Hunting Fishing

Hunting Fishing

Habitat for pheasants keeps shrinking

When Minnesota's cornfields were "dirty" with weeds in the '40s and '50s and farms were cluttered with brushy fence rows, shelterbelts, livestock pastures and cattail sloughs, the state's population of ringneck pheasants abounded.

Hunting Fishing

Calculus of sport: What hunters have to consider before their fall seasons

Like savvy consumers, hunters each fall gauge prospects for success against the time and cost required to put a bird – or venison steak – in hand. Minnesota, for instance, didn't always have 500,000 deer hunters. Only since the state's whitetail population exploded did so many blaze-orange-clad residents go afield. Similarly, last year, when pheasant numbers were depressed, a paltry 47,000 ringneck seekers tromped the uplands – compared to some 300,000 in 1958, when florid roosters abounded. Here, then, is the species-by-species calculus that hunters will consider this fall before lacing up their boots.

Hunting Fishing

Best times for anglers

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Hunting Fishing

Best times for anglers

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Should the NRA be giving California schools grant money? These students think so

Members of the Woodcreek High School Sportsmen’s Club practice at Coon Creek Trap & Skeet Club in Rio Oso on Wednesday afternoon, September 5, 2018. The NRA awarded about $300,000 in grants to the Roseville Joint Union High School District.