A successful duck hunter returns to his blind during an early-season hunt. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota Duck Opener Slower Than Usual In Grand Rapids Area

Minnesota’s waterfowl season opener on Saturday came with gray and sometimes wet skies across much of northern Minnesota. Hunter success was below average on three popular waterfowl lakes on opening day in the Grand Rapids area, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager Perry Loegering reported. DNR wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks at Big…
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Some Lakes To Open Oct. 14 For Whitefish-Tullibee Netting

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee will open on Oct. 14 on designated lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following schedule: Schedule II A lakes open Oct. 14 and close Dec. 4. Schedule II B lakes open Nov. 4 and close Dec.…
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A robin feeds in a mountain ash tree in Duluth. (Sam Cook photo)

Mountain Ash Berries: The Songbird Migration’s Drive-Thru

I came upon the mountain ash tree on an early-morning run today. It’s one of two that grow atop a modest cliff in Duluth’s Hartley Park. Mountain ash trees are the ones that, in fall, hang heavy with clumps of red-orange berries. The trail I run passes close to these trees, and I’ve been hoping…
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Sharp-Tailed Grouse Hunting In Montana

Four of us from Duluth just returned from an annual sharptail hunt in eastern Montana. We camp in the hay yard of some farm friends we’ve come to know, pitching tents in the shelter of the bales. Hunting was decent, weather excellent. As you can see by the last photo, our farm friends reserve us…
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Shoot For Fun Event Set For Saturday, Openings Remain

On Saturday,  Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Northland will host its 18th annual Shoot for Fun event at the Old Vermilion Trail Shooting Preserve. The event, presented by National Bank of Commerce, supports local sports and recreation programs for youth and adults with physical disabilities, vision loss and autism spectrum disorders. About 450 shooters will gather…
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