Austin Luecke practiced for the World Axe Throwing Championship at MN Axe in Eagan. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com   BACKGROUND INFOR

Three Minnesotans will compete at World Axe Throwing Championships

'Urban Axe Throwing' is a sport where, well, people throw sharp, dangerous weapons at targets to win money.

An Axe-Throwing Primer

December 3, 2020

DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes

December 1, 2020
It's safer for the prized fish and the pilots than using traditional small planes.
Outdoors
December 5, 2020
Glenn Simmons Jr. carried his son, Kai, 2, atop his shoulders as they walked through the Bagley Nature Center in Duluth on Sunday November 15, 2020.

Brighter horizons for men of color meeting outdoors

Duluth-area men find rewards in the outdoors and ask why so few Black and brown people know the feeling.
Local
December 4, 2020
A whitetail deer in Wild River State Park.

DNR: Wisconsin kids shot more than 40 deer, 1 horse

Two groups of juveniles from Clark County are responsible for fatally shooting more than 40 deer and a horse which the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said were "thrill kills."
Outdoors
December 4, 2020
Lacey Lupien, 33, of Lancaster, Minn., with the giant elk she shot 3 miles from her home in Kittson County. She harvested the bull in August, and it w

Bull elk is second-largest on record taken in Minnesota

The 7-by-8 rack with a gross score of 380 and a net score of a little more than 367 is now the second-largest Minnesota elk scored for the Boone and Crockett conservation club.
Outdoors
December 4, 2020
Loral I Delaney approached an unseen pheasant that her German shorthair, Reagan, and English setter, Clooney, have scented and pointed during a recent

Anderson: A day afield with sharpshooting Delaney a brush with greatness

Loral I Delaney remains colorful and has a remarkable history as a dog trainer and expert shot.
Outdoors
December 3, 2020

Eating and storing food are a squirrel's life in late autumn

Acorns, hickory nuts, black walnuts, butternuts, and maple seeds supply much of the gray squirrels diet from late summer to the following spring.
Outdoors
December 3, 2020
This place on Flag Island was hard to pass up after spending a honeymoon at another location on the island.

Cabin on Lake of the Woods is a reach that's well worth it

Many friends have asked why we have a cabin so far away, but once they get there, they understand that Flag Island is a special place.
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
updated 17 hours 2 mins. ago
Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Outdoors
December 3, 2020
AThis Nov. 27, 2020 photo by Terrance Siemon shows a monolith that was placed in a red-rock desert in an undisclosed location in San Juan County south

California monolith pops up after finds in Utah, Romania

Days after the discovery and swift disappearance of two shining metal monoliths half a world apart, another towering structure has popped up and then quickly vanished, this time from the pinnacle of a trail in California.
Business
December 1, 2020

Ron Lindner, who founded a family fishing empire, dies at 86

He started a fishing tackle business more than 60 years ago in his parents' basement and went on to cement the "Lindy" brand as a…
Variety
December 1, 2020

More hunters afield, more deer taken in Wisconsin this fall

More Wisconsin hunters took to the field this fall, and they brought home more deer during the just-completed gun season.
Local
November 30, 2020

Northern Minnesota hunter shoots, kills another hunter after mistaking him for deer

Shooting occurred after end of deer season; hunter who was shot wasn't wearing high-visibility clothing and was barred from having a gun.
Outdoors
November 28, 2020
Taylor Menke, 12, of Big Lake has occupied a stand with her father since she was 10 and this year carried a gun and dropped a deer for the first time;

Anderson: As times change, hunting cohort needs women

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.
Coronavirus
November 28, 2020

Ski resorts anticipate blockbuster year

Winter pursuits are drawing crowds as COVID-weary get outside
Curious Minnesota
November 27, 2020
BRIAN PETERSON ¥Êbrian.peterson@startribune.com Isle Royale National Park, 9/16/2009 ] Isle Royale is also home to the worldÕs longest conti

Why is Minnesota the only mainland state with an abundance of wolves?

In October, federal wildlife officials announced they were delisting the wolf, removing endangered species protections.
Outdoors
November 27, 2020
Luke Konson, left, and Daniel Balserak held an example of the Iowa state fish, the channel catfish

Anderson: Pair out to catch all 50 state fish make quick work of channel catfish

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
Outdoors
November 26, 2020
A campsite on Tuscarora Lake looks toward the island where tragedy struck.

Indiana man's absence on holiday is piercing reminder of death in the BWCA

A young Indiana man's absence at holiday time is a piercing reminder of a sudden death last May in the BWCA.
Outdoors
November 26, 2020
Trey Mertens, left, and Mack Mertens are 13-year-old cousins from Roseau. On opening day of the statewide firearms season they each shot an 8-point bu

Minnesota license sales show more are poised to join muzzleloader hunt

Whitetail deer hunting in Minnesota opened Sept. 19 with the archery season. It continues Saturday with the start of single-shot muzzleloader hunting — a two-week…
Outdoors
November 26, 2020
With temperatures climbing into the 40's and potentially breaking records for early January, folks have been flocking outdoors to take advantage of th

Naturalist's data shows Minnesota lakes freeze later than they did 50 years ago

The freeze-up dates for our Minnesota lakes are nearly impossible to predict because changing weather patterns feature warm and cold spells. Despite the variability, I…
Variety
November 26, 2020

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in unprecedented detail.
Outdoors
November 24, 2020
Saturday brought together four generations of hunters in northwestern Wisconsin. Norb Berg, right, of St. Paul, age 88, with, from left, great-grandso

Anderson: Generations hunt together, relate to land

Four generations of hunters shared a sense of place Saturday morning for the Wisconsin firearms opener, and Norb Berg, 88, has passed his down.
Magazine
November 24, 2020
Ashley Thaemert embraced Sailuk with a hug by his doghouse on January 23, 2020. Sailuk would not be racing on her Beargrease team but she tries to giv

Exhaustion, injury, freezing cold: This Beargrease dog race competitor braves it all to win

Beargrease competitors — human and canine — live for the race, despite grueling conditions and dangers along the trail.