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Conservation of Minnesota's natural resources is in a lot more trouble than many realize. If actions aren't taken in the next 10 years or so, the outdoors lifestyle that historically has been a hallmark will go the way of the horse and buggy.
With the dawn of another legislative session, it's worth reminding how the 2008 amendment changed everything.
As hunter and angler numbers dwindle, new sources of support are needed to replace them.
Precision of onXmaps came to fore on a mule deer hunt in Montana.
We're failing our lands and waters in Minnesota; from new DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen on down, it's time to reverse the course.
Several important natural resource issues will demand the attention of Minnesota conservationists in the coming year.
The largest issue and the most interesting one, is why in the first place hunters and anglers take photos of themselves with their quarry.
Hunter swayed a contemporary decades ago and now grooms grandsons in cottontail game.
Party overcomes mishap, and a prized Canada for Christmas brings a new recipe into play
Bluetick hounds were part of this late love affair.
Randy Schmiesing, 60, like most every farmer past or present in west-central Minnesota, has a complicated relationship with water. This is especially true in Eldorado Township, where Schmiesing lives, because land there is nearly table-top flat.
Saddled with a broken arm, Tim Anderson's story is instructional, perhaps even inspirational.
A Bemidji-area fishing guide, Matt Breuer has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with a fish many Minnesotans find too ugly and serpentine to even like.
Packing out 200 pounds of mule deer? Only one way to handle it: 'We should enjoy it'
There remains concerns among some sporting types that they are being taken for granted.
The state's opening day kill was down 11 percent, and the harvest on Sunday of the season's first weekend was off 7 percent.
Unlike years past on opening day of Wisconsin's firearm season, no bucks entered into the scope this time on Saturday morning. But not all were shut out.
An archery deer hunt provides plenty of time and reason to think.
Affinity for sporting art came quick for Bob White.
Highlights include a world record whitetail buck, an unusual caliber Winchester, a dance hall and — why not? — a tavern.
A Kanabec County deer camp remains a draw for descendants into its second century
Readers also should include with submitted photos a few descriptive sentences, including names of people shown and other pertinent information such as the time, day and general location where hunts were conducted.
Candidates for Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson offer their opinions on outdoor issues ranging from guns to roadside mowing to mining in northern Minnesota.
Accolades only tell part of the trainer's rich story.
On a recent day in the Big Hole Valley, seven Minnesotans were part of a fall roundup, during which cattle are gathered and driven to lower country, where they over-winter.
Declines continue, with habitat loss a big influencer.
A lot of crops, a lot of water, but the pheasants won on this day.
Wing-shooters of a certain age know their rewards.
The vast, standing crops often prove nearly impenetrable by hunters and their dogs, thus providing safe havens for rooster pheasants, which many wing shooters consider the most beautiful of game birds.
As our governor opens the pheasant season next weekend, a look at his conservation-minded leadership
A state watchdog in the 1970s, Merritt said with regard to current mining push: Proceed with caution.
Historically, fall grouse-harvest numbers have tracked population estimates forecast by spring drumming counts. But last year's lopsided disparity between the two indicators worried DNR officials.
The DNR had issued an upbeat prediction for Saturday's opener, reporting that duck nesting conditions were good this spring. That was welcome news for Arnold Krueger.
Dennis Anderson: Changes made because of 2007 flood – and in spite of it – have made visiting the park a must.
Keith Nord, athlete and motivational speaker, has the usual big plans for the fall. Except …
As Tom Therrien and Todd Green half-ran through the rugged Beartooth Mountains that divide Wyoming and Montana, they prayed for help.
Communication devices more and more make sense.
Summer gives way to fall, in the field if not on the calendar, and for many it's a welcome transition
Looking back at the season on Leech, Cass, Upper Red and Lake of the Woods — and ahead to likely changes.
Flames put a scare into Pete Arnesen, who continued a solo canoe trip despite 'imminent' danger
After recent struggles, the old barn is buzzing.
The 84-year-old DNR building, with its outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks, will as always show off about 40 finned species to fairgoers.
Part competitor, part historian, shooters delight in the tools of the trade.
Queen Elizabeth II, who knows the world of field trials, was impressed.
Farmers want gubernatorial hopefuls to listen and address conservation topics.
Frank Addington Jr. is in town for performances at Game Fair in Ramsey.
The new Minn Kota Ultrex electric trolling motor won best of show in the boating category at the recent International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show.
The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled public meetings to discuss existing and proposed special fishing regulations for 15 lakes and one trout stream.
At Grand Teton National Park, landmark river yields trout, and memories
Fishing guide Marv Koep lowers expectations, then lets success elevate spirits on the water.
I took the RV leap years ago. There is no turning back.
Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs is still good, and pleasurable, despite the ban.
Grand Rapids' Meadow Kouffeld, a biologist and educator, is pursuing a title: 'huntress.'
The final list: What not to forget on a canoe trek into the boundary waters.
One reason might be the 5.8 inches of rain the Worthington area received Wednesday. But blame also is due at least in part to the late spring, said Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher.
Texas-bound with a fire that never quite dims.
To fish the boundary waters effectively, you needn't bring along a big tackle box. But here's what you should pack before you leave.
The Minnesota high school trap shooting championship this year will attract more than 8,000 students over nine days, but youth participation in bird hunting, deer hunting and fishing has been declining rapidly.
St. Croix and Namekagon rivers get stirring treatment in a book that coincides with the anniversary of legislation in 1968 that protects them.
Enthusiasts dig deeper into nesting preferences in home-based waterfowl village
DNR officers say rules are considered afterthoughts.
The DNR has amassed how-to fishing guides, as well as a list of Twin Cities waters with shore- and pier-fishing opportunities, and where bluegills, crappies, bass and other fish can be caught.
Is John V. Schanken's northern pike, caught in 1929, a record or just a good fish tale? His granddaughter has doubts.
You need to be prepared, but there is a danger in missing real experience.
Beyond acknowledging the net was found, Minnesota DNR regional fisheries manager Brad Parsons also declined to elaborate.
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With the choices they made about the state's lottery-funded environmental fund, Republicans made a banana-republic-like laughingstock of the appropriation process.
As Minnesota and Wisconsin consider major changes to fishing regulations on the Mississippi, the St. Croix is on track to keep on the same path.
Mom-and-pop places are struggling. Paradise Resort was determined to upgrade.
Ideally, DNR area fisheries supervisor Gary Barnard said, Upper Red Lake would hold between 2.5 and 4.5 female walleyes per acre, or "spawners." Currently the lake is at about six.
Many gathered, and many came away happy on Minnesota's fishing opener back to shore with their limit.
Kids need a push to love the outdoors. Parents can help. Start Saturday.
Signing off, with Raven, from ''Minnesota Bound,'' Ron Schara to join siblings at annual opener reunion.
The late spring is expected to extend highly productive walleye fishing further into June than is typically the case, including a big Memorial Day weekend.
Quarrel over claims of muskies' destructive ways could have repercussions for state fish management.