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March 25 — Opening of steelhead fishing season on Wisconsin's Brule River. April 12 — First Minnesota turkey hunting period begins. April 15-16 — Wisconsin youth turkey hunt. April 19 — 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.
I'm standing next to a replica of a massive Alberta non-typical whitetail deer, and people are coming by to visit. They have come to opening night of the annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. They are there to touch boats, flex fishing rods, pet Labrador retrievers and quiz resort owners. They have come for bright lights and shiny ATVs and mini-donuts and to forget about slipping on the ice for a couple of hours. And, when they find me, we talk.
If you care about Minnesota deer and deer hunting, don't forget about meetings coming up Wednesday in Duluth and Thursday in Mountain Iron to discuss Minnesota's evolving deer management plan. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold the meetings. The details: • 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Room W2630 at Lake Superior College, 2101 Trinity Road, Duluth • 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday in the Iroquois Room at the Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive South
FRENCH RIVER — Against the pink wash of the pre-dawn sky, an angler stood motionless near the mouth of the French River on Monday. Wearing waders, he was ankle deep in Lake Superior. He held a long fishing rod in one hand. The Lake Superior surf, pushed by modest southwest winds, rolled breakers ashore catching the angler at mid-calf. They did not budge him. His eyes were fixed on his bobber riding far out in the waves.
This was just what I had come for. The coming-full moon, bright and ovoid, hung high in the night sky like an egg fresh from the carton. In the west, Venus was sliding toward the horizon on its nightly journey.
News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook snowshoes at Sucker River with his dogs on Sunday, Feb. 12 2017.
It's a celebration of pollinators, pups, pheasants and wild game. Conservation groups Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will roll out their latest convocation of upland game hunters — called the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic — from Friday through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis. The event was last held in Minneapolis in 2013.
The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will return to Mille Lacs Lake from Sept. 14 to 17 this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced. The 2016 tournament put Mille Lacs Lake in the bass spotlight, with lots of 4-pound-plus bass caught. Minnesota's Seth Feider won the 2016 championship. This is the first time the bass championship will be held in the same location two years in a row. Competition will be held on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Fans may attend tournament weigh-ins each day.
Bill Lounsberry of Duluth was just settling in for an afternoon of crappie fishing on Fish Lake north of Duluth on Wednesday afternoon. Lounsberry, a retired letter carrier, was aware that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing to raise fishing and hunting license fees. "I'm OK with that," Lounsberry said with a smile. "I'm retired. This is pretty cheap entertainment."
I see in my morning newspaper that a new kind of yoga has arrived in Duluth — Laughter Yoga. This originated, of course, in India. I'm sure it's an excellent yoga, although I have not tried it. I would have to work up to it through Mildly Amused Yoga, Grinning Yoga and Chuckling Yoga. I'm not one to plunge into these things. This latest yoga craze got me to thinking, though. If laughing counts as yoga, then I would like to suggest several other yogas inspired by life right here in the North.