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Simmering Minnesota fishing debate, explained: Muskie vs. Walleye

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:44:05 CST

Over the past few months, several battles around the state -- from Otter Tail County to Washington County -- have been thrashing like a boatside muskie over the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' policy for the larger cousins of the northern pike.

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Dave Orrick: The troubling 'mystery' of the Whitewater fish kill

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:15:04 CST

On July 28, a heavy rain poured down upon the fields, bluffs and valley surrounding the South Branch of the Whitewater River in southeastern Minnesota, one of the state's most heralded trout streams.

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Dave Orrick: Early ice fishing: 3 generations of family know their pike

Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:25:54 CST

The sun had just barely peeked above the horizon when the first flag flew.

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Dave Orrick: Do hunters hamper squirrel numbers?

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:23:54 CST

WHITEWATER STATE PARK -- The mature stands of oak and hickory that line these hillsides make this a good place to be a squirrel. And they abound.

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Dave Orrick: Muskie mayhem closes out season

Fri, 4 Dec 2015 15:55:13 CST

It started some time in October, a rhythm growing beneath -- and in dissonance with -- the melodies of fall hunting seasons.

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Dave Orrick: 'Secret' public hunting ground was a secret to deer, too

Mon, 9 Nov 2015 07:09:56 CST

IN THE METRO -- By the time first light was upon us Saturday, I knew I had found it: the mythic, secret public hunting area in the metro.

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El Nino could be a boon for Minnesota deer hunters

Fri, 6 Nov 2015 21:05:52 CST

The second straight conservative deer hunting season.

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Dave Orrick: Pelican Lake duck hunting restored

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:41:31 CDT

ON PELICAN LAKE, Wright County -- "Here-they-are-take-'em!" Tim Bremicker shout-whispered with sudden urgency.

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Dave Orrick: Pheasant opener signals start of new traditions

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:54:19 CDT

COMFREY, Minn. -- It wasn't until early afternoon that 10-year-old Zach Reiderer saw his first real action on Saturday's pheasant opener. The flurry of activity came from a tree line to his right, and he fired his shotgun from the hip and swung it left while racking the pump action and blazing away, scoring a triple.

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Dave Orrick: Indian purchase among possible Legacy Amendment projects

Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:21:35 CDT

CLEARWATER COUNTY, Minn. -- The wild rice on Lower Rice Lake is as thick as cattails this year.

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Dave Orrick: Grouse opener a woodcock bonanza

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 11:09:45 CDT

ITASCA COUNTY -- It was hard to shoot ruffed grouse Saturday. The woodcocks kept getting in the way.

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On Mississippi River, fishing guide Brian Klawitter is a 'sturgeon whisperer'

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:39:16 CDT

ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- The butt of the rod dug into my scapula like a bony knuckle adorned with a high school class ring.

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Dave Orrick: It's hunting time, and we all have questions

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:55:57 CDT

Last year about this time, I was buzzing along a tree-lined two-lane in central Minnesota when a gray squirrel darted out in front of a pickup ahead of me and nearly avoided getting crunched amid the perils of the undercarriage.

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Dave Orrick: How to become a Boundary Waters family

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:54:11 CDT

INSIDE THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS -- When we shoved off from the portage trail between Lake One and Lake Two amid a gentle breeze and high spirits, I knew we had succeeded.

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