Walleye season ends Monday on the Rainy River between International Falls and Baudette, and with the late ice-out this year, anglers have had only a brief opportunity to get at the fish. Much of the river between International Falls land Baudette remained ice-covered through Thursday. The Frontier landing opened Tuesday, said Alyse Walton at Royal Dutchman Resort in Baudette. So, anglers were moving fast to get a chance at the river’s big walleyes, which come up from Lake of the Woods to spawn. “We’ve been full since (Wednesday), and through the weekend we’re full,” Walton said.
Now in its fifth week of emergency deer feeding in Northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association already has spent $118,000 of its allotted $170,000 on deer feed, the group said this past week. Anticipating that feeding could be required well into April, MDHA executive director Mark Johnson said the group might need another $100,000 to buy more feed. This past week, state Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, asked the DNR to make another $100,000 available out of a special account for deer disease and feeding programs.
VIRGINIA — Deer hunters in Northeastern Minnesota probably will see bucks-only hunting in some permit areas this fall, Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials told a gathering in Virginia on Tuesday night. The news came during the last of six “listening sessions” the DNR and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association held across the state during the past two weeks. The sessions were held so DNR wildlife officials could hear firsthand hunters’ concerns about declining deer numbers. About 55 people attended the Virginia meeting.
The Duluth Heritage Sports Center will hold its first Heritage Classic Indoor 3-D Archery Shoot on Saturday and April 13. The event, to be held in the Seitz Arena, will be a 30-40 target indoor 3-D shoot with a maximum distance of 40 yards. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The 3-D shoot is open to all ages. Cost is $15 for the first round and $10 for each additional round. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Ray Howell, also known as “Kicking Bear,” will be offering his Kicking Bear Adventure Camp for youth.
Caught —and released to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Rob Scott, the Crane Lake angler who caught a potential tip-up world-record lake trout in February, pleaded guilty on Friday in Fort Frances Provincial Offences Court to keeping one lake trout over his limit. Scott, 65, won’t get to keep the fish. He paid a $400 fine plus court costs amounting to about $75, according to Kevin Elliott, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement supervisor in Fort Frances. Scott, who was represented by an Ontario attorney, did not contest the charges.
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Although final figures haven’t been totaled, last fall’s steelhead run on the Bois Brule River appears to be similar to that of 2012, said Paul Piszczek, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist at Superior. The fall 2012 run totaled nearly 4,600 steelhead. “The fall (2013) run was right around that range,” Piszczek said. “So far, in general, we’ve seen a really good mix of browns and steelhead and cohos, with a handful of kings here and there. And there were many ’jacks (juvenile steelhead) up to 15 inches.” The early steelhead season on the Brule from U.S.
This year, Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress spring fish-and-game hearings will be held in conjunction with the state’s deer herd status meetings at 7 p.m. April 14 in each of the state’s counties. The deer herd status meetings will again seek public input on deer-related issues. Local wildlife biologists will present information about new deer hunting rules and regulations that were recently adopted as part of the deer trustee report’s two-year management review. For a complete list of hearing locations, go to dnr.wi.gov.
The Douglas County Fish and Game League will hold its annual Sports Show from March 28-30 at Wessman Arena in Superior. The event will include fishing, hunting and outdoors displays by retailers and organizations, how-to seminars, a live fish pond, laser shooting, cowboy action shooting and hands-on crossbow shooting.
Dicky Powell shares some anecdotes and observations from his life on the Canadian side of Saganaga Lake north of Grand Marais: On wildlife: “There was a three-legged fox around here for a while. He lived that way for 11 years.” On neighbor Benny Ambrose: “Benny was — how do you say it — a little different. But you could leave him out in the woods and he could live out there like a timber wolf. He was a woodsman.” On wildlife: “One time, just after freeze-up, I was walking on clear ice. I saw a beaver breathe out a big bubble of air right under the ice.