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.
The UND Oakville Prairie site west of Grand Forks, one of the few remaining tracts of native prairie in the region, is getting a jump-start next month with a prescribed burn to rid the site of invasive plants and replenish the native grasses that make the site so unique. UND also has partnered with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to manage the site as the ‘Oakville Prairie Biology Station and Wildlife Management Area.’
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.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Presented with a set of recommendations, Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday committed to taking action to improve the pheasant population in South Dakota.
Daugaard spoke with various officials and members of the media Tuesday at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department's Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. He announced several new initiatives aimed at improving pheasant habitat in the state, including the creation of a fund dedicated to providing money directly to conservation.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Mark Fisher says he’s never seen as many ducks before breeding season as he did that rainy, early May day this past spring in the Devils Lake Basin.
A biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake, Fisher was returning to Devils Lake after completing a waterfowl count.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For Randy Kreil, the decision to retire and the reasons for retiring are intensely personal, but the now-former wildlife chief of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says it came down to this: Life is short.
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