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
In Minnesota, fishing stocking is a matter of biology, sociology and politics–and not necessarily in that order. Consider the scenarios we are watching unfold this year.
On the once World’s Greatest Walleye Factory, Mille Lacs, anglers must throw back any walleyes they catch this summer.
Our favorite trout streams were running low and crowded with anglers, leading to a situation some folks call ‘combat fishing.’ Since we don’t like crowds or combat when we are fishing, my friend Alan Lutkevich of Duluth and I decided to go elsewhere. We’ve spent years roaming the North Shore’s