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Will Ice Be Off Lakes By Fishing Opener?

For the first time that I can remember, we are in actual danger of not having open lakes for fishing opener.  No one can say for sure, but we are definitely cutting it close if they do thaw out.  Local reports in the Northland have ice thickness anywhere from 2-3 feet.  That would be comparable to usually mid February thickness.

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Download Handy Fish Watch Guide From MN DNR

If you're like me, you're probably already itching for fishing season, which in Minnesota is a little more than a month away.   Today I was looking around on the DNR website and found a handy guide that you can download that helps you identify fish and where to find them.  It's pretty neat!

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Nick Stoltman
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B105 Ice Cribs Touring Ice Houses Part 2 [VIDEO]

Earlier this week we covered the Solon Springs Lion's Club Ice Fishing contest and got to see some pretty nice ice houses!  Now here's the rest with a visit to the other side of the lake.  There was some pretty deep snow on the lake and the B105 van wasn't able to make it, so we had an interesting way to get out to the ice house!  It's a little red neck!

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Nick Stoltman
Nick Stoltman
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B105 Ice Cribs Visits Solon Springs Lion’s Club Fishing Contest [VIDEO]

This last Saturday we packed up the B105 van and made our way to beautiful Solon Springs, Wisconsin to take a look at some pretty cool ice shacks that were participating in the Lion's Club Ice Fishing contest.  It was a lot of fun!  Check out the video!

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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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Easy Camping Hobo Dinner Recipe

 

This last weekend, a group of friends and our families got together for a weekend at the lake.  We cooked all of our meals over the fire, and one of them was the classic "Hobo Dinner."  I was suprised that several of them

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Learn How To Hunt Deer With The MN DNR

The MN DNR will be holding a deer hunting clinic for those interested in the Minnesota pastime on August 12th in Mora, MN.  The clinic will teach youth 10 and older deer habits, how to track dear, and other techniques.  Like how not to totally screw up like this dude did.

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(Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
(Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
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Common Mistakes While Boating

Murphy's law always applies to me.  Here's some ridiculous things that have happened to me while fishing.

1.  Forget to put the drain plug in the boat. With new DNR laws, you're suppose to always travel with the drain plug out.  After years o

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ken hayes on a good camping trip
ken hayes on a good camping trip
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5 Disastrously Bad Camping Experiences

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us a lot of people may be planning to camp.  Learn from my mistakes.  We all have a bad camping experience, at it seems that I have more than most.  Here's the worst of them.

1. Bears!  Bears!  Bears! - 1993 Whiteface campground around 1992-1993.  I don't exactly remember the year, but holy cow what an experience to remember. 

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Eagle Swims With Fish To Shore After It’s Too Heavy To Fly With

I've seen a lot of eagles, and I've seen them feed, but I've never seen this.  After several attempts to grab this fish and fly away, the eagle finally comes up with plan be.  Land on the fish and swim it to shore.  It's a great video!

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I missed a big one, chewed threw my line.  I put a wire lead on and a top floating rapala.  The water was clear enough on West Vermilion, I could see the pike chasing my lure.  Awesome!
I missed a big one, chewed threw my line. I put a wire lead on and a top floating rapala. The water was clear enough on West Vermilion, I could see the pike chasing my lure. Awesome!
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Ken Hayes Outdoors: Weekend Fishing Opener [PHOTOS]

I call this Ken Hayes Outdoors in a joking way, since I'm a novice fisherman.  I'm working on getting more lake time in, and luckily this year I was able to spend the whole weekend up north.  Here's some pictures of how our trip went.

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