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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One Last Trip

    I’ve always believed that pushing the fringes of the seasons can lead to some memorable experiences. Frequent e-mail correspondents Tom and Carol Heinrich of Hayward checked in this week with an account of a canoeing day-trip they made recently to Brule Lake north of Lutsen in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As usual,…
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The Deer Hunting Landscape

The hunt goes on. Minnesota’s firearms deer hunt has entered its final week. Hunters who want to shoot a deer — or another deer — will have until Sunday (Nov. 18) to do that. Most hunters hunt the first and second weekends of the season, so this is the quiet part of the season. A…
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