Soon, Liza the Lab and I will again head afield, hoping to roust the pheasants that a day ago largely evaded her nose and the noses of two other Labs as they combed the grasslands of southwestern Minnesota. It’s cooler today, and damp. I sense good things in our future.
Led by the hard-charging hunters of central and southeastern Minnesota who offset the continued deer harvest decrease incurred by their counterparts in northern Minnesota, the preliminary deer kill after the first nine days of the firearms season was down just 5% from a year ago, according to the Minnesota DNR. A week ago at this time, harvest was down 13%.
Brown said it’s not common for COs to arrest felons in possession of firearms, but that’s just what he did that day.
Hanna Stibbe thought appropriate items to adorn a cabin her parents, David and Cheryl Stibbe, are building near Effie in northern Minnesota might be salvageable relics from the house built on the property by her grandfather during the early 1900s.
What that might be, she didn’t know, as she went about exploring inside the house, which, she says, had been “open to the elements” since her grandfather returned to the abandoned home following his years of military service during World War II. Recently, as Hanna sorted though the withering remains of items therein, she came upon the “something” she sought: a deer-hunting license her great-grandfather, Emil Stibbe, had purchased in 1924.
Winter walleye-fishing regulations have been set for Minnesota’s most popular early-ice destination, and anglers this year will be allowed to keep four walleyes less than 17 inches (with one over 17 allowed) on Upper Red Lake. The “winter” season officially begins Nov. 1. The new regulation is a decrease from a five-fish, open-water limit this year, but a one-walleye increase from last winter’s three-fish limit on Upper Red.
Beginning Friday, Dec. 1, Lake Mille Lacs anglers can keep one walleye 21 to 23 inches long or one longer than 28 inches.
Some of the state’s largest wildlife management areas – Whitewater, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and Lac qui Parle – have been the subject of management plan efforts by DNR officials and others for the past several months. But behind the scenes, the little guys – Dovray (Murray County), Dolven (Stevens), and Dorr (Polk), for example – are getting some love, as well.
Most of Minnesota’s wildlife management areas, some 1,500 of them totaling more than 1.3 million acres (the second-largest public recreation unit in the state behind state forests) largely have been guided by state law and at the discretion of local wildlife managers, for the benefit of wild life. But sans an official plan.
When I was a young waterfowler all those years ago, my friends and I were highly devoted to our craft and practiced it whenever we could. In fact, we’d often go out before church and, I recall, in keeping a promise, I once showed up at Trinity Lutheran just in time for a service, but clad in my camouflage. I think I took the time to remove the green, black, and brown paint from my face – possibly washing it off in the church’s basement bathroom.
Bear hunters and guides alike knew the competition would be stiff going into this year’s Minnesota bear-hunting season, which began Sept. 1 and ends Sunday. That competition: an abundance of natural forage in the bear woods – an option other than bear baits.
As of Tuesday, bear hunters in northern Minnesota’s quota and no-quota zones, had killed about 1,690 black bears, according to Dan Stark, the Minnesota DNR’s large carnivore specialist in Grand Rapids. Stark said that was about 80% of the kill at this point a year ago.