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Nature

Firearms Deer Opener is Nov. 4

  [caption id="attachment_6300" align="aligncenter" width="338"] Area hunter Bryce Johnson holds his hunting prize. Firearms deer opener is Nov. 4.[/caption] Dawn on Saturday, Nov. 4 marks the start of firearms deer opener. It's a day when, according to the DNR, half a million hunters will take to the Minnesota woods early in the morning on Nov.…
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Grouse hunting season now open

[caption id="attachment_6204" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A hunter stops for a break on the trail. There are hundreds of acres of hunting land surrounding the Whitefish Chain. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Grouse season opened Saturday, Sept. 16, a sure sign of fall. As the fall colors start to progress around the Whitefish Chain, the cooler days and…
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Fall colors are heating up!

[caption id="attachment_6174" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area, on County Road 16, is a beautiful place to enjoy the fall colors. Pictured at last year's peak display. Colors are currently at 5-10 percent peak. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season on the Whitefish Chain, and this year is shaping up…
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Fly over the trees at Brainerd Zip Line Tour

[caption id="attachment_6137" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A zip liner comes across the line at Brainerd Zip Line Tours, located on Mount Ski Gull. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] A great way to spend the day seeing the area from a new perspective is by visiting Brainerd Zip Line Tours at Mount Ski Gull. The incredible tour lets you…
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The fascinating, fast fisher: Osprey

[caption id="attachment_6042" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An osprey sits atop its nest on County Road 11, on the north side of the road between County Road 3 and County Road 4. This nesting platform is active nearly every summer, including this summer. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Ospreys are arguably one of Minnesota's most interesting birds of prey,…
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Wildflowers of the Whitefish Chain

The Whitefish Chain Area is in full bloom as wildflowers have come into season, lining the edges of roads, trails and lake shores. Wondering what they are?  Below we have info on a few of the most prevalent, and beautiful, flowers on the chain. Big thanks to www.minnesotawildflowers.info, which helped provide a lot of information…
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Tube the Pine River

[caption id="attachment_6016" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Tubing the Pine River in Crosslake is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] Looking for some chill-out time in the sunshine, motor-free? Tubing the Pine River is fun and easy! Lay back in your tube, sip on a cold soda, and watch the woods move…
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New outdoor destination: Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Among the features of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens is this crawl-through caterpillar, created by local artist Josh Porter. Photo courtesy of the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens Facebook page.[/caption] In honor of a late community member who gave her all in her volunteerism, a beautiful flower garden for the community is…
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Mushrooming for Morels

[caption id="attachment_5682" align="aligncenter" width="338"] A morel mushroom pops up on a Minnesota lake shore. Photo by Kate Perkins[/caption] While the woods of the Whitefish Area have much to offer in the way of wild foods, spring mushrooming is a favorite among foragers. The most well-known and sought-after of these mushrooms? The elusive morel. The morel has…
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