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  • Wednesday — First Wisconsin turkey hunting period begins.
  • May 5 — Deadline for Minnesota bear hunt lottery.
  • May 6 — Wisconsin inland fishing opener; Wisconsin smallmouth bass catch-and-release season (northern zone) opener; Wisconsin largemouth bass harvest season opener.
  • May 13 — Opening of Minnesota fishing season.
  • May 27 — Wisconsin muskie fishing opener, northern zone.
  • June 3 — Minnesota muskie fishing opener.
  • June 17 — Wisconsin northern zone smallmouth bass harvest season begins.
  • Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener.
  • Sept. 2 — Minnesota early goose hunting season.
  • Sept. 16 — Minnesota archery deer and grouse hunting openers; Wisconsin archery and crossbow deer opener; Wisconsin grouse hunting opener.
  • Sept. 23 — Minnesota waterfowl opener (tentative); Minnesota woodcock hunting opener.
  • Oct. 14 — Minnesota pheasant opener.
  • Nov. 4 — Minnesota firearms deer opener.
  • Nov. 18 — Wisconsin gun deer opener.
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    "It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming."

    — JOHN STEINBECK, author

    DO IT

    Listen to the frogs

    The frogs should be cranking up now. Peepers with their shrill songs. Wood frogs, low and quacky. Maybe even chorus frogs, which sound like someone dragging a fingernail across a plastic comb. Go low into the swamps and listen up.

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