Family affair: Passion for Lake of the Woods burns strong for Warroad man and his family

Family affair: Passion for Lake of the Woods burns strong for Warroad man and his family

WARROAD, Minn. — Lake of the Woods stretched out like a giant mirror as Scott Telle steered his 27-foot Sportcraft out the mouth of the Warroad River for a day of fishing with his dad, Dale; son, Isaac; and family friend Warren Strandell of East Grand Forks. Barely a ripple tickled the surface.

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THE BAYKEEPER: Thanks to Roger Lapenter of Ashland, Wis., Chequamegon Bay is still producing big bass and drawing anglers from around the country.

THE BAYKEEPER: Thanks to Roger Lapenter of Ashland, Wis., Chequamegon Bay is still producing big bass and drawing anglers from around the country.

ASHLAND, Wis. — Roger Lapenter covered a lot of territory before he wound up on Chequamegon Bay running a bait shop he never intended to buy. He was a ski instructor at Aspen Mountain in Colorado, guiding fly fishers on mountain streams in summers. He fly-fished for bonefish in the Bahamas and tarpon in Florida. He guided anglers in Mexico. He spent a month fishing the Amazon River. He fly-fished England, Greece, Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras.

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Going, going, gone

In the land of game fish and wildlife there have been success stories. The Canada goose was almost gone and now their numbers have reached a point where they are becoming a nuisance in many places. There is more deer and elk on the continent today than at any other time in modern history. When we do things right we can make a big difference. It’s unfortunate, however, that when it comes to game, fish and wildlife we don’t do it right more often.

South Dakota habitat group drafting recommendations to revive state’s pheasant population

Tim Kessler readily admits South Dakota's pheasant hunting is at a critical point in state history. "We're getting close to a tipping point in habitat going too far the wrong direction, and if we get too severe of a loss, our pheasant numbers will be too far down to rebuild," said Kessler, a member of Pheasants Forever's National Board of Directors. "We've lost 1.5 million acres of grassland in South Dakota since our height in the mid-2000s because of conversion to cropland. If we continue to have that kind of loss in grass, it will make it extremely hard to have the pheasants to come back.”

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11-year-old Caitlin Cravens is a trapshooting success

11-year-old Caitlin Cravens is a trapshooting success

HUDSON, Wis. - Caitlin Cravens is not your average trapshooter. In fact, the scrawny, 11-year-old marksman distorts the average impression of a trapshooter. Cravens, who recently scored a 171 out of 200 at nationals in Illinois, will be joining the Hudson High School shooting team, the Raiders, as a sixth-grader.

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FARGO – As a fourth-grader, Shawna Pantzke joined the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever National Youth Leadership Council.

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Catfish tagged in Canada traveled 300 miles to Grand Forks

Catfish tagged in Canada traveled 300 miles to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The size of the catfish weighed in during last weekend’s Cats Incredible catfish tournament was impressive, but even more impressive was the distance some of those fish traveled to get here.

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Outnotes

Catfish tagged in Canada traveled 300 miles to Grand Forks

Catfish tagged in Canada traveled 300 miles to Grand Forks

The size of the catfish weighed in during last weekend’s Cats Incredible catfish tournament was impressive, but even more impressive was the distance some of those fish traveled to get here.

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