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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.
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota's bear population appears to be on the increase, Department of Natural Resources officials say, and the state has issued a few more permits this year than in recent years. The state's black bear season opens Thursday and will continue through Oct. 16.
ON LAKE VERMILION, Minn. — Doggone if Jim Charles wasn't latched onto another walleye. At 93, he hasn't lost the touch. He played the modest walleye to the boat, where his friend and Lake Vermilion fishing guide Cliff Wagenbach scooped it into the net. This cool and breezy Friday in August was technically a day off for Wagenbach, 69, who's been guiding on Lake Vermilion for 24 years. But sometimes on his days off, he calls his old buddy Charles, a long-retired Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, to see if he wants to get out on the water.
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MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn. j-- Walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to use live bait this summer after all. In a surprising turnabout, the Minnesota Department of...
ST. PAUL -- Mille Lacs Lake anglers will have to release all walleyes they catch this summer, and they'll be restricted to using artificial tackle only. Those were among regulations...
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