A Few Outdoors Nuggets As The Weekend Approaches

A few odds and ends as the weekend approaches. …

Gray wolf legislation advances in U.S. House


The weekly newsletter from U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., included  an update on HR424, the Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017, which would return wolf management to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Here’s the update as it appears in Peterson’s newsletter:

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed my bill to return the management of gray wolves back to Minnesota by a bipartisan 26-14 vote. This is an important step towards moving my legislation through Congress, so Minnesota can return to using its state management plan to balance safety and gray wolf population issues.

To learn more about Peterson’s bill, click here.  

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
to be closed during special hunts in October

A news release from Rydell National Wildlife Refuge hit my inbox after lunch with a reminder that the refuge will be closed to the public Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 28-29 for special deer hunts being held on refuge grounds.

The Accessible Deer Hunt, conducted in conjunction with Options Resource Center for Independent Living in East Grand Forks, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29, the Mentored Youth Deer Hunt for 12- to 15-year old hunters will be held on the refuge as part of a partnership effort with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Signs will be posted at refuge entry points during both of these closures, according to refuge staff. Rydell refuge is located at 17788 349th St. SE in Erskine, Minn.

Also, the news release pointed out that despite misinformation printed in the 2017 Minnesota DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook, deer hunting will not be allowed on Rydell NWR during the general deer gun season, which opens Nov. 4 in Minnesota. Refuge trails for other public use.

Moose on the loose

Michael Zahradka of Grand Forks shared these photos of two moose he spotted last weekend near Honeyford, N.D. Good looking animals, both, and the bull definitely falls into the impressive category.

Cow moose near Honeyford, N.D.
Bull moose near Honeyford, N.D.

Jig fishing in full swing
on Lake of the Woods

If you like jig fishing — by far my favorite method for catching walleyes — you could do worse than a trip to Lake of the Woods right now.

By all accounts, there’s a strong shiner run this fall, and fishing is excellent, both along the south shore from Long Point to Four-Mile Bay and up the Rainy River.

Fishing this time of year is as simple as dropping an anchor in anywhere from 16 to 30 feet of water on the lake. If you’re not on fish, move, Sportsman’s Lodge recommends in their latest report. Sturgeon reports also are pretty good, with fish in the 50- to 60-inch range being reported.