Joe Albert

Extended Minnesota deer-feeding ban takes effect

St. Paul — The DNR as of Aug. 28 has banned recreational deer feeding in 11 counties in central and north-central Minnesota that surround two farms where captive deer have been found to have chronic wasting disease. In addition, deer feeding has been banned since late last year in Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, and Winona counties, the result of multiple…

High school fishing: Minnesota’s next big thing?

  Among fishermen of a certain age in Minnesota, there’s a common refrain when the conversation turns to the organized fishing opportunities today’s youths enjoy: It sure would have been nice if that were an option when we were in middle school or high school. “We all say that over and over,” said Jeff Gilmer, president of Minnesota Junior BASS…

Moose studies winding down as researchers look toward future

St. Paul — A pair of studies aimed at shedding more light on what’s killing moose in northeastern Minnesota is wrapping up, as researchers and wildlife officials begin the process of turning research discoveries into management actions. DNR researchers since 2013 have employed high-tech means, including sophisticated GPS collars that give off mortality signals and allow researchers to retrieve fresh…

Efforts to limit northwest MN elk population continue

By Joe Albert Contributing Writer Bemidji, Minn. — For the first time since 2013, elk hunters in northwestern Minnesota’s Kittson County will be able to kill cow elk during the fall seasons, which this year run Sept. 9-17 and Oct. 7-15. During the first season, three bulls-only licenses and one antlerless-only license are available in the Kittson Central zone, while…

Sharpshooters set to get to work in Fillmore County’s CWD area

St. Paul — The next phase in the battle against chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota’s Fillmore County has commenced. U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services sharpshooters spent this week preparing to begin targeting deer in relatively small areas around where a total of eight animals have tested positive since last fall. They’ll begin removal operations next week. “We’re trying to…

CWD likely in sixth southeastern MN deer

St. Paul — Confirmation won’t come until later this week, but a sixth white-tailed deer in Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota likely will test positive for chronic wasting disease. A hunter killed the adult female during the special hunt that concluded Jan. 15. The deer was killed about a half-mile from where the first positive animals were killed last year….