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Launch boats are sold out on some nights during strong walleye bite.
Angels star Mike Trout hit a Minnesota lake before the series against the Twins and showed he's as good with a fishing rod as he is with a bat.
Challenge is the point, not necessarily the number of fish caught.
John Helland was a bureaucrat for decades, and "his work lives on in Minnesota."
Science tells us that, even if the powers that be do not.
Not all species suffer equally, and some actually benefit.
Daniel Balserak and Luke Konson still seek the state fish of Hawaii and Alaska, and then they'll head home for brook trout and a goal completed.
From seeing wildlife to self-powered fun, activities are opening up to meet any interests.
The DNR's management doesn't match waterfowlers' thinking.
An effort to stop new deer farms failed; good news is that parks will stay open.
In this country, fathers aren't as present in their kids' lives as they once were. Those fathers who share activities with their children outdoors are especially well-positioned for positive gains.
For some people, the challenge of looking for bargains is part of the fun.
Minnesota DNR commissioner Sarah Strommen later this month will ask a panel of non-DNR employees for ideas on what to fund and how to fund it.
1,500-strong Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is among organizations dedicated to protecting land and natural resources.
Experiencing the best of Minnesota's fishing.
Border news Up North remains bad, and Canadian lodges dependent on U.S. visitors continue to suffer.
Sarah Grell's death this week was felt far beyond the umbrella of her service.
The commission's problems stem almost entirely from imbalance. Its membership disparity of 10 legislators and seven citizens too often taints its decisions. It wasn't supposed to be.
It's a declining industry for family-run resorts, but long-timers are in it for the long haul and are reporting that business is very good.
The DNR planted seeds for a plentiful harvest to start the season.
The trick to remember for Saturday's fishing opener, especially in this wacky spring, will be finding walleyes, and less so catching them once they're located.
This "Gang of Four'' has celebrated their own private fishing opener the second week of the season, overcoming personal tragedy.
Ron Schara has been hunting wild turkeys since 1967. His new book features favorite stories from more than 50 years of outdoor opportunities.
Revolutions in minnow imitations, bait presentation, lure distribution, boat design, electric trolling motors and fishing electronics are among these homegrown breakthroughs.
Dropping lines — in a Minnesota lake, or in post-fishing cabin chats — remained essential in the Walter Mondale fabric.
Many are to blame for this tragedy-in-the-making. Among them in this legislative session are Senate Republicans who are fiddling with environmental funding proposals.
Gun ownership requires mental as well as physical skills, both of which require practice. Even so, most hunters, if they're honest, have encountered potentially catastrophic gun situations of their own in the field.
The new turkey season opens Wednesday on the heels of increased license sales in 2020.
The time-honored slight wave of a hand or fingers over the top of a steering vehicle, acknowledge to the driver or rider of an oncoming vehicle that things are all right.
In recent years, a new DNR management scheme has been implemented that in some cases places wildlife benefits secondary to Whitewater Wildlife Management Area's timber production.
Say what you will about Minnesota waterfowl managers, they're not shy about revealing their belief that the primary reason ducks exist in Minnesota is to get shot.
Walleyes, saugers and anglers cluster from Lake Pepin to Red Wing dam.
Whether atop ice cream or pancakes, French toast or oatmeal, real maple syrup made by one's own hand is an unmatched delight.
Unplugging with longer trips drives deeper into the heart and mind, too.
The department wants to shift money intended for buying habitat to be used for other purposes.
A highly unusual combination of events, including a lawsuit by an out-of-state hunting group, forced the Wisconsin DNR to hold a February wolf hunt it had not anticipated.
The whereabouts of deer can stymie wildlife biologists. Enter now the drone, whose usefulness has only recently been realized in determining deer and other wildlife populations.
Minnesota's lands and waters and fish and wildlife are under pressure as never before. And we have an outdated conservation model
Most still have openings for this summer. But based on early bookings, they expect record or near-record years as the nation starts to emerge from the pandemic.
During the pandemic, time is what many of us have more of, not less, and not utilizing it to some good end might be regretted when more normal days return.
Minimal snow cover has made this recent cold snap in Minnesota easier for deer to survive.
Of all that has changed over centuries along the Gunflint Trail, the greeting that pines whisper to old-timers and newcomers alike has been constant.
A closer look at the DNR's license plate Critical Habitat program reveals the agency in recent years has only minimally deployed license plate funds to preserve habitat.
The notion of making some wildlife management areas more inviting is taking shape, amid questions about timber harvesting.
Minnesota wildlife managers want to minimize nuisance-bear complaints while satisfying hunters' desires, while also, most important, maintaining a healthy, stable bruin population.
The DNR is making a new push to make the outdoors more inclusive.
The Brainerd-area duo formed a pair of distinction, from tackle to media to a shared faith.
Recent waterfowling regulation changes the DNR is offering for hunter consideration seem less an effort to ensure the future of waterfowling in Minnesota than an attempt to shoot our way to more ducks.
As our world changes, we must restore relationships with land.
Last winter, Mille Lacs registered more than 3 million angler hours of pressure, a record, according to DNR estimates.
Sarah Strommen discusses the effect of the pandemic on her agency's operations, the DNR's method of advocating for conservation of wetlands and roadsides, and state management of wolves, among other topics.
Legendary coach Bud Grant and his players recall special days away from football and hunting pheasants together.
Loral I Delaney remains colorful and has a remarkable history as a dog trainer and expert shot.
A review of current Minnesota deer license sales underscores that girls show a strong interest in hunting relative to boys. But many men return to hunting as they grow older, while many women seemingly don't.
After success in Iowa, Luke Konson and Daniel Balserak made quick work of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Using raw chicken for bait, they landed channel cats in each state
Four generations of hunters shared a sense of place Saturday morning for the Wisconsin firearms opener, and Norb Berg, 88, has passed his down.
Channel catfish in Iowa are so far eluding a pair of Virginia teens on a special quest.
Two Virginians are on a quest to catch the state fish in all 50 states; they might need a hand with our walleyes.
On a northern Minnesota plot long on tradition, a group of hunters helped a man gone astray.
One hunting party stays close to home, with an eye out especially for the metro's abundant does
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are urging first-timers, as well as veteran hunters, to hunt safely and legally. Here are a few reminders might aid that effort
The pandemic has helped cause a giant backup among processors; people are setting up smaller shops to help out.
The Trump administration isn't the only one playing politics on the Endangered Species Act issue.
Dave Mech offers answers to the unique relationship between wolves and moose.
The legendary coach has been retired from football for more than three decades. He's lived longer than he thought he would, and all but a handful of his close friends are dead. But hunting is still a passion.
Sid Hartman was the first person Bud Grant met in 1946 when his grandparents dropped him off at the University of Minnesota as a highly touted recruit who would star in three sports for the Gophers.
Saturday morning hunting pheasants was for celebrating Gary Clancy's life and also to celebrate the state wildlife management area that was recently christened in Gary's name.
Conservations and taxpayers deserve thanks for what might be a resurgent season.
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.