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Late in the day of the Supermoon, Nov. 14, David Christoffersen took a walk across an eastern Montana grassland with his rifle. He had been watching a nice whitetail buck for several years and wanted to see if it was still around.
DULUTH — With this crazy warm weather lately, Santa isn't sure his reindeer will be up to the task. So, he has his faithful Labradeer retrievers on standby in case he needs their help to deliver the goods. And, once again, retailers from across the Northland have put together plenty of ideas for outdoor giving by the Santas in your family. Grab and go
IRON RIVER, Wis. — Sherrie Carlson first saw the buck in 2013. Not on the hoof. Only in a trail-camera image. "He was a 10-pointer then, the same as he is now, just a little smaller," said Carlson, 51, of Iron River. In Wisconsin's bow season, Carlson and her husband, Todd Carlson, always hunt together, side by side in a ground blind. "He'll sit with me until I get my deer," Sherrie said. "Then I sit with him."
FINLAND, Minn. — In the hallway of Kurt and Betsey Mead's log cabin near Finland early Tuesday morning, the deer hunters geared up for the day's hunt. Ulf Forsman, 63, adjusted the beam of his headlamp. Anders Hermansson, 42, slipped on his Duluth pack and slung his rifle.
DULUTH — The French River Hatchery, which has raised trout and salmon on the North Shore since 1976, will be closed soon, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday, Nov. 10. The hatchery is in need of about $8 million in repairs to upgrade failing equipment, DNR officials said. In addition, the hatchery always has been expensive to operate because water from Lake Superior must be warmed in order to raise fish there. The hatchery consumes 10 percent of the energy used by the entire agency statewide, DNR officials said.
DULUTH, Minn.—With Minnesota's firearms deer opener just six days away, hunters are beginning to see some deer movement in the woods. "It had been really slow until the last three days," John Chalstrom of Chalstrom's Bait and Tackle north of Duluth said Wednesday. "Some of the archery guys, instead of seeing a deer every two or three days, are getting two deer a day coming in. People are talking about seeing a lot of scrape activity."
DULUTH, Minn. — Adam Murkowski has been traveling Minnesota, listening. He listens to deer hunters and others who care about the number of deer on Minnesota's landscape. Murkowski is big game program leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the point person for the agency as it develops a comprehensive deer management plan.
HINCKLEY, Minn. — We were roughly 60 seconds into this early-season pheasant hunt when Jaxon locked up in a statuesque point. Jared Wiklund's 4-year-old English pointer left no doubt that a pheasant was somewhere just beyond his nose. "When Jaxon locks up like that, it's pretty much 100 percent," Wiklund would say later.
Hunters at the Take 'Em Club duck camp on Lake of the Woods shoot lots of ducks and geese each fall. As a result, they eat a lot of ducks and geese. The hunters prepare the waterfowl in many ways — duck stroganoff, duck stir-fry, marinated and barbecued duck and more. "The key to cooking waterfowl is to keep it rare — and take super-good care of it," says Phil Bakken of Tower, Minn., one of the club members.
MORSON, Ont. — The cry came from Phil Bakken's room just before 4:30 a.m. "Daylight in the swamp," hollered Bakken, rousing his fellow duck hunters. For good measure, Bakken reeled off a few riffs on his duck and goose calls. The world remained pitch black outside. Spoon, Bobby Clover's 4-year-old black Lab, stirred beside his bed, stretched and yawned. Another sweet October morning had begun at the Take 'Em Club, a gaggle of seasoned hunters who spend most of five weeks each fall in a waterfowl paradise on the backwaters of Lake of the Woods.