A black bear moves about in the spring after emerging from its den. News Tribune file photo

Minnesota Black Bear Harvest Unexpectedly High

Minnesota’s bear hunters enjoyed their most successful season in several years, shooting 2,632 bears, according to preliminary Department of Natural Resource figures. Minnesota’s bear season opened Sept. 1 and ended Oct. 16. This year’s bear harvest was up 35 percent over last year, when hunters took 1,972 bears. This season’s harvest is the highest since…
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Grouse hunters work through a young forest in northwestern Wisconsin hoping to flush a few birds. (Sam Cook photo)

Grouse Hunters Enjoying Modest Success So Far

  Early reviews of this fall’s ruffed grouse season, which opened Sept. 17 in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, are mixed at best, according to anecdotal reports. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports over the past three weeks reflect generally tough hunting for many hunters with a few hunters doing well away from main…
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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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