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Along the Portage

Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Weekend Wrap

Depth Precision = Fall Crappie

Minnesota's typical grouse hunter?

Ontario Cast and Blast

Lake Minnewawa is free of AIS

DNR announces process to revisit deer population goals in 2015

No new outdoors this week

Wild Rice not quite ready

Mandatory trapper Education Certificate

Learn wilderness survival basics before going afield

MINNESOTA DNR— A missing duck hunter near Mille Lacs Lake forced to spend the night in the woods is a good reminder that anyone spending time outdoors should know wilderness survival basics, said an official with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A recent news release from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said that 76-year-old Glenn Huff of Garrison had become disoriented while hunting and was unsure of his whereabouts. Rather than wander aimlessly, Huff then “hunkered down with his dog for the night, and at first light started to make his way back to his vehicle.” The following morning Huff and the dog met up with sheriff’s office deputies who reported Huff in excellent condition following the incident.

“That incident is a good reminder that anyone can get lost in the woods, including hunters,” said acting Capt. John Paurus, DNR enforcement education program coordinator.

Panic is an enemy for those who get lost. They should
remember the acronym S.T.O.P.

• SIT: They should ...

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No New photo

Recent Headlines

Depth Precision = Fall Crappie

Minnesota's typical grouse hunter?

Ontario Cast and Blast

Lake Minnewawa is free of AIS

DNR announces process to revisit deer population goals in 2015

No new outdoors this week

Wild Rice not quite ready

Mandatory trapper Education Certificate

Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Weekend Wrap

Another “cast & blast” weekend was spent across the border, hunting and fishing the waters of Rainy Lake. It was, however, more casting than blasting, as my partner Jeremy Taschuk and I didn’t do too well in the waterfowl category, but really put a hurt on the big crappie along with a few nice walleye.

Our first attempt to bag a few geese began with eight honkers immediately spotting us and taking flight, squawking all the way. It didn’t matter, as we would be out on the water at first light for an early morning of duck hunting.

Saturday morning came as quickly as the northwest winds were blowing. Seemingly good “duck weather” didn’t pan out.

Jer’ and I had our opportunities, but came to the conclusion that we must be the worst shots on all of Rainy Lake. A box of shells doesn’t last long under these circumstances. Laughing, we’d reload and wait for the next safe target.

We only ended up with ...

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Fall Crappie

Recent Headlines

Minnesota's typical grouse hunter?

Ontario Cast and Blast

Lake Minnewawa is free of AIS

DNR announces process to revisit deer population goals in 2015

No new outdoors this week

Wild Rice not quite ready

Mandatory trapper Education Certificate

Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Pulling for pike

Depth Precision = Fall Crappie

Fall crappie fishing has been good, with each lake providing plenty of fish of different sizes. They do, however, have one thing in common and that is most all of the lakes have fish suspended, which can make for challenging fishing at times.

When this happens, it’s crucial to place your bait right in the school or slightly above it. Here are a variety of methods to achieve this feat.

Bobbers – The simplest method would be a snap-on or slip bobber depending on depth needed. Once the proper depth is determined, all you have to do is bait up, cast out, and wait for the bite.

Bobber Stop – Placing a bobber stop for a visual aid can be a good way to go but it does have a tendency to catch on the rod guides. I’ve done this. It works but isn’t one of my favorites.

Spool Line Lock – Locking your line under the spool clip is a good way to make sure that you’re in the exact spot with each drop of the lure. I’ve done this during winter months and it works fine as long as you don’t get a big fish on and have to use the drag. That could be a huge problem. This method works great for kids ...

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