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September 19, 2008
10 things to know as you go afield this fall
A number of rules have changed this fall in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Here are the highlights. 1. A new deer-hunting season in Minnesota. As announced earlier this fall, the state will hold an antlerless deer season the weekend of Oct. 11-12 in four deer management units around...
September 19, 2008 - 12:00am
September 15, 2008
At Hawk Ridge in Duluth, more than 2,500 raptors are banded
David Evans is on his perch. His lean frame is propped on the old boat seat, which is clamped to the lid of a pickle pail, which in turn is wired atop a milk crate. He rests his feet on a cardboard box that once held 24 bottles of Leinenkugel's beer. It is from this unlikely perch...
September 15, 2008 - 12:00am
September 12, 2008
Cashing in on geocaching near Hastings
Deer cutline: A deer watches Star Gazette Staff Writer Keith Grauman fumble through the woods of Old Mill Park in search of a geocache. Geocaching is an activity where people go into the woods with global-positioning units to search for hidden "caches." Cashing in on geocaching near...
September 12, 2008 - 12:00am
September 8, 2008
Will grouse drumming counts hold up?
We know the facts: Ruffed grouse drumming counts were up modestly in both Minnesota and Wisconsin this past spring. Here's what we don't know: How did the extended cool, wet weather in early June affect survival of nesting grouse chicks? Mike Larson, grouse biologist for the Minnesota...
September 8, 2008 - 12:00am
August 25, 2008
ON LAKE KABETOGAMA -- As soon as Tim Watson set the hook on this walleye, he knew he had something good on his line. And he didn't mean for the frying pan. "This is a throw-backer," announced Watson, who has been guiding walleye anglers on Kabetogama for more than 30 years. A...
August 25, 2008 - 12:00am
August 22, 2008
DNR adopts plan to enhance fisheries
Creating more opportunities for anglers to hook lunker northern pike and muskellunge is the goal of a new long-range management plan adopted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Anglers have a growing interest in catching larger fish," said Ron Payer, DNR fisheries...
August 22, 2008 - 12:00am
August 21, 2008
New DNR brochure provides information regarding ATV use
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new brochure that discusses changes that will affect the use of vehicles ranging from highway-licensed cars and trucks to all-terrain vehicles for hunting on public lands across the state. The brochures will be mailed to about...
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am
Sessions still open for Aug. 23 paddle around Lake Pepin, nature hike
Two voyageur (10-person) canoes will launch Saturday from the Frontenac, Minn., boat landing for a one-hour paddle around Lake Pepin as naturalists talk about the early explorers to the area. Four sessions are planned and only the first session is full. Pre-registration is required...
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am
August 18, 2008
Brotherly love of fishing lasts a lifetime for West Duluth men
It must seem easy for the Barber brothers, fishing this way. Driving up to Wild Rice Lake north of Duluth. Putting the 14-foot aluminum boat in at the ramp. Motoring anywhere they want to go with the 9.9-horsepower Johnson. Easy, because as kids, growing up in West Duluth, they...
August 18, 2008 - 12:00am
August 15, 2008
Dramatic cliffs draw hikers and campers back to Frontenac State Park
Brent Anderson says it's not uncommon for some Frontenac State Park visitors to arrive at the gate looking a bit perplexed. Heading south through Red Wing and Wacouta, they wonder just where the Mississippi River snuck off to. The park's entrance also provides no hint of the river,...
August 15, 2008 - 12:00am
August 12, 2008
Always in season: Goldfinch makes a good emblem of August
The American goldfinch is among our most brightly colored, most melodious and most common birds. It is therefore a favorite. At one time, in fact, it was the state bird of Minnesota, but it was displaced by the loon -- a bird that is much more dramatic but much less frequently...
August 12, 2008 - 12:00am
August 8, 2008
Volunteers needed for trout restoration project at Hay Creek
Trout Unlimited's (TU) Twin Cities and Hiawatha chapters in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking volunteers to work on a restoration project on Hay Creek. Volunteers will be needed on August 16-17 and 23-24 to assist in making habitat improvements...
August 8, 2008 - 12:00am
Fish more active with algae bloom in Bemidji area lakes
Surface water temperatures have been holding steady in the low to mid 70s, which has helped summer fishing patterns get established for most species of fish in the Bemidji area. The lakes have taken on a greenish tint from an algae bloom, which is actually phytoplankton suspended...
August 8, 2008 - 12:00am
July 31, 2008
Diamond Bluff park offers secluded place to play close to home
Folks in Diamond Bluff don't see a lot of strangers at Sea Wing Park except for boaters who pull ashore -- usually to go up the hill to the Nauti Hawg, a popular bar. There's also a boat ramp three blocks east of the park. If it were a theater, Sea Wing Park would be termed...
July 31, 2008 - 12:00am
July 28, 2008
Two Harbors family embarks on high-tech treasure hunt
NEAR TWO HARBORS -- Twelve-year-old Owen Cruikshank strides purposefully along the cobblestone beach of Lake Superior. He checks the GPS unit he holds in one hand. "Three hundred fifty-one feet," Owen announces. Owen is leading his dad, Dan Cruikshank, and two siblings -- Rosie,...
July 28, 2008 - 12:00am