Trout stocking patterns will change in a number of lakes in Northeastern Minnesota because of problems at the state’s Crystal Springs hatchery, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Zach Knuckey is right where he wants to be on this Monday in mid-May — behind the console of his beefy Lund 1875 with the big Evinrude hanging off the stern. He’s dealing out rigged-up fishing rods and scooping minnows for the three of us. Knuckey, 27, of Waters Edge Guide Service, has brought Scott VanValkenburg and me to a sheltered shoreline on Island Lake near Duluth to see if we can find a few walleyes.
We had left home late in the day to hike from afternoon into evening. Four below zero. A wind from the west that wanted attention. Now, more than an hour into this mukluked snow walk, it occurred to me to stop. Just stop, and look around. A newly minted crescent moon, almost always a surprise, hung in the southwest sky. Beneath it, halfway to the horizon, Venus glowed yellow. Both were suspended against the early night sky, the kind that’s blue-black above but still a shade of pale below.
Some days, trudging up the hill to work, I look around at everyone else doing presumably the same thing. Attorneys stride up the hill towing wheeled briefcases. A well-dressed woman races across the street against a red light trying not to lose her latte. A guy at a construction site slips into his lime-green safety vest. Here we are. Suiting up. Going to work again. I think of all the places around the world I’ve witnessed similar scenes. A wildly painted “chicken bus” spewing black exhaust labors up the hill in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Loud music blares from inside.
A friend with whom I’ve traveled hundreds of miles in the wilderness sent me a story from Outside online magazine this week. It was about a highly experienced wilderness traveler who drowned while trying to packraft a canyon on Alaska’s Tana River. With the story was a photo of the Tana Glacier, where the cold, swift Tana River is born. “Look familiar?” my friend wrote. We had camped just downstream from that glacier and rafted the remote Tana River in 1995 on an exploratory trip with the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program.
Bow hunters in Duluth’s city deer hunt will have access to unlimited antlerless deer tags this fall, but hunt officials say the new regulation probably will have little effect on the harvest. Since 2005, city hunters and those in the surrounding deer permit area 182 have been able to take up to five deer with the proper tags. This past spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposed making all of permit area 182 a “metro” hunt with unlimited antlerless tags.
ELY — He was standing calf-deep in the waters of Basswood Lake, and I knew right away he was a man of the canoe country. He had that look. An old-timey brown hat with a floppy brim. Shirt buttoned to the top button to ward off mosquitoes. Baggy woodsman pants that disappeared into the water down by his boots. His attire gave him the look of an old-timer, but I realized he was probably about my age. Maybe younger. That happens more often these days. His wife stood at the other end of their canoe, which floated between them on the clear water of Bayley Bay.
I don’t remember the finer points of the commencement address at my high school graduation. In fact, I remember nothing of it. Nor do I recall who delivered it. That probably says less about the quality of the address than it does about my own willingness to take it in. I was a gangly kid with a girlfriend, a summer job at the golf course and — thanks to government loans and grants — the promise of a college education. Despite the best efforts of my high school teachers, I remained naïve and disengaged from much of what was happening on the planet.
Wisconsin’s wolf population dropped 19 percent from last year to this year, from a range of 658 to 687 animals in late winter compared to 809 to 834 in 2013,...
With snow depth diminishing across much of Northeastern Minnesota, the state’s first supplementary deer-feeding program in more than 15 years is all but over. Nearly 1,000 volunteers have distributed 528...