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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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Once-in-a-lifetime buck: Kenny Koivisto shot this 15-point, 212.5-pound buck during rifle season and called it his once-in-a-lifetime buck.

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No “Buck Fever” this time

CROMWELL, Minn.—When Cromwell area resident Kenny Koivisto saw a 15-point buck walk into his field, he immediately thought, “This has to be the deer I missed the past three years.”

Kenny didn’t miss this time and bagged the biggest deer of his lifetime—a 15-point, 212.5-pound buck with a 21 1/4 inch spread. “This will be my once-in-a-lifetime buck,” said Kenny who won the Big Buck Contest at the Pine Journal in Cloquet.

Kenny won a free mount which he will be taking advantage of.

Looking back, Kenny admitted that “Buck Fever” is the reason he missed the deer the first time. “I’m not ashamed to admit it. It happens to young kids and even an old-timer can get it, too.”

Kenny shot the deer from the new deer stand he had recently completed a mere four days before he shot his buck. “I just built an enclosed, heated stand,” Kenny shared. “Four days later (November 11), I was sitting in my stand watching four does in the ...

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Bill Dean Sr. bags 11-pointer

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Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

MINNESOTA DNR— Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Although many trails do not yet have adequate snow cover for grooming, this is a good time to register your snowmobile, inspect your equipment, download maps and do your trip planning,” said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. “Minnesota offers a variety of scenery and terrain to explore in state parks, in state forests, on state trails and on private land that citizens kindly allow snowmobilers to use throughout the winter months.”

The economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota is estimated to be approximately $1 billion each year, according to Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA). Minnesota ...

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Dean family: Bill Dean Sr. with his son, two grandchildren (Drew and Paige) and the 189-pound, 11-point buck shot near Tamarack, Minnesota.

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Bill Dean Sr. bags 11-pointer

TAMARACK, Minn.— At the age of 70 Bill Dean senior shot the nicest deer out at what is known as “the Ranch” near Tamarack, Minnesota. The 189-pound, 11-point buck was shot the second weekend during very cold temperatures.

“I used a grunt call just before dark,” shared Bill who hunts on property owned by his son and friends. “The boys came out and helped gut the deer.”

Bill Sr. has been hunting off and on at “the Ranch” for 7-8 years and noted that he shot a nice 10-pointer four seasons ago. “It is always exciting,” concluded Bill. “I told the guys I will have to start making payments on the property if this keeps up.”

Russ Goenner was the winner of the two “Big Buck” contests in the McGregor region. He won the Bann’s Big Buck contest and the Willey’s Sports Shop & Spirits contest with a 197-pound buck he shot near Rochester, Minnesota. According to Russ, he hunts on a friends property. “We ...

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