John Myers / Forum News Service
Spring turkey hunting seasons start Wednesday, April 17, in Minnesota and Wisconsin and will continue through May, and — good news — there’s still time to plan a hunt for this year. While early seasons required selection in a lottery process held over the winter, Minnesota’s third-through-seventh seasons are open to unlimited over-the-counter license sales. Those seasons run May 2-8, 9-15, 16-22 and 23-31.
Legal firearms for turkey hunting are shotguns only, 20 gauge or larger, including muzzle-loading shotguns... Only fine shot size No. 4 and smaller diameter may be used… Red dot scopes and rangefinders are legal... Bows must have a pull of no less than 30 pounds at or before full draw... Legal shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset... The bag limit for the spring hunt is one wild turkey with a visible beard... The tag provided with the license must be punched with the date of the kill, and attached to the wild turkey immediately after taking the bird...
ALONG WISCONSIN’S BRULE RIVER — Jacob Stover was getting razzed pretty hard by his friends. Stover, of Duluth, lost two nice steelhead rainbow trout back-to-back, that were almost, but not quite, to the net. “Jacob, you had one job!’’ joked his buddy, Connor Suliin of Duluth. “Third time will be the charm,’’ Jacob replied. And indeed it was. Not a half hour later Stover tagged into a silvery, 20-inch steelhead. This time he kept it on, and Suliin netted it for him.
Minnesota's bat population continues to be devastated by white nose syndrome, with now a 90 percent decline in bats at the Soudan Underground Mine near Lake Vermilion and a 94 percent drop at Mystery Cave in southern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, March 28, reported the continued bat decline, saying it was expected but not welcome.
ISLE ROYALE -- Six wolves that appeared destined for starvation on Lake Superior’s Michipicoten Island were trapped over the weekend and helicoptered to Isle Royale where they should find plenty of moose to dine on. The six, joined by a seventh wolf from the Ontario mainland, are part of the ongoing National Park Service effort to rebuild Isle Royale’s native wolf population, which had dwindled to just two, a father-daughter pair that are unable to successfully mate.
A half-dozen more Lake Superior island wolves will get a free ride across the big lake in coming days as the effort continues to restock Isle Royale with new wolves. The estimated four to six wolves remaining on Ontatrio’s Michipicoten Island in northeastern Lake Superior will be trapped and flown to Isle Royale. They'll join two wolves brought from the same island last month and two more brought from Northeastern Minnesota last autumn.
The Great Lakes region already is warming and changing faster than much of North America — and will continue to do so as global warming increases. That was the summary finding of a new report, released Thursday, March 21, compiled by 18 scientists from across the region, both U.S. and Canadian. The scientists gathered data from a broad range of previous studies that looked at ecosystems, economics, climate, agriculture and human health. It was called the most comprehensive assessment of climate impact on the region ever compiled.
Can fly fishing for brook trout in cold, clear Northeastern Minnesota streams save the world from hatred and prejudice? Not likely. But maybe it can save a soul. That’s what Geoff Vukelich said it did for him, over the last decade, as he learned to be an accomplished fly fisherman and a better person while casting on remote stretches of Northland rivers.
FISH LAKE, Minn. — It’s been one tough winter for folks who like to ice fish on northern MInnesota lakes. It’s not that the fishing hasn't been good at times. It’s that, for much of the winter, access to and egress from the lakes has been a nightmare. Slush and snow drifts have been overwhelming. And now anglers face a Monday, March 18, deadline to remove so-called permanent fishing shelters on lakes north of U.S. Highway 2 or face steep fines from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
DULUTH -- Minnesota’s moose population continues to hold its own, with slightly increased numbers this winter compared to 2018. That was the report Monday, March 11, from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which counts this as the eighth straight year of low but relatively stable numbers for the big forest animal. That lower but stable period comes after the state’s moose numbers crashed rapidly, from a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013.