Brian Peterson

Minnetonka duo wins Student Angler Tournament Trail TOC

(Jimmy Bell, Student Angler Tournament Trail)Ben Swanson and Zach Hapka of Minnetonka teamed up for a 24-pound, 5-ounce bag to win the Minnesota Student Angler Tournament Trail’s Tournament of Champions fishing tournament on Sunday on Lake Minnetonka. The two earned $10,000 in scholarships for the win. The tournament drew 126 anglers – 63 two-person teams, with 26 schools represented from…

Dakota County volunteers blitz through forest for mushrooms

Volunteers helped collect fungi specimens during Dakota County’s first MycoBlitz event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park.A new event providing important ecological information has sprouted in Dakota County. On Aug. 5, 45 volunteers joined Dakota County Parks staff and the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum for the County’s first MycoBlitz, an event to document and collect specimens of fungi in Lebanon…

Collaborative ruffed grouse restoration efforts underway in northern Wisconsin

Effort to translocate up to 300 grouse to Missouri over three-year period. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide Wisconsin DNR with a donation that will be used to create early-successional forest habitat in the areas where grouse trapping will occur. This work will benefit grouse and other wildlife species that depend on early-successional forest habitat.

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…