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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.

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Sunday..............1:25 p.m.....................................................................................................1:55 a.m.

Monday........Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Saturday was kind of day late hunter Gary Clancy would have loved

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GARDEN CITY, Minn. - Saturday was a Gary Clancy type of day. The morning sun rose gloriously against a cloudless sky. The air was fresh. And the oaks, basswoods and maples in Blue Earth County and particularly along the Watonwan River were afire in russets and ambers, scarlets and crimsons - the hues of autumn.

This was the first day of the ...Read more

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Donated venison needed now more than ever

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The medical crisis that spawned an economic crisis has caused a hunger crisis in Pennsylvania. Pandemic-related business closings have led to layoffs or pay reductions for more than 1 million Pennsylvanians since March. Food banks in the state report that the number of residents requiring food assistance has grown from 1.5 million to 1.8 million...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.

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Sunday..............7:05 a.m....................................................................................................7:35 p.m.

Monday.........Read more

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Duck-crazy Cottage Grove family lives to hunt

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MINNEAPOLIS - Two hours of sleep was all Trevor Montez could manage as he floated in his boat on a muddy backwater of the Mississippi River in the midnight hours before the Minnesota duck opener.

His long flat-bottomed vessel sealed off the only channel to a wood duck hole that was begging to be hunted at the crack of dawn. The 22-year-old ...Read more

Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Judging from opener, Minnesota is seeing a revival of duck hunting

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MINNEAPOLIS - Duck hunters turned out in strong numbers for Minnesota's 2020 season opener, enjoying decent success and breaking from five years of sagging attendance.

The Department of Natural Resources reported an 8% upswing in state duck stamp sales through Sunday after the opener. Observers noticed a ripple of newcomers to the sport and ...Read more

A shot in the dark is now legal when hunting furbearers in Pennsylvania

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The big buck had been sighted on trail cams for two years. Joe Pascone of Monroeville passed on the deer when it had eight points in 2018. Only his family is permitted to hunt on the posted property in Westmoreland County and he was certain one of his teenage sons would drop the deer with an arrow when it bulked up and its rack grew.

"The last ...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.

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Sunday..............1:25 a.m....................................................................................................1:45 p.m.

Monday.........Read more

Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Visits to the Smith's shack for duck hunting openers always the best of times

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RENVILLE, Minn. - Saturday morning in the Minnesota River bottoms south of this small town a few ducks flew about 10 minutes before sunrise. The state's waterfowl season had been open only a short while, and Will Smith and his son, Harrison, discharged a volley from their shotguns that splashed a hen wood duck into the water just beyond their ...Read more

Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Duck season is here, and the DNR is conducting an air war against one of its threats

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MINNEAPOLIS - As an Army National Guard helicopter pilot, Brad Maas has flown in Iraq and across Minnesota. Now flying for the Department of Natural Resources, he regularly conducts aerial moose and deer surveys and fish stockings.

But the pinpoint positioning required when Maas flies his aircraft low and slow, attempting to eradicate hybrid ...Read more

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'Anything can happen': More off-highway vehicles, no experience have been a fatal mix in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS - Misty Eystad's life flashed before her eyes as she ran toward her daughter's motionless body.

It was July 4th weekend in 2017 at the cabin of a family friend. Before breakfast, the kids jumped onto a side-by-side ATV for a casual ride. Chalee, 13, was a passenger. Cale, her older brother, was the driver. When he turned to change ...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.

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Sunday..............9:10 p.m....................................................................................................9:35 a.m.

Monday.........Read more

Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: Sporting art leads to book of a lifetime

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MINNEAPOLIS - Gush if you will about the commercial triumphs of Amazon, whose tentacles reach into nearly everyone's home, or Apple's $2 trillion market value, the American spirit lives on not in corporations, but in individuals.

Which is a good thing. A great thing, actually. And never more so than now, on October's cusp, as we stiffen our ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: There are positives as grouse season opens, but issues, too

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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's ruffed grouse season opens Saturday, a big deal, memory-wise, to a lot of people.

Historically the state's most pursued game bird, Ol' Ruff hangs out in places every Minnesotan should visit but few do. High lands. Low lands. Hay fields. Aspen stands. Gray dogwood thickets. These and many other out-of-the-way places are...Read more

MARK VANCLEAVE/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

At long last, Boundary Waters named 'dark sky sanctuary'

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DULUTH, Minn. - The starry nights are no secret to those familiar with the Boundary Waters, but a new designation puts the wilderness area on the world map for those seeking stunning skies after dusk.

An international association recently certified the Boundary Waters as the world's 13th dark sky sanctuary, a title given to land that has "an ...Read more

Dennis Anderson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Dennis Anderson: 2020 is a year for the birds in Minnesota, as pheasants shine

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MINNEAPOLIS - Still only in its ninth month, 2020 already is considered one of the worst years - ever.

Granted, the period between 1347 and 1351, when the Black Death wiped some 200 million people off the face of the earth, was no picnic.

Also, smallpox killed 10 million Mexicans after the Spanish introduced the disease to them in 1520. The ...Read more

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Missouri researchers hope putting 'backpacks' on wild turkeys can help explain population declines

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ST. LOUIS - Missouri officials and university researchers, worried the state's wild turkey population is on the edge of calamity, are embarking on an extensive study of the fowl, even preparing to track the birds with GPS "backpacks."

Missouri turkeys were once a species on the rebound. But over the last several years scientists have seen signs...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.

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Sunday..............2:45 p.m...................................................................................................3:15 a.m.

Monday..........Read more

Brian Peterson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

Ruffed Grouse Society project would improve Minnesota's degrading hunter walking trails

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MINNEAPOLIS - Nonmotorized hunter walking trails would receive overdue upgrades as part of a new initiative proposed by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

The $300,000 program - part of a much larger package of outdoors projects recommended for funding this year with state lottery proceeds - is designed to address what the conservation group has ...Read more

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Dennis Anderson: Modern Carnivore aims to get non-hunters to embrace hunting

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MINNEAPOLIS - Attempts to get a handle on the many ways and the speed at which the world is changing is a bit like trying to grab smoke: You can see it, but you can't quite get hold of it.

So it is also with hunting.

In some quarters, the world's oldest "sport" is immutable, providing as it always has opportunities for individuals to immerse ...Read more