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I had never noticed the tree before, I'm somewhat ashamed to say. Maybe it was the way the half moon was illuminating its white bark on this dark November night. I stopped in my tracks to take in the scene — the alabaster sheen of the moon, the old birch, the crusty snow on the ground. The birch was a good two feet thick at the base. Its bare and gnarled branches reminded me of an old woman's hands that had been tortured by arthritis.
From his perch atop the middle of his logging truck, Bill Fronckiewicz flicked levers and plucked a burly length of white pine from the ground below as if it were a mere twig. With no wasted motion, Fronckiewicz lifted and pivoted the truncated trunk and plopped it lightly in his rig. Standing on the ground below, Duluth's Bob Owens watched Fronckiewicz on Monday morning with a sense of quiet satisfaction. It was Owens, a rangy and lean 79, who had been wielding two chainsaws as a volunteer since last May to cut these pines to length.
Minnesota’s firearms deer hunters in Zone 1 (Northeastern Minnesota) registered 36 percent more deer than last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday. Regular firearms hunters shot 57,018 deer deer in Zone 1 this fall, compared to 41,894 last fall. Elsewhere in the state, the firearms harvest was up 10 percent in Zone 2, which covers much of the state, and down 6 percent in Zone 3 (southeastern Minnesota). Minnesota’s firearms deer season opened Nov. 4 and closed Nov. 19 in Zone 1. All figures are preliminary totals.
• Today — Final day of Wisconsin gun deer season. • Now through Dec. 10 — Minnesota muzzleloader deer season. • Nov. 27-Dec. 6 — Wisconsin muzzleloader deer season. • Dec. 30 — Opening of lake trout and stream trout seasons in lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. • Jan. 13 — Opening of lake trout and stream trout seasons in lakes outside or partly outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. • March 31 — Brule River steelhead opener. • May 5 — Wisconsin general fishing opener.
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the 16-day firearms season, which ended last Sunday, show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. In Zone 1, across Northeastern Minnesota, the total firearms harvest was up 36 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 10 percent. Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 5 percent.
Ice anglers eager to catch early-ice crappies are already hitting Pontoon Bay of Fish Lake, says Tim Wagner of Hi-Banks Resort near Duluth. "We've got 5 to 6 inches of ice," Wagner said Wednesday. "We get about 30 cars a day here, guys walking down." Understand that the cars aren't on the ice. Nor any permanent ice shelters. Just folks shuffling down the ice with their portable fishing shelters, setting up for a few hours of action.
Conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources come across many different violations during Minnesota firearms deer season. Here's a sampling of reports from conservation officers across Northeastern Minnesota from the recent Minnesota's firearms season, which ended this past Sunday. The excerpts are taken directly from the officers' reports after the second weekend of the season.
The stories come pouring out of the three women seated around the table. Stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault from 20 or 30 years ago. And from recent months. The dam broke for these kinds of conversations after the exploits of movie producer Harvey Weinstein were made public. Then came the flood of "#metoo" responses from thousands — millions? — of women across social media, women who now felt empowered to speak out.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of an albino deer taken near Gordon in Douglas County. The deer was found dead by a hunter several days ago, said Mike Zeckmeister, DNR northern district wildlife supervisor at Spooner. "We believe it happened prior to the nine-day gun deer opener (Saturday) based on the fact that that the hair was starting to slip (fall out) and it was bloated," Zeckmeister said.
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Minnesota's firearms deer season ended Sunday in Northeastern Minnesota. The state's muzzleloader season begins Saturday.