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September 23, 2023

Remembering Jimmy Robinson, a Minnesota duck-hunting legend

On the day a Minnesota duck-hunting legend died, duck hunting died a little, too. Jimmy Robinson, gone at 88 on June 21, 1986.
You may not understand.
Many Minnesota duck hunters – possibly a majority – will say, ‘’Jimmy who?’’ And that’s OK. Time and legends move on.
I was fortunate enough to know Jimmy and hang with him a few times. Now, as another duck season rolls around, I think about him again. What would Jimmy think of early teal seasons, higher bag limits, and puzzling duck forecasts by state and federal duck counters?

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Ravenna hunter kills likely state record archery elk in Michigan

Brandon Kantola from Ravenna, Mich., bagged a 13-point bull elk with bow and arrow in Cheboygan County on Sept. 15 that likely will be a state record in the archery category since state record keeper Commemorative Bucks of Michigan doesn’t currently have any bow-killed elk listed. 
Kantola’s bull is the first archery bull with antlers large enough to qualify for entry in the Pope and Young records. Michigan elk with typical antlers have to score a minimum of 240 inches to make it into CBM state records. The Pope and Young Club minimum for typical elk antlers is 260.

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Crossbows in Minnesota: Let’s look at what their use could mean for deer hunting

There’s no doubt about it, legalization of crossbows for all during Minnesota’s archery season is the big-ticket change for the 2023 deer season. I’ve heard lots of chatter about it the past couple of months – mostly opinion and hearsay.
I’m big on having empirical data and evidence to back up assertions, so let’s speculate on the impacts crossbows might have on Minnesota deer hunting. But how to accurately estimate the effects of new regulations never before tried here? We won’t know how crossbows influence hunting in Minnesota until we have a few years of data to peruse, so the next best thing is to peek next door, and Wisconsin is a good case study.

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Wisconsin deer numbers continue to flourish despite efforts to reduce herds in many areas

It’s not that I’m afraid of deer.
I really enjoy deer. I like watching them, scouting for them, and hunting them with bow and gun. I like getting excited when I see them. I just don’t like getting excited seeing them as they flash across the highway amongst traffic that’s wheeling along at 60 mph or more.
To say deer are common in Wisconsin would be a gross understatement. In many areas of the state they are vastly overabundant, and have been so for some time. In the northeast corner of Wisconsin, where I’ve lived and worked for 50 years, this change has been inexorable.

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Fishers in Illinois? Discovery in Rockford has biologists on the lookout

The day in mid-March started out like any other, until a Highway Department employee found something totally unexpected at the side of the road in Rockford, Ill.
The discovery of a deceased fisher warranted a call to Conservation Police Officer Joseph D. Roesch, who then contacted DNR District Wildlife Biologist Jeff Horn. Horn, DNR Wildlife Disease and Invasive Species Manager Chris Jacques, and Chris Anchor, Senior Wildlife Biologist at the Cook County Forest Preserve District, confirmed the identification of the fisher, which was a 16.9-pound male. Despite its untimely demise, the presence of this animal in Illinois is exciting.
Why? This species has not been documented to live in Illinois for a very long time.

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Another CWD management area added in Pennsylvania after road-killed deer test positive in Dauphin County

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made changes to the state’s chronic wasting disease management areas including the creation of a new such area, the expansion of an existing area, and reduction of an existing area.
The new Disease Management Area 8 was created as a response to two recent CWD detections in road-killed deer in Dauphin County. The newly established area includes portions of Dauphin, Lebanon, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties, and is about 660 square miles in size. This was the first time CWD was detected in free-ranging deer on the east side of the Susquehanna River.

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Episode 454 – A new federal duck stamp, Minnesota wildlife observation study, DNR K9 units afield, and trail-cam chatter at the AGLOW conference

This week, Managing Editor and Host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman launch the show with discussion about waterfowler numbers nationwide plus the selection of

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