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Dennis Anderson

Columnist | Outdoors
phone: 612-673-4424
Anderson has been the Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993. Before that, for 13 years, he wrote the outdoors column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He covers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation.
Recent content from Dennis Anderson
Anderson: Lindner family to share secrets on making a living fishing

Anderson: Lindner family to share secrets on making a living fishing

The Lindners have caught tens of thousands of fish. They've written countless fishing books and articles and filmed even more countless television shows, culminating in 1974 with the founding of In-Fisherman, the parent company for the sport fishing magazine and nationally syndicated radio and TV shows of the same name that they sold to Primedia in 1998.
Special antlerless deer hunt is proposed, surprises support groups

Special antlerless deer hunt is proposed, surprises support groups

Suggestion comes as a surprise and a worry for deer groups.

Angling business has diverse opportunities

How many jobs are available in the fishing industry, and how diverse are those jobs? The answers: Plenty. And plenty.
Anderson: Young paddlers have answered the call to river adventures

Anderson: Young paddlers have answered the call to river adventures

Sam Mathieu, 23, of Lake Elmo, cooked up a wild road-trip idea after asking himseld: "Do people ever paddle the length of the Mississippi River by kayak?"
Anderson: So, where are the ducks?

Anderson: So, where are the ducks?

Waterfowl managers set loose limits and say they're out there. Eyes say otherwise
Anderson: Boorish Mille Lacs protesters miss point with governor

Anderson: Boorish Mille Lacs protesters miss point with governor

Protesters cursed Gov. Mark Dayton and others on his boat, in some cases yelling racial and sexual comments — all in front of children who were passengers on the boat that he was using to promote bass fishing on Mille Lacs.

Anderson: Severe, prolonged drought threatens pheasant chicks in Dakotas

Grasses that chicks need are withering in the heat.
Anderson: Federal agents in BWCA take on task of covering northern border

Anderson: Federal agents in BWCA take on task of covering northern border

The question: "Where are you coming from?" is being asked more often in the boundary waters these days by U.S. Border Patrol agents, which are headquartered in a cramped building in Grand Marais.
Anderson: Dr. Osterholm's commitment cures ailing trout streams

Anderson: Dr. Osterholm's commitment cures ailing trout streams

Efforts on his Iowa land draws plaudits for esteemed state epidemiologist.
Horses evoke great pleasure even if the riding is, well, not so great

Horses evoke great pleasure even if the riding is, well, not so great

Event might be a practice, but all riders want to win.
Anderson: Record northern pike catch still a fish story for the ages

Anderson: Record northern pike catch still a fish story for the ages

It's worthwhile to review records already on the books — including Minnesota's most famous, or perhaps infamous.
Anderson: Student trapshooters aren't gunplaying around

Anderson: Student trapshooters aren't gunplaying around

It's serious sport for the students at the 2017 Trap Shooting Championship.

Anderson: Dried-and-true idea to feed wilderness travelers has merit

Entrepreneuring sisters on the North Shore try their hands at camp meals.
Anderson: Making every cast count fly fishing on the St. Croix

Anderson: Making every cast count fly fishing on the St. Croix

Fly anglers pepper the St. Croix with poppers in an action-filled outing
Outside experts to review DNR's Mille Lacs walleye management

Outside experts to review DNR's Mille Lacs walleye management

Some resort owners question the DNR's low Mille Lacs walleye population assessment that has resulted in a series of restrictions on fishing the popular lake.
Anderson: When day anglers depart, night belongs to bowfishermen

Anderson: When day anglers depart, night belongs to bowfishermen

Night is the backdrop, carp are the quarry on after-hours bowfishing outings
Anderson: Only the nuttiest of muskie nuts would venture out on this opener.

Anderson: Only the nuttiest of muskie nuts would venture out on this opener.

