Outdoors

Sun
22
May

North Country Angler - Biggest bass this week

BIGGEST BASS this week was the 22” smallmouth caught by Jessica Shaver, South Range, WI on a minnow in Shagawa Lake while a guest at Silver Rapids Lodge.

Fri
13
May

Backpackers first in two years to hike BWCA Pow Wow Trail

At the trailhead, l-r, Susan Pollock, Paul Ebert, Paul Stelter, Martin Kubik

Sat
30
Apr

Minnesota state parks make all campsites reservable and begin taking same-day reservations

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park and other Minnesota state parks on the North Shore are currently “full” for Memorial Day Weekend, but if people don’t have reservations yet there’s another opportunity next week, when hundreds of previously unreservable sites become reservable. The additional sites will open up not just for Memorial Day weekend, but for the entire camping season at each park.

Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, the additional campsites will be made available in three “batches,” based on Minnesota’s tourism regions.

Tuesday, May 3: State parks in southern Minnesota and Twin Cities metro area.

Wednesday, May 4: State parks in central and northwestern Minnesota.

Fri
29
Apr

Spring comes to Superior National Forest

Signs of spring can be seen across the Superior National Forest. Snow is gone from most of the west and central parts of the Forest and disappearing quickly in the east. Lakes and streams are breaking free of winter’s icy clutch. Tree buds are swelling and fringes of green are rapidly expanding in grassy openings. Other sure signs of spring include the re-opening of campgrounds and the beginning of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) quota permit season.

Fri
22
Apr

End of the portage

END OF THE PORTAGE into the Kawishiwi River near Three Mile Lake in this picturesque photo by Snotty Moose Studio photographer Ken Hupila.

Fri
15
Apr

New, $1.5 million ecology hall now open at North American Bear Center

by Tom Coombe for Ely Echo PROGRESS EDITION

Fri
08
Apr

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 6

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 6, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,850 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 16.

Notification to lottery winners will be made by June 16. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Monday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Friday, Aug. 5.

Mon
28
Mar

Be aware of bears emerging this spring

Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
“With a warm spring so far, we’re already getting calls about bears out rummaging for food,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “However, leaving food out in yards that can be eaten by bears sets the stage for potential property damage and presents dangers to bears.”
As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Bears may be tempted by dog food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage.

Fri
18
Mar

On Earth Day, Vernal Equinox

By Bill Teftt. Photography by Ken Hupila of Snotty Moose Studio.

On Earth Day, Vernal Equinox, 1970, attention was drawn to humans as residents and caretakers of the Earth. Recognition and knowledge...

North Country Wildlife is a regular feature of the Ely Echo. Great photos and interesting explanations.

Tue
15
Mar

March 21 deadline approaches for ice fishing shelter removal from northeastern MN lakes

Ice anglers in northeastern Minnesota are reminded of ice shelter removal dates on lakes located north of Highways 200 and U.S. Highway 2, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. Because of rapidly deteriorating ice conditions, anglers may need to remove their shelters early and not wait for the deadline.

Dark houses, fish houses and portable shelters must be off the ice of inland lakes no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 21. For Minnesota–Canada border waters, the deadline for removal is March 31. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.

Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadline. Anglers who don’t remove their shelter can be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confiscate or dispose of it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access.

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