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Nerstrand, Minn.

Outdoors
August 25, 2010

Experience "Sportsman Day" at the Minnesota State Fair

Meet Fishing 411's Mark Romanack and "Spin to Win" during Sportsman Day at the Minnesota State Fair! Fair attendees will have chance to win prizes from Sportsman Channel and Comcast.
Outdoors
May 27, 2010

Enjoy the outdoors? Be sure to thank a soldier.

Let's not forget this Memorial Day weekend how the life we enjoy in the outdoors is made possible by the many men and women who keep this country safe and free.
Outdoors
May 16, 2010
Changing conditions required a flexible approach for opening day walleye

Changing conditions required a flexible approach for opening day walleye

Fishermen needed to embrace change on our northern Minnesota lake in order to experience consistent success during the 2010 fishing opener.
Outdoors
May 11, 2010

Twitter: R U fishing this wknd w/a cell phone?

This weekend for the Minnesota fishing opener use Twitter to connect with other anglers all over Minnesota. Share tips, success stories and other tales using this convenient form of social media.
Outdoors
April 30, 2010
Kenyon smelt fry celebrates a longstanding outdoors tradition

Kenyon smelt fry celebrates a longstanding outdoors tradition

Long before April was synonymous with wild turkey hunting in Minnesota there was another outdoors tradition many folks eagerly awaited each spring. When news outlets proclaimed the smelt to be "running" for many folks it meant time to head north to Duluth with the lantern, a dipping net, and plenty of empty coolers.
Outdoors
April 23, 2010
Boating safety begins on the highway

Boating safety begins on the highway

Statistics show boaters are more likely to have an accident trailering it down the highway than using it on the water. By carefully checking over your boat trailer now much of the possible frustration and trouble can be avoided later when the on-water fun begins.
Outdoors
April 15, 2010

Three words every turkey hunter needs to remember

If you want to be successful and consistent in the turkey woods it pays to learn from your past hunting experiences. One important lesson I discovered about turkey hunting years ago can be summed up in just three simple words.
Outdoors
April 7, 2010

Is the fervor over Quality Deer Management starting to wane?

One highly respected deer hunting authority has his doubts on whether the current practice of Quality Deer Management can be sustained long into the future.
Outdoors
March 5, 2010

Gearing up for gobblers; don't let equipment choices confuse you

With Minnesota's spring turkey hunting season only about five weeks away, now is the time to start getting prepared by choosing the correct equipment.
Outdoors
March 2, 2010
Twin Cities Hunt.Fish.Feed. initiative a success

Twin Cities Hunt.Fish.Feed. initiative a success

This past Sunday over 200 less fortunate individuals in the Twin Cities were fed a hot, nutritious meal thanks to a group of sportsman volunteers.
Outdoors
February 24, 2010
Hunt. Fish. Feed. event coming to St. Paul

Hunt. Fish. Feed. event coming to St. Paul

Sportsman Channel's community service event featuring hunters and fishermen feeding the hungry comes to St. Paul on Sunday.
Outdoors
February 19, 2010

Observe an unidentified animal track; there's an app for that

Own an iPhone or iPod Touch? Check out this new app that allows you to identify animal tracks.
Outdoors
February 15, 2010

Discovering a cure for spring fever

I discovered recently that buying a new boat only exacerbates my desire for this winter season to come to an end. Mother nature, on the other hand, continues to taunt me with more snow thus further delaying a much hoped for spring transition.
Outdoors
January 17, 2010
SHOT Show gathers hunting's newest and best products

SHOT Show gathers hunting's newest and best products

The 2010 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Exhibitors and Attendees travel from throughout the world to take part in this annual outdoor product showcase.
Outdoors
January 1, 2010

Looking back while also looking ahead outdoors

The New Year is a perfect opportunity to make positive changes toward how you enjoy the outdoors. By each of us pledging to make a few small commitments, we can collectively make the outdoors a better place to experience.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Opening day walleye angler greets the morning sun

Anticipation grows as fishing opener draws near

For most anglers the excitement surrounding Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener begins weeks in advance of the actual event.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Opening morning anglers in search of a new promising spot.

Avoid these common opening day mistakes

The right equipment alone is not enough to ensure a successful opening day fishing for walleye. Increase those odds by formulating a fishing game plan thus avoiding the common mistakes some anglers make.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Join the fishing opener fun on Twitter

The social media revolution is touching many aspects of our lives -- including how we enjoy the 2009 Minnesota Fishing Opener. Learn how you, too, can become part of the networking fun this weekend.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Boat filled with walleye anglers jigging on Lake Andrusia

Tough walleye bite during typical opener conditions

Fishermen in northern Minnesota dealt with the usual fishing opener challenges -- a little rain, a little sleet, cold winds and occasionally a few walleye to offer some warmth to a frozen angler's spirit.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Empty space found on store shelves has forced retailers to substitute ammunition with other gun accessories.

Got ammo? For some calibers retailer shelves collect dust

Across the nation gun owners are discovering an ammunition market that can best be summed up as very "fickle." Currently, even though your favorite hunting caliber might not be on the hard-to-find list, it makes sense to keep a watchful eye on the ammunition shortage occurring at many retailer shelves.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

My top 10 Minnesota towns for sportsmen to live

Recently Outdoor Life magazine picked the top 200 towns in the U.S. to live for a person to enjoy the sportsman's life. As you can imagine, Minnesota was well represented with over seven cities making the list.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Kids fishing from a dock are usually kids staying out of trouble.

Make a commitment to take a kid fishing

It's important to expose children to the fun of fishing at an early age. The memories, the skills, as well as the excitement, will likely be remembered for a lifetime.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Stumped for a Father's Day gift for your outdoorsman?

This year for Father's Day don't get dad another boring tie or a pair of ugly slippers. Instead, put an instant smile on his face by giving him the outdoor gear you'll know he loves.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
To succeed at using a remote trail camera requires a balance of expertise and good fortune.

Using trail cameras as a youth learning tool

Remote trail cameras can be great devices to help scout an area for deer, but did you ever consider they can also be wonderful tools for teaching a youngster about the ways of the wild?
Outdoors
December 8, 2009

Overwhelmed by the contents of your tackle box?

How does your tackle box appear? Is it a neatly organized container holding only the equipment essentials for a day of fishing fun...or does it tend to collect all the latest fishing gadgets and lures found displayed on the store shelf? Perhaps it's time to de-clutter your tackle box and get back to employing some basic fishing strategy.