This’ll Quack You Up

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today that hunters who try to call the number listed on materials with this year’s federal duck stamp may be surprised. The toll-free number takes them to a phone-sex service. The correct phone number, 1-800-STAMP24, is for people wishing to order more duck stamps. However, a couple of numbers were…
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The Bear Hunt

Minnesota’s bear hunt opened Monday, and it had to be one of the hottest bear openers in several years, with temperatures up in the mid- to upper 80s. Bears don’t like to move much in that kind of weather. And if you shoot a bear in that kind of weather, it requires all the care…
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At The Cabin

    Lying back on a hammock and patio chairs, the four of us stare up at a sky perforated with pinpoints of light. The Big Dipper. The North Star. Cassieopia. And across the top, like a hazy cummerbund, the Milky Way.     It’s the last day of August, the middle night of the Labor Day weekend. We’re…
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Wild Rice Looks Decent

The conservation group Ducks Unlimited reports that summer stands of wild rice in northern Minnesota are surprisingly widespread and abundant, although they wont reach the level of last years bumper crop, according to preliminary field reports. DU works closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to maintain good wild rice habitat on shallow lakes in…
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Goose Viewing

It has begun. This time of year, local Canada geese gather into flocks and descend upon Hartley Pond in Duluth’s Hartley Park each evening. The flights usually come from the east right up the valley of Tischer Creek, which flows out of the pond toward Woodland Avenue. If you post yourself on the dam at the…
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