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Controlled archery deer hunts will take place at three Anoka County regional parks next fall.
On a recommendation of its Parks and Community Services Committee, the Anoka County Board June 10 adopted resolutions for the issuance of hunting permits at Bunker Hills Regional Park, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park as part of the county’s deer management program.

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Minnesota concluded its second wolf season when the Department of Natural Resources closed the east-central zone on Saturday, Dec. 28.
A total of 3,433 licensed hunters and trappers harvested 237 wolves during the early and late seasons. The harvest target was 220 wolves.

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With the last of the deer hunting zones coming to a close it might be time to get back in the woods and chase a few ruffed grouse around. Even though the small game season extends through the end of the year it’s the time between the end of the deer season and the arrival of fresh snow that can be some of the best.

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Minnesota hunters harvested 128,814 deer through the second weekend of the 2013 firearms season, according to preliminary numbers announced Nov. 20 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Minnesota deer hunters have had it pretty darn good for last 20 or more years but things have changed a bit. The fact is the numbers aren’t there like they have been in recent past, especially in the north woods where a tough winter and too many predators (in my opinion) have taken their toll.

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Every fall in Minnesota is seems the duck situation changes according to weather conditions, rain amounts and air temperatures. Heading into the early season here in central Minnesota, Mother Nature has thrown us some curves and the modern waterfowler needs to adapt accordingly. Here are some insights into our early season and some of my budding strategies.

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The news for Minnesota bird hunters isn’t all that rosy, not with drumming counts for grouse being down and pheasants taking a big hit.

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