For Birders Who Want To Spread Their Wings

The beauty of birding — besides the birds themselves, of course — is you don’t necessarily have to leave your backyard to enjoy this fast-growing pursuit. Yes, the birds oftentimes will come to you. How, you ask? A story on backyard birding in the fall issue of Northland Outdoors magazine, due out in early August…
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‘Getting People Outdoors For These Pursuits’

Angler and hunter recruitment and retention programs are alive and well in the Northland. Thanks, in part, to a first-year program in Minnesota that goes by that exact name. And a Wisconsin event that, while its name doesn’t begin to tell its amazing story, could be the poster child for such efforts across the Northland.…
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Mentorship Anchors Youth Deer Hunts

If Ray Howell had a hunting mentor when he was growing up, maybe that wouldn’t have been such a tumultuous time in his life. But if that were the case, maybe we wouldn’t have Kicking Bear Camps, either : The outdoors-oriented youth camps, heavy on hunting, were ultimately a byproduct of Howell’s difficult, mostly-mentorless childhood — a time when…
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A Good Time To Be A Monster Musky

If only it were like this back in Louie Spray’s day. In the fall of 1949, Spray landed what still stands as the world-record muskellunge, or musky — 69-pounds, 11-ounces. According to John Dettloff, a historian for Sawyer County in northwestern Wisconsin and now owner of the resort within view of where Spray tangled with…
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Happy Trails For Minn. Ruffed Grouse Hunters

The idea to build a massive hunting trail in the heart of big-time fishing country is looking better every day. But even before Monday’s announcement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that ruffed grouse counts were up, the Star of the North Trail currently being constructed in Beltrami Island State Forest was being lauded…
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