I recently witnessed a near-bloody social media war on picking wildflowers on public land. As a practitioner of the Leave No Trace school of outdoor recreation, I was stunned by the number of people who felt it was perfectly within their rights to pick wildflowers or dig up and transplant plants from public lands.
May 4, 2023
If you fail to draw your first license choice in any given year, you receive a bonus point. You do not have to apply in the same unit, or for the same deer type each year, to qualify. You get an additional bonus point each year you apply and do not receive your first license choice. You maintain your accumulated bonus points as long as you apply in the first drawing at least once every two years.
In August of 2011, while fisheries biologists were collecting data on the fish in Iowa’s Okoboji chain, they discovered two bighead carp that were between 14 and 16 inches in length.
The next spring a commercial fishing crew netted 82 bighead carp and 55 silver carp in that same area. These fish were able to fight their way up the Little Sioux River during high water events. The fear of Asian carp had become a reality, and people now knew they could breach the Little Sioux River and make it into the Okoboji chain of lakes.
Americans have faced various closures and restrictions in crossing the Canadian border during the past three years due to the pandemic. This year will be the first year during which restrictions are lifted, and Minnesota anglers can return with only the usual array of regulations in place.
Ontario and Manitoba border Minnesota, and they hold some 350,000 lakes or bodies of water. This wealth of potential fishing allows anglers to target different species in a variety of places in the provinces.
The superlatives keep on coming, year after year, and 2022 was another very good sportfishing season from top to bottom, month to month. Forecasts for 2023 fall in line with a walleye gravy train that continues to amaze anglers time and time again.
Walleyes are the money fish in Lake Erie. The sheer numbers are mind boggling. Can the lake continue to support such a robust fishery for old marble eye?