I joined Mitch Haaby of Roseau, Minn., earlier this month for a story about collecting antler sheds. My goal wasn’t to write a “how-to” or “where-to” story about hunting for fallen antlers — enough people are scouring the woods already — but instead to tell a story about Haaby’s passion for deer hunting and how collecting antler sheds helps prepare him for hunting season.
A painful chapter in northwest Minnesota deer hunting and wildlife management came to an end this past week when the Department of Natural Resources declared bovine tuberculosis appears to have been eradicated from the region’s deer herd.
There are several possible reasons why candidates of all parties have chosen to largely conservation in their campaign platforms. Not the least of which is this: There’s really nothing to be gained by advocating for conservation.
The Farm Bill that the U.S. Senate passed Thursday has drawn positive reviews from conservation groups. The big question now is whether the House version of the wide-ranging farm legislation will be as friendly to conservation.
The good, old days for wildlife habitat appear to be in trouble as more wetlands are drained and native prairie converted to cropland. There was good news Friday, though, when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be accepting 3.9 million acres of land into the Conservation Reserve Program.
Minnesota’s fishing opener isn’t the big event for me that it is for some anglers. I’ll likely wet a line at some point next weekend, but it will depend on the weather. That’s not to say the Minnesota opener hasn’t produced some great memories. Here are five that stand out:
A 16-foot Crestliner with a 40-horse Mercury, it’s not a big boat. I wouldn’t want to venture across Lake of the Woods with it or tackle Devils Lake in a big wind, but the old Crestliner has met my needs nicely in the past 15 years.
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