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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Scott Mackenthun

Fish facts that are sure to impress your buddies on opener

A lifetime of being a “fish geek,” as the late Roland Sigurdson put it to me, blessed me with inexhaustible curiosity of all things fish and fishing. That passion for fish translated into a career in fisheries science (Wait a minute, you’ll pay me to do this? You’re joking, right?) with occasional writing duties.
Here are more than 60 fisheries phrases to get you started down your own path to fishy wisdom. No, you won’t be tested at a later date, but you’ll surely be able to share what you’ve learned with your fishing-opener friends in 2024.

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Creating another generation of turkey hunters, Part 3: The hunt is on. Enjoy it.

So the hunt is about to begin. Dress your young turkey hunter up in warm camouflage clothing. If you don’t want to spring for something that will be outgrown in a year or two, opt for all-black sweatpants and hoodies. If they are screen printed, turn them inside out.

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Creating another generation of turkey hunters, Part 2: The practice factor and the proper gear

Practice shooting sets the table for a successful turkey hunt with youth. But mentors need to know that there will be ups and downs.
Your kids will learn to battle through gun-shyness and recoil challenges. Don’t force them to take shots they don’t want to take. If they need a break, give them a break. If they don’t want to shoot and aren’t up to the challenge, they just may not be ready.

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Creating another generation of turkey hunters: Keys to getting started

Minnesota’s youth turkey season begins April 17, the kickoff to six weeks of excitement as the spring woods come alive.
These days, youth turkey hunts have become a common gateway experience to other hunting opportunities for young people. A generation or two ago, most young hunters cut their teeth on small game such as rabbits and squirrels, but as those traditions have waned, turkey hunts have become the standard bearer for new hunters. And for good reason.

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For ice tackle, there are lessons to be learned from tournament anglers

There’s a fallacy in the world of hunting and angling – and maybe it’s as old as the first salesman – that spending more money translates to more successful endeavors. It’s the “you get what you pay for” mindset. As a guy known to splurge on outdoor gear, you can put me among the others in this guilty party.
But if there’s one place where I’ve been impressed by an outdoors economic counterculture, it’s in the world of professional tournament ice angling.

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Gathering of outdoors writers includes awards, fishing, and much more in Bemidji, Minnesota

The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) held its 67th annual meeting in Bemidji, Sept. 17-21. Founded in 1956, AGLOW is an organization of writers, editors, publishers, broadcasters, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, electronic media specialists, outdoors industry representatives, and tourism professionals, all working together to promote the conservation and responsible use of North American outdoor resources.
During the week of the conference, a record number of attendees enjoyed fantastic weather, the northern lights on Monday evening, and a wide variety of seminars and craft-improvement subjects.

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Minnesota record coho salmon caught in Lake Superior, breaking 53-year-old mark

On Labor Day, a 53-year-old Minnesota angling record fell on Lake Superior. David Cichosz, of Wabasha, Minn., caught a 10-pound, 14 ounce coho salmon on Lake Superior while aboard a Fish North MN charter captained by Kent Paulsen while fishing out of Duluth harbor. Cichosz’s fish eclipsed a 10-pound, 6-ounce coho caught on Lake Superior in November 1970.
Cichosz and his wife, Chris Sky, were advised by Paulsen on their morning drive out that a lot of cohos that were close to the state record had been caught recently.

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