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For many who fish through holes in the ice, there’s an anticipation for that first ice fishing excursion that surpasses – dare I say – the attraction of getting in a boat for the first time after a long winter.
The DNR conducts the fall population survey over 17 days, beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, setting 64 nets at sites across the Minnesota side of the lake from the south shore to the Northwest Angle.
The weather has turned a lot of focus onto the ice conditions on Upper Red Lake. The ice is not safe yet and caution should be taken prior to venturing onto any ice.
Hank Kohler, who was the keynote speaker last March at the International Water Institute’s River Watch Forum at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, definitely has a gift for gab and a knack for telling a story.
While mountain lions have been spotted across North Dakota, the core of the population inhabits the Badlands of western North Dakota. Game and Fish first offered a hunting season in 2005.
There was concern after the first three days of season that Minnesota's statewide firearms deer harvest might fall below 100,000 for the first time in years.

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The bays of Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River have developed ice over the week, but much of the ice is very poor and cloudy due to mixed precipitation in the area.
Derik Zimmel owns True North Polygraph and administers the tests for some of the country’s largest fishing events, including the National Walleye Tour and Masters Walleye Circuit
Hunters registered 49,274 deer statewide during the opening weekend, the DNR said.

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