for duck and goose hunters, especially those who prefer hunting over water.

The regular duck and goose seasons open Sept. 23 in North Dakota and Minnesota. The first week of North Dakota's season is open to residents only; nonresidents can ...Read more

'The hardest hunt I've ever done': What it's like to bag a mountain goat

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SEATTLE -- For hunters, killing a mountain goat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"It's one of those prized animals nobody gets a chance to go after," said Jerrod Gibbons, a hunting guide in Washington's Okanogan County. "Unless you have a lot of money ... "

After years of overhunting (several hundred were killed each year in the 1960s and ...Read more

Minnesota DNR plans to change walleye stocking strategies

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Sometimes, less walleye stocking is better than too much walleye stocking, at least when it comes to fingerlings, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials say.

After evaluating the stocking of walleye fingerlings on 254 lakes in the state's Accelerated Walleye Program, the agency has announced it will cease stocking ...Read more

Loss of habitat drives another decline in pheasant population

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The bad news for Minnesota pheasant hunters came down early this past week. The pheasant population index, based on August roadside surveys, was down 26 percent from last year.

And last year was not a great year for Minnesota pheasant hunters.

For broader perspective, the counts this year were 32 percent below the 10-year average and 62 ...Read more

Lake Erie fly fishing can thrill before the spawning runs

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Labor Day weekend, when hurricane-remnant rains pushed tributary water into Lake Erie and dropped the near-shore water temperature, several overeager steelhead mistook the anomaly for an invitation to run.

One fly fisherman caught seven silver bullets in the channel at Walnut Creek Access Area. The next day, more were taken a third of a mile ...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..............3:05 a.m...........................................................3:35 p.m.

Monday.............4:00 a.m..................................Read more

Bass in the rain: Fly-fishing contest pits anglers against river smallies

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DULUTH, Minn. -- It may well have been the smallest fishing contest ever held on the St. Louis River. And it had to be among the wettest. But it wasn't short of passion.

Twenty-six fly-fishers turned out during an all-day downpour Aug. 26 for the first "Paddle the Pads" Bass Fishing Contest on the river. The event, open only to fly-fishers ...Read more

After Atlantic salmon spill, fish farms' future under attack on both sides of border

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Cooke Aquaculture Pacific knew it had problems at its Cypress Island fish farm before the catastrophic failure that spilled tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound.

"The farm site No. 2 was identified as the first priority for upgrades. We knew it was at the end of its life cycle and it needed upgrades right away, and we were in ...Read more

Pelicans descend on Kansas by the thousands

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The pelicans have returned to central Kansas.

They're polar bear-white, with 9-foot wingpans and waddle clumsily on land on feet the size of ping-pong paddles. But when they reach water they can swim like Michael Phelps, and in flight they soar with more grace than a swan.

Robert Penner calls them the "Boys of Summer" because ...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..............10:10 p.m.......................................................10:35 a.m.

Monday.............11:00 p.m...................................Read more

New research sheds light on lunar phase impact on white-tailed deer

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Conventional wisdom has long held that deer are more active on moonlit nights, and most active under a full moon. The day after, the conjecture followed, deer move around less in the daylight.

Some hunters staked their outdoors reputations in support of the theory, as well as their ability to fill a freezer full of venison. Companies that ...Read more

Big fish in big numbers at Kansas reservoir

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CHENEY RESERVOIR, Kan. -- Mark Fowler has fished Cheney Reservoir hundreds of times in the past 24 years. In some ways, he's never seen the lake better than it's been this year.

"For numbers of big wipers, this is probably as good as I've ever seen," Fowler said as he tried to subdue an eight-pounder as he fished during Monday's eclipse. "They'...Read more

Bear hunters looking for another good season this fall

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Last fall, Minnesota bear hunters were beneficiaries of a skimpy supply of natural foods in the woods. In other words, the bears were hungry and especially susceptible to the Gummi Bears and taco chips and sweet syrups that hunters used for bait.

The result: Hunters killed more bears than they had for several years. They shot 2,641 bears, the ...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..............4:40 p.m..........................................................5:00 a.m.

Monday.............5:25 p.m...................................Read more

Multitalented Kid Rock can also fish

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kid Rock couldn't have picked a better fishing guide Sunday than Josh Stevenson, owner of Blue Ribbon Bait and Tackle and Mighty Muskie Guide Service in Oakdale.

Not only is Stevenson an excellent fisherman, he knows music.

"I didn't tell Kid Rock, but I had seen him in concert six times," Stevenson said. "The Y2K concert in ...Read more

Decoy carving will share limelight on waterfowl's big stage

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WAUSAU, Wis. -- Growing up near the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, Mike Pierce of Wausau, Wis., developed a deep and abiding fondness for duck hunting.

First, it was calling that struck his fancy. His feeding chuckles and hail calls became so highly regarded that he served as a judge at the World Duck Calling Championship in ...Read more

US Youth Fly fishing team adapts to conditions in international competition

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On a mountain river in Slovenia during the recent World Youth Fly Fishing Championship, the U.S. team was hanging on at fifth place entering the fifth and final session on the water. Following a change in long-planned strategy, however, the Americans rallied to a third-place finish overall.

In a field that included 68 teen anglers from 12 ...Read more

DNR launches high-tech study of food webs in Minnesota's largest walleye lakes

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Managing fish populations in Minnesota's iconic walleye lakes gets trickier with each passing year.

The earth is warming, invasive species are proliferating and fishing pressure in the electronic age is ever more intense. Gone are the days when fisheries managers could stay ahead of the curve by annually measuring the abundance ...Read more

Kansas' pet deer shooting easily avoided with Texas rules

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Angered over a December event where a Kansas game warden shot a tame deer, in a family's yard, Texan James McGinn has asked the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission to change its regulations.

The 2-year-old mule deer doe, named Faline by Kim Mcgaughey and her family, was shot in rural Grant County. Game wardens said ...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.............11:50 a.m...................................Read more

 

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