Duluth’s City Deer Hunt

This closely cropped stem of red osier dogwood reminds me why the city of Duluth holds its annual bowhunt for deer. Deer love red osier dogwood, and this specific plant grows on high ground at Duluth’s Hartley Park. The nearly square-mile wooded park is a haven for whitetails, and they’ve browsed this poor plant so…
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Bear On Camera

Sean Hall of Cloquet captured this image of a black bear Sept. 5 with one of his trail cameras near Floodwood. A trail camera is a remotely placed camera that’s triggered by movement. Hall is an expert with trail cameras and sends me photos regularly for our online Trail Cam galleries. If you haven’t visited…
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Bowhunters Welcome In Antlerless Firearms Hunt

As it turns out, the early antlerless firearms deer season in areas near Duluth also will include bowhunters. That’s according to Roger Tietz, operations support manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Little Falls, Minn. “If an archer out there wants to buy that $7.50 permit, we’re going to let them do it,”…
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Hanging Bird Feed

 Mountain ash berries, such as the ones shown above, are ripe all across northern Minnesota. I came across these near the top of the "rock knob" at Duluth’s Hartley Park on Sunday morning. They are a favorite food of cedar waxwings, and I imagine other species use them, too. I didn’t see any waxwings working…
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Quiet At Hawk Ridge

This time of year, on the right kind of day, several thousand hawks could pass over Hawk Ridge in East Duluth. I was up there this morning and a scant six sharp-shinned hawks had been through. That’s because hawks are more apt to be cruising over Hawk Ridge on days with westerly winds, northwest being…
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