High water on St. Croix River and early season didn't deter group.
Anderson: Readers weigh in on resource-related issues at Capitol

Anderson: Readers weigh in on resource-related issues at Capitol

Minnesotans share their thoughts about the Legislature's action in regards to the state's woods, prairies and wildlife.
Group of Minnesota women eyeing Boundary Waters canoe venture

Group of Minnesota women eyeing Boundary Waters canoe venture

Minnesota women will check off a bucket list item by going to the BWCA
Anderson: Bobblehead Bud Grant gives nod to NFL and, um, outdoors

Anderson: Bobblehead Bud Grant gives nod to NFL and, um, outdoors

Bud Grant's vision met resistance from the league, novelty-maker.
Anderson: Know the correct way to hold big fish for those photo ops

Anderson: Know the correct way to hold big fish for those photo ops

Big fish — those larger than about 2 pounds — should always be held horizontally. This is especially true for sturgeon and muskies, as well as large northern pike.
Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response

Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response

A rethinking of conservation and especially conservation politics is necessary if Minnesota 20 years and more from now is going to retain a semblance of the pristine lakes, rivers, woods and prairies that historically have made it a great place to live.

Anderson: A stop for bait in Cook, Minn., yields much more

Cook, Minn., proprietor is a man of stories, interests.
A return to border hot spot for the fishing opener is a success

A return to border hot spot for the fishing opener is a success

On the border between Minnesota and Ontario, the walleye were knocking. And then some.
Anderson: A peek inside my tackle box

Anderson: A peek inside my tackle box

Jigs, Lindy rigs, beads and spinners are all in there, each designed to put a minnow in front of a walleye.
Anderson: Plentiful bait, but shiner minnows might be scarce for opener

Anderson: Plentiful bait, but shiner minnows might be scarce for opener

In some cases, zebra mussels have infested lakes where shiner minnows are traditionally harvested, closing those waters to minnow catching.

Anderson: Separating fact from fiction about Minnesota's buffer law

Misinformation is rife about the state's buffer law, passed two years ago to clean up lakes and rivers, which requires farmers and other landowners to be in compliance with the statute by November.
Anderson: State Sen. Ruud champions outdoors — and its consumers

Anderson: State Sen. Ruud champions outdoors — and its consumers

Sen. Carrie Ruud, a Republican, believes in raising the price of fishing and deer-hunting licenses. That puts her at odds during this legislative session with some members of her party.
Anderson: On Northfield farm, couple cultivates a habitat habit

Anderson: On Northfield farm, couple cultivates a habitat habit

A Northfield couple has transformed the family farm into a showcase of wildlife conservation
Steelhead working their way back to North Shore

Steelhead working their way back to North Shore

It's in April that steelhead, or migratory rainbow trout, travel upstream sometimes 20 miles or more in search of narrow waterways and hospitable conditions for spawning.

Anderson: Hunting a tom tests tenacity in dawn's early light

On a cloudy Thursday morning, turkey hunting turned into turkey waiting.
A tale behind every turkey hunt

A tale behind every turkey hunt

With turkey hunting season set to open Wednesday, we get some stories from old friends about memorable hunts.

Anderson: House-passed Legacy bill deserves a governor's veto if not modified

Time is now for Gov. Mark Dayton to consider action on the Legacy bill if it comes to him in any form similar to the one the House has passed.
Anderson: With some reservations, Stearns County buffer law compliance widespread

Anderson: With some reservations, Stearns County buffer law compliance widespread

Minnesota's buffer law to protect water has its critics, but there's support to be found, too.
Anderson: Proposals that hurt state's environment would hurt our business interests, too

Anderson: Proposals that hurt state's environment would hurt our business interests, too

The state's many outdoors activities are among key reasons why our leading companies can draw and retain top employees.
Anderson: Kamloops rainbows' prospects uncertain on North Shore

Anderson: Kamloops rainbows' prospects uncertain on North Shore

Closing of French River hatchery, interbreeding could reduce looper numbers.
Anderson: A chilly boat ride to a walleye hot spot

Anderson: A chilly boat ride to a walleye hot spot

Dropping plastic baits in a barge traffic area? Results pan out for St. Paul guide
Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure

Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure

Thirty-one years have passed since Will Steger led the world's first unsupported trek to the North Pole by dogsled. Up next he's headed from Ely to Burchell Lake, Ontario.
Anderson: Luring more female anglers

Anderson: Luring more female anglers

For 40 years, Women Anglers of Minnesota has been offering fishing wisdom for women.
Anderson: Fly fishing expo touts streams - and how to save them

Anderson: Fly fishing expo touts streams - and how to save them

This is walleye country. Less well known in Minnesota is stream fishing for trout, an experience that is as evocative, and satisfying, as sitting in a boat on a lake
Anderson: Muskies, state's most spectacular fish, less plentiful

Anderson: Muskies, state's most spectacular fish, less plentiful

Trouble seems afoot with the state's muskies. Small­er muskies seem to be miss­ing from Lake Mil­le Lacs (and cer­tain oth­er waters) al­to­geth­er, while the lake's re­main­ing muskies are far fewer — and gargantuan.
Anderson: DNR, whitetail hunters group ponder dollars and deer

Anderson: DNR, whitetail hunters group ponder dollars and deer

The DNR is proposing deer hunters pay $4 more each year to pursue whitetails. But an audit last year revealed the majority of deer license fees was to cover general wildlife management expenses.

