Minnesota's winters reportedly are warming at a rate 13 times faster than its summers, and Minneapolis and Mankato are among the fastest-warming cities.
One fact of note from the report: Minnesota hunters shot more than a quarter of their entire deer harvest on opening day of their primary firearms season.
Minnesota conservationists creep forward, but should we be satisfied with incremental change? Echoes of a call to action suggest more is needed.
One was a yearling male found in the core of the disease management zone and two were adult males, one found near the Lanesboro hatchery and the other in the southern end of the zone.
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The winter regulations on Lake of the Woods will match the current summer regulations, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit from eight to six, with no more than four walleye. And catch-and-release only on the river and Fourmile Bay from March 1-April 14.
The new regulations, which will take effect May 11, will remove the 20- to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four-fish walleye limit, one of which can be over 20 inches.
It is the first detection of the disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If confirmed positive, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested and continue to collect samples as opportunities arise through deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest. The DNR also will consider special hunts in January or February, depending on results from additional samples.
Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90.
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