Brian Peterson

Legislative hearing July 17 on duck hunting bill

A legislative hearing on a bill, the Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act, is scheduled at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 17, according to the House Committee on Natural Resources. H.R. 6013 would “amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each year as the Federal closing date for duck hunting…

In Minnesota, a traditional bow – and family – tradition

Andover, Minn. — Put a traditional bow in E.J. Gudowicz’s hands, and you put a smile on his face. So it was difficult to tell if it was this traditional bow shoot or the recounting of recent traditional bowhunting success that had him smiling especially wide recently. Probably both. Because, as he noted on a trek through a course at…

Host city Luverne has early bead on pheasant opener

(Photo by Bill Diers)While most of the state is embracing the thought of the summer season, it’s pheasant-hunting planning season in far southern Minnesota. Planning is underway for the eighth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener, Oct. 12-13 in Luverne, in the southwest corner of the state. It marks the first time Luverne has hosted the event, and according to a…

RV company Winnebago adds boats to the mix with Chris-Craft acquisition

And the crossover effort continues. RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced Monday, June 4 that it has acquired recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Last week, snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle maker Polaris Industries, Inc., based in Medina, Minn., reportedly acquired Boat Holdings, a pontoon boat company out…

8-year-old Rogers boy wins boat, motor, trailer in crappie tourney

Lincoln Erickson, front, and his father, Brian Erickson, in the boat Lincoln won Saturday in the Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest.An 8-year-old boy is the winner of a new fully-loaded boat with motor and trailer, the grand prize in the 50th Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest. Lincoln Erickson of Rogers won with a .93-pound crappy Saturday, May 19 on Lake Minnetonka in…

The quest to save Minnesota wild rice – with floating bioreactors?

Native American tribes, environmentalists and some lawmakers are pushing for better enforcement of the sulfate rule, while mining companies and other lawmakers argue it should be abandoned.BABBITT, Minn. — An environmental engineer working with University of Minnesota-Duluth researchers is looking for a less expensive solution to protecting wild rice from mining pollution in the state’s Iron Range. Jeff Hanson has…

A big day for fishing – and migratory birds

Here in Minnesota, Saturday, May 12 is big. It’s the iconic state fishing opener. But while the approximately 500,000 anglers that are expected to participate in the opener are on the water, there’s a good chance they’ll see more than fish; migratory birds are a staple of Minnesota lake country, too. Worldwide, they’re also a staple of the second weekend…