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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com If the deer hunting firearms opener is an unofficial Minnesota holiday, bowhunters are the kids who can’t wait and unwrap presents early. And don’t stop. Like many other eager hunters, Pierz’ Mitch Becker takes advantage of the near-two month head start offered to bowhunters to begin tracking, and hopefully [...]

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Minnesota will conduct its first August Canada goose season from Saturday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 25, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. “The state’s Canada goose population is very high and exceeds our statewide goal,” said Steve Cordts, the DNR’s waterfowl specialist. “We have continued agricultural depredation concerns in the western portion of [...]

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Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources Angling – 24-hour (r), $10 Angling – 72-hour (r), $12 Angling – three-year individual (r), $63 Angling – combination (husband wife) (r), $35 Angling – dark house rental (r), $30 Angling – dark house shelter (r), $15 Angling – individual (r), $22 Angling – military, no fee Angling [...]

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Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources   • Bowfishing, May 1, 2013 through Feb. 23, 2014.   • Walleye, sauger, northern pike – 2013 season, Saturday, May 11 through Feb. 23, 2014.   • Lake Trout (summer) 2013 season, from Saturday, May 11 through Monday, Sept. 30.   • Stream Trout in lakes – [...]

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Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources   Regulations that will limit the harvest of walleye and potentially increase the harvest of northern pike and smallmouth bass will be implemented on Mille Lacs Lake this spring as part of a multi-year effort to rebuild the lake’s legendary walleye population. With the opening of walleye season, [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Staff Writer patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Although it could certainly change at a moment’s notice, it appears that the seemingly never-ending winter weather will have finally faded by the time the state fishing opener rolls around. However, the drawn-out cold weather and delayed ice-melt will have a noticeable impact on which types of fish are [...]

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Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources   New analysis for Asian carp DNA in water samples from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers showed little evidence of bighead and silver carp, researchers announced recently. The joint effort by scientists from the new Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota (MAISRC), [...]

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By JENNIE ZEITLER Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@mcrecord.com  Don Lapos has spent most of his 88 years fishing whenever he had the chance. “My parents took us fishing mostly on Lake Beauty since I was 5 years old,” he said. “We rented a flat-bottom boat for 50 cents a day. I was afraid I was going to [...]

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None of the more than 2,300 deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in three specific areas of Minnesota have tested positive for the disease. Deer were tested in an area of southeastern Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing CWD surveillance and disease management efforts in the Pine Island [...]

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