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    Long winter prompts temporary beaver season extension

    Due to prolonged ice cover, the beaver trapping season in the northern third of Minnesota will be extended through Thursday, May 15. The season was scheduled to close statewide on Wednesday, April 30, but a second consecutive winter of persistently frozen ...

    Anti-hunting agenda

    Anti-hunting agenda Make no mistake the metro DFL senators and representatives effort to stop wolf hunting and trapping is part of a relentless campaign against sportsmen and women. If SF666/HF1163 becomes law it will stop wolf hunting and trapping for fi ...

    Trappers call for common sense when restrictions are considered

    Joe Davis, a long-time trapper, said common sense can go a long way to prevent the problems caused when dogs get caught in body-gripping traps. ...

    Loss of family dog turns rural Brainerd woman into advocate for trapping changes

    Count Katie Tretter and her family of rural Brainerd among those calling for legislation to restrict the use of body-gripping traps. Tretter contacted the Brainerd Dispatch Thursday to report that Birdie, her 4-year-old British Labrador, was killed Dec. 3 ...

    Dogs and traps

    Dissatisfied with the protection afforded by current trapping regulations, dog owners are pushing for new legislation to prevent body-gripping traps from killing more canines. ...

    Elect Ward

    Elect Ward When my dog Penni was killed in a recklessly set conibear trap last December I contacted John Ward. The laws governing the use of those lethal traps are so lax they defy common sense for such a deadly device. I expected a response because John ...

    Body traps

    Body traps Oct. 20 is just around the corner and with it comes a danger that most people aren’t aware exists. The danger can be hidden in the grass, in the ditch, in a box or bucket or even in your driveway culvert. ​That danger is the body grip trap. The ...

    Minnesota closing its 1st wolf season Thursday evening

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is closing its inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season in the final remaining zone as of Thursday evening. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers have now registered 181 wolves killed in the northwest ...

    Surplus late wolf season licenses go on sale Monday

    Applicants not selected in this year’s early or late season wolf license lottery can purchase a surplus hunting or trapping license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon on Monday, Nov. 19, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DN ...

    Ward to introduce bill to restrict trap use

    Responding to a spate of accidental dog deaths in traps, Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, is introducing legislation to restrict the use of body-grip traps. The legislation would require that the traps be either 5 feet off the ground or completely submerged ...

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