Deer Harvest Down 13 Percent In Willmar, Neighboring Permit Areas

WILLMAR – Deer hunters in this neck of the woods didn’t fare as well as expected. While the deer harvest statewide is on pace to exceed last year’s total, hunters in the Willmar area and neighboring permit areas took fewer deer this year than last. The harvest in permit area 277, which includes the Willmar…
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Sibley State Park Helps Young Deer Hunters Get Started In The Right Way

NEW LONDON – A good-sized yearling buck emerged from the brush just a few minutes before legal shooting time, and sauntered in front of the father and son in hiding. The boy’s finger was on the trigger of his shotgun. He was eager for the chance to take his first deer. The father’s eye was…
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Lessons Of The Longbow Make Him A Better Hunter

WILLMAR – Be prepared for some abuse if you take on the challenge of traditional bow hunting with a longbow. “I’ve been growled at by raccoons and badgers and chirped at by squirrels and eagles and owls. I’ve had owls knock my hat off; had turkeys hit my leg on their way down from a…
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Journeys West For Adventures Made Possible By Public Lands

On the eve of the Governor’s Pheasant Opener, this writer was lined up at DJ’s Sporting Goods in Montevideo with a box of shells in hand. Ahead of me were two hunters from the metropolitan area with purchases to make, and questions as well. They were unfamiliar with the area, and wanted to know what…
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Lieutenant Governor Enjoys River’s Eye View Of Western Minnesota

WEGDAHL – Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith took her first boat ride on the upper Minnesota River on Friday, and liked what she saw. “It’s such a beautiful river,’’ said Smith after a tour provided on a pontoon boat provided by the Montevideo chapter of Let’s Go Fishing. “You don’t think of this as western Minnesota,’’…
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