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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q. Recently, I saw a blog post you wrote about donating deer hides. Is there any place in the area where a person can take a hide and have it made into gloves or clothing? Or are there any outdoor classes in the area where a person can learn?
A. I checked with Jim Benson of Sportsmans Taxidermy Studio in East Grand Forks, Minn. and he referred me to Century Leather Products in Owatonna, Minn.
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.”
MEDORA, N.D. -- One by one, the birds were taken from their kennel-like containers. Their sharp talons were snared in an effort to protect the handlers.
Staff from the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck and Theodore Roosevelt National Park released two red-tailed hawks and a golden eagle Wednesday at the park's South Unit.
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