Anderson: In March, being alert is the best outdoors strategy

In March it pays to keep on your toes, alert especially for executive orders.
Anderson: Bud Grant knows heartache of losing hunting dogs: 'You could say I'm lost'

Anderson: Bud Grant knows heartache of losing hunting dogs: 'You could say I'm lost'

Bud Grant will be 90 in May and acknowledges that if he replaces Boom, who had to be put down this fall, any new dog likely will outlive him. Still — call it an act of faith — he is wanting a new, trained, Labrador

Outdoors photographer blasts practice of luring owls with bait

Shutterbugs' luring of birds called unethical and harmful.
Anderson: Nobles County sets good example on water

Anderson: Nobles County sets good example on water

The reservoir of good will runs deep in Nobles County, as does the desire to enhance and conserve natural resources.
Anderson: Pheasants Forever's legacy is to protect and conserve

Anderson: Pheasants Forever's legacy is to protect and conserve

In its 35 years, Pheasants Forever has helped increase ringneck numbers and habitat locally and nationally

Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic at a glance

It is billed as the nation's largest gathering of upland conservationists
Anderson: Exchange student is a quick study as high school trapshooter

Anderson: Exchange student is a quick study as high school trapshooter

Given that no one in his family has every owned a gun or even fired one and that in China only military and police officials possess firearms, Zijun "Vector" Zhang was intrigued by the Holy Angels/Richfield High School trap shooting team.
Anderson: DNR sets new rules for northern limits come May

Anderson: DNR sets new rules for northern limits come May

The intent of the new regulations, spread over three northern pike "zones,'' is to reduce the number of small "hammer-handle'' northerns that infest too many state lakes.
Anderson: Group uses Mille Lacs ice houses for daily getaways

Anderson: Group uses Mille Lacs ice houses for daily getaways

Grumpy? Not these old men, who gather daily in varying ice shelters on Lake Mille Lacs for casual talk, salty snacks and occasional fishing.
Anderson: Final goodbyes give a nod to passion for outdoors

Anderson: Final goodbyes give a nod to passion for outdoors

Cliff "Buddy" Buland, 65, of Bloomington, and Gary "Gib" Comstock, also 65, of Minneapolis recently passed away and their obituaries show a dedication to the outdoors.
Anderson: Conservationist tries to win at supposedly lost causes

Anderson: Conservationist tries to win at supposedly lost causes

City kids in the woods? Quail in Minnesota? Yes, says Thurman Tucker.
Anderson: Lifetime of helping is legacy for late hunter Kumlin

Anderson: Lifetime of helping is legacy for late hunter Kumlin

"No one was more committed to waterfowl and to Ducks Unlimited," wildlife artist Dave Maass said of Denny Kumlin, who died Jan. 15 at age 81
Anderson: Pontoons, kayaks turn heads at Boat Show

Anderson: Pontoons, kayaks turn heads at Boat Show

The appeal of pontoons is broadening as they have become more seaworthy and outfitted with bigger outboards. These more modern craft can pull tubers, wake boarders and skiers. Anglers increasingly employ pontoons as well.
A Minnesota kid who was a fiddling fool runs with his passion for music, hunting

A Minnesota kid who was a fiddling fool runs with his passion for music, hunting

Nick Hoffman, who grew up Nowthen, Minn., has been a fiddler to the stars in country music, and parlayed that success into an outdoors TV presence.
Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action

Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action

The only chance Minnesota has to avoid a whitetail CWD infection rate similar to that found in southern Wisconsin is to hit the disease hard when it pops up, and keep hitting it, indefinitely.
Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota

Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota

With six positive CWD hits among 640 adult deer tested, DNR lead wildlife researcher Lou Cornicelli said some larger number of deer will need to be killed to determine how widespread, or limited, the disease is.
Anderson: SE Minnesota's rich deer hunting history under attack from chronic wasting disease

Anderson: SE Minnesota's rich deer hunting history under attack from chronic wasting disease

The DNR intends to kill at least 900 adult deer in a 371-square-mile region of the southeast in an attempt to gauge whether the disease is limited in scope, or widespread.
Anderson: Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd growing

Anderson: Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd growing

Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers had expected the herd to rebound after back-to-back recent tough winters, and preliminary numbers back that up.
Anderson: Outdoors needs to be cared for by young and diverse state residents, too

Anderson: Outdoors needs to be cared for by young and diverse state residents, too

Many of the Minnesota's minorities don't share the generations-old traditions of hunting, fishing and other nature-based activities that were common to the state's earliest settlers.
Minn. DNR criticized after dumping deer heads, carcasses near public trail

Minn. DNR criticized after dumping deer heads, carcasses near public trail

A pile of about 30 dead whitetail deer carcasses and deer heads were found near a trail in the Rochester city limits.
Hunters kill 344 deer in SE Minnesota to study if CWD spreading

Hunters kill 344 deer in SE Minnesota to study if CWD spreading

The hunt, which began Saturday and ends Jan. 15, is being held in a 371-square-mile area surrounding the location near Lanesboro where the infected deer were killed by hunters in November.
Anderson: Pursuit of goose spurs thoughts of nature's mystery

Anderson: Pursuit of goose spurs thoughts of nature's mystery

Usually in December en route over ice to our hunting spot we spook a few dozen swans followed by a gaggle or two of geese, sometimes more. In most Decembers, within an hour or so, the geese return, sometimes as singles, other times in pairs and threes.Wednesday morning was different.
Anderson: DNR explains controversial plan for deer testing in SE Minn.

Anderson: DNR explains controversial plan for deer testing in SE Minn.

Top DNR wildlife researcher Lou Cornicelli said Thursday his agency will hold a special hunt between Dec. 31 and Jan. 15, with a goal of killing 900 adult whitetails to be tested.
Anderson: Advisory body on deer management needs to inform itself, challenge DNR

Anderson: Advisory body on deer management needs to inform itself, challenge DNR

The committee likely will meet monthly throughout much of 2017 before issuing a report the agency has said it might adapt, ignore or do some of each.
Anderson: As deer management advisory group forms, DNR says it's limited

Anderson: As deer management advisory group forms, DNR says it's limited

DNR Fish and Wildlife Division Director Jim Leach and DNR big game program leader Adam Murkowski discuss expectations of the advisory group, which will meet throughout most of 2017.
Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?

Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?

At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.
Anderson: Twin Cities angler, TV personality purposefully breaks through ice

Anderson: Twin Cities angler, TV personality purposefully breaks through ice

Steve Pennaz dunked himself into frigid water on purpose, for a segment on his TV show, "Stone Cold Fishing," which is broadcast on Fox Sports North, among other regional networks.
Anderson: Diseases are stalking region's deer

Anderson: Diseases are stalking region's deer

Minnesota is bracketed this year by states — Wisconsin as well as South Dakota — that have serious problems with their deer herds.

Deep snow halt deer hunting in northern Minnesota

Last weekend's storm effectively shut down deer hunting across much of northern Minnesota. Nearly 20 inches of snow fell in parts of the region, limiting travel and reducing access to the woods.
Anderson: You never really know what deer will do

Anderson: You never really know what deer will do

On a blustery opener in Wisconsin, one question had to be answered: Will the deer shy away from the wind or be out in the cold in search of food?
Anderson: Be aware of Wisconsin's new deer hunting rules

Anderson: Be aware of Wisconsin's new deer hunting rules

The end of back tags is just one licensing change facing Wisconsin deer hunters this season, which opens Saturday.
Anderson: What the outdoors can expect from Trump

Anderson: What the outdoors can expect from Trump

Along with Eric, his younger brother, Donald Trump Jr. is a knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsman and strong conservation advocate.
Anderson: Kamloops anglers receive bad news

Anderson: Kamloops anglers receive bad news

Between 1,000 and 1,200 anglers regularly pursue Kamloops rainbow trout, but the French River cold water fish hatchery, just north of Duluth, will be closed.
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