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Minnesota DNR Offers Convenient New Online Fishing License Purchasing Tool [SPONSORED]

One of the joys of living in Minnesota is the huge array of outdoor opportunities, including thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams for fishing. Of course, before you can get out fishing, you need to make sure you have a valid Minnesota fishing license. That process just got an awful lot easier with a new online tool!

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Don Stevenson via ThinkStock
Don Stevenson via ThinkStock
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Will Blaze Pink Bring More People Into Hunting? What We Need is More Deer.

There's been talk about a bill introduced that would allow deer hunters to wear blaze pink in Wisconsin instead of blaze orange.   They're hoping that this will get more people (probably women) into hunting.  Sadly, it will be tough to get more people excited about hunting with a bucks only harvest.

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Despite Recent Snowfall, Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Won’t Open Until December 1st

Many people complain each year about the first snowfall, especially when it seems to come all at once for us.  However, there is always a group of people cheering for more, and they are called snowmobilers.  Even though the ground is snow covered, the trails don't open until December 1st for several reasons.

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Ablestock.com
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Cougar Sightings on The Rise in Northern Wisconsin

This time of year brings a unique opportunity to Northlanders to see what exactly is out in those great woods of ours.  Hunters have their trail cameras set up to spot game that could be in the area, but sometimes they spot more than they bargained for.  For example, there have been 2 cougars (mountain lions) spotted in Northern Wisconsin recently.

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Chris Williams
Chris Williams
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MN Hunters Concerned over Hunting Limits in New Trespass Law

If you've been hunting on private property, you'll definitely need to make sure you have written permission from the owner this year.  That includes if it's your immediate family that owns the land.  While it may make things a little more complicated, it's designed to help protect livestock.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Wisconsin Offers Free Weekend of Camping, Fishing, ATV Riding, and Fun in June

The Wisconsin DNR has announced plans to give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities like fishing, visiting state parks, or riding on ATV trails without having to pay any fees or licenses.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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DNR Seeks Comments On Grand Marais Area Lake and Stream Management Plans

Outdoor enthusiasts and the general public interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Jan. 3 to ask questions or submit comments.  Let your voice be heard.

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Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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With Warmer Weather, Be Extra Wary Of Going Out On Ice and Follow DNR Ice Thickness Recommendations

It's been a pretty mild week, with the warmest day potentially Thursday.  Thursday will start nice and sunny, with a hi temp near 40 degrees before a potential rain and ice event hits Thursday night into Friday and then changes to snow.  With warm temps comes an increased danger of going out onto the ice.  A safe spot you were fishing on on one day could turn into a danger zone the next.

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YouTube
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First Ice Fishing of 2012

Well, I've been talking about getting on the ice for a couple of weeks now and finally decided from what I was hearing that there was enough ice to go.  Got up bright and early this last Saturday, picked up my fishing partners, and hit the ice.

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YouTube
YouTube
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Wolf Hunters Selected by Lottery Must Purchase License By October 24th

Wolf hunters that were selected from the wolf hunt lottery must purchase their license by October 24th, otherwise those unclaimed licenses will go up for sale.  At this point, the Minnesota DNR has sold 1,155 of the 3,600 wolf licenses made available. 

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YouTube
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Gearin’ Up For Deer Camp 2012

Once again, we are just a few short weeks away from the best time of year:  deer season.  Like very year, I have to put this disclaimer out:  I'm talking about firearm season.  (I know bow hunting has been open for quite some time.)  So once again, we will refresh the list of things to do to prepare for hunting.

1.  Rally the troops.  

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(Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
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Pheasant Season Begins This Weekend In Southern MN

Growing up here in the Northland, I never really was exposed to pheasant hunting.  I had been partridge hunting (which is different) and other small game hunting too.  When I lived in Southern MN for a few years, I was introduced to Pheasant hunting, and found it's a trip worth taking.

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