Anglers on Upper Red Lake likely will face continued conservative regulations this spring as fisheries managers look to rein in a walleye harvest that is beginning to creep past target levels on Minnesota's 48,000-acre portion of the lake.
After teasing us with 70-degree weather in mid-March, spring has been an elusive season, of late. Despite the setbacks, it will get here eventually. When those anticipated nice days finally arrive, it's important to make the most of them. The best way to do that is to have a plan for getting outside and enjoying the weather.
Decline in gun tags contributes to 60 percent success rate, up from 55 percent in 2013.
North Dakota deer hunters shot about 26,300 deer for a success rate of 60 percent during the 2014 deer gun hunting season, the state Game and Fish Department announced this week.
One thing is certain about this summer's walleye regulations on Mille Lacs Lake: They're likely to be at least as restrictive as last year's, when anglers were allowed to keep just two walleyes between 18 and 20 inches, with one over 28 allowed in the limit.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Kelly Welch has covered himself in corn stalks, shivered in cold waters in the pre-dawn dark, and slogged through ankle deep mud. All of this is for the thrill waterfowl hunters know when their prey comes into range.
Q. I've heard reports that spring snow goose seasons again are underway in North Dakota and Minnesota. Why are these seasons offered?
A. The spring snow goose season is a federal "conservation order" -- as opposed to a traditional hunting season -- implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service some 15 years ago in an effort to reduce overabundant populations of light geese that were decimating the fragile arctic coastlines where they breed.
FRENCH RIVER, Minn. -- It didn't matter that the afternoon temperature topped out at 7 degrees. It didn't matter that the breeze from the west was creating a flip-your-hood-up wind chill. Nor did it matter that a chaos of fractured ice extended 40 yards from shore near the mouth of the French River.
LAKE WINNIPEG, Man. -- On a day when the lake sometimes called "Big Windy" was living up to its blowhard reputation, the adverse conditions we'd battled to get here Tuesday morning quickly were forgotten when the big red blip appeared on the depth finder screen.
So what if the Canadian weather forecast, which called for northwest winds gusting to 60 kilometers per hour -- 30 mph for us four Americans -- was right, for a change? A big fish lurking below the 4½ feet of ice Bruce Mosher had augered to reach open water was about to destroy a lure.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- By day, 57-year-old Virgil Johnson is an electric meter technician.
By night, or when not fixing meters, Johnson skims over roads and even snow on his Yukon Fatbike.
“I rode downtown on my pedal-only fatbike and a girl hollered, ‘That’s an awesome bike,’” Johnson said. “The fatbikes do have a coolness factor to them. People just stare when you ride because of the unique design.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Fifty feet above the ground, clinging to a sheer wall of gabbro 80 feet high, Duluth's Adam Dailey begins to disappear. He's doing a training climb on mixed rock and ice at Casket Quarry, a popular climbing area on the hillside above West Duluth.
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