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.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- When Brian and Michelle Nelson took over the Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever in 2005, they faced the challenge of reviving a chapter in a region with no pheasants, no habitat for pheasants and no prospects for having a sustainable wild population of the popular game birds.
Tall order, that.
So, instead of focusing on pheasants and habitat, the East Grand Forks couple and their six kids rolled up their sleeves and went to work on fundraising, selling raffle tickets and recruiting volunteers to help them raise money for hunter education programs, youth trapshooting teams and other kids' outdoor learning initiatives.
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is hoping to add some flower power across the state.
Brian Pauly -- a GF&P private lands habitat biologist -- said his department is promoting a new seed mix this year for a program that promotes planting food plots for wildlife.
The new mix is a nine-species blend of flowering cover crops that, according to Pauly, will provide brooding habitat for insects.
ON SAGANAGA LAKE NORTHWEST OF GRAND MARAIS, Ontario, Can. -- This is the first sweet moment of the day. After a six-mile snowmobile ride over lumpy trails and frozen lake, we shut off the machines and listen to the silence.
A raven squawks a single-syllable greeting. More silence. When J.T. McMillion totes his power auger toward the north end of Jock's Narrows on Saganaga Lake, he spies something dark on the snow in a cove.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. -- Gliding along the Old Logging Camp Trail on his skate skis, Jonathan Baumann coasted to a stop. He used a ski pole to point at a line of large paw prints in the snow.
"Wolf tracks," said Baumann, 22.
His sister, Brianna Baumann, 24, pulled up alongside to check them out, too.
There was no mistaking the tracks, not that they were a big deal to the Baumanns, whose family owns Golden Eagle Lodge on nearby Flour Lake. They see plenty of wildlife and tracks on these Central Gunflint Ski Trails where we were skiing on Monday north of Grand Marais. The trails lie in the heart of the Superior National Forest and Minnesota's wolf country.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Brad Olson admits his two sons -- Carter, 8, and Jackson, 4 -- might be more passionate about ice fishing than most boys their age, but that didn't happen by accident.
They got an early start, they've caught enough fish to hold their attention, and their dad has fueled the fever by making the time on ice fun.
DULUTH, Minn. -- An effort to restore elk to northeastern Minnesota continues to slowly move ahead, but don’t expect to hear bulls bugling anytime soon.
Natural resources officials with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are applying for state conservation grants that would help pay for an intensive University of Minnesota study to determine if adequate public land habitat exists in the area to support a population of elk.
Another study, by a separate group at the university, would delve into public opinion to see if residents of the region support the big animal’s return.
ASPEN, Colo. -- Just more than three years ago, 19-year-old snocross racer Garrett Goodwin had the world ahead of him.
Saying that he had a passion for racing would be an understatement. When he was 5, Goodwin partook in his first snocross -- or snowmobile -- race. His mother, Shelley, was a bit concerned, and told him "Garrett, I don't want you to race."
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