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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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Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Pulling for pike

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Ruffed grouse counts increase, possibly signaling uptrend

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Mandatory Trapper Education Certificate

WRIGHT, Minn. —Minnesota law requires “effective March 1, 2007, a person born after December 31, 1989 who has not been issued a trapping license in a previous license year may not obtain a trapping license without a Trapper Education Certificate. The Minnesota Trappers Association will conduct courses State-wide, free of charge to the participants and issue certificates that satisfy this new trapping license requirement.”

Trapper education classes will be offered by Minnesota Trapper Instructor Wayne Thom and other certified trappers at the Cromwell Sno-Gophers Clubhouse on September 7, 21, 28, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 14. Students must be at least 11 years old to take the class. Anyone interested in trapping may attend including adults and parents of students. The classes are open to both boys and girls. Attendance at all three classes is required. Wayne will be assisted by other area...

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outdoors photo

No new photo this week

Recent Headlines

Pulling for pike

Good fishing? It's relative

Color me versatile

Camera lapses

Ruffed grouse counts increase, possibly signaling uptrend

Hunters helping HEROS

Dad's day a good one

Farmer's market in McGregor?

Retirement into high gear

Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

MINNESOTA DNR— Youth can hunt with adult mentors during several organized youth hunting opportunities coming up this fall. For some hunts, application deadlines are approaching.

Application forms and more information can be found at www.mndnr.gov/discover, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, or Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator, 651-259-5193.

Youth deer hunts at refuges and state parks

• Ages 12 to 15 in 15 firearms hunts, ages 12 to 17 in two ...

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Spoon Box: Always in the boat, spoons usually produce a lot of action when trolled next to the weeds.

Recent Headlines

Good fishing? It's relative

Color me versatile

Camera lapses

Ruffed grouse counts increase, possibly signaling uptrend

Hunters helping HEROS

Dad's day a good one

Farmer's market in McGregor?

Retirement into high gear

Preview of ... 31st annual McGregor Area Lakes Fishing Tournament

Pulling for pike

It all started by trying for walleye one morning. Not all that serious, I purposely left home without any live bait. My game plan was to see if anything was going on leadcore, trolling #5 and #7 crankbaits in 25-30 feet of water. When this bite is on it’s lights out, but not on this day. The fish just weren’t there ... yet.

A boatload of various rods and tackle always leaves me with other options if “Plan A” doesn’t pan out. I had a lot of bass tackle along but the lake wasn’t the best for largemouth. It did, however, have a good number of northern pike, like most lakes in the North Country.

“Plan B” was to work the weedlines for northerns, something I’ve been doing for over 50 years. One would think I’d tire of this game but no, not me. It’s an absolute hoot when a fish attacks your offering.

I’ll never get sick of feeling that vicious strike.

Moving along at 2-1/2 mph, my first choice was a lipless rattle bait. Normally ...

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