Tim Spielman

Massive fish kill hammers crappies

Windom, Minn. — A fish kill in a small, southern Minnesota lake has claimed, strangely, nearly exclusively black crappies – and “thousands” of them, according to DNR officials. The kill was first noted by DNR Fisheries workers who were conducting follow-up survey work on Long Lake, a 256-acre basin with a maximum depth of 13 feet. The lake is located…

High school shooters shine at national event

Sibley East team finishes third at clay target league’s national championship Mason, Mich. — More than 50 high school trap-shooting teams from Minnesota took their skills to central Lower Michigan in early July. Four of them finished in the top 10, with the five-person team from Sibley East High School grabbing third in the USA High School Clay Target League…

High-school anglers overcome odds in top tourneys

Florence, Ala. — It’s the end of Day 3 of a four-day (if you qualify) fishing tournament and your boat breaks down. But fellow tourney anglers give you a lift – including your fish – to the weigh-in and, it turns out, you qualify for the fourth day. But what to do about a boat? It wasn’t just any tournament…

Thoughts on new wolf plan? Speak now

By Tim Spielman Editor St. Paul — Minnesotans interested in offering final remarks and suggestions regarding the DNR’s new wolf plan, released in draft form last week, will have chances to do so via a “webinar” scheduled for July 13 at 6 p.m., and a public comment period that will expire at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 8. The 50-page draft…

Fishing near docks? Know the state’s rules

St. Paul — If you care to see what kinds of confrontations can develop between shoreline anglers and lakeshore property owners, just search YouTube.com. There’s no shortage of examples: an angler casting close to a dock, a dock owner offended by the proximity of the angler to his or her property, a shouting match. Who’s right? In most cases in Minnesota,…

Wanted: Outdoor Leaders Award nominations

Last year, Rob Drieslein, left, managing editor and president at Outdoor News, presented representatives of the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club with the 2018 Outdoor Leaders Award at Game Fair.Some of the greatest folks I’ve met in recent years have been members of the groups that have earned the Outdoor News Outdoor Leaders Award. We’re now looking for our…

In Minnesota, penalty proposal reignites anti-buffer sentiment

St. Paul — A proposal from the state Board of Water and Soil Resources to fine landowners for noncompliance with buffer requirements near public waters drew a harsh reaction last week, leading to a House hearing  April 12 during which mostly farmers expressed their anger with a plan they called “excessive,” among other things. But before they’d even taken the…

Minnesota legislative session under way, with Outdoor Heritage bill on the table

St. Paul — Minnesota legislators were greeted by slick roads and a rally at the Capitol for greater gun control as the session kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 20. Insiders say the session will focus largely on bonding this session, including a big chunk for the state DNR – $130 million for natural resources asset preservation. Policy issues probably won’t get…

Anxious anglers still waiting on ice to cooperate across much of Minnesota

Baudette, Minn. — Minnesotans longing to be on the ice with rod and reel in hand haven’t received, thus far, the cooperation of the weather as they’d hoped. As of earlier this week, it was primarily the far-northern parts of the state that had ice with some semblance of consistency. In much of the southern half – at least –…

Minnesota hunter takes rare buck with three main beams [photo]

Hinckley, Minn. — Doug Champagne had done some mowing for the crew at St. Croix State Park in east-central Minnesota earlier this year, and, he said, he took note of its potential as a producer of deer. So, he applied for the special firearms deer hunt that occurred there Nov 16-19, and was rewarded with not only a nice-sized buck,…