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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Roy Heilman

Minnesota DNR creel surveys offer valuable info from anglers

Each year, thousands of Minnesota anglers encounter creel clerks who record details about the day’s fishing activity. But what’s it all about? How is that information used?
In short, the information gathered through these interactions provides data not available through other management activities such as netting surveys.
“It’s really important,” said Brad Parsons, DNR Fisheries Section manager, “and we wish we could do more creel surveys than we do.”

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Northern Minnesota’s ‘Pit lakes’ offer a special variety of fishing

For generations, companies extracted iron ore from northern Minnesota pits, sending it out to build a nation. When mining had largely ended in the latter half of the 20th century, the land looked radically different, with new hills piled up and pits carved hundreds of feet into the earth.
“It fell to different government agencies to take claim to that land and decide what to do with it. So (the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board) was the primary agency that looked at the potential of these lands and found a way they could be incorporated into recreational programs,” said Dave Weitzel, Northeast Region assistant regional fisheries manager for the Minnesota DNR.

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Newly-published study examines deer behavior in the presence of wolves

A study recently published by a University of Minnesota research team shines new light on deer behavior, by comparing populations considered “savvy” and “naive” to wolf predation.
Dr. Ellen Candler, postdoctoral associate and lead author of the study, said it should be of interest to hunters in that it looks at how humans, their prey, and the predators they share it with all interact and affect each other.

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Volunteers assist Wisconsin DNR with lake sturgeon conservation on St. Croix River

Sometimes to get the job done, you have to call in the reinforcements.
The Wisconsin DNR has recently done just that in its lake sturgeon tagging program. And thanks to a handful of dedicated citizen anglers, several hundred more St. Croix River “dinosaurs” are sporting new bling.
Since August, volunteer anglers have caught just over 400 sturgeon on hook and line, and turned them back to the St. Croix with tags that should provide valuable data for years to come. This will build on work begun in 2015, when Wisconsin DNR fisheries personnel began netting and tagging below St. Croix Falls each spring.

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Best headlamp options for ice fishing, hunting, camping, everything out-of-doors

Sometime in the past 20 years, outdoors users realized that when one hand wasn’t devoted to holding a flashlight, the things we needed to do in the dark got easier.
Relatively simple by design, headlamps bring big convenience. Their positioning ensures that wherever our heads turn, illumination follows seamlessly. Multiple settings offer exactly the light we need. Plus, they’re small enough to fit into most pockets and compartments.

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‘Eat local’ ethic grows: Minnesotan heads to England for a venison-processing class

Thanks to a venison-butchering course he took earlier this year, Minnesota outdoorsman Mark Weber is ready to process his own deer like a pro. That course’s name, “Deer in a Day,” is pretty straight-forward. Its location, on the other hand, is where things got interesting: Jolly Olde England.
The experience was a retirement gift from Weber’s wife, Cynthia. While he has had experience processing his own deer, she thought he’d enjoy – and probably benefit from – a proper lesson. “We don’t do what I would call a great job of it,” he admitted. Turns out hunters on other continents have the same problem.

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Minnesota couple shares the healing power of nature, offering free stays at their vacation property

Sometimes you just need to get away. Dave and Esther Endicott understand this, and that’s why they’ve offered use of their new vacation property to others – free of charge.
The couple long had desired a camping spot to call their own, so Dave purchased the 11-acre St. Louis County tract (near Cotton) in March to surprise his wife on her birthday. On his drive home to Jenkins, in Crow Wing County, he said he realized the couple wouldn’t be able to use the property to its fullest due to life’s circumstances. It occurred to him that it should be shared.
“I had lost a brother to suicide. I thought, you know, maybe we could offer this space to folks that have been impacted by suicide, mental illness, mental health issues, either themselves or a loved one,” Dave said.

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Meet Keng Yang: Adult-onset hunter, enthusiastic mentor

When a film about Keng Yang and his dog premiered at Pheasant Fest in February, he became something of an instant celebrity. His likeness has appeared many times in recent months online, in newspapers, and elsewhere (you may recognize him from the cover of the 2022 Minnesota Hunting & Trapping Regulations booklet).
Almost as fast, however, was his entry into hunting, which also propelled him into a life of conservation and mentorship.

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