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Deer hunters and other interested folks gathered over coffee and chocolate-chip cookies in Duluth on Wednesday night to help forge a statewide deer management plan. Thirty-four people — men, women, adults and a few kids — showed up at Lake Superior College to share their views on Minnesota's deer with a sizeable contingent of Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials.
Wisconsin's Brule River took a run of 5,544 steelhead last fall, very close to the 5,660 counted in the fall of 2015, said Paul Piszczek, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist in Superior. The upstream migration of steelhead, brown trout, coho salmon and other species is monitored by video at the Brule River lamprey barrier. The 2016 fall run of steelhead was near the long-term average since video monitors began tracking migrating fish in 1990.
It was 10:30 p.m. when the phone rang. As a parent, you're always concerned about a call that time of night. But this wasn't a child-related matter. Ron had died. You didn't know Ron, but I'm guessing you have a Ron or two in your life. I'll tell you about him, and you can decide. I guess I married into Ron. He was my brother-in-law, married to Phyllis' older sister. Ron and Linda lived half a country away from us, down in Kansas where corn grows tall and the Friday night football game is the biggest event in town.
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.