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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.
In a world that seems intent on dulling our senses, sitting in the woods or along a field edge offers a rare opportunity for surprise.
Millions of dollars have gone toward land conservation in the state since 2007. The Minnesota firearms whitetail opener is Saturday.
Mature male whitetails risk becoming trophy bucks when the firearms opener collides with mating pursuits
Water Gremlin's closure read closely by Minnesota anglers.
The spring numbers are not all they are cracked up to be.
His fall while taking down a tree stand is a reminder of inherent risk in the field.
Corey Kitzmann, a lifelong muskie angler, was alone at his family's cabin when he received word a friend had died at age 40. Not wanting to remain in the cabin alone, he went fishing.
Better equipment encourages women, youth to try archery.
Open to youth ages 10 to 17, the four-day hunt coincides with the school break Minnesota kids typically are awarded over the long MEA weekend.
Delivering them, riding them — they bring joy to a father and son.
The ruffed grouse population is often not what it seems, but it seems to be up.
Saturday's weather joined factors long in place to complicate the hunt.
Sabin Adams is charged with ensuring that the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised annually by the group's 75 Minnesota chapters are transformed into high-quality upland and wetland habitat.
Shrinking grouse count showing no signs of reversal.
A graying hunter population, along with time constraints and hunting-land access challenges are among reasons for the declines, the DNR said.
Since the first of the year in Wisconsin, nearly 30 pet dogs and hunting dogs have been killed or injured by wolves.
Reports filed by Department of Natural Resources conservation officers mostly recounting a lack of waterfowl, except in the Lake of the Woods region.
A statewide youth hunt and a new CWD zone are among the changes from last year, discussed in an interview with DNR big game program supervisor Barbara Keller.
The search is much of the fun when it comes to vintage crafts for hunting ducks
State's hunting past gives a reader pause about what's to come.
The Strands and their crew strive to keep duck hunting tradition alive in Kandiyohi County.
"I was aware even before this malfunction that my hearing wasn't great."
Wet conditions that prevailed in recent months likely boosted the state's duck production to, or near, its maximum potential.
Given the number of bluebills, or scaup, that still exist in North America, it's a mystery why so few now visit Minnesota in October.
The family of Michael Moosbrugger found comfort in an image from Star Tribune Outdoors last week. "It seemed like Michael was popping up to say hello to all of us. We miss him every day."
Fall inspires recollections of adventure taken, and an eagerness for hunter and four-legged companions to get out.
In the past 10 years the correlation between spring drumming counts of ruffed grouse and their fall population has weakened so much that the survey is no longer considered a reliable predictor.
With too few members (approximately 2,500) and too-little cash (about $20,000) the group's board voted unanimously recently to shutter its rental office in Hopkins, effective Sept. 30.
A star-struck 10-year-old will have quite a fish story to tell his fellow fourth-graders when he returns to school next week. And every word will be true.
Late-season snowstorms, spring rain likely contributed to birds' demise, DNR reports.
In its more than 120-year history, Outdoor Life has published the writings of Hemingway, Grey, Roosevelt and Leopold, as well as Clark Gable, Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.
Herding competition has become more of a sport.
Wholly dependent on very cold water, brook trout are perhaps Minnesota's most vulnerable finned species to ever-warming temperatures.
Game Fair: Frank Taylor is in his 38th consecutive year at the event.
In a Q&A, Dave Olfelt said: 'I know I'm in the driver's seat' He also discusses his outdoor interests and management of the Fish and Wildlife Division.
Pelican Lake still has sunfish. But not in the numbers or size it once did.
From humble beginnings 38 years ago, the Delaneys built the Game Fair into major outdoor event in state
Cottage Grove wunderkind Brady Rudh could do a lot of things; he loves the science of fisheries.
People in the woods during June and July have reported seeing "usual" or "average" numbers of grouse broods in recent years. But the young birds don't seem to survive until fall.
Road construction since May 13 has made the 21-year-old establishment a challenge to find.
Fly rods at the ready, Dennis Anderson and Bob Nasby motored along on the St. Croix atop ageless red and white pines that clutter the river bottom in search of smallmouth bass.
The present muskie mark has stood for 70 years, but the Hall of Fame Vikings coach nearly caught a bigger one.
Litchfield area is good example of damage, and situation doesn't bode well for fall hunters.
The Minnesota DNR in early September will release updated versions of its duck and pheasant plans.
Outing near Akeley, Minn., is reminder of abundance and threats.
Private fundraising is the next hurdle in Crosslake.
Memories spring, especially from Grandma and Grandpa's place in Frazee.
By far, the stamp program is the longest-running and most successful habitat conservation effort in the nation's history. Why mess with it?
It doesn't get top billing like "Up North" but its oaks and aspens, basswoods, maples and elms are as inspiring as any northern coniferous forest.
Former Minneapolis mayor Fraser, who died June 2, is no exception.
Because fishing can provide lifelong learning opportunities — and challenges — it can change lives.
Northern Minnesota teacher wins grant to start class at high school.
A once-bustling motorboat route has quieted, but canoe trek to Ensign Lake provided fruitful
Dave Rorem has learned from the best of his peers, taught the best retrievers.
Whenever the Legislature finally, and mercifully, ends its business in St. Paul, its lack of decisive action to contain chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Minnesota's 1-million-animal-plus white-tailed deer herd will be among its major failures.
The tom was tricked, but it still had the last laugh.
Even though the purpose of the trip to Beltrami County was for the fishing opener, plenty of wildlife and birds in the area were their own spectacle.
One of 10 large Minnesota lakes that together yield about 40% of the state's walleye harvest, Upper Red continues to amaze fisheries managers and anglers.
While the number of fishing licenses sold in the last 10 years has declined, the sport's two major women's fishing groups have grown significantly.
On a decidedly un-springlike day, fishing for steelhead had again begun.
To have four deaths in previous eight months might be unprecedented, says DNR's enforcement director.
During the week of Earth Day, let's focus on a Eden Prairie teacher who is bringing the outdoors into teaching.
Nearly two years after a nasty slip on the ice left him in rehabilitation centers for 77 days, Dick Alford is in search of his 299th wild tom.
Public beware: Some again want to dip into lottery-fed environmental fund.
Some of the conservation efforts involve land purchases by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the DNR or various conservation groups. More commonly, the lands are accessed through easements.
Trip to buy a fifth-wheel covered Dakota country witnessing that rite of spring.
In the 100 years that John Phillipps' family has owned land along Parker Creek outside of River Falls, perhaps never have so many unrelated people been on his property
Anglers can keep four walleyes with one longer than 20 inches — or, if they choose, four walleyes under 20 inches.