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Memories abound from decades of visiting the Smith family's shack. You can gauge a hunt's success not only by ducks bagged but by dogs petted, great food consumed and memorable sunrises shared.
A cross of native broad-leaf cattails and invasive narrow-leaf cattails, hybrid cattails can aggressively outcompete other aquatic plants. In some instances, so little open water remains ducks can't find places to land.
Trading in sporting art, Bob White has spent the pandemic months preparing for publication of what he calls a "lifetime'' book of his work.
As opening day on Ol' Ruff nears, optimism is tempered by issues such as West Nile and increasing ATV use.
Minnesota's pheasant population has leapt 42%. An omen, perhaps?
Addressing topics ranging from gear selection to field-dressing, ethics and laws, the 12-month program (price: $180) is intended not only to educate and inform plugged-in novice hunters, but to get those people into the field.
Four southern Minnesotans staged a familiar season-opening get-together for the early goose season.
Motorcyclists not only acknowledge the danger of riding on two wheels, they embrace it. It's part of the sport's ethos and attraction.
Chris Niskanen offers insight as someone who knows the agency both from outside and within.
This year, three new CWD surveillance areas and an additional CWD management zone (No. 605 in the south metro) have been established by the DNR.
Some hunters are asking whether gathering in camps this fall — a convention as old as the state itself — and possibly spreading the coronavirus among friends and family, is a good idea.
Hunting, as an educational and gratifying fall escape, gains importance in these uncertain times
Bob Nasby, a Twin Cities fisherman and fly-casting instructor, has a new obsession: the collection, restoration and casting of centuries-old salmon rods, or what also are called spey rods.
Bill Marchel created a habitat on his 70 acres of land to attract deer and other wildlife
Dave Nomsen discussed Washington's political climate and the challenges of advocating for conservation policy on a national scale.
Passed by the Legislature at the urging of then-Gov. Mark Dayton, the state's buffer law was intended to reduce farmland runoff, thereby helping to clean up rivers and other waters.
The coronavirus has thrown a wrench into just about everything this summer. Yet people come to the club for competitions and socializing, even in the time of a pandemic.
Documentarians of the outdoors world are losing some of their voices in an ever-changing media industry.
Steve Gillaspie is the founder of a 501(c)(3) group called Veterans on the Water, which offers free fishing trips to military veterans.
If the South Dakota commission hopes to trick pheasant hunters into visiting by ending the state's brood surveys, that ploy won't work. Hunters aren't stupid.
Whether bracketed by statuesque pines near Brainerd, the bright lights of the Twin Cities or Wabasha's leafy hardwoods, the Mississippi's one constant is beauty, and never more so than at night.
Minnesota's overwhelmingly white (84%) population is fast becoming more diverse, with significant implications for outdoor recreation and especially for conservation.
With the largest concentration of hunting and fishing camps in Canada, the region of Ontario just north of Minnesota is especially hard hit by the closed border. And Minnesotans who take those trips feel targeted, too.
Relying on human behavior to change won't meet the crisis at hand.
Rarely undertaken in Minnesota anymore, except on some Twin Cities lakes, and of course by stream-trout fishermen, wade fishing is as old as the hills.
Shift to minimalism calls for sleeping quarters such as teardrop trailers and rooftop tents, which travel well and deliver on comfort.
And wear it, especially indoors. It's the right thing to do.
Except at a relative handful of remote state park sites where camping is allowed, no one has pitched a tent or parked an RV in a Minnesota state park since March 27. That's about to change.
Like other Minnesota fishing guides, Tony Roach's business had been sidelined by a directive issued by Gov. Tim Walz. The governor's order has since been changed.
Tony Roach file • Roach, 41, lives in Moose Lake, Minn., with his wife, Sonja, and their son and daughter. • The owner of Roach’s…
Almost from the time it was created, legislators have dipped into the state lottery's environmental trust fund. reducing the amount of lottery proceeds dedicated to conservation.
Despite pleas to stay close to home, the popular Upper Red Lake spot drew big numbers from Twin Cities-area anglers for the annual opener. After all, Minnesota is a walleye state, and most walleye are Up North.
Here's a look at five ways this year's opener en route to and on Upper Red Lake was different:
Not everyone who wants to will be fishing when walleye season opens Saturday. Sitting this one out will be thousands of elderly Minnesotans who are confined to nursing homes by the pandemic, with no one allowed in and no one allowed out.
