Islamorada fishermen, marinas struggle in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

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The last text from Islamorada, Fla., before Hurricane Irma plowed into the Keys was about fishing.

"Look forward to a visit after things get back to normal. Bonefish are making a comeback," wrote Richard Stanczyk, proprietor of Bud N' Mary's Marina for the past 40 years.

Fishing is always a central topic in Islamorada, with its well-earned ...Read more

Fishing groups recruited to contribute to walleye research

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ERIE, Pa. -- I tried worm harnesses, shiny spoons and plugs. We adjusted my Dipsy and lowered the downrigger. No matter what we tried, Ron Milavec of Upper St. Clair, Pa., and I could not figure out why he was catching bigger walleye on his side of the boat.

"Ha! Another," he said, dropping a plump 'eye across his measuring stick before tossing...Read more

Minnesota bear harvest will be higher than anticipated

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Despite reducing the number of permits available to bear hunters this fall, wildlife officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say the bear harvest will be higher than expected.

That makes two years in a row, at a time when the DNR is trying to hold harvests down in order to increase the state's bear population. Currently, ...Read more

How to avoid getting lost in the woods

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Grouse hunting is, by its nature, a walk in the woods. A couple of recent lost-hunter incidents, one in Pine County and another near Remer, serve as reminders that hunters can sometimes find themselves turned around. Both of those incidents involved hunters being lost for multiple days and requiring rescue.

With that in mind, ...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...............8:50 p.m...........................................................9:15 a.m.

Monday.............9:40 p.m.................................Read more

Wildlife diseases spread on land and water

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PITTSBURGH -- Since late-August thousands of fish have washed up on the shores of Pymatuning Reservoir. The fish kill, described as "significant," has impacted just one species, the common carp.

Last week a Minnesota testing lab confirmed what biologists from the state Fish and Boat Commission had suspected. The cause is koi herpes virus, a ...Read more

For luring walleyes, try lead core fishing lines

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LAKE VERMILION, Minn. -- Jeremy Maslowski zeroed the line counter on his oversized baitcasting reel and nudged the trolling motor to produce a consistent speed of 2.4 mph.

"This should do it," he said. "Go ahead."

Bulky, Dacron-sheathed fishing line rolled into the water, pulled by the resistance of small, artificial lures. Each 30-foot ...Read more

More hunters turning to crossbows

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Crossbow use by deer hunters continues to grow in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, outdoor retailers say. Both states have relaxed regulations on crossbow use in recent years.

The devices, which shoot arrows -- called bolts -- accurately at high speeds, appeal especially to hunters who have difficulty drawing back compound bows. ...Read more

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

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..............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

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..............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


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