Published January 16, 2012, 09:26 AM

Field reports: Superior man finds set of shed antlers near home

Ken Zurian was just taking a “casual walk in the woods” near his home in Superior on Sunday when he found a 10-point set of hefty shed antlers.

By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune

Ken Zurian was just taking a “casual walk in the woods” near his home in Superior on Sunday when he found a 10-point set of hefty shed antlers.

He and his wife were walking home from the YMCA on Sunday, when Zurian decided to take a shortcut through the woods.

“Lo and behold, I came across a trail,” he said. “I saw a piece of black plastic. I turned, and one (antler) was lying there. Ten yards away was the other one.”

Zurian then did something few other shed hunters probably would do. He covered the antlers with grass and went home to get a camera. He and his wife and son returned to the site and took some photos.

Zurian has been hunting shed antlers since he found his first one in Bayfield County in 1997.

“I’ve gotten kind of hooked on it,” said Zurian, 56, who works for the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services.

He found both sides of a set of sheds in 2008 that would have been a 16-point buck except that three tines had broken off. The set he found Sunday is larger than those from 2008, Zurian said.

Zurian admits that shed hunters can get a little carried away in their passion for hunting.

“If a guy’s going to get hooked on something,” he said, “it might as well be shed antlers.”

Shed hunting has been easy this year because so little snow is on the ground.

Duluth 'boat show' coming in February

The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show will be held Feb. 15 to 19 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with boats, RVs, fishing gear, fishing seminars, taxidermy, docks, ATVs and more.

The Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic is back for its third year, hosted by News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook. Duluth muskie guide Dustin Carlson will present seminars. Headlining entertainment at the show this year is the “Aussie Kingdom,” with live kangaroos, joeys (baby kangaroos), wallabies, kookaburras and more. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for kids 6-17; free for kids 5 and under.

Conservation grants available

Local sporting and conservation groups are encouraged to apply for grants of $5,000 to $400,000 under the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program. Deadline for applications is Feb. 8. Grants must be used to enhance, restore or protect the forests, wetlands, prairies and habitat for fish, game or wildlife in Minnesota. A total of $3.48 million is available for this cycle. The application system is online only and can be found on the CPL grant website. Go to

Baudette to hold walleye tournaments

The town of Baudette, on Lake of the Woods, will hold AIM Pro Walleye Series “Catch, Record and Release” tournaments in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 Pro/Co Angler Tournament dates are Aug. 16-18, and the 2013 tournament dates will be Aug. 15-17. For 2012, AIM has dropped its $250 registration fee. Additionally, AIM has lowered the previous $1,500 pro entry fee to $1,200. Co-angler entry fees are $300.

Minneapolis Boat Show starts Thursday

The 2012 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show runs from Jan. 19 to 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Jan. 19-20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21-22. Admission is $10 for adults (16 and older); free for youth 15 and under with a paid adult; free for active military personnel with ID. For more information go to

DNR names moose program coordinator

Glenn DelGuidice, a longtime deer research biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been named moose program coordinator for the agency. DelGuidice has split his time between the Twin Cities and Grand Rapids, where he worked in the DNR’s Populations and Wildlife Research Group. The moose program coordinator is a new position within the DNR, said Dennis Simon, DNR chief of wildlife. The DNR released its moose management and research plan in August 2011.

“Now we’re going into our actual moose habitat implementation and work plan,” Simon said. “We needed someone to stay on top of that. Glenn was an ideal one for that task. He’s a consummate research scientist, intimately familiar with ungulate literature, both moose and deer. He has very good relationships with the tribes and NRRI (Natural Resources Research Institute) and the University of Minnesota. I couldn’t think of a better person.”