STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Some thoughts on the deer hunt, from a deer hunter
My friend Michael Furtman offered some thoughtful comments on hunting today on his Facebook page. Mike is a Duluth outdoors writer and wildlife photographer (michaelfurtman.com). He was writing about ... Posted on 11/24/14 at 1:06 PM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND late season refuge hunting
Hunters are reminded that severalNorth Dakota national wildlife refugesopen to late-season upland game bird hunting the day after the deer gun season closes.
Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Sa... Posted on 11/19/14 at 5:12 AM
STAFF BLOG SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Saving the tundra by controlling snow geese
Some of you may have seen today's article about snow goose populations in North America in The Daily Republic. While light goose overpopulation certainly isn't a new problem as a conservation has been... Posted on 3/14/12 at 7:48 AM
STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS What to do?
Canada geese are again in the news (StatemanJournal.com)out in the land of relatives, Oregon. For reasons which are largely unknown, part of the Alaska-breeding flock has taken to wintering in the Wil... Posted on 11/10/10 at 12:58 PM
STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Pheasant hunting tips
According to a DNR wildlife research biologist, pheasants follow a schedule as routine as your daily commute to and from work. Understanding the pheasant's daily movements can increase your odds of fl... Posted on 9/16/10 at 7:50 AM
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Debate over the potential uses and abuses of unmanned aircraft for hunting is heating up around the country, but North Dakota game officials have already put the matter to rest.
A ban on using unmanned aircraft, referred to as drones in the wording, was included this year and last in several North Dakota Game and Fish Department season opener proclamations.
Under state law, anyone operating a car, snowmobile or aircraft cannot intentionally kill, chase or harass game. The proclamations go on to add it is “illegal to use aircraft for spotting game 72 hours prior to and during the hunting season.”
COTTON, Minn. — Minnesota’s firearms deer opener came whooshing in brisk and breezy Saturday morning. Daylight found Bob Essler of Sauk Center, Minn., in his enclosed deer stand several feet off the ground near Cotton. Even in the sturdy stand, the wind was a factor.
“This thing is rockin’,” said Essler, 76. “First time it’s ever done that.”
TOGO, Minn. — Clyde, a handsome English setter, loped through a stand of young aspen. He was all business. The bell on his collar jingled. His nose sifted the humid October air for the scent of a ruffed grouse or woodcock.
GRAND FORKS -- Following the trend in neighboring states, pheasant numbers are up in North Dakota, and that’s good news for hunters going into Saturday’s pheasant opener.
“I think it’s going to be a lot better than last year definitely,” said Matt Olson, regional biologist for Pheasants Forever in Lisbon, N.D.
“Better than last year” pretty much sums up the outlook for hunting seasons across pheasant country. According to conservation group Pheasants Forever, weather and habitat are two critical ingredients to pheasant populations, and mostly positive weather during the crucial winter and spring seasons has driven pheasant gains in most states. Here’s a roundup on pheasant outlooks for the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana from Pheasants Forever’s annual fall forecast:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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