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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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Learn wilderness survival basics before going afield

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

Ways of the Whitetail: Taught to me by my Father

I am by far no expert when it comes to whitetail deer, but I have put in my time in the tree and ground blind and I can only tell you what honestly has worked for our group over the years. In the following article, I will mention a few company names that I prefer to use, but I am in no way associated with any of them. I am simply telling you what has personally worked for me. It is my hope, that after reading this, you can take a “tip” or two and put it to use on your own hunting land in the coming years and have success.

There is no doubt that for the next several years in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Michigan hunting will be different than in years past. Two bitterly cold winters in the midwest with a lot of snow, an abundance of timberwolves, and liberal harvest rates in years prior have our herds at or near all-time lows. However, I am confident things will rebound given a couple mild winters and tightened harvest regulations. After all, the whitetail deer is a fast growing, renewable resource given proper conditions.

Over the past 25+ years I’ve spent in the pursuit of whitetail deer at our hunting shack in northern Minnesota, several noticeable ...

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outdoors photo

No New photo

Recent Headlines

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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outdoors photo

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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