The deer harvest was down 17 percent from last year in northern Minnesota during the 16-day firearms deer season, according to preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The season ended Nov. 24.
Applications for Minnesota’s 2014 spring wild turkey season will be accepted from now through Jan. 10, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
SAM COOK: Classy, Don. And classy, Laura. That was the reaction that a lot of folks had when Duluth Mayor Don Ness, with his wife, Laura, at his side, announced at a news conference Tuesday that he would not accept the nearly $20,000 pay raise that the City Council had approved Monday night.RELATED CONTENT
The 2013 spring steelhead run on Wisconsin’s Brule River was the second-highest on record, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials.RELATED CONTENT
Minnesota hunters’ success during the first nine days of Minnesota’s firearms deer season was down compared to last year, especially in the northeastern part of the state. The hunt ends today in Northeastern Minnesota.
BRULE — On a Wisconsin gun deer opener that dawned with a 5-degree chill, Harvey Roden of Iron River appeared to have it made. Roden, 86, sat in an elaborate enclosed deer stand near Lake Nebagamon on Saturday morning. He was ensconced in a swivel chair behind sliding glass windows. The floor was carpeted.RELATED CONTENT
Kimberly Beesley of Oulu knows what it takes to shoot a buck during Wisconsin’s gun deer season, which opened Saturday.
Paul Sersha remembers when he shot his first deer as a kid growing up in the Great Depression. He must have been 16 or 18, the Virginia hunter figures. That would have been about 1935.RELATED CONTENT
It’s the season many of us rarely see, the one in which bow hunters, clad head to toe in camouflage, slip silently into the woods. They climb a tree, something most of us have forgotten about since childhood, and sit on a tiny platform high above the ground.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK: At 95, Harriet Schwenk of Lakeside still is tending her flower garden and mowing her lawn whenever she can beat one of the neighbors to it.RELATED CONTENT
Sam Cook column: Although the deer bore no visible wounds, it was clear from the way her hind legs were splayed that she had been hit hard in the hind quarters by the passing car. She was going to die, probably right there.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK: I would love to have been with bear researcher Karen Noyce that day in June when she last saw Bear No. 56 alive.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK: My day had hardly begun, and already I faced a decision. I was cleaning up after a morning run, and I was operating from a soap deficit.RELATED CONTENT
Sam Cook column: Northern pike, in walleye-crazy Minnesota, get a bad rap. They smell bad. The little ones are pesky and annoying. Some walleyes purists don’t even want a northern in the boat. Bad karma. But catching one pike changed our whole canoe trip.RELATED CONTENT
Sam Cook column: It was beautiful out in the Canadian bush. Loons calling in the night, a bull moose swimming across a bay. Now we face the clean-up, the put-away, the return to what some call the “real world.” It is, at least, the inevitable world.RELATED CONTENT
Word came last week that Minnesota deer hunters will have fewer opportunities for doe permits this fall. No surprise, really. As a result of some recent moderate to severe winters, the deer population across much of northern Minnesota is below population goals, in some cases 25 percent below those goals.RELATED CONTENT
SAM COOK: Sandra Potter realized, years ago, she wasn’t getting enough time in northern Minnesota’s canoe country. Each summer, she would take a weeklong trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with friends.RELATED CONTENT