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Northland Nature…Crocuses: Our first flowers to bloom

April 6, 2013 in Pine Journal

Each year in late March, I search along the hot spots of the south and west sides of buildings where the snow melts more quickly and temperatures are always a bit higher than at other sites, where spring comes first. Continue Reading

Northland Nature-Plenty of migration going on in the Northland

September 22, 2012 in Pine Journal

With the autumnal equinox in mid-September, we feel in many ways like the new season has already begun. Cool morning temperatures in the 40s and 50s greet us each day. Continue Reading

Deer ‘czar’ Kroll releases final report; Walker pledges action

July 10, 2012 in RiverTowns.net

Gov. Scott Walker’s office has released the final report assembled by the Texas consultant hired to take a clinical look at Wisconsin’s Whitetail deer management practices. Among his recommendations are simplifying regulations and reducing the number of deer management units. Continue Reading

DNR reports significant decline in firearms deer kill in Northland

November 10, 2011 in Duluth News Tribune

The firearms deer kill was down 34 percent compared to last year after the first four days of the season in a broad area north, south and west of Duluth, according to Rich Staffon, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager at Cloquet. Continue Reading

An introduction to the complexities of molt

July 20, 2011 in West Fargo Pioneer

If you hang around the bird-watching hobby long enough there are a number of themes which you will find unavoidable. As much as you want to just sit there with your coffee and watch those feathered beauties outside your kitchen window, you inevitably get sucked into topical areas such as vocalizations, courtship behavior, migration, and taxonomy. Continue Reading

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Anglers enjoy Wisconsin fishing opener

May 22, 2011 in INFORUM

No other boats were in sight when Jarrid Houston’s family and friends left the dock on the Minong Flowage a
little after 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 14.
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Hooked for life: Two boys get first taste of fishing for sturgeon

May 8, 2011 in INFORUM

Grant Slukynsky is playing a sturgeon now, and judging by the bend in his pole, the fish is giving the 9-year-old everything he can handle. We’ve been fishing less than 10 minutes.
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Do or die at 30 below

February 13, 2011 in INFORUM

Some of us tolerate winter. Others embrace it. Then there’s this bunch. The first frosty streak of daylight cuts through the blackness at 6:45 a.m. as the 58 bikers, 54 runners and six skiers wait for the signal that it’s time for them to begin braving death.
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Outdoors: Lake trout addiction

January 30, 2011 in INFORUM

What we are looking for, says Steve Foss, is a window. We are sitting in our solo ice-fishing shelters on Burntside Lake near Ely, jigging for lake trout. We have been jigging for several hours now with not so much as a hit, a bump or a nibble. Continue Reading

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Leier: Early outlook for 2011 hunting and fishing seasons looks good

January 4, 2011 in INFORUM

Looking ahead to 2011 in the outdoors world is kind of like assessing the preseason prospects of your favorite sports team. We kind of have an idea of what to expect, but unpredictable variables like major storms, timely rains or extended dry periods or injuries in the case of sports can make a big difference in the final outcome. Continue Reading