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ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota Chippewa tribes were granted a permit Friday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources allowing them to harvest a total of 10 moose this fall,...
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Minnesota Chippewa tribes have asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to allow them to harvest moose this fall, DNR officials said Wednesday. Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations manager, said that the DNR has been in discussion with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and that a decision on whether to allow their taking of moose for subsistence or cultural purposes could be reached as soon as Thursday. Merchant didn't specify the number of moose the bands might be allowed to take.
GORDON, Wis. — Thirteen-year-old Connor Pennings advanced cautiously through the head-high alders and hazel brush, his 20-gauge shotgun at the ready. He knew that at any moment, a ruffed grouse might roar from the cover, or that a woodcock would go flitting toward the aspen canopy. Jordy, a 2-year-old English pointer owned by Superior's Mark Fouts, was holding a solid point nearby, indicating the imminent presence of a grouse or woodcock.
I suppose the gun shouldn't mean so much to me. I have others. They all work equally well if you point them at the birds and swing through. But this was Dad's gun, an old Browning A5 20-gauge, made in Belgium. It was the only shotgun I remember Dad buying new when I was growing up. Dad and his father were Browning guys, although my grandfather had a few L.C. Smith side-by-side double-barrels leaning in the corner as well. Dad and my grandfather hunted quail in northeastern Kansas over English pointers, and pheasants when the opportunity arose.
A sophomore at Duluth East High School, Andy Ellerman makes this commute two or three mornings a week. He hunts geese in the morning, hustles back home and gets ready to catch the school bus. Geometry class starts at 9, but if Ellerman's luck is good, he has already calculated the angle of approach on a flock or two of incoming Canada geese.
ELY, Minn. — Ely has been named one of National Geographic's "World's Best Towns for Outdoor Thrills," along with other outdoor destinations such as Moab, Utah; Cairns, Australia; Hogsback, South Africa; and Huaraz, Peru. The canoeing, fishing, dogsledding and snowmobiling community of about 3,500 represents "a great base camp — a place to stock up on provisions, hire a guide and grab a cold drink at the end of the day," National Geographic's editors wrote in a feature published Monday.
EASTERN MONTANA — My hunting partners drop me off near a field of wheat stubble with the yellow dog. Their pickup accelerates up the road, leaving a plume of white dust behind. They'll pick me up in two or three hours a mile and a half away as the sharptail flies. In other words, about a city block on Montana scale. This is vast, wide-open country, best at growing prairie grasses, tiny cactus, wheat and beef cattle.
Walleye fishing on Lake Vermilion has never been better, fishing guides and resort owners say. The lake has lots of larger walleyes along with plenty of smaller fish good for the frying pan. There's just one catch. The sprawling, 40,000-acre lake that stretches from Tower to Cook consists of two main basins, east and west. On the east end, anglers find plenty of smaller walleyes — the 13- to 18-inch "eaters" that anglers favor for shore lunches and fish-fry dinners. The west end produces plenty of larger walleyes — 20 inches and up — but few smaller fish.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has announced plans to hold a moose hunt this fall for the first time since 2012. The season opens Saturday and will run through Dec. 31 or until 25 bull moose have been taken, according to the band's website.
DULUTH, Minn.—Last spring, on the banks of the St. Louis River, fisheries officials surgically implanted small transmitters in the bellies of 45 lake sturgeon. Already, the hydro-acoustic tracking project has revealed valuable information to biologists.