Ice Fishing Off To A Good Start On Lake Of The Woods

As I do every year about this time, I made my first Lake of the Woods trip of the winter this week to sample the hard-water fishing out of Ballard’s Resort. The trip to Ballard’s, which is located near the mouth of the Rainy River north of Baudette, Minn., has become a pre-Christmas tradition, and…
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MDHA Supports Congressional Action To Delist Timber Wolves

Attempts to remove the wolf from federal protection in Minnesota and other states in the Great Lakes Region twice have been thwarted by lawsuits. There’s now language in the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the Interior appropriations bill that would protect the delisting effort in the Great Lakes Region from lawsuits. The timing is…
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Sampling Produces Silver Carp DNA North Of Coon Rapids Dam

Bad news today from the Department of Natural Resources, which reported eDNA testing for Asian carp found signs of the invasive silver carp upstream of the Coon Rapids Dam in the Twin Cities. The silver carp is the nasty jumping species that goes airborne when frightened by noises such as boats. The dam is upstream…
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Waiting For Snow

Snowmobilers, cross-country skiing enthusiasts and others with a love for snow continue to wait for the arrival of the first significant accumulation of the white stuff. Here in the North Country, at least, snow is conspicuous by its absence, and my snowmobiles continue to sit on the trailer waiting to be put into action. By…
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New Report Ranks Hunting Among Safest Forms Of Recreation

A new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation puts hunting safety into perspective. According to the NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry, hunting ranks third in safety compared to 28 other recreational pursuits, with an injury rate of 0.05 percent. That’s about one injury for every 2,000 participants. By comparison, only camping…
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