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Saturday 09/29/2018
Jumping earthworms
Posted: September 29, 2018

As a fishing guide, I have thought a lot about the issue of invasive species. New rules really impact how I use and transport live bait in water. The one natural lure that has not been dramatically impacted by the invasive species rules has been the use of worms and night crawlers. It has been nice to be able to throw the worms into a container in my boat and go fishing. But, after recently having a conversation with my friend Dan Brown, owner of Oars N Mine Bait Shop in Crosby, I realized that might be changing too.

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Saturday 06/09/2018
Dave Genz – Hall of famer, gentleman innovator
Posted: June 09, 2018

It is only appropriate that the photo accompanying this article of Dave Genz was taken in late spring when the ice was still thick. He is, after all, known worldwide as “Mr. Ice Fishing.” But there is far more to this man than just ice fishing. He is one of the most passionate anglers I have ever met, and like most Hall of Fame anglers, he lives to fish all year. Yes, he will admit that winter fishing is his first love, but his passion knows no seasons when it comes to fishing.

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Saturday 03/17/2018
Nature Smart
Posted: March 17, 2018

There was only a few minutes left before the setting sun would slip beneath the western horizon. Hanging low in the sky the golden sunlight bathed a nearly impenetrable wall of mangrove just 50 feet in front of me. Standing just inside the thick vegetation was a deer. But not just any deer. This was the endangered, Key deer (Odocoileus virginanus clavium). The Key deer is the smallest subspecies and the rarest of all the white-tailed Deer. They stand only 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh less than 50 pounds.

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Saturday 03/03/2018
Nature smart by Stan Tekiela
Posted: March 03, 2018

Each winter I make a pilgrimage to my favorite winter wonderland, Yellowstone National Park. I look forward to being immersed in the wild and surrounded by an intact ecosystem. Everything from the tiniest critters to the largest predators inhabit the park, making it one of the few places with a complete ecosystem. I go in winter especially for the predators, both large and small.

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Saturday 02/17/2018
Nature smart - Florida manatee
Posted: February 17, 2018

Continuing with my exploration of the wonders of Florida, I will be taking a closer look at the Florida manatee. Also known as the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) or the sea cow, the manatee was one of the original 78 species that were included on the Endangered Species list when the Endangered Species Preservation Act was first passed into law in 1966.

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Saturday 01/27/2018
Nature smart
Posted: January 27, 2018

Wading through a knee-deep, clear tidal pool in coastal Florida, I was trying to move slow enough to not disturb a gorgeous American oystercatcher that was napping on a small sandbar in the middle of the lagoon. Oystercatchers are amazing looking shorebirds with a black hood punctuated by a bright yellow eyes surrounded by a striking orange rings. Matching the crazy looking eyes is a very long, thick, orange to red bill that the bird uses for probing into the sand for aquatic insects.

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Saturday 06/10/2017
Nature Smart
Posted: June 10, 2017

I’ve been doing a lot of sitting this spring, many hours over many days. All of this sitting and thinking was while filming a sandhill crane nest. For three years, I have been photographing a pair of sandhill cranes nesting. This year they built their nest in the best place possible, allowing me to study in detail their nesting behavior.

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What if they are wrong?
Posted: June 10, 2017

I often publicly voice my opinion on the management/ co-management decisions of Mille Lacs Lake. One of many reasons I do is because there are consequences from decisions being made that not only effect the lake but also the fishery as a whole, meaning fish and people. Without people there is no fishery, period.

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