Minnesota to hold summit on pheasants

Following the lead of South Dakota, Gov. Mark Dayton announced this week that Minnesota will hold the state’s first Minnesota Pheasant Summit to discuss the plight of the popular game bird.

Operation goose call: Volunteers, organizations and businesses join forces to host inaugural goose hunt for disabled veterans in northwest Minnesota community of Middle River.

Operation goose call: Volunteers, organizations and businesses join forces to host inaugural goose hunt for disabled veterans in northwest Minnesota community of Middle River.

MIDDLE RIVER, Minn. — There they were, right in front of him. Two big Canada geese, their wings set, gliding into the decoys just yards away. As hunting opportunities go, they don’t get much better. Seth Osburnsen raised his shotgun and squeezed off a single shot. Not one bird fell. … Instead, two birds hit the ground with a thud, a pair of very large Canada geese downed with a single shot.

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Seth Kihlstadius had a passion for bowhunting, and anytime Tyler Brasel needed a partner in the woods or on the water, Kihlstadius was usually the first person he’d call. Growing up in Two Harbors, Minn., on Lake Superior, the two were best friends. “Nine times out of 10,” he’d go, Brasel, 29, of Waskish, Minn., recalled the other day. “Once we got our licenses, we’d skip class and fish steelhead on the Lester River.” Brasel moved from Two Harbors to Waskish in 2003 after his junior year of high school to help his parents start Bear Paw Guides, a resort on Upper Red Lake, but he and Kihlstadius kept in touch.

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Waiting game pays off for this elk hunter

Waiting game pays off for this elk hunter

Mitch Wilson of Squaw Lake, Minn., also drew an elk tag for Zone 20 in Kittson County near Lancaster, Minn.

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Bear hunters in Minnesota may take fewer bears compared to last year

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Minnesota bear hunters are likely to shoot somewhat fewer bears this fall than they did last year, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources biologist.

Prairie reboot

Prairie reboot

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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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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Applications for Minnesota wolf licenses up slightly

GRAND RAPIDS. -- More than 15,000 people have applied for licenses to hunt or trap wolves in Minnesota this fall, said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids.

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.

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