Joe Albert

Minnesota hunters, biologists seeking answers to lackluster ruffed grouse season

Grand Rapids, Minn. — When the DNR announced last July that spring ruffed grouse drumming counts had increased 57 percent statewide, hunters were understandably giddy at the prospects of what they’d encounter in the woods during the fall. The season began slowly, which isn’t unusual when there are a lot of leaves on the trees. Then the leaves fell, but…

In Minnesota, southeast deer study set for kickoff

St. Paul — The DNR in coming weeks is set to embark upon a study in the southeastern part of the state that officials hope will provide insight into deer movement on the landscape. But the desire to learn about those patterns is far from simply academic; officials hope it will give them a better chance to disrupt or stop…

Recent Minnesota bear attacks: Is there more than meets the eye?

Grand Rapids, Minn. — When a black bear earlier last week attacked three men and a dog along the shores of McDougal Lake near Isabella in northeastern Minnesota, it immediately raised eyebrows. Bear attacks aren’t common in Minnesota – there have been six since 2002 that required hospitalization – and there never before had been one in December, when the…

Minnesota hunters edge closer to 200,000 whitetail harvest

Park Rapids, Minn. — With all of the regular firearms seasons having come to a close – and archery and muzzleloader seasons still under way – deer hunters had killed and registered more than 186,000 animals through Sunday. By the time the archery season comes to a close at the end of the year, hunters will have killed more deer…

Minnesota deer hunters picking up the pace

Grand Rapids, Minn. — The state’s firearms deer hunters kicked the deer kill into high gear following opening weekend, according to DNR harvest data. Through Sunday – the close of the season in the 200 series of permit areas, as well as the A season in the 300 series – hunters had registered 145,054 whitetails, which is more than double…

Minnesota fall wild turkey kill, participation numbers tumble in 2017

St. Paul — Hunting for wild turkeys in the fall never has been at the top of most hunters’ agendas. While it’s hard to say with certainty, it’s likely many of the people who buy a license to kill a turkey during the fall season do so on a just-in-case basis so they have the opportunity to harvest a bird…

Elk hunters in northwestern Minnesota take 10 animals during two seasons

Karlstad, Minn. — Elk hunters this fall filled 10 of the 13 tags available to them during seasons in the northwestern part of the state, according to the DNR. During the A season, which ran Sept. 9-17, hunters in Zone 20 filled all four of the available licenses (three bulls and a cow), and in Zone 30, they went two-for-two…

‘The muskie population is doing well in Minnesota’

There’s perhaps not a more controversial fish in Minnesota than the muskie. Consider the fact that in 2008, the DNR finalized a management plan that had among its goals adding eight new lakes to the muskie inventory by 2020. After last year stocking 314 muskie fingerlings into the Fairmont Chain of Lakes and 2,000 into Gull Lake, the agency has…

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…