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Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Monday, June 17th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Pat Miller

Minnesota DNR fire teams stay on alert during the spring season

Many locations in northern Minnesota received abundant rainfall during the middle of May, and no one was happier to see the precipitation fall than Ben Lang.
As the DNR’s fire team leader for the Bemidji area, Lang monitors the landscape and responds when a report of a wildfire is received. This year, spring conditions arrived early, and Lang and his crew had little time to rest. Recent rains, however, have reduced the workload, and Lang doesn’t mind having a break.

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For Minnesota’s Mark Thorson, a simple approach to angling is an effective, enjoyable way to go

A generation ago, anglers depended upon their skills, instincts, and observations to figure out where to find and how to stay on fish. Many of today’s fishers, however, do not need to rely on those attributes. Modern-day electronics and sophisticated motor options have largely eliminated the need to solve the puzzle.
“A $100,000 boat, forward-facing sonar, and (position-holding) trolling motors are wonderful and I don’t begrudge anybody who uses them. But I learned a long time ago that the fish don’t care how much you paid to go fishing,” said Mark Thorson.

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Death of sperm whale off Florida coast could provide clues to help species

People in southwestern Florida recently were given a rare opportunity to see nature in its rawest form when a 44-foot-long sperm whale became stranded on a sand bar 50 feet offshore along the Venice coastline March 10.
Strong westerly winds and accompanying heavy surf pushed the massive animal toward the shore, and when it encountered the sand bar, the visibly struggling whale was unable to move in any direction.

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Months after brain surgery, Minnesota 12-year-old Chasity Skerik scores the buck she sought

The past few months have been eventful for 12-year-old Chasity Skerik, her mother Leah, her dad Greg, and the rest of her family.
About a year ago, the Bemidji, Minn., seventh-grader experienced seizures that were later determined to be caused by a tumor on the right side of her brain. In April, she underwent seven hours of surgery to remove that tumor and, after the medical professionals determined that it wasn’t cancerous, Chasity worked through six weeks of rehabilitation before finally receiving the all-clear to resume the activities of a constantly on-the-go kid.

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Have no dog? Here are ways to still get on the grouse

The most popular game bird in Minnesota, the ruffed grouse has been targeted by as many as 90,000 hunters during a recent season, and DNR spring drumming counts indicate that those who hit the woods this fall should, once again, be able to locate their share of grouse.
Because the grouse is a master at avoiding detection, most bird hunters are accompanied by a canine companion trained to find and follow a scent, point to or flush the bird, and bring the downed grouse to hand. But not everyone has a dependable teammate, and those who hunt without a four-legged partner must adopt different strategies to be successful.

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Creel survey shows Upper Red Lake was place to be for walleye anglers during Minnesota’s early season

If you enjoy catching walleyes – who doesn’t? – Upper Red Lake was the place to be during the first three weeks of the 2023 open-water fishing season.
From opening day of the fishing season May 13 through May 31, Minnesota DNR creel survey data showed that anglers collectively spent 120,000 hours on Upper Red and harvested 101,000 pounds of walleyes. Each angler caught an average of 2.2 walleyes per hour and kept 0.8 per hour. Many factors have led to the great early-season fishing success on Upper Red.

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In Bemidji, Minnesota, one family’s reunion is a fishing tournament

Fishing has always been an important part of life for Kevin Enerson, of Bemidji, Minn. and for many members of his extended family. During the course of a year, the individual family groups will fish a local lake when they can find the time, but jobs, kids, and activities sometimes seem to limit those opportunities.
On the second Saturday of August, however, those distractions are trumped by a trip to Bemidji for the annual Enerson Fishing Tournament.

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One for the wall: How to preserve a fish between catch and taxidermist

Kevin Schuver, of Ridge Top Taxidermy near Bemidji, Minn. has more than 50 years of experience transforming those once-in-a-lifetime moments into permanent memories.
Heat and sun are among the enemies in this preservation battle, and providing a wet and cold habitat for the fish is key to maintaining a lifelike appearance for an extended period.

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Expansion of wild turkeys into northern Minnesota defies what officials thought possible years ago

It was once thought turkeys would not survive the extreme cold and heavy snow of northern Minnesota. Half a century later, it’s apparent that those fears were unwarranted.
Buoyed by additional releases, along with the species’ innate adaptability, wild turkeys can now be found just about everywhere in Minnesota. The lone exception might be the deep wilderness of the Arrowhead region, although turkeys have been reported near Ely.

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