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Scant weeks ago, the Minnesota waterfowling season seemed to be at an early end due to plummeting temperatures locking up most open water with ice. Not that long ago, I found myself at a prairie pothole, long-handled hammer in hand, breaking ice to entice passing ducks to alight in favorable…

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Yesterday’s firearms deer opener couldn’t get here fast enough for legions of hunters across the state. Eight months of a rollercoaster pandemic coupled with a drawn out and ugly election was reason for many men and women to need an escape to the woods. Minnesota hunters and anglers have tur…

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A couple weeks ago, I arose well before sunrise and loaded a kayak into the bed of truck. After securing the little boat, and stowing camera gear and water in the truck, I headed for vast Swan lake.

In the world of wildlife, water is essential for life. So, it’s no wonder I spend as much time as possible sitting inside my camouflaged kayak, silently prowling the Mankato area’s many waterways.

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While he expects it to be a little cold on the water Saturday for the annual Minnesota fishing opener, the fishing should warm you up, said Craig Soupir, area fisheries supervisor at Waterville.

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Wildlife violators are relatively few, despite sensational social media headlines. I try not to spend too much time cruising social media feeds; days or even weeks can go by where I don’t scroll through any internet gossip or news.

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My longtime bowhunting partner, Paul Ziegler, and I just returned from our annual wild hog hunting trip in southern Oklahoma. Compared to recent hog hunts, this one featured almost idyllic weather — from misty, warm days to bright sunny ones that pushed the temperature well over 70 degrees.

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