DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota. Down. South Dakota. Down. North Dakota. Down. Iowa. Down. The numbers don't lie. By the numbers, hunters are looking at a challenging pheasant season this fall, no matter where they hunt. Preseason counts were down in Minnesota and virtually every nearby state. Minnesota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 14, and despite the gloomy forecast, thousands of pheasant hunters are expected to be tromping through grasslands hoping a mature ringneck vaults into the sky in front of them.
DULUTH, Minn. — Crossbow use by deer hunters continues to grow in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, outdoor retailers say. Both states have relaxed regulations on crossbow use in recent years. The devices, which shoot arrows — called bolts — accurately at high speeds, appeal especially to hunters who have difficulty drawing back compound bows. With a crossbow, the hunter cocks the weapon, and it holds the arrow in place until the hunter pulls a trigger to release it.