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The only chance Minnesota has to avoid a whitetail CWD infection rate similar to that found in southern Wisconsin is to hit the disease hard when it pops up, and keep hitting it, indefinitely.
Nick Hoffman, who grew up Nowthen, Minn., has been a fiddler to the stars in country music, and parlayed that success into an outdoors TV presence.
The appeal of pontoons is broadening as they have become more seaworthy and outfitted with bigger outboards. These more modern craft can pull tubers, wake boarders and skiers. Anglers increasingly employ pontoons as well.
With six positive CWD hits among 640 adult deer tested, DNR lead wildlife researcher Lou Cornicelli said some larger number of deer will need to be killed to determine how widespread, or limited, the disease is.
The DNR intends to kill at least 900 adult deer in a 371-square-mile region of the southeast in an attempt to gauge whether the disease is limited in scope, or widespread.
Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers had expected the herd to rebound after back-to-back recent tough winters, and preliminary numbers back that up.
Many of the Minnesota's minorities don't share the generations-old traditions of hunting, fishing and other nature-based activities that were common to the state's earliest settlers.
A pile of about 30 dead whitetail deer carcasses and deer heads were found near a trail in the Rochester city limits.
The hunt, which began Saturday and ends Jan. 15, is being held in a 371-square-mile area surrounding the location near Lanesboro where the infected deer were killed by hunters in November.
Usually in December en route over ice to our hunting spot we spook a few dozen swans followed by a gaggle or two of geese, sometimes more. In most Decembers, within an hour or so, the geese return, sometimes as singles, other times in pairs and threes.Wednesday morning was different.
Top DNR wildlife researcher Lou Cornicelli said Thursday his agency will hold a special hunt between Dec. 31 and Jan. 15, with a goal of killing 900 adult whitetails to be tested.
The committee likely will meet monthly throughout much of 2017 before issuing a report the agency has said it might adapt, ignore or do some of each.
DNR Fish and Wildlife Division Director Jim Leach and DNR big game program leader Adam Murkowski discuss expectations of the advisory group, which will meet throughout most of 2017.
At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.
Steve Pennaz dunked himself into frigid water on purpose, for a segment on his TV show, "Stone Cold Fishing," which is broadcast on Fox Sports North, among other regional networks.
Minnesota is bracketed this year by states — Wisconsin as well as South Dakota — that have serious problems with their deer herds.
Last weekend's storm effectively shut down deer hunting across much of northern Minnesota. Nearly 20 inches of snow fell in parts of the region, limiting travel and reducing access to the woods.
On a blustery opener in Wisconsin, one question had to be answered: Will the deer shy away from the wind or be out in the cold in search of food?
The end of back tags is just one licensing change facing Wisconsin deer hunters this season, which opens Saturday.
Along with Eric, his younger brother, Donald Trump Jr. is a knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsman and strong conservation advocate.
Between 1,000 and 1,200 anglers regularly pursue Kamloops rainbow trout, but the French River cold water fish hatchery, just north of Duluth, will be closed.
We hunt where we like to hunt, we accept the result, we wait for Sunday
Faico Xiong came to Minnesota from Laos in 1990, and was drawn to deer hunting shortly after.
Coaxing massive muskies with handmade flies proved difficult but the pursuit was thrilling.
Deep into October, grouse and woodcock might have left the woods. Or not.
Some in the DNR will disagree their agency is dependent, at times, on outside influences, including rabble-rousers and their ilk, for vitality and direction. History says otherwise.
Last week the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) suffered another, and perhaps final, setback in its attempt to successfully prosecute an alleged west-central Minnesota deer poacher.
More than a few duck hunters attended their friend's funeral Thursday, and to recall a time in this state when waterfowl were so plentiful a man could define his life by their comings and goings and by everything that attended those passages: cold mornings, wet retrieving dogs and muddy waders.
Pheasant numbers appear healthy even in part of state not known for that.
Of the many reasons to chase pheasants in autumn, and the list is long, the explosion of these birds from cover at nearly incalculably rapid rates — the flush — is cited most often by hunters.
The paths to hunting are varied. In Julia Schrenkler's case, it was a hunting dog's instinctive joy.
A handful of specialty fly and muskie shops continue to serve anglers, while various larger retailers vie for shares of the outdoor retail market.
Early-season goose hunters have fewer opportunities at fewer birds and fewer places to hunt. Yet geese continue to plague the very parts of the Twin Cities that want them least.
These mornings trigger a desire to lay up by one's own hand enough venison and fowl to last the coming winter.
