Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Brian Mozey

Southeast Minnesota hunter kills 200-inch bucks in back-to-back seasons off 40-acre farm

Many hunters dream of shooting a buck whose antlers score over 200 inches. It’s a rarity to record two 200-inch bucks in a lifetime.
But Luke Onstad of Spring Grove, Minn., achieved that rare accomplishment in back-to-back seasons. In 2022, he harvested a 22-point nontypical buck with a 236 7/8-inch gross score and a 232 4/8 net score. In 2023, he shot another 22-point nontypical buck with a gross score of 207 inches and a net score of 202, as measured prior to the standard 60-day drying period.

Minnesota deer harvest still lagging behind 2022’s total after start of muzzleloader season

Minnesota’s deer firearms season concluded Nov. 26 with the end of the 3B hunt, and deer harvest numbers remain down by 7% compared with 2022. There are a few deer hunting opportunities left, like muzzleloader (ends Dec. 10), archery, and a chronic wasting disease management hunt, before the final harvest numbers are complete.
Todd Froberg, Minnesota DNR big-game program coordinator, said he expects that 7% to stay consistent through the last month of hunting. If so, this will be the fourth straight year of decreased harvest totals.

Cougar hit by vehicle, killed on I-394 in Minneapolis

The Minnesota State Patrol confirmed a westbound motorist struck and killed a cougar on I-394 at Theodore Wirth Parkway in the city of Minneapolis at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Lt. Jill Frankfurth, public information officer for Minnesota State Patrol, said a 53-year-old male was driving a Hummer H3 when it struck the cougar, swerved, and struck the concrete barrier. The driver wasn’t injured, and the cougar was killed upon impact. 

Ice fishing kicking off in Minnesota as ice slowly thickens; here’s a report from many popular areas

The transition from open water to hard water is slowing beginning in northern Minnesota, with many areas seeing “walkable” ice thickness – enough to start the hard-water season.
The central and southern parts of the state are waiting for consistent colder weather before ice-fishing anglers will step onto the lakes. In central and southern Minnesota, the temperatures have been below freezing during the evenings, but are forecasted to climb to highs in 30s or low 40s for the upcoming week.

Three men are cited for deer overlimits, wanton waste in incident near Deer River

Three men were cited Nov. 20 for a variety of offenses after a Turn In Poachers complaint led Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Vinny Brown to finding deer carcasses dumped on public land, according to a DNR incident report. The incident took place in rural Deer River, according to Joe Albert, DNR Enforcement Division communication coordinator.

New group formed in Minnesota called Hunters for Hunters focuses on wolves

A new hunting group has formed in Minnesota, Hunters for Hunters, and its primary focus is wolves. 
The new hunting group has scheduled six “wolf predation” meetings in December and January across northern Minnesota. The meetings run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to anyone who wants to provide comments or just listen to the conversation.

Minnesota lake projects allow connection to St. Louis River, providing more wildlife and fisheries habitat

It’s been over a decade of funding and projects in the St. Louis River Restoration Initiative, and the team members working on the project say they’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With only three to four more projects left to complete (and about eight already completed), the Minnesota DNR and local citizens are excited to see the St. Louis River Estuary renewed.

Minnesota man cited in Brainerd-area deer case

Conservation Officer Cadet Jamus Veit, who’s training with Conservation Officer Jim Guida, of Brainerd, Minn., received a Turn In Poachers call on Nov. 10 regarding multiple deer that were killed and left on a property near Brainerd.
The case could result in license revocation, fines, and restitution paid by John David Trebtoske, 67, of McGrath, according to the Minnesota DNR Enforcement Division.

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