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Thankfully Josh and Mike both had a successful deer hunt this year so we’ll be answering that question with the word, “Venison”. They hunted on the Gunflint Trail but didn’t even see signs or tracks of a deer. They both shot their deer closer to the shore of Lake Superior and will anxiously await their opportunity to hunt deer again next fall.
DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 24, 2015
Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 145,383 deer, up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134. Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered rose 13.5 percent from 2014.
Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year, indicating that the population has in fact grown from its low point two springs ago. Zone 1 total firearms harvest was up 11 percent, Zone 2 was up 15.5 percent and Zone 3 was up 7.7 percent. Buck harvest was up significantly in all zones.
The DNR has projected the 2015 total deer harvest to be between 140,000 to 155,000 deer. The 2014 total harvest after last year’s conservative season was just over 139,000.
In much of Minnesota, the last day of the firearms deer season was Nov. 15. The northern rifle zone season continued through Nov. 22. Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 29; the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 28, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13; and the archery season, which runs through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Final numbers from all deer seasons will be available in January.
New this year, hunters can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the DNR at www.mndnr.gov/deermap. This map is the first step toward launching an online application that delivers useful information hunters need and want. Hunters are encouraged to take a look at the application, discuss it and provide the DNR with feedback.
More information on deer management can be found at www.mndnr.gov/deer.
I’m thankful for many things this Thanksgiving including healthy family members, good friends and enough of everything I need. I’m also thankful for all of the wilderness places we can go to reflect on just how lucky we are. If you live in Minnesota then you can visit a State Park for free on Black Friday, get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Happy Thanksgiving!
It won’t be a white Thanksgiving but it can be a green Thanksgiving if we follow some of the suggestions from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There is some great information about cutting down on food waste and other things you can do to help the environment. I learned how to store fruits and vegetables to make them last longer so hopefully I’ll have less spoiled food so I too can cut down on waste. Here’s wishing you a green Thanksgiving.
Simple ways to cut food waste
Of all the stuff we throw away in Minnesota almost 18 percent is food.
Wasted food represents wasted demand for water, land, and fuel. A more concrete way of thinking about this, however, is money: A family of four can save more than $30 a week by making changes in how they shop, prepare, and store food.
What would you do with $30 a week?
Whatever your answer, here is the how-to, with extra tips for holiday parties and meal planning. Most importantly, make a commitment–right now–to try one of these techniques in the kitchen this year. Which one will it be?
Before the meal
1. Make a list with meals in mind. Create a shopping list based on specific meals. Choose recipes based on what you already have at home. Try out this Meals in Mind shopping list template from the Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit.
2. Get help with portion planning. The fear of not providing enough to eat often causes hosts to cook too much. A handy tool for party planning is the “Perfect portions” planner from Love Food Hate Waste, a U.K. nonprofit that focuses on sharing convenient food reduction and reuse tips.
3. Keep fruits and vegetables fresh by prepping ingredients for the week as soon as you get back from the store. Use both this fridge-friendly smart storage guide and A-Z storage guide from Eureka Recycling to extend the life of produce.
During the meal
4. Use small plates and utensils. Simple tricks of using smaller serving utensils or plates can encourage smaller portions, reducing the amount left on plates. It is much easier and more hygienic to use leftovers from serving platters than from individuals’ plates.
5. Allow guests to serve themselves, choosing what and how much they would like to eat. This also reduces the amount of unwanted food left on plates.
After the meal
6. Refrigerate leftovers promptly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that hot foods be refrigerated within two hours after cooking. Store leftovers in smaller, individually sized containers, making them more convenient to grab for a quick meal.
7. Designate foods to eat first. Download and print this Eat First sign so that everyone knows and remembers.
8. Create new meals. Check out Love Food Hate Waste’s creative recipes for using your food scraps to create new meals. Boil vegetable scraps and turkey carcasses for stock and soups, and use bread crusts and ends to make tasty homemade croutons.
9. Compost food scraps. If you have access to a yard, you can start composting in your backyard (even in the winter!). Apartment and condo residents can consider composting indoors using red worms. Better yet, some Minnesota communities offer curbside pick up or drop sites for food waste–see the list of communities here. If you see your area listed, contact your city, county or garbage hauler to see what’s available.
10. Donate extras. Food banks and shelters welcome donations of canned and dried foods, especially during the holiday season and colder months. For a list of Twin Cities programs, visit Rethink Recycling’s page on food recovery.
“Mining companies are unable to point to a sulfide mine that has not polluted.” “In 2010, the metal mining industry was responsible for 41 percent of all toxins released into the environment.” “Additionally, a loophole in the Clean Water Act allows mining companies to dump waste into wetlands.”
The above statements were found on the Mining Truth website.
Those are scary statements even if they are only half-true(I haven’t done any research and have no reason to doubt the validity) I’m just saying WOW!
Time is running out and your voice needs to be heard. If you enjoy the BWCA, fishing, wildlife and clean drinking water then you need to help protect the environment. You can help, here’s how.
The following is a letter I received with some important information.
File your objection to PolyMet’s risky plan.
Despite years of citizens raising concerns about the impact PolyMet would have Minnesota’s clean water legacy, PolyMet’s plan hasn’t changed much at all. Considering that Minnesota’s clean water is at stake, PolyMet is not worth the risk.
Thousands of Minnesotans have raised reasonable questions about PolyMet’s potential for pollution with regulators. We’re disappointed that in each case, the latest version of PolyMet’s plan fails:
Predictions about where PolyMet’s polluted water would spread are not backed up by independent science. Only private contractors who stand to benefit if PolyMet is permitted have run the water models used to predict where pollution would flow.
PolyMet proposes storing billions of gallons of toxic mine waste behind a forty year old leaky dam. That’s the same approach that ended in disaster at the Mount Polley mine in Canada.
There are not detailed plans for securing a damage deposit sufficient to protect taxpayers from being stuck with a massive cleanup bill.
PolyMet would require treatment of polluted water “indefinitely” after closure. “Indefinitely” is a delicate way of saying “forever.”
Tell government regulators not to accept PolyMet’s risky plan – file your objection right now.
Minnesota can’t risk our clean water legacy like this. If we don’t speak up for Minnesota’s water now, we could lose it for the generations that follow. Take action today.
Friends of the Boundary
Minnesota Center for
1101 West River Parkway, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55119
What an honor to have the Ham Run Half-Marathon on the Gunflint Trail recognized as “the” race in Minnesota. It was recently named as one of the 50 Best Races in America! Congratulations Cook County YMCA. If you haven’t ran it then make this the year.Minnesota: Ham Run Half Marathon
Distance: Half marathon, 5K
For runners who want to unplug and abstain from the post-finish-line selfie, the Ham Run Half Marathon is for you. Deep in the Superior National Forest, there’s no cell service along the course, so it’s just 200 runners sweating it out in nature, no hashtags needed. The race follows the same route the Ham Lake Fire burned through in 2007, and it’s miles from civilization—quite the change-up from Minnesota’s more well-known Twin Cities Marathon. Even if you’re deeply attached to your iPhone, it’s worth trekking into the wilderness for the race’s scenic views. The fire route passes through the Gunflint Trail and ends at the Way of the Wilderness Canoe Outfitters, where finishers are offered all the ham and fixings their hearts desire.
Overnight the water on the Seagull River turned into ice. It was liquid on Saturday and Sunday it was solid. The temperature hasn’t gotten above freezing since the 19th and it dipped down to 11 degrees last night. That’s the coldest temperature we’ve had so far I believe. The small ponds are beginning to ice over as well. With temperatures like this it won’t be long until all of the lakes on the Gunflint Trail have ice on them.
The traffic we encounter in Cook County is minimal to say the least. Even on the busiest of summer days we don’t have anything to complain about. Our population even with every resort and hotel filled pales in comparison to traffic in metro areas. The slowest drivers, people stopped in the middle of the road to look at moose, the leaf lookers and those hauling a trailer and boat are no match for what you find in the cities.
Sixty miles on the Gunflint Trail takes a little more than an hour to drive. It can be a bit longer with “traffic” but there are no stoplights or merging traffic entering the roadway to slow you down.
Driving in Florida this past week I encountered traffic. Stoplight after stoplight, ramp after ramp and vehicle accidents galore made for painfully slow travel. Twenty to forty miles per hour on the Interstate was as fast as I could go and only for short bursts before I had to stop again.
It’s always fun to vacation different places but I’m always thankful to return home, especially when there’s no traffic!
It’s that time of the year again!Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Cook County Winter Weather Advisory issued November 19 at 3:24PM CST until November 20 at 12:00AM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Thursday, Nov 19 at 03:24 pm
Expires: Friday, Nov 20 at 12:00 am
…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CONTINUES INTO TONIGHT ACROSS NORTHERN
.SNOWFALL CONTINUES TO FALL ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA WITH BLOWING SNOW
REDUCING VISIBILITY TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. WHILE
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE LIGHT…REGARDLESS OF SNOWFALL AMOUNT THE
BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR TRAVELERS THROUGH
THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL PACKED ON ROAD SURFACES WILL BECOME ICY
TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
* LOCATIONS…NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 2…INCLUDING THE IRON RANGE
CITIES…INTERNATIONAL FALLS…ELY…AND THE GUNFLINT TRAIL.
* TIMING…THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.
* SUSTAINED WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH.
* WIND GUSTS…UP TO 35 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…A HALF MILE TO A MILE AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS CAN BE EXPECTED…
PRODUCING WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. SNOW WILL LIKELY CAUSE SOME TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES… AND PEOPLE TRAVELING SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED AND SLICK ROADS WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.
Someone found a camera on a portage in the BWCA and wants it to find its owner. Here’s the scoop from Kare 11!Camera lost in BWCA needs its owner Dana Thiede, KARE 3:47 p.m. EST November 16, 2015
HASTINGS, Minn. – If a picture is worth a thousand words, a camera that was dropped in the Boundary Waters late last summer has a lot to say.
A man from Hastings was walking a portage between Low and Dry Lakes over Labor Day weekend when he found a camera in a camouflage waterproof case laying in the trail. The camera inside is a white Nikon Coolpix with more than 100 pictures on it, most of them chronicling the trip the owner and three of his buddies were on before he lost it. There are also some photos of a wedding the owner attended.This picture was found inside a camera lost in the Boundary Waters over Labor Day weekend. The person who found it wants to get the camera back to its rightful owner. (Photo: KARE)
The person who found it isn’t too tech savvy, so he gave the lost camera to his assistant so she could find the owner. She, in turn, contacted KARE 11. Take a look at these photos, and if you know anyone in them contact KARE 11 by emailing email@example.com. We’ll help get the camera back in the rightful owner’s hands.
Disney World is a magical place but is all magic good? I’m experiencing Disney right now with my daughter and niece who are both teenagers. On the way to Magic Kingdom yesterday we were listening to the radio and they were asking people to call in with their pet peeves. We had a good laugh listening to the things people came up with and it made for a fun rest of the day.
We came up with an overwhelming number of pet peeves over the course of the 12, yes 12 hours we spent in the Park. I am not a crowd loving person, I love my time alone in the woods and I like my personal space so Magic Kingdom is not the ideal place for me to spend 2 hours let alone 12 hours. I do love the idea of Disney and would enjoy the experience much more if I could rent the park out for me and my closest 30 friends. Since I can’t afford to do that, here we are.
There are a number of great websites out there for planning your Disney Trip. One even tells you the crowd levels, travel patterns, expected wait times and anything you want to know. If you’re considering a Disney vacation then I suggest checking it out. I have no clue how many people were in attendance yesterday but for me it was too many.
Back to our pet peeves. We came up with a few of them I will share, some I won’t because they might offend someone, no, they would for sure offend someone and the ones I’m sharing might too, sorry!
Phones- In a dark auditorium after the announcer tells you to turn off phones and not to use flash it is annoying to see a lighted screen. People stopping mid-stride to take a selfie is even more annoying. Someone walking smack into you because they are filming fireworks while walking is really not “OK.”
Strollers- At the beginning of the day only a triple stroller or a big kid in a stroller caught our attention but by the end of the night any stroller became a pet peeve because you feared being ran over by the ragged parent pushing it.
Motorized Carts- In the morning only people trying to run us over and then making it look like it was our fault bothered us but by the end of the night just the sight of one had us running the other way because we knew some of those people were really trying to run us over.
Swords & Light Sabers- Kids wielding sabers pretending they are a jedi are cute in the morning even when they poke you in the face 6 times but when the sun is gone and the moon is high bring one out and you might “rhymes with dye.” Some of those cute kids look different beneath the light of the moon and it isn’t a good look either.
So, there are a few of our Pet Peeves we accumulated at Magic Kingdom yesterday, I hope you enjoyed them. Today is another day and we’ll see what sort of Disney Magic we experience today.
Black Friday and the holidays are right around the corner. There’s no better time to buy yourself a present then now(I don’t really believe that, but it sounds like a good commercial).
I like to buy experiences rather than things when it comes to spending my money. However, some experiences require things. Example- A Boundary Waters Canoe Trip is the perfect experience for gift giving and receiving. If you are into self care, want to buy yourself something, then a solo canoe would be a great thing to purchase.
Wenonah Canoe located in Minnesota is the best place to purchase your canoe. They have a great variety of solo boats that are lightweight even with the heaviest coating you can choose. At Voyageur we rent out the Prism and the Canak but we might have to look into purchasing an Encounter. A canoe is a gift that keeps on giving!
I’ve copied and pasted the information from the Wenonah website to share with you. You can find more information on their website.
Encounter 17″ length 31.5″ width- Go ahead, plan your trip – circumnavigate Prince Edward Island, or cruise the St. Lawrence to the sea. The Encounter was created for long, solo expeditions with ample gear. It tracks straight and carries weight easily over rough water. Roomy enough for large people and buoyant enough for heavy loads, the Encounter is a specially engineered craft. But it’s engineered for comfort, too – with the standard sliding bucket seat and foot braces, you can easily adjust the canoe to fit you and your load.
Prism 16.6″ length 30.75 width- The Prism is our most popular composite solo canoe. Incredibly versatile, it’ll take you comfortably over all kinds of waters. Blending efficiency, stability, capacity, and finesse, it’s ideal for cruising with a light load, but also has the volume needed for medium-length trips. Canoe & Kayak Magazine said it well when they wrote, ” The Prism is all about glide and speed. It’s a lean boat that tracks the best of those reviewed, yet will turn quickly enough, and returns to a stable position more readily than other fast canoes.”
Canak 16″ length 30″ width- With a hull shape similar to that of our most popular solo canoe the Prism, the Wenonah Canak is great for solo lake camping when the capacity and portability of a canoe is needed, and the touring ability of a kayak is desired. The one of a kind bow and stern storage compartments are spacious and more accessible than standard kayak hatches for easy loading and unloading of canoe camping sized packs (rectangular packs up to 5500 cubes fit in the bow and 7000 cubes fit in the stern). The slip over covers provide a dry ride no matter the weather conditions. The floor mounted sliding seat and adjustable kayak style foot braces make this boat as comfortable as any large cockpit kayak. Choose from our eight composite colors for the deck, the hull is skin coat. No options. Cockpit size is 41″ x 21″ (104.14 cm x 53.34 cm).
Today is America Recycles Day. “America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.”
We can all do more to when it comes to recycling. We can also re-use more items and make better purchasing choices so we have fewer things to recycle.
Matt snapped this photo of the Seagull River with the newly fallen snow. The open water and snow always makes for a beautiful scene.
We received some snow on the Gunflint Trail but it won’t stick around long. The temperatures are forecasted to be up into the high 40′s this week so the snow will melt.
Next weekend the temperature will cool off again with highs in the 20′s. Will that be the end of the unseasonably warm temperatures? Time will tell.