Memories are so sweet. It was dry the first time my father and I made an October sojourn to the famed prairie pothole region of North Dakota. So dry, there were two-inch wide cracks in the sun-baked bottoms of empty wetlands. The only ducks we saw were unapproachable, resting in the middle of the
A recent statewide news story bemoaned the loss of Minnesota’s family-owned resorts, but such operations remain the norm along the Gunflint Trail, north of Grand Marais. This summer, three resorts are celebrating a combined 195 years of family-owned operation. In fact, nearly all resorts on the
Isabella is about the last place in Minnesota where you would expect to see a wild turkey. It is prime habitat for creatures of the North, such as moose and Canada lynx. Yet last fall, while driving up Minnesota Highway 1 early in the morning, we saw a tom turkey beside the road. Later, I mentioned
Sometimes, even when you successfully catch the big one, something still goes awry. Just ask Joe Anderson of Central Lakes, south of Eveleth. On May 6, he caught and released a sturgeon on the Rainy River that may have been the state record, but he won’t get official recognition for his catch. Nevertheless,
Last week I ran into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen for a while. We share a passion for chasing Minnesota’s north woods bucks. My friend, a hardcore deer hunter, had changed his hunting habits.
“I didn’t hunt much around here last fall,” he said of his hunting area on the
June is arguably the best fishing month in the Northern Wilds. The water temperatures are generally cool enough for trout, but warm enough to activate other fish species. Walleyes, which are often fickle feeders when the fishing season opens in May, became ravenously hungry during June. Although they