Outdoor News November 2008

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Fisher, pine marten, and bobcat trapping begins

Bruno, Minn. – Gary Meis will run his trapline when the state’s pine marten, fishers, and bobcats become legal trapping fare this weekend. The question, though, is how many trappers will join him. “A lot of trappers I’m talking to have already hung up the steel for the year,” said Meis, the president of the Minnesota Trappers Association. While some…

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Deer harvest lags as season winds down

St. Paul – With the vast majority of the firearms deer season now in the rearview mirror, harvest remains off last year’s pace as hunters have killed 11 percent fewer deer. Hunters had killed 167,645 deer as of earlier this week, compared with 187,949 at the same time last year. From inclement weather for deer hunting to an abundance of…

Upper Peninsula Report

Lake Gogebic fishing has been great. Shore anglers are doing very well by using sucker minnows after dark. Expect nice fish – walleyes in the 2- to 4-pound range are not uncommon, a nice bonus for those U.P. hunters after a good day in the woods. Hunting conditions have been excellent. Temps ranged from 20 to 30 degrees on the…

ECO continue work without a new pact

Albany – DEC’s environmental conservation officers are taking a 1-2 financial punch this year. Not only has their overtime been limited amid the state’s fiscal crisis, they’ve also been working without a contract since their last pact expired March 31, 2005. And since talks between the state and ECOs broke down about six months ago, no new pact is on…

Fate of habitat funds unclear in Springfield

Springfield – As state legislators returned to Springfield to wrap up their fall veto session, a number of factions around the state anxiously began a vigil of watching and waiting. Conservationalists, sportsmen and fans of state parks each were hoping for a minor miracle – or at least some sort of stumbling block that would prevent wildlife fund sweeps,_DNR budget…