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The walleye population in the lower St. Louis River is down to about half what it was 25 years ago and the number of walleye harvested in 2015 was more than the annual production of new fish — a trend that could diminish the fishery if it continues. That was the report given last week by fisheries biologists from the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources to a meeting of the Twin Ports Walleye Association, a local anglers group.
SOLON SPRINGS — Bear didn't quite live up to his name, with a sunny disposition and fast-moving tail that seemed to wag the 45-pound dog. And when it was his turn in the field, the 14-month-old nailed it. He quartered in ever-increasing semi-circles until he found good scent, then flushed a planted chukar partridge, retrieving it to his owner's hand after it was shot before heading off to find and flush another without missing a beat. And all while obeying all of his handler's commands.
As promised earlier this summer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set a series of public open-house meetings to talk about deer populations, antlerless deer permits, management trends and other issues in local deer hunting areas. One meeting is set in each wildlife area office across the state — part of increased public participation promised in the DNR's all new state deer management plan.
Yes, that’s smoke out there blocking the sun in the Northland. Smoke from forest fires in western Canada has drifted across northern Minnesota this morning, enough so that it has blocked the sun in some areas making it appear cloudy outside. It almost looks like a storm is approaching Duluth even though it’s officially clear outside.
Smoke from forest fires in western Canada is expected to funnel across northern Minnesota this weekend, enough to spur an air quality alert for the northern half of the state. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the alert Thursday through Sunday saying westerly winds will continue to blow the smoke into the area and affect people with sensitivity to air pollution as well as people doing strenuous activity outdoors.
Wildlife habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes region have received $6.6 million from a public-private partnership, including three projects in the Northland. The grants come from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a program funded by federal agencies and the steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. Each of the 25 recipients provided local matches totaling $8.2 million.
WASCOTT — Dave Sanda threw his state-issued pickup into park and jumped out, striding quickly down to the water's edge at the small boat landing on Leader Lake. "How's it going out there?'' Sanda yelled to four anglers casting from a boat on a mirror-calm morning. I hadn't even seen the boat form the truck. But Sanda saw the situation as another chance to make contact with the public, another chance to educate a boatload of outdoorspeople, none of whom were wearing life jackets.
Aug. 17 - Minnesota bear baiting begins. Aug. 17- Deadline for Minnesota early mentored youth deer hunt applications. Sept. 1 to Oct. 14 - Minnesota bear hunting season. Sept. 1 to Sept. 16 - Minnesota early Canada goose season. Sept 1 to Sept. 7 - Wisconsin early teal-only waterfowl hunting season. Sept. 6 - Deadline for Minnesota antlerless deer and special hunt permit applications. Sept. 8 - Minnesota youth waterfowl hunting day. Sept. 15 - Minnesota and Wisconsin small game hunting begins, including grouse.
In theory, the wild rice growing along the lower St. Louis River is there for geese to enjoy — that's why natural resource agencies are working so hard to bring it back. But when the expanding resident population of giant Canada geese start munching on manoomin well before it's even ripe, destroying the entire stalk, they can cause a lot of damage. Enter Sam Hansen, a biology student at the University of Wisconsin Superior, who was tasked with checking out an idea. Why not draft volunteer kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders to scare the geese away?
More than 215,000 Seeforellen-strain brown trout were delivered to the Brule River Trout Rearing Station in recent days after a couple previous stops and will eventually end up in Lake Superior. The fish will be stocked in several locations, from Superior on the west end to Saxon Harbor on the east. They're stocked directly into the lake, not in rivers, and they have become a popular species for South Shore trollers, adding a strong sport species to the usual catch of lake trout, salmon and river brown trout that feed in the lake.