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Teen makes the most of her Minnesota elk hunt: Madison Miller, 13, shoots 6x5 bull on first day of northwest Minnesota season.

Teen makes the most of her Minnesota elk hunt: Madison Miller, 13, shoots 6x5 bull on first day of northwest Minnesota season.

Madison Miller had permission to miss a week of school after drawing a hard-to-get elk tag in northwest Minnesota. She ended up only taking a day. An eighth-grader at Dakota Middle School in Eagan, Minn., Miller, 13, shot a 6x5 bull elk Sept. 13, the opening day in Zone 20 near Lancaster, Minn.

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The UND Oakville Prairie site west of Grand Forks, one of the few remaining tracts of native prairie in the region, is getting a jump-start next month with a prescribed burn to rid the site of invasive plants and replenish the native grasses that make the site so unique. UND also has partnered with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to manage the site as the ‘Oakville Prairie Biology Station and Wildlife Management Area.’

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Outlook points to strong waterfowl opener: N.D., Minnesota regular fall duck seasons open Saturday

The regular fall waterfowl seasons open Saturday in North Dakota and Minnesota, and hunters will be going afield amid the backdrop of record high spring duck populations. Water conditions are good, and hunters in both states shouldn’t be lacking for opportunities. “If you’re a duck hunter, you’ve got a lot to look forward to,” said Mike Szymanski, waterfowl biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck.

Grouse hunter shoots wolf that was threatening his hunting dog

DULUTH -- A grouse hunter walking a trail on state land north of Duluth Sunday shot a young wolf that had snapped at his yellow Labrador retriever, said Don Bozovsky, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Deer hunters’ group initiates hunter observation survey

GRAND RAPIDS -- Members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association are being asked to log their observations of deer and other wildlife while they hunt this fall.

Governor commits to action on pheasant habitat: New fund for conservation among task force's recommendations

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Presented with a set of recommendations, Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday committed to taking action to improve the pheasant population in South Dakota. Daugaard spoke with various officials and members of the media Tuesday at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department's Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. He announced several new initiatives aimed at improving pheasant habitat in the state, including the creation of a fund dedicated to providing money directly to conservation.

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Mark Fisher says he’s never seen as many ducks before breeding season as he did that rainy, early May day this past spring in the Devils Lake Basin. A biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake, Fisher was returning to Devils Lake after completing a waterfowl count.

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Kreil leaves Game and Fish: Retired wildlife chief talks about his career, looming challenges

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For Randy Kreil, the decision to retire and the reasons for retiring are intensely personal, but the now-former wildlife chief of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says it came down to this: Life is short.

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