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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Re-entry

My wife and I were returning to Duluth on Sunday after dropping off our son for his first year of college. We returned the same way most of us do from downstate, on I-35, coming in over Thompson Hill. We arrived about 7 p.m. on a beautiful late-August afternoon. The sun was slanting low from…
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Grouse Outlook

A friend who spends a lot of time in rural northwestern Wisconsin talking to contractors said they report seeing a fair number of ruffed grouse along the roads this summer. My friend thinks that might bode well for the upcoming grouse season. I haven’t heard much yet from Minnesota, but I noted the following entry…
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A New Antlerless Deer Season

      A new early antlerless deer season will be held in a few permit areas north of Duluth and along the North Shore this fall. Here’s the story we published in the News Tribune on Thursday describing that season and the reasons behind it:      For the first time, a two-day early-season antlerless deer hunt…
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