The DNR was advocating for tackle that won't poison swans and loons.
A renowned epidemiologist and a passionate fisherman, Michael T. Osterholm suggests ways anglers can protect themselves while on lakes and rivers.
Dennis Anderson and John Weyrauch hunted turkeys alone, together, in separate blinds last week. Anderson's plan was to call in a big tom for his friend. That morning, the turkeys won. But not so the next morning.
As hunting and fishing start up during a pandemic, it's more important than ever to follow the rules.
In the past month, some public officials in northern Minnesota have said visitors aren't welcome, worried metro vacationers might tote the coronavirus with them. But resorts need customers. Or some won't survive.
The primary conservation group that advocates for ruffed grouse has made dramatic changes to the way it operates, with a goal of significantly increasing ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat nationwide.
Stricken with polio at age 10, former Vikings head coach Bud Grant today sees similar "highly stressful times" with the unknowns surrounding COVID-19.
April is known for an annual awakening of nature, a beckon to head outdoors. But not this year.
On the banks of the Mississippi near Red Wing, where walleye fishing is allowed year-round, anglers decide for themselves when fishing season begins.
Businesses and customers in both nations brace for a closed border.
A rod, a country river, and time to anchor while waters are troubled.
Stu Osthoff, publisher of Boundary Waters Journal, gets the itch to live out the adventures and lifestyle chronicled in his magazine.
Don't expect a Minnesota wolf hunting or trapping season this fall, in part because the DNR will spend the next year updating its wolf management plan.
Minnesota DNR in the past decade has cut sunfish limits from 20, to 10 or five in about 60 lakes. Results: fish maintained their size in lakes with 10 limits and generally increased size in lakes with five-fish limits.
Timothy Murphy did a lot of things while cultivating a following as an esteemed poet.
As word spread about unique sightings, northern swampland became a go-to for fowl enthusiasts
The vibe was upbeat, even excited, as the women gathered to celebrate their common passion for dogs, birds and wild places.
Think you know dogs? Read the biographical sketches that accompany each photo here and see if you can match each human with his or her best friend.
Wade Truong, who'll appear at the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, is a chef and hunter – and those overlapping worlds inspire him.
Last week, Duluth reported $12.4 million collected in tourism tax revenue, an all-time high. But industry, not tourism, has always been, and remains, among the city's primary economic drivers
Owning an RV can be a lot like owning a second home.
Keen to its mission, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council delivers its vital project requests.
Treasured lands find themselves in the best of hands.
An Iowa family now regulars at a well-outfitted Lake Minnetonka ice house cluster, bunked in a sleeper fish house for three nights — hooking, reeling and smiling, 24/7.
Having hoped the roundtable this year, finally, would offer weightier matters for discussion, many in attendance will shrug, albeit politely.
As many Minnesotans settle in for a long winter of more "watching" than "doing," they'll see changes among hunting and fishing shows.
The annual festival comes to the Twin Cities again this year. While it will arrive amid tough news for birds and habitat, the group stays on point.
After Larissa Minicucci died, Mille Lacs, Leech Lake and White Earth leaders wanted to recognize her contributions to them, and their love for her.
Many land, water and wildlife advocates don't think the state's chief executive has delivered.
Reports issued Tuesday by DNR conservation officers underscore the challenging and sometimes dangerous conditions anglers face accessing lake ice.
The coyote reminds that its survival instincts are unmatched.
Even when it's hard, fishing is easy to take.
Sadly, the penalties historically haven't fit poaching crimes like those of which a Brainerd man is accused.
Since 1942, Nicollet Conservation Club has made a difference.
Larry Ahlman was 21 when his dad, "Cap" Ahlman, died in 1964, leaving his son a small southern Minnesota gunsmithing business saddled with $20,000 in unpaid bills.
With up to a foot of snow predicted for Wednesday across much of the state's pheasant range, the weather might put the brakes on a ringneck season that otherwise would be shifting into high gear.
A sample of e-mails received following Dennis Anderson's column on questioning waterfowl managers' spring population surveys.
Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis surface amid wonder about West Nile impact.
When considered on a population level, a similar number of these birds would have died anyway, by some other means.
Pierce Pennaz, who has Down syndrome, bagged a buck on a shared hunt with his father.
Bucks came and went, but they weren't the goal this opening morning.