FORT RIPLEY - At one-half hour before sunrise on April 18, the 2012 Minnesota wild turkey hunting season opens. Already the throaty gobbles of amorous tom turkeys are echoing among the oaks.
For a brief period each spring, colorful songbirds gather. Some are migrating - en route northward - while others are busy staking out nesting territories.
Spring and early summer are the seasons of renewal for the animals residing in our woods, fields and waters. Wild parents, both furred and feathered, are now actively feeding and caring for their new families, or will be in the coming days.
AITKIN - First it was an influx of great gray owls that had birders flocking to Aitkin County. Now the sighting of a glossy ibis has birders once again migrating to Aitkin.
FORT RIPLEY - I stood alone in the gray light of pre-dawn and listened. Above, stars sparkled in a cloudless sky, but in a few minutes daylight would rub them out.
This story isn't about when, where and how all-terrain vehicles should or shouldn't be operated on public lands.
This is a story about ducks. It's a celebration, and a grieving.
In a few weeks my dog Axel, a male Deutsch Drahthaar, will be 7 years old. He's my fourth dog, and his upcoming birthday reminded me about times I've shared with him and his past "brothers."
NISSWA - A glut of lakes lie in all directions from this famous Minnesota fishing town. Most offer an angler a better than fair chance to tie into a feisty largemouth bass.
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