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Looking for something a little different for your Memorial Day camping experience next weekend? Or maybe you want to make plans for a long Fourth of July weekend in the northwoods? Hipcamp.com may be for you. Think of it as the Airbnb or Trivago of camping, but with an offbeat attitude. Hipcamp encourages and recruits private landowners to open up space — in their backyard, along their lake, river, farm or ranch — for campers to rent. It then lists and promotes those sites, along with most public campgrounds, to prospective campers.
DULUTH -- The veteran birders said it was a slow morning, but after less than 90 minutes of walking around Park Point in Duluth, we had seen more than two dozen species of birds. “I think that was number 24 or 25,’’ said Shannon Robertson as she checked off a ruby throated-kinglet, bufflehead ducks and red-breasted mergansers on her bird list. Usually, the experts said, it would be at least 40 or 50 species in any given morning.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday, May 15, said it has formally renewed mineral exploration leases for Twin Metals, the Chilean-owned mining company hoping to build a large underground copper-nickel mine near Ely. The 10-year lease renewal gives Twin Metals renewed access to national forest land on which to search for minerals and prepare to develop a mining project.
DULUTH - Boat and motor ready for the walleye opener on Saturday? Check. New line on the reel? Check? Minnows for bait? Not so fast. A cool spring following a winter that saw many fish perish in shallow ponds and lakes have combined to create a minnow shortage in the final days before the Minnesota walleye fishing opener set for May 11.
POPLAR, Wis. — Nathan Nelson picked a crummy day to start his turkey hunting career. Rain mixed with a little snow. Temperatures struggling to stay above freezing. A raw wind off Lake Superior gusting to 20 mph. It was the kind of morning when you’re never sure if the turkeys can even hear you call and when the birds usually don't call much at all. Still, judging from Nelson’s smile, he didn’t seem to care. “I think I’m going to like this,’’ the newbie turkey hunter said.
ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK - Moose on Isle Royale are so numerous that they are starting to damage the forest, with moose numbers approaching historic highs just as new wolves are calling the island home. That's the report from wildlife biologists at Michigan Technological University as they release results Monday, April 29, from their 61st annual survey of moose and wolves on Lake Superior's largest island. It's the longest continuous predator-prey survey in the world. The annual winter survey counted about 2,000 moose, up from about 1,500 the past couple of years.
SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. — We could hear them before we saw them, when the light in the eastern sky was still dim. It was a sort of cooing sound at first. Then clucks and something like muffled owl hoots. Then a whistle-like whine. And finally the clicking. When the clicking got louder, that’s when the action started.
HERMANTOWN, Minn. — A moose has been making the rounds in Hermantown this morning, but so far has managed to stay out of trouble. Motorists photographed the moose near Highway 53 and Ugstad Road earlier in the morning and then near U.S. Highway 53 and Stebner Road just before 11 a.m. Ali Comnick, an advertising sales executive for The Woman Today magazine, took photographs and video of the moose near the Skyline Lanes bowling alley when the moose went across Stebner Road.
Spring turkey hunting seasons start Wednesday, April 17, in Minnesota and Wisconsin and will continue through May, and — good news — there’s still time to plan a hunt for this year. While early seasons required selection in a lottery process held over the winter, Minnesota’s third-through-seventh seasons are open to unlimited over-the-counter license sales. Those seasons run May 2-8, 9-15, 16-22 and 23-31.
Legal firearms for turkey hunting are shotguns only, 20 gauge or larger, including muzzle-loading shotguns... Only fine shot size No. 4 and smaller diameter may be used… Red dot scopes and rangefinders are legal... Bows must have a pull of no less than 30 pounds at or before full draw... Legal shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset... The bag limit for the spring hunt is one wild turkey with a visible beard... The tag provided with the license must be punched with the date of the kill, and attached to the wild turkey immediately after taking the bird...