Waiting For Snow

     Seventy Duluth-area high school students, coaches and parent sponsors returned Saturday afternoon from a week at West Yellowstone, Mont., where they were training for the upcoming cross-country ski season. No snow was on the ground at West Yellowstone when the skiers arrived, so they spent a couple of days roller-skiing, mountain-biking and hiking.…
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Turkey Before Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Jim and Linda Boyd, who live just outside of Carlton, sent me a photo on Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving — of a wild turkey walking along the railing of their deck. "A wild turkey shows up to greet us good morning while we were eating breakfast," they wrote. "What a coincidence…
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Peak Of The Rut

    The past week must have been the peak of rutting — or mating — activity for whitetails in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The rut, as it’s called, is triggered initially by the change in daylight hours (called photoperiod). That spurs hormone production in whitetails, and they begin looking for the right partner…
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Between The Seasons

     I often walk a spur of the Superior Hiking Trail in Duluth just completed in the past couple of years. It passes through some maple woods on Duluth hillside. Until October, the land was dry after a summer of little rain. Then the skies opened up in October, and within days every low…
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Not As Easy As It Looks

     For those who don’t hunt deer, it must seem relatively easy. You plop yourself up in a tree stand. A deer comes within 100 yards or so, and you shoot it. The deer never knew what was coming.     It can be that easy sometimes. But as in most pursuits in life, there’s more…
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