Turkey hunt starts out with bang

Start early, that's the motto of Minnesota Turkey hunters. The Star Tribune is reporting that hunters registered 1,249 birds after the first two days of the season, compared with 1,000 last year.
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Start early, that's the motto of Minnesota Turkey hunters. The Star Tribune is reporting that hunters registered 1,249 birds after the first two days of the season, compared with 1,000 last year.

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Minn. DNR scraps lottery for turkey hunt

Turkey hunters in Minnesota will be able to buy a license over the counter for the first time this fall. Mesabi Daily News reports there are roughly 60,000 wild turkeys in the state. Wildlife officials say the lottery system isn't needed because the number of fall licenses available exceeded the number of hunters who applied. This fall's 30-day season runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28.

Wolf hunt: Nearly three-dozen registered kills after first day

Minnesota hunters registered 32 wolves on the opening day of the state’s first managed wolf hunt in nearly 40 years, the Star Tribune reported. The Department of Natural Resources plans to let hunters and trappers kill 400 wolves out of an estimated population of about 3,000. The limit for early season hunters is 200 wolves.

Pardoned turkey misses the memo

Gov. Mark Dayton was sending off Ted the turkey at the Capitol Friday when the free bird escaped from his wire cage and made a break for it. Ted was eventually apprehended and will travel to Washington D.C. next week for an official pardon from President Obama.

200 turkeys torched in farm fire

Fire departments from four communities battled the blaze in West Concord for four hours early Friday. Nobody was injured, but the Jennie-O turkey company suffered damages to two buildings and an estimated financial loss of $250,000.

It's been a bad year for turkeys

Antibiotic-resistant germs, arsenic-laced feed, and salmonella recalls all beset the turkey-growing industry in 2011. As Americans sit down with their favorite Thanksgiving fowl, it might be worth considering what went into to getting the bird to your table.