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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tori McCormick

New Wildlife Management Area in Minnesota unveiled just miles from Rochester

In a land deal that took roughly two years to complete, the new Moon Valley Wildlife Management Area near Rochester is now open for business.
The Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Land recently donated the 420-acre tract in Olmsted County to the Minnesota DNR. State officials said they hope the new WMA near Byron will spur outdoor recreation among traditional users (hunters, anglers, and trappers), as well as nonconsumptive outdoor recreationists such as birders, hikers, wildlife photographers, and others.

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Federal funds will help enhance sturgeon passage in Minnesota’s Upper Otter Tail River

Video of the happening was wildly viewed on social media and marked an important step in re-establishing the onceextirpated species that began with Minnesota DNR recovery efforts in the 1990s.

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Celebrating 100 years of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Drazkowski grew up in Winona, exploring the federal refuge with a fervor and curiosity nurtured by his father and grandfather that has never relented.

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Fly-fishing gear works just fine for warmwater species like bass, too

Largemouth bass fishing is synonymous with many things in America’s freshwater fishing culture.
Tricked out specialty boats that scream second mortgage. Tournament anglers dressed like walking advertisements. Slick, glossy magazines devoted to the craft. Ambassadors and VIPs that span generations, from Ray Scott to Roland Martin to Kevin VanDam. In parts of the American South, the hunt for largemouth bass borders on religion – and has for decades.
But the beloved bucketmouth isn’t nearly as revered in fly-fishing circles.

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Recent rains welcomed by waterfowl in Minnesota, the Dakotas

What a difference a few weeks make.
In late March, the talk among waterfowl professionals across the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region – the epicenter of duck production in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and parts of Montana – revolved around one word: drought. A lack of ephemeral water could dramatically affect the breeding season, they said, especially for mallards and pintails, the spring’s earliest migrants.

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Comment period nears close for management plan on Minnesota’s popular Lac qui Parle WMA

It’s last call for comments on the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area’s master plan.
The Minnesota DNR is asking the members of the public interested in the popular WMA in west-central Minnesota to share their final thoughts on an updated draft master plan – a document that, once approved by DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, will govern the WMA for the next 10 years.

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Mississippi River’s Pool 2 in Minnesota: A “phenomenal fishery” in an urban setting

You never know what you’re going to encounter on the mighty Mississippi River, especially as it meanders through Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
Consider Pool 2 – a 35-mile stretch from the Ford Dam in St. Paul downstream to Hastings. It can be, as some anglers say, a sensory experience. An occasionally bizarre and beautiful one, too.

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Minnesota conservation groups to offer duck, pheasant action plan input April 30

St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR is soliciting public feedback as the agency moves into the initial phase of updating the state’s 2020-2023 duck and pheasant action plans – documents that will help guide the management of the popular game birds from 2025-2030.

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Minnesota 12-year-old fishes with a purpose for cancer awareness

When Khloe Thorson landed fish No. 80, her mother asked her a simple, direct question.
“I asked her if she wanted to stop,” said Meranda Gonska. “But her answer was an emphatic no. She just wouldn’t quit.”
This wasn’t, after all, your average day of ice fishing in late February. It was an ice-fishing fundraiser. And it didn’t matter that it was cold and windy and that Khloe – her face red with windburn – had been fishing outside for nine hours already, with only one bathroom break in between. For Khloe, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Pequot Lakes Middle School, finishing what she started was and is deeply personal.

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