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Columnist can add 'bird grandmother' to her resume: Namesake peregrine produces two chicks in Manitoba

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- From the "wow, that's cool" department comes this news about a peregrine falcon hatched in 2016 atop the University of North Dakota water tower and named after longtime Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty.

Marilyn the Peregrine is alive and well and has produced two offspring -- a male and a female -- this year in ...Read more

Geese police hoping kayakers can protect wild rice

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DULUTH, Minn. -- In theory, the wild rice growing along the lower St. Louis River is there for geese to enjoy -- that's why natural resource agencies are working so hard to bring it back.

But when the expanding resident population of giant Canada geese start munching on manoomin well before it's even ripe, destroying the entire stalk, they can ...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..............1:10 p.m........................................................................1:40 a.m.

Monday.............2:05 p.m.....................Read more

More deer, more doe permits for hunters

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A string of average and mild winters, combined with fewer antlerless deer being shot in recent seasons, boosted the deer population across much of Minnesota, and that means more doe permits for more deer hunters this fall.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last week revealed its deer hunting plans for the 2018 season that include ...Read more

Will feeding Illinois deer help them, or hasten their demise?

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The white-tailed deer is so beloved in Illinois that schoolchildren voted to make it the official state animal in 1980. So proposals to mess with the health and habits of the forest-dwelling does and bucks tend to generate ferocious debate.

Such is the case with a bill that would launch a trial program to see what might happen to the state's ...Read more

Couple from southern Minnesota busted for 253 crappies over the limit

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A timely Turn In Poachers (TIP) call from an angler in southern Minnesota has resulted in charges against a Mountain Lake couple who were caught with 273 crappies in their possession after exploiting a hot bite on Fairmont's Lake Sisseton.

Minnesota Conservation Officer Dustin Miller said Tuesday the case is a prime example of ...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..............6:15 a.m........................................................................6:45 p.m.

Monday.............7:10 a.m.....................Read more

Grand Forks angler and inventor makes a splash with his Muskie Bacon Airhead fishing lures and Power Tails

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As a muskie fisherman with a knack for inventing things, developing a muskie lure came naturally for Jeff Sprecher.

It appears the Grand Forks, N.D., inventor and entrepreneur has landed the tackle equivalent of a whopper with his Airheads -- bucktail-type fishing lures with double spinner blades and soft plastic heads and tails -- and Power ...Read more

Boat manufacturers urged to join fight against invasive species

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Zebra mussels and other aquatic pests may soon have fewer chances to hitchhike via boat, thanks to new boat-design guidelines expected to roll out this month from the American Boat and Yacht Council.

The recommendations, which will go out to the council's 3,000-plus members internationally, are aimed at sealing more boat ...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..............1:00 a.m.......................................................................1:25 p.m.

Monday.............1:45 a.m......................Read more

Lake Vermilion guides get 100 kids out for a day of fishing

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ON LAKE VERMILION -- Libbie Shaffer asked the question many anglers think but few are willing to blurt out.

"Why is it taking so long?" Libbie, 11, asked of her guide, Lonnie Johnson.

Libbie had been fishing with a nightcrawler under a slip bobber for a full five minutes and the bobber had yet to dip below the surface.

Sometimes, Libbie, the ...Read more

Bowfest, a 3D archery event near Duluth, aims to be a big draw

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Alex Comstock pulled back on his bow, steadied his aim and let fly an arrow across a steep gully.

The 57-yard shot was perfect, nailing the 6 x 6 bull elk right in the sweet spot. And it was the second bug bull he shot in 10 minutes.

Of course, Comstock was shooting at foam targets and not the real thing -- testing out a ...Read more

Footprints of hiking's popularity are everywhere

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MINNEAPOLIS -- More people are hiking long trails from end to end, particularly on some of the crown jewels in the United States. Word of mouth and hard data bear that out.

There are no specific overall numbers regarding thru-hiking nationally, but there are markers of hiking's popularity, said Wesley Trimble, outreach and communications ...Read more