A successful duck hunter returns to his blind during an early-season hunt. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota Duck Opener Slower Than Usual In Grand Rapids Area

Minnesota’s waterfowl season opener on Saturday came with gray and sometimes wet skies across much of northern Minnesota. Hunter success was below average on three popular waterfowl lakes on opening day in the Grand Rapids area, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager Perry Loegering reported. DNR wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks at Big…
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Sharp-Tailed Grouse Hunting In Montana

Four of us from Duluth just returned from an annual sharptail hunt in eastern Montana. We camp in the hay yard of some farm friends we’ve come to know, pitching tents in the shelter of the bales. Hunting was decent, weather excellent. As you can see by the last photo, our farm friends reserve us…
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Shoot For Fun Event Set For Saturday, Openings Remain

On Saturday,  Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Northland will host its 18th annual Shoot for Fun event at the Old Vermilion Trail Shooting Preserve. The event, presented by National Bank of Commerce, supports local sports and recreation programs for youth and adults with physical disabilities, vision loss and autism spectrum disorders. About 450 shooters will gather…
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A yellow Lab retrieves a rooster pheasant. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota Pheasant Counts Up 29 Percent

Another mild winter and good nesting season in Minnesota’s pheasant range combined to increase Minnesota’s roadside pheasant index by 29 percent compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, grassland habitat increased slightly in the state. While the index was up, Minnesota’s pheasant numbers remain 14 percent below the 10-year…
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A drake mallard flies over a Minnesota wetland. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota Duck, Goose Seasons Set

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Duck season will again be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones. In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 24 through…
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