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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Joe Shead

New bear-related rules in effect for Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness should be aware that a new rule aimed at preventing or reducing human/bear encounters went into effect this spring.
All campers are now required to hang their food (and any food containers and scented items such as toothpaste or deodorant) at least 12 feet from the ground and 6 feet from any tree trunks or branches, or store it in a bear-proof container approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

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Whitefish, an important native food source from the Great Lakes, facing challenges

The Great Lakes of today are not the pristine waters of 300 years ago. Dams, industry, and the introduction of invasive species have forever altered the ecology of these waters and their fisheries. Through it all, the whitefish – a native fish prized for its mild flavor – has persisted, although with sometimes troubling fluctuations.
“Whitefish is the most valuable commercial species in the Great Lakes – has been since people came to the Great Lakes,” said Cory Goldsworthy, Minnesota DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.

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Joe Shead: How I caught (or netted) a tourney-winning bass

This whole thing was Daine’s idea. Daine’s simple plan to hold a bass tournament between some of his friends has resulted in a raging debate that has brought to me ridicule and sleepless nights. I’ve been exiled from bait shops and local watering holes throughout much of Minnesota.
But let’s start at the beginning.

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Joe Shead: Shed hunting tips after a non-winter

What a crazy non-winter we’ve experienced this year, especially in the wake of a ridiculously snowy winter last year in states like Minnesota and Wisconsin. Talk about a 180. But a mild winter is exactly what our struggling northern deer herd needs right now.
This shed season promises to be a unique and challenging one. And unfortunately, sheds will likely be a little tougher to come by this spring for a few reasons.

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Follow these five rules of shed-hunting etiquette

Shed hunting in Minnesota is still blissfully unregulated. Meanwhile, some Western states now have seasons and even require completion of an online ethics course or the purchase of a conservation stamp prior to shed hunting. No kidding!
Still, there are rules here – some legal and some moral obligations – that we should observe when searching for antlers.

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Looking for a winter adventure? Follow these ice camping tips and tricks

These days, come a typical winter, the ice is dotted with an ever-increasing number of RV-style wheelhouses that may be more comfortable than your own living room. But a growing contingent of ice anglers is taking to the winter camping scene in pop-up, hub-style shelters. It’s a great way to spend a weekend on the ice on the cheap, or to explore the backcountry where wheelhouses can’t go.
If the idea of sleeping on the ice piques your interest, first, seek therapy. Then, follow these tips.

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Joe Shead: Why 2023 was my toughest Minnesota deer season ever

I knew things were bad last spring when I found uprooted cedar trees that weren’t eaten. Deer congregate in cedar swamps to endure deep snow.
As soon as a limb or an entire cedar tree falls, deer devour every needle within reach. And you can’t find a young cedar tree along the North Shore because deer chomp them as soon as they sprout.

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Make the last few days of the Minnesota muzzleloader season count

With preliminary numbers from the recently completed firearms deer season showing a 7% decline in harvest from last year, it’s not surprising that muzzleloader license sales are up a bit, as hunters continue to try to bag their deer.
Although plenty of hunters shot deer during the firearms deer season – 112,636 was the preliminary total from the recently-completed season – many hunters saw fewer deer and harvest numbers dropped. That doesn’t bode well for your chances to shoot a deer, but with persistence and a little luck, there’s still time.

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Find panfish to catch largemouth bass beneath the ice

Bass are some of our most popular game fish, but you wouldn’t know it once Minnesota lakes cap over with ice. Expensive bass boats are put into storage, and bass themselves are often almost as conspicuously absent.
More than likely, if you’ve caught largemouths, it’s been by accident, either on tip-ups intended for northern pike or on tiny bluegill jigs that seem too dainty for a bass’s oversized mouth. But largemouths can be caught through the ice, particularly early and late season.

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