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The crappies showed up while using fishing electronics

The crappies showed up while using fishing electronics

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. — The fishing shelter was taking on that lived-in look. Crappies lay about on the ice, and every now and then one would flap to remind us he was there. Shreds of cut-up minnows clung to tackle boxes or mini-coolers. A package of powdered-sugar donut holes lay open near a Vexilar flasher. The crappies were on the feed, and there was no time for housekeeping. Three of us took turns setting hooks on the eager biters. Now it was Greg Clusiau’s turn. The Nashwauk angler whipped his rod tip toward the shelter’s roof, and the tiny rod bowed into a graphite arc. Beautiful.

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Mobile mansions Wheeled ice houses that can double as campers during the offseason have exploded in popularity, bringing the concept of winter fishing comfort to a new level in the process.

Mobile mansions Wheeled ice houses that can double as campers during the offseason have exploded in popularity, bringing the concept of winter fishing comfort to a new level in the process.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Jeffrey Bothun grew up ice fishing in portable houses because he liked the mobility the canvas shelters offered. That was before he fished in a wheelhouse, the deluxe mobile mansions that have redefined the concept of ice fishing in comfort.

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Outcry causes Game and Fish to drop deer license proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has dropped a proposal to limit deer hunters to one deer license next fall, in part because of an outcry of opposition during the public input process. That means deer hunters in North Dakota will retain the opportunity to apply for rifle and muzzleloader lottery licenses and purchase archery tags over the counter.

Fat biking trend on the rise Spendy cycles allow for smooth trail riding in winter months

Fat biking trend on the rise Spendy cycles allow for smooth trail riding in winter months

DULUTH — Beams of white light bounced through the Norway pines and reflected off the snow. The only sounds were the crunch of nubby tires on snow crystals and the metallic click of shifting gears.

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Elk citation in front of cameraman angers hunter

Elk citation in front of cameraman angers hunter

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Jim Latvala, a 65-year-old fishing guide from Two Harbors, Minn., shot a six-point bull elk while hunting with his brother on the opening day of the Montana season. “It was the first time we actually got to hunt together, and me taking this bull, we were elated, euphoric, in la-la land,” Jim Latvala said.

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Christmas catches Looking for the perfect gift for that outdoors lover on your holiday buying list? Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

Christmas catches   Looking for the perfect gift for that outdoors lover on your holiday buying list? Here are 20 ideas to get you started.

Ah, Christmas … the time of year when once again we tackle the challenge of buying holiday gifts for friends and family who have everything. What to buy?

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He calls it ‘Horseshoe Adventures’

He calls it ‘Horseshoe Adventures’

INKSTER, N.D. -- Austin Moffett had just shot an antelope buck last year in Wyoming when he stumbled across a horseshoe lying on the ground. He picked up the horseshoe and put it in his backpack. Little did he know how lucky that find would turn out to be.

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BEAR BIOLOGIST: The DNR’s Karen Noyce reflects on 730 bear dens, 800 bears and more than 30 years of studying Minnesota bears.

BEAR BIOLOGIST: The DNR’s Karen Noyce reflects on 730 bear dens, 800 bears and more than 30 years of studying Minnesota bears.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- By her own estimate, Karen Noyce figures she has visited 730 bear dens during the past 33½ years.

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PHEASANT FRIENDSHIP: A conversation 30 years ago at a South Dakota café led to lots of roosters and family bonds across the miles.

PHEASANT FRIENDSHIP:  A conversation 30 years ago at a South Dakota café led to lots of roosters and family bonds across the miles.

WILLOW LAKE, S.D. — The pheasants had started flushing before we set foot in the cattail slough. It’s that time of year. Though it was only mid-November, an early cold snap and recent snows had begun to bunch up the birds.

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The Big Three

The Big Three

Devils Lake, Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake — the three biggest American lakes in the region — all are on track to provide good fishing again this winter.

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