After Midland flood, Wixom, Sanford lake residents face long, complicated restoration

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Charles Hudler used to look out his window at Wixom Lake, resplendent with fisherman, boaters and families of ducks or swans moving slowly across its tranquil, blue-green waters.

He now looks out on a vast field of mud where his waterfront utopia used to be. The lake is gone. The Tittabawassee River has re-emerged. Erosion is ongoing.

And this...Read more

Upper Peninsula man charged with 125 wildlife crimes, including killing eagles, wolves

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A Chippewa County, Michigan, man has been charged with 125 wildlife crimes, including killing protected bald eagles and wolves.

The charges -- filed earlier in May against Kurt Johnston Duncan, 56, of Pickford -- were the result of a months-long investigation by the Department of Natural Resource's Law Enforcement Division, officials said in a ...Read more

Jon Stravers serves as eyes and ears of the Driftless Area

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His granddaughter calls him "Hawk Daddy" and he moonlights as a folk musician. He recognizes bird calls so precisely that he knows -- by nickname -- who is making them.

Meet Driftless Area bird researcher Jon Stravers, a free-spirited zealot who spends countless days on the Mississippi River and its backwaters immersing himself in observation ...Read more

More than 250 fishing tournaments in Minnesota still proceeding with restrictions

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Upward of 250 fishing tournaments are going forward in Minnesota this season despite significant rule changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jon Hansen, fisheries consultant and tournament policy coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said he will contact tournament organizers soon to remind them ...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..............7:40 p.m............................................................................................8:05 a.m.

Monday.............8:30 p...Read more

Minnesota state parks slowly get ready to reopen to campers

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IN AFTON STATE PARK, Minn. -- On Tuesday, May 19, while hiking in this oak-laden expanse of bluffs, ravines and grassy ridgetops that adjoin the St. Croix River, Erika Rivers was uncertain when Minnesota state parks would again be open to overnight camping.

The second oldest state park system in the nation, Minnesota's latticework of 66 state ...Read more

Veteran fishing guide Tony Roach ready to safely go back to work

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ON LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. -- Unable to book paying clients when Minnesota's summer fishing began May 9, Tony Roach was on this big lake that day nonetheless, casting a jig and retrieving it while boating one walleye after another.

Like other Minnesota fishing guides from Winona to Warroad, Roach's business ( had been ...Read more

Suffering from cabin fever during quarantine? Perhaps it's time to pick up a pole.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As the weeks drag on and the weather becomes increasingly pleasant, the sense of cabin fever caused by our collective coronavirus quarantine is sure to increase.

So many entertainment options we used to take for granted are now indefinitely off limits: Forget about taking in a baseball or softball game. Date night at the movie...Read more

More people fishing, but smaller segment of U.S. population overall

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The number of people fishing across the U.S. went up in 2018, including more women and more minorities than ever before, according to a comprehensive report on angling in America.

The "2019 Special Report on Fishing," a joint effort of the Outdoor Foundation and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, polled more than 20,000 people ...Read more