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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Former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Jared Myers shows off a 34-inch lake trout that came up from Lake Superior during a DNR assessment netting. The fish was released alive. News Tribune file photo

Wisconsin DNR Seeks Input On Lake Superior Lake Trout Management

        Two public meetings will be held next week to discuss the next steps in managing lake trout in Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. An emergency rule covering lake trout regulations expired Sept. 30, and DNR officials are seeking public comment on management options…
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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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Some Lakes To Open Oct. 14 For Whitefish-Tullibee Netting

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee will open on Oct. 14 on designated lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following schedule: Schedule II A lakes open Oct. 14 and close Dec. 4. Schedule II B lakes open Nov. 4 and close Dec.…
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