While Not Shooting Grouse…

I was out grouse hunting in the mist and showers on Sunday for several hours. Never flushed a bird, even with my faithful yellow Lab, Lucy. At 4 years old, she really knows how to hunt, but she hardly picked up a scent all day. We did, however, get a limit of "being in the…
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Bear Harvest Down From 2007

Minnesota bear harvest down Minnesota black bear hunters have shot only about half as many bears as at the same time last year, said Dave Garshelis, bear project leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. As of Sept. 11, hunters had killed 1,267 bears this fall, compared to 2,452 at the same time last…
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On The Eve Of Two Openers

Grouse hunters and bow hunters will venture into the woods Saturday for the opening day of both seasons in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. They’ll be greeted with the first hints of fall color, as on this trail in Duluth Friday morning. We know there are plenty of deer awaiting bowhunters this fall. Populations are at…
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The Geese Are Coming

News Tribune file photo Canada geese that nested in Manitoba and Ontario this summer will be migrating south into Minnesota and Wisconsin in the next day or two, says Fred Strand, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager in Superior. I always remember an interview I did with Roy A. Johnson of Cloverland Township, who said…
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Pheasant Outlook Down, But Still Good

  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced results of its August roadside counts for pheasants on Tuesday. Here’s the word, from the DNR news release: "Despite a cool, wet spring that caused a 24-percent drop in Minnesota’s pheasant index, the estimated number of pheasants in Minnesota remains at its 10-year average. The southwest likely…
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