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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
Ruffed grouse need snow for warmth, protection

Ruffed grouse need snow for warmth, protection

To avoid presenting themselves as easy pickings for predators, ruffed grouse burrow into snow — when it's available — and disappear. This also allows grouse to "thermo-regulate,'' or stay warm.
Anderson: Narrow scope helps hunters keep fruitful bird fields intact

Anderson: Narrow scope helps hunters keep fruitful bird fields intact

By hunting small flocks and bringing less noise, fruitful bird fields remain so
Anderson: Hunting maybe be first love, but horse riding is current one for Minnesotan

Anderson: Hunting maybe be first love, but horse riding is current one for Minnesotan

Minnesota woman balances wide range of outdoors pursuits.
Anderson: Take it from an expert, 'No fish is worth dying for'

Anderson: Take it from an expert, 'No fish is worth dying for'

Jim Staricha gives survival advice to anglers and others unfortunate enough to break through winter ice.
Anderson: Wolves known to stalk hunter's kill scene for an easy meal

Anderson: Wolves known to stalk hunter's kill scene for an easy meal

Wolves likely can readily associate the sound of gunfire with an easy meal in the form of the gut pile that remains after hunters field-dress their quarry, says a wolf expert.
Anderson: Study tries to answer what makes a deer tick

Anderson: Study tries to answer what makes a deer tick

An intensive study sheds useful light on why whitetails act like they do
Anderson: No, hunters don't drink and hunt

Anderson: No, hunters don't drink and hunt

Some things in this world are beyond debate. One of them: Hunters don't hunt drunk.

Field report: Annual early-season warnings about thin ice going unheeded

Ice conditions last weekend varied on Upper Red Lake, with several unsafe areas on the lake even for foot travel.
Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins

Change inevitably comes, but just as inevitably much stays comfortably the same
Anderson: Hunters don't deserve some farmers' ire over buffer law

Anderson: Hunters don't deserve some farmers' ire over buffer law

Some farmers are taking their gripes out on hunters, believing hunters' interests in pheasant habitat, and not the public's aspiration for cleaner lakes and rivers, are what's behind the governor's desire to improve state waters.
Anderson: Even when deer are absent, alertness required by hunting is satisfying

Anderson: Even when deer are absent, alertness required by hunting is satisfying

An estimated 500,000 Minnesotans participated in the 2017 firearms deer season opener.
Anderson: Into the vintage rhythms of an old-time duck hunting lodge in Manitoba

Anderson: Into the vintage rhythms of an old-time duck hunting lodge in Manitoba

Jimmy Robinson is gone, but his duck camp clings to rhythms of the season.
Anderson: Feeling the true north of Canada in wet, cold duck hunting adventure

Anderson: Feeling the true north of Canada in wet, cold duck hunting adventure

Duck hunting on a Canadian marsh is a sensory experience.
Anderson: 100 years on, Minnesota family's deer camp endures

Anderson: 100 years on, Minnesota family's deer camp endures

The Malvig camp still sticks to its foundation: Eating, playing, sleeping is done in a tent, as it has been for generations.
Anderson: Use of Italian ammo at pheasant opener triggers a kerfuffle

Anderson: Use of Italian ammo at pheasant opener triggers a kerfuffle

A kerfuffle has arisen over the brand of shotgun shells gifted to the hunters and guides at the governor's opener. The steel shells were made by Fiocchi, an Italian ammunition manufacturer.

Anderson: No getting around link between forests, grouse health

The birds and sensible state forest management are intertwined.
Anderson: Pheasant season begins at governor's invitation, Marshall's hospitality

Anderson: Pheasant season begins at governor's invitation, Marshall's hospitality

Marshall was chosen to host 153 hunters from near and far who, accompanied by Gov. Mark Dayton and some 50 guides, on Saturday morning scattered into the hinterlands.
Anderson: In southwest Minnesota, community leaders know pheasants mean opportunity

Anderson: In southwest Minnesota, community leaders know pheasants mean opportunity

Witness the efforts by nine southwest Minnesota counties to enhance the bottom lines of area businesses by marketing the region as the state's go-to place to hunt.
Anderson: Lack of ducks, pheasants reflects neglect of conservation

Anderson: Lack of ducks, pheasants reflects neglect of conservation

Just about everything to do with the state's farmland wildlife has, in the aggregate, gotten worse.
Anderson: Minnesota's phenologists see the natural world in a new way

Anderson: Minnesota's phenologists see the natural world in a new way

An interesting bunch, phenologists, about whom most people know nothing — including the thousands of Minnesotans who in autumn scatter into the hinterlands.
Anderson: Ducks scarce at Minnesota River hunting reunion

Anderson: Ducