John Myers / Forum News Service
ALONG THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL — In the woods of the Town Of Superior in Wisconsin, about five miles south of Duluth, a crew of 10 volunteers was busy building the longest hiking trail in the United States. On a sweaty June afternoon, they were blazing and leveling a footpath, erecting signs, building bridges and boardwalks and working to prevent erosion on the new segment that, for the first time, links Minnesota and Wisconsin portions of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
I ventured north last weekend, not to find fame or fortune, but to mow the lawn. But I digress. This is a column about fishing, in general, and walleyes in particular and, even more particular, 17-inch walleyes. The Myers clan is lucky because the place we often fish has lots of walleyes (smallmouth, crappie, pike and musky, too, but those are other stories.) We catch walleyes from 8-18 inches regularly, occasionally up to 28 inches and even a couple 30-inch-plus monsters.
DULUTH — Jared Munch is a bona fide adventure junkie, so it’s not surprising he’s leaving from Brighton Beach in Duluth on Monday, June 10, bound for James Bay on the Arctic Ocean. He’ll be paddling there. On a stand-up paddleboard. Munch will paddle along the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to the Michipicoten River in Ontario, about 490 miles away if you hug the lake’s shoreline. He’ll then paddle up the Michipicoten, portage over to the Missanabie River, then paddle down the fast-flowing Missanabie to James Bay, another 380 miles on rivers.
DULUTH -- Three of the five Great Lakes are at or above record high water levels for May and the other two are getting close as a winter of heavy snow and a spring of heavy rains continues to flow downstream. And with wet weather now expected to continue for at least the short term, new all-time record lake levels are possible in late summer or early fall when the lakes hit their usual yearly peaks. Lake Superior sat at 183.8 meters at mid-week, above the record May average of 183.7 set in 1986.
POPLAR, Wis. — Nathan Nelson picked a crummy day to start his turkey hunting career. Rain mixed with a little snow. Temperatures struggling to stay above freezing. A raw wind off Lake Superior gusting to 20 mph. It was the kind of morning when you’re never sure if the turkeys can even hear you call and when the birds usually don't call much at all. Still, judging from Nelson’s smile, he didn’t seem to care. “I think I’m going to like this,’’ the newbie turkey hunter said.
Spring turkey hunting seasons start Wednesday, April 17, in Minnesota and Wisconsin and will continue through May, and — good news — there’s still time to plan a hunt for this year. While early seasons required selection in a lottery process held over the winter, Minnesota’s third-through-seventh seasons are open to unlimited over-the-counter license sales. Those seasons run May 2-8, 9-15, 16-22 and 23-31.
Legal firearms for turkey hunting are shotguns only, 20 gauge or larger, including muzzle-loading shotguns... Only fine shot size No. 4 and smaller diameter may be used… Red dot scopes and rangefinders are legal... Bows must have a pull of no less than 30 pounds at or before full draw... Legal shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset... The bag limit for the spring hunt is one wild turkey with a visible beard... The tag provided with the license must be punched with the date of the kill, and attached to the wild turkey immediately after taking the bird...
The Great Lakes region already is warming and changing faster than much of North America — and will continue to do so as global warming increases. That was the summary finding of a new report, released Thursday, March 21, compiled by 18 scientists from across the region, both U.S. and Canadian. The scientists gathered data from a broad range of previous studies that looked at ecosystems, economics, climate, agriculture and human health. It was called the most comprehensive assessment of climate impact on the region ever compiled.
The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday, March 14, said it will publish its plan to remove federal protections for wolves in the Federal Register Friday, giving the public until mid-May to comment on the proposal. The plan, first promised last June and announced again last week, would have the most impact on Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan where established populations of wolves currently exist but where a court order has retained Endangered Species Act Protections for them.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday, March 6, said it will act to remove federal endangered species protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, once again opening up the debate over how many, if any, wolves should be killed by hunters and trappers. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said it will make good on a promise from last June to restart the process by proposing so-called delisting of wolves — removing them from Endangered Species Act protections.