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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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Area Conservation Officers Reports

Truck Fishing 101

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No Outdoors - Year In Review

Mixed results

No "Buck Fever" this time

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Bill Dean Sr. bags 11-pointer

Larva bas 13-point, 209-pound buck

Birds or bust at the 8th Annual Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival

MEADOWLANDS, Minn.—For the last few months a dedicated group of local residents and the Toivola Meadowlands Development Board have met to plan this year’s 8th Annual Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival, which takes place February 13-15 at the Meadowlands Community Center. The event has seen more than 100 birders each year since its inception, and this year is no different. So far 157 birders from 22 states have registered. Only a few full-package spots remain and, with new registrations coming in each day, there is sure to be a full house by the time registration closes January 31.

The festival is a favorite for birders, coming from as far as Texas, Florida and California, to see and photograph our northern birds - but event planners have worked hard to make the event fun and educational for local families, too – and there are many ways local residents can participate.

DINNER & PROGRAM

Tickets are available for the Friday or Saturday night dinner with program for just $25 ...

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Recent Headlines

Truck Fishing 101

No Outdoors

No Outdoors - Year In Review

Mixed results

No "Buck Fever" this time

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Bill Dean Sr. bags 11-pointer

Larva bas 13-point, 209-pound buck

Hunters harvest 54,000 deer during first weekend

AREA CONSERVATION OFFICER REPORTS

BROOKSTON — CO Andy Schmidt spent much of the week working snowmobiles and anglers on area lakes and rivers. Trespassing complaints were investigated and questions regarding postings were answered. The officer completed investigations from deer season, equipment maintenance was completed and nuisance/injured animal complaints handled.

CARLTON — CO Scott Staples assisted the DNR Wildlife division with tagging otter and bobcat fur at the Cloquet office. Complaints were signed at the county attorney’s office on cases from the past deer season. Fishing activity was fairly slow in the area. The few anglers checked were not having much luck. A complaint of a van left on an area lake for weeks was looked into. Turns out the van was completely gutted out and made into a fish house. There was no violation. Deer possession tags continued to be issued for car-hit deer in the area.

CROMWELL — CO Jeff Humphrey checked angling activity on area lakes throughout the week. Anglers were reporting a slow-to-fair bite. Ice conditions varied from ...

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outdoors photo

No new photo

Recent Headlines

No Outdoors

No Outdoors - Year In Review

Mixed results

No "Buck Fever" this time

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Bill Dean Sr. bags 11-pointer

Larva bas 13-point, 209-pound buck

Hunters harvest 54,000 deer during first weekend

After walleye stamp contest, Hamrick has won them all

Truck Fishing 101

It looks like we jumped from the balmy winter of 2014 right into the frigid jaws of 2015 and I’m certainly glad I got my licks in before it got this cold. Frankly, I’m not used to this and it will take a little conditioning before I’m back up to full speed in dealing with Mother Nature.

I spent the last decent day, Saturday, fishing out of my truck and do this especially when searching for fish. It’s just a whole lot easier, slowly driving around from spot to spot with all essential gear placed on or near the tailgate of my truck, only now I won’t be driving down the highway, forgetting to close things up.

The auger is easy to get at and usually only one hole is drilled and explored before moving on. Also sitting at the ready is a snow shovel, ice scoop, and the all-important Vexilar. Live bait sits warmly inside the truck, along with an assortment of pre-rigged panfish rods and tackle. Occasionally the Vexilar is placed inside for a while to thaw out.

I did learn the hard way to place the transducer in a position that doesn’t allow it to freeze to anything as if the best welder in the country tacked it in place.
By keeping a keen eye on my GPS unit, I started out my quest by checking over typical deep water crappie haunts of a lake ...

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