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.
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.
DULUTH -- Corey Verdoljak was a carpenter, building houses for 20 years, when he decided to do something completely different. The Superior, Wis., native and his wife, Brianna, pulled up roots from the Twin Ports to stake a claim in Alaska as a pilot. Only he found something he liked even better than flying. “Fishing,’’ he said without any hesitation.
DULUTH -- The unusual case of who killed 41 birds and mammals and dumped them along Minnesota Highway 23 just south of the Duluth city limits has been solved, and it turned out to be not as horrible as it might have seemed at first glance. After a story Saturday, Jan. 19, that Minnesota Conservation Officer Jake Willis responded to a call of 41 small mammals, rodents and multiple birds dumped in a ditch along Highway 23, officials at Wildwoods wild animal rehabilitation center in Duluth thought the specific number and variety of animals involved sounded familiar.
ISLE ROYALE, Mich. — The lingering, partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government has reached out to touch another facet of Northland life — this time halting the Isle Royale wildlife study underway for 60 years on the big Lake Superior island. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have been told they can’t go to the island until the government shutdown is over. It marks the first time since 1958 the scientists won’t be on the island to conduct detailed population counts and do other studies of the wolves and moose that call Isle Royale home.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Wisconsin residents are being asked to burn or bag some Christmas decorations after highly invasive tree-eating beetles were found on wreaths, swags and other holiday items made with real evergreen boughs. State tree inspectors on Wednesday, Dec. 26, said they found the tiny insects, called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and boughs as well as evergreen boughs used in hanging baskets, porch pots, mugs and sleighs sold at several big box retail stores statewide. It’s unclear how many infested items were sold.
DULUTH — The prospect of restoring elk to eastern Minnesota forests has strong, across-the-board public support in the region, according to a survey by University of Minnesota researchers. The survey found that 77 percent of the general public in southern St. Louis, Carlton and northern Pine counties supports the reintroduction of elk in the region. The survey also found a whopping 79 percent of landowners in the potential elk restoration area supports the idea.
DULUTH — Looking for a new ice auger — electric, gas, propane or battery — but still have some questions? The sixth annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show should have the answers. The show runs Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with more than 150 exhibitors, panel discussions, special guests, prizes and more.