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March 23, 2019
Outdoor Notes for March 23
March 23, 2019 - 8:30am
March 22, 2019
Loon file photo. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Corps of Engineers seeks comments on request to construct a National Loon Center within the Cross Lake Recreation Area
March 22, 2019 - 7:00am
March 18, 2019
John Hart, wildlife disease specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (right) talks to his crew Sunday, March 17, at the Mission Lake Wildlife Management Area about the procedure the specialists will use to collect and survey deer for possible chronic wasting disease. The four-person crew is expected to shoot deer for 10 days in the Lower Mission Lake area north of Merrifield. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch  Video play button
Has CWD spread in Crow Wing County? Disease specialists working to find out
March 18, 2019 - 7:00am
March 16, 2019
Kyle Bahr displays an eelpout he caught recently. Eelpout are near their spawning time, so are just beginning to bite. Photo / Jamie Dietman
What's Up Outdoors: Braving ugly ice for ugly fish
March 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Dick and Barb Schuh protected their Mississippi riverfront property from development through a Reinvest in Minnesota easement. As of March, landowners working through the Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Project have protected 13 miles of shoreline through 10 easements and three fee-title acquisitions. Photo / Ann Wessel-Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Critical corridor: Mississippi River headwaters habitat, recreational resource gain protection
March 16, 2019 - 5:00am
March 15, 2019
Duluth News Tribune file photo.
Inside the Outdoors: Snow deepens, plot thickens for Minnesota deer
March 15, 2019 - 8:00am
March 13, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stated anglers can keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one walleye over 28 inches, between May 11 and May 31. Forum News Service file photo
First time since 2015: Dates set for open water anglers to keep walleye from Mille Lacs Lake
March 13, 2019 - 7:00am
March 12, 2019
The bird I was hearing proclaimed "What cheer ... what cheer ... what cheer!" Or, so the bird people would interpret the sound of this male northern cardinal, who at this very inhospitable time of year and hour of the morning had begun to announce his readiness for courtship. Minus 15 degrees may not arouse cheer in humans, but it was no impediment to this soulful cardinal. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
Inside the Outdoors: 'What cheer' at 15 degrees below zero
March 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Grants aims for more hunters, anglers. Application deadline April 4
March 12, 2019 - 4:30am
March 10, 2019
Ruffed grouse are well adapted to winter because their winter diet is highly variable, consisting of buds, catkins, and even fruit such as crab apples. Also, grouse roost under a blanket of snow when possible.
Snow, cold cause concern for wildlife
March 10, 2019 - 9:00am
March 6, 2019
Captive white-tailed deer group together Tuesday, March 5, in a penned-in enclosure on Trophy Woods Ranch, northeast of Merrifield and west of Upper Mission Lake. For most of their lives, the deer are kept in a preserve walled with two 8-foot high fences, and as many as five gates. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatchplay button
Deer farmer owner challenges CWD allegations, says DNR's off the mark
March 6, 2019 - 7:00am
March 5, 2019
Carl Medin asks a question Monday, March 4, at an open meeting presented by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at The Woods restaurant to deal with the next steps after a wild white-tailed deer was found dead and later tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Merrifield. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video 
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DNR meeting: Residents butt heads over deer farm's culpability in CWD's spread
March 5, 2019 - 7:00am
March 2, 2019
J.R. Cooper hands a sunfish to Pillager Area Charter School student Joe Beach Friday, Feb. 22, on White Sand Lake in Baxter. J.R. cooper and his wife and fishing partner, Cindy Gibbs, took out six students for a day of ice fishing. (Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch  Video 

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A fishing pioneer: J.R. Cooper to be inducted in Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame
March 2, 2019 - 5:00am
The first deadline for anglers to remove their fish houses from inland waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4. Steve kohls / Dispatch file photo
Anglers need to take action ahead of fish-house removal deadline
March 2, 2019 - 3:00am
March 1, 2019
The DNR is targeting a localized area to remove infected deer. Landowner shooting permits have been mailed to landowners who have 10 or more acres and are located within 2 miles of where the CWD-positive deer was found. These permits go into effect Saturday, March 2. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
DNR Commissioner outlines CWD response
March 1, 2019 - 4:30am