Wright County's Pelican Lake shows evidence that efforts to restore it are working
David Maass and Arnold Krueger will be among the 80-plus cohort who will be alert Saturday morning when duck season opens in Minnesota.
Persistent rains this summer should have helped duck production, waterfowl managers say.
Mike Iaconelli turned a fishing passion into a multimedia career as a pro
For a while, it appeared unclear even to the competition's sponsor, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, exactly whom among the world's most famous wildlife art-painting family won the top honor — Jim Hautman or his brother, Bob. All that was certain was that brother Joe hadn't nabbed the top spot among 153 entries. He won in 2015, and thus was disqualified this year.
John Arms has collected a lot of calls. When none conveyed the right tone, he made his own.
"I've met a lot of good people, and I've grown in my ability to appreciate them," Tori McCormick said.
Group hunts doves and a memory, each difficult, and succeeds at both
There are fewer geese in the metro today than perhaps at any time in the past 15 years, or longer.
For Josh Stevenson and his tiger muskie-seeking clients, the past two weeks have been monumental with catches north of 45 inches.
Growing up on what are now Game Fair grounds, Loral I Delaney learned to train dogs and shoot from her father, Fred Armstrong, who founded the kennel in 1926.
That's when officials will discuss rules for winter angling season.
Gary Clancy, 68, a prolific, knowledgeable and widely respected outdoors writer, died July 27 at his home in High Forest, in southeast Minnesota.
As Dayton said, closing walleye fishing on Mille Lacs wasn't warranted, given its perceived minimal impact on fish but possibly major impact on people.
Now in its fifth year, the Game Fair 100-yard Archery Challenge is expected to attract more than 75 bow-and-arrow aficionados.
Wednesday evening the Stillwater Bridge was a pleasant perch for Jake Yang and his two young companions, Sean Yang and Steffen Yang.
Brothers Al and Ron Lindner of Brainerd have established formidable business careers based on nearly unparalleled abilities to fish well, and to teach others how…
Winds throughout the Arrowhead Region were clocked at more than 60 miles per hour July 21, strong enough to upend age-old white pines.
Their jobs involve far more than protecting fish and wildlife, important as those responsibilities are.
Everyone agrees the Gull Lake Chain will make excellent muskie water. Yet at times it's already tough to find a parking spot at one of its public launch sites.
Crappie hunt turns up so much more — bugs, birds and other beings — for well-studied angler
Bird hunters worry that age, infirmary, work or other calamity might someday keep them from venturing afield in autumn, an eventuality to be deferred as long as possible, passion being the best defense.
These recent blistering days of midsummer in Minnesota have been known as "under the dock'' days.
Who needs a fishing pole? All young Tyler Albersman needed was a tree branch, a jig, 4 feet of line and a pencil bobber to bring in a big fish.
By Nov. 1 next year, public waters must be bordered with perennial vegetative cover averaging 50 feet wide, and by November 2018, public ditches must also be buffered.
The Mille Lacs walleye bite remains hot, and the numbers say no shutdown is likely this year
Plying his trade in Hamel, veteran of the sport has seen a lot and has learned to roll with it.
In the 1960s and 1970s, about 40 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older bought a fishing license, according to the DNR. Today it's 27 percent.
Halting bonus permits at Camp Ripley aims to increase herd size. Previously, Ripley bonus tags allowed archers to kill a deer on base and in most cases continue to hunt elsewhere later in the season.
Justine Kerfoot, Benny Ambrose, Dorothy Molter and Betty Berger Lessard immersed themselves in Minnesota's northernmost wilderness.
Opportunities to fish river smallmouth bass in and near the greater metro abound. In some instances, anglers don't even need a boat or other watercraft.
A float trip on Montana's Smith River is considered one of North America's premier outdoor adventures — for those lucky enough to draw a permit in an annual lottery conducted by Montana State Parks.
Anderson: Wild for how long? Lottery luck grants access to a threatened U.S. treasure, the Smith River
Like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, the Smith River is in the cross hairs of worldwide mineral and metal exploration.
Many nesting pheasants aren't killed by predators. Instead they are lost to mowers — sometimes those operating in alfalfa fields, but more often those used for cutting hay (or grass) in roadsides.
A few tips for paddlers eager to catch fish during July and August in the Boundary Waters.
Surveys are involved, and they are not without their perils.
In a lot of ways for those involved with the outdoors, the state government is shut down.
An updated Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality estimate should be available later this week
The only antidote sufficient to blunt the news, particularly bad news, that craters our mind-sets daily is nature.
Gary Gehrman of Stillwater is an old time troller - on the water, not the internet.
If you want to catch walleye – and you're in the right state to do so – give one of these 10 big lakes a try this month.
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