Here’s how we started the week of Cecil Talk. My take on calling the dentist office and what it might sound like, followed by me trying to assemble my proverbial parade.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the agency is investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying it will “go where facts lead.”
Of the nearly 570,000 licensed hunters in Minnesota, fewer than two-tenths of 1 percent will pursue Africa’s exotic game.
The patients of Dr. Walter Palmer that spoke with WCCO all described him as an excellent dentist. But they also expressed shock over the killing of Cecil the lion, as well as the fact that Palmer had a prior felony for poaching a black bear in Wisconsin and a sizable sexual harassment award against him.
Hundreds of protesters showed up at the Bloomington office of a Minnesota dentist who killed a beloved lion named Cecil.
Politicians in Minnesota and across the country are sounding off on the death of a protected African lion at the hands of a Twin Cities dentist.
A Minnesota dentist is apologizing for killing a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Dr. Walter Palmer said he thought the hunt was legal, but two guides are facing criminal charges for poaching because of where the lion was killed. The story has generated lots of anger and vitriol against the dentist across social media.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to arm itself with turkey hunters in the fight against bird flu. The state asked hunters in five counties — Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns — to help figure out if the virus has spread to wild turkeys.
Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a few precautionary tips for areas near turkey farms struck by the bird flu.
An 84-year-old hunter who asked Minnesota lawmakers for help bagging another deer may get his wish. A provision tucked in House Republicans’ budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit.
It’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about getting outdoors. And to help you get ready for the summer fun, this weekend is the 83rd Northwest Sportshow. It features deals on boats, RVs, ATVs, fishing and hunting gear.
Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations. The governor on Friday proposed a new felony-level penalty for poaching, and revoking game-and-fish privileges for up to 10 years. Current law only goes up to a gross misdemeanor penalty for poaching, and license revocations of up to only five years.
Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.
A retired official of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources began spearheading what ringneck enthusiasts hope is an ambitious public-private effort to restore Minnesota’s pheasants on Monday.
A group of Minnesota hunters say the deer population is in worse shape than the state is letting on. Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population as he walked through the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Big Lake.
Gov. Mark Dayton is consulting with his Department of Natural Resources chief on how the state should respond to a federal ruling that outlaws hunting of gray wolves.
A Minnesota hunter is pushing for change after his dog was caught and killed in a trap. Mark Johnson’s 7-year-old lab, Bronco, was killed in a body grip trap while they were grouse hunting near Bemidji in October.
A “Pheasant Summit” was held Saturday n Marshall with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss ways Minnesota can keep birds in play. Earlier this week, I took “Maxi Cam” to South Dakota. And with the help of guide Ryan Sauter, I found out that they know how to keep the pheasant population up.
Brandon Johnson and Craig Lindstrom have gone an annual hunting trip for 12 years. But this last one in September was different. “Everybody kids about things, but nobody thinks something like that’s going to happen,” Brandon said. His group shot a black bear on the trip near Duxbury.
Wildlife managers are closing the wolf season in northeastern Minnesota at the end of shooting hours Friday. Hunters and trappers had registered 30 wolves when the Department of Natural Resources decided Thursday to close the northeast zone.
Another season of wolf hunting is set to begin Sunday. Late season hunting and trapping runs through Jan. 31 in all zones. They can close earlier, though, if the harvest target is reached.
Minnesota hunters have registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of the firearms deer season, a drop of 31,000 from the same period a year ago. But the lower harvest is by design. Regulations were put in place to make more deer — especially does — off-limits to increase Minnesota’s deer herd.
Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.
Hunters in Minnesota killed fewer deer during this year’s opening weekend of the firearms deer season than they did last year, the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. Final numbers show that hunters registered 54,000 deer killed during the first three days of the firearms season, which is 30,000 fewer than last year’s opening weekend, the agency said.