Climbing into Minnesota’s bear season

Justin Taylor climbs into his bear stand early today on the opening day of Minnesota's bear season. (Sam Cook photo)

Today is opening day of Minnesota’s bear season. The state’s bear population is healthy, and wildlife biologists estimate that 20,000 bears roam the state.

I spent Wednesday morning with 13-year-old Justin Taylor and his dad, Bill Taylor, of Duluth. This is Justin’s first bear season. He was hunting on private land in the Grand Marais area with his dad sitting beside him.

Justin shot his first bear about 8 a.m. today. Read the details of his first hunt in Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune Outdoors section in the back pages of Sports.

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