The Mysterious Case of Minnesota’s Disappearing Deer

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For years, the Minnesota hunting community has wrung its hands when it comes to one apex predator: the timber wolf. 

Wolves famously require lots of deer to eat; the ratio is usually cited at or above 20 adult deer per wolf annually. Since their range has expanded greatly in the last 40 years, so has the controversy surrounding their presence.

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Tullibees on Big Sandy Lake

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To me, there might not be a more compelling fish to pursue through the ice than the tullibee (Coregonus artedi). That’s why I recently took two days to go to Big Sandy Lake, in Aitkin County. Word on the street was that things are good there lately. So, I expected a quick vacation of ice fishing for tullibees. What I got was more like work, with a little schooling thrown in. 

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