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Bowfest, a celebration of bowhunting, the outdoors and music, is coming to Mont du Lac Resort next weekend, Aug. 4-6. The event, which will include a 60-target 3D shoot, concerts, television bowhunting celebrities and plenty of kids' events, is a first for the Twin Ports. Bowfest was conceived by Larry Pulkrabek, who owns Mont du Lac and whose bowhunting businesses have marketed popular archery products such as the Ravin crossbow and Field Logic targets.
The United Northern Sportsmen's Club and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will hold their 10th annual Youth Field Day at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 at the UNS Retreat on Island Lake, north of Duluth. The event is free and is open to youths ages 8 through 17. Youths will rotate through several stations that allow them to try archery and shoot rifles, blackpowder rifles and shotguns, as well as learning tree-stand safety and trapping techniques. Lunch will be served. Pre-register by Aug. 9 by calling Cody Privette at (218) 260-2932. Youth deer hunts offered
• Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener. • Sept. 1-7 — Wisconsin early teal season. • Sept. 1-15 — Wisconsin early goose season. • Sept. 2 — Minnesota early Canada goose hunting season. • Sept. 6 — Wisconsin bear season opens in some zones, consult regulations. • Sept. 7 — Minnesota antlerless deer lottery deadline. • Sept. 9 — Minnesota youth waterfowl day (tentative).
The place where Eric Tofte is fishing is improbably beautiful. He's a half-mile or so up a North Shore stream, well up the shore from Duluth. It's a tiny stream, just a couple of feet wide in places, but with occasional deep pools. Behind Tofte, a rock cliff rises perhaps 40 feet, and above that white pines reach for the clouds. Across the stream from him, the wall is not so high and gives way soon to overhanging maples and cedars. Spongy moss clings to the rock walls. Ferns grow out of bare stone.
On Tuesday evening, I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with some high-achieving Boy Scouts at the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base near Ely. I had made some remarks after dinner to a group that had just returned from two weeks in the canoe country — one week improving portage trails and a second on a wilderness trip in that fabulous land.
They are home now, their saddle sores healed, their energy reserves rebuilding. They are eating meals of actual food again. For most of a month through June and part of July, seven Duluth-area cyclists were among nearly 200 who took part in the brutal and unforgiving Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile bicycle ride along the spine of the country — the Continental Divide — from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexican border in New Mexico. Five of them finished the race, their times ranging from 22½ to 29½ days. Two decided to drop out. The race began June 9.
A number of adventurers have paddled around Lake Superior. But a Twin Cities man recently paddled across the lake. Mike Stout of Prior Lake, Minn., made the trip in two legs. He paddled from the Pigeon River near Grand Portage to Isle Royale, camped a night there, then paddled on across to the Keweenaw Peninsula near Houghton, Mich. Stout, 56, paddled alone with no boat accompanying him. He made the 70-mile trip in a total of 27.5 hours despite fighting strong currents on the second leg, he said. He took several smartphone photos to document his trip.
Fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking comments on a draft management plan for Lake Vermilion. The new six-year plan (2017-22) retains the walleye regulation implemented in May 2017 and is more specific than the previous plan about management goals for species including walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass and panfish. The plan was developed in partnership with the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders.
Sept. 1 — Minnesota bear hunting opener. Sept. 1-7 — Wisconsin early teal season. Sept. 1-15 — Wisconsin early goose season. Sept. 2 — Minnesota early Canada goose hunting season. Sept. 6 — Wisconsin bear season opens in some zones, consult regulations. Sept. 7 — Minnesota antlerless deer lottery deadline. Sept. 9 — Minnesota youth waterfowl day (tentative).
Here's a list of summer fishing contests in the area. If you'd like your contest listed, email information to email@example.com . • Summer Slam Walleye Tournament, Aug. 12, Island Lake. Twin Ports Walleye Association, twinportswalleye.com. Species: Walleye. • Great Lakes Fly Shop Paddle the Pads Bass Fly Fishing Tournament, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26, St. Louis River, Chambers Grove. Open to fly fishing anglers. Non-motorized boats only. Cost: $20, proceeds donated to the Minnesota Land Trust. Camping accommodations at Fond Du Lac Campground. Go to mnland.org to register.