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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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Wild Rice harvest: Ricers visit a popular wild rice harvest area on the Sandy River Flowage.

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Mandatory trapper Education Certificate

Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Pulling for pike

Good fishing? It's relative

Color me versatile

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Ruffed grouse counts increase, possibly signaling uptrend

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Dad's day a good one

Wild Rice not quite ready

McGREGOR, Minn.—Most wild rice crops in Minnesota are about a week or two behind schedule this year because of the late spring.

Wild rice harvesting opened on August 15, but most rice stands are not ripe yet. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimates that peak harvesting dates will be in early to mid-September as long as the weather remains mild.

“Early and sustained high water levels this year have hurt some rice beds,” said David Kanz, DNR assistant wildlife manager in Aitkin. “As water levels continue to come down, we’ll have to watch how the rice responds and see if there is enough growing season left for it to recover.”

More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with the largest ...

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No new photo this week

Recent Headlines

Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

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?

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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