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The fishing was so enjoyable that a planned grouse hunt was skipped.
On Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources released a roundup of reports from state conservation officers. Viewed collectively, they illustrate a pretty good start to duck hunting in 2016 with exceptions in the southern tier.
About half would aid prairies and wetlands.
The group's numbers may be down, but it's still trying to increase bird numbers.
The decision reached before the duck opener was that limited seeding of shallow water is lawful.
Struggling Bloomington angler got final spot in national tournament on Lake Mille Lacs last weekend.
The grouse population is on the rise, though a wet summer could affect both numbers and tracking.
Minnesota's beloved loon population — the largest in the U.S. — is stable at about 12,000 breeding adults.
With white men dominating the industry, others must be courted.
Having built a Norse-inspired vessel, the two are testing it -- and themselves -- with a journey down the Mississippi River.
Local Ojibwe bands had expressed displeasure with Dayton's decision earlier this month to allow the season to continue even though a quota had been surpassed.
Secrets are freely shared at the longtime Apple Valley group that has been expanding by about six anglers a year.
Minnesota wants to turn the tide in the battle to get youths involved in the outdoors
At issue is Gov. Mark Dayton's move last week to break this year's joint management agreement governing the annual walleye harvest by band members and state-licensed anglers.
The goal is maintaining and improving the birds' habitat in hunting states.
The DNR has been doing more promotions and outreach work to combat a decline in fishing interest on a per capita basis. Attracting young people is a concern.
A bigger herd means a cautious easing of regulations by the DNR.
'Tourist camp' in Ontario offers a remote, no-frills fishing paradise
Pelican Lake property owner David Majkrzak, a retired mechanical engineer who lives in West Fargo, N.D., has been one of the loudest anti-muskie voices around Fergus Falls.
A Minnesota fish feud over muskie stocking has been settled — for now — with a decision by the DNR to introduce the big predators to the Gull Lake chain near Brainerd.
Fast-growing Hmong community fishing contest is rewarding on many levels
Whether it's the economics or the versatility, the sport is a lot of things to a lot of anglers. Here are their takes.
Andrew Slette, an electrician who lives in Hawley, said his recent catch outmeasured the 54-incher he caught last year, also on Pelican.
The winning team of 5- to 12-year-old anglers will get their names engraved on the Lake Minnetonka Cup, à la the NHL's Stanley Cup.
More than a decade after a bold move, hot fishing is getting hotter.
Steven DeMars of Stillwater earned state bragging rights this week as the first catch-and-release record holder for a Minnesota flathead catfish.
DNR, citing program's progress, wants electronic fish-tracking program to continue.
The biggest single muskie in the tournament was 52 inches, caught by Kevin Kray on Lake Independence.
A DNR project aims to curb development around deep lakes containing ciscoes.
Digital cellphone technology is all that's needed this year to police the Chris Nelson Memorial Fishing Tournament, the marquee annual event of the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association.
When the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) meets Tuesday in St. Paul, members will review discord in the legislative session that unraveled 18 percent of the commission's recommended spending.
The anti-muskie sentiment centers on an assertion that large muskies will prey on walleye and panfish, ruining those native fish populations.
Larger crafts are in demand, thriving in a market flooded with new options.
Data on boat registrations in the state show ownership trends by county and type of boat.
The anti-muskie stocking movement was largely fed by local opposition to DNR plans to introduce muskies in Otter Tail County, Gull Lake and Big Marine Lake.
Stuck on a mud flat in a boggy stretch of the Mississippi as darkness was approaching, Michael Stone was in the early throes of freezing to death when he reached for a solar-powered cell phone.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the follies of boat launching take on epic proportions on three special occasions: fishing opener, Memorial Day weekend and July 4th.
Conservation officers across the state reported seeing success for many of the traditionalists who showed up.
For those who weren't turned off by the state's new season-long catch-and-release mandate for the big lake, the fish were plentiful.
Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop, a historic Lake Elmo store, is moving by Lake Monster Brewing Co.
After bypassing brisk current, fishing was a fruitful foray
More than 2,000 anglers are expected to participate Saturday in Lake Minnetonka's annual crappie contest, with $50,000 in prizes.
So far this year, 6,584 turkeys have been taken statewide compared to 6,592 a year ago.
This weekend's first Women's Outdoor Expo at South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club will offer clinics to all
Lessard-Sams council member says vehicles will harm habitat.
The change is a response to fishing option; the traditional program is to remain unchanged.
For the first time, the DNR is collecting walleye eggs on Lake Mille Lacs, with a look to the future
Conservationists say funds are being wrongly tied down.
County Attorney Richard Stulz said in papers filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals his office wants to resume prosecution of Joshua Dwight Liebl of Dawson on 13 gross-misdemeanor and misdemeanor counts
A judge has tossed out the Minnesota DNR's highest-profile deer-poaching bust in recent memory, saying a GPS device that conservation officers attached to the suspect's pickup was illegal.
State group, helped by Cabela's grant, has helped sport spread to 11 states with more in its sights
After resurrection of the bird in '70s, wildlife area is a rich hunting spot
Fishing with a bobber and live bait is a fundamental Minnesota experience that the Mille Lacs fishing and resort community felt they couldn't live without this summer.
To better track whitetail abundance, agency should survey hunters' opinionsannually, some say
Legislation that seeks to ban the spread of muskie fishing to new lakes in the state will be a sizzling topic of conversation this weekend…
Goal is to keep Mille Lacs open, but merchants are fearing deeper losses.
Want advice on muskie, walleye or smallmouth fishing or picking a kayak? It's available
Three men, a Chisago City fishing business and the Minnesota Fishing Museum itself will be inducted Friday into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame.
At 62, Jim Leach will take over the state fish and wildlife division.
Some conservation group leaders and DNR officials say the actions are threatening to undo millions of dollars in land deals between the state and willing sellers.
Policy will be catch-and-release only, with no live bait, this season.
Pheasant hunting's future murky one year into project.
Big and small, these five distinctive birds are part of a busy migration.
Management of roadside grasses is getting increased attention because of its effect on habitat
The two Grand Rapids-based hunting organizations share an interest in similar habitat and already have been working together on a plan to buy thousands of acres of private forest.
The DNR wants to prohibit its use by bird hunters on state land if Legislature doesn't.
Maple syrup makers in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are fretting over unseasonably warm temperatures out of fear the trees will start to bud before all the sap runs.
A look at outdoors-related topics likely to draw attention from lawmakers over the next 10 weeks.
Plan would bombard fish with water pressure, noise and underwater lights.
A rash of early ice-out dates since the late 1990s has been noticed by fisheries managers, climatologists, naturalists and lake biologists.
Anglers who fish south of a line connecting Detroit Lakes, Walker, the Floodwood area and Proctor must remove fish houses by the end of March 7.
After a historic Lake Superior catch last year, fishermen are eager to see if numbers stay high.
The DNR's estimate of walleye that die after being released is a growing source of frustration on the lake.
Rodmen Smith backs Gov. Mark Dayton on felony poaching law, wants warden diversity and balanced service.
The highly anticipated regulations will be set by the DNR in early March, but the first glimpse of what they could look like was shown to anglers Tuesday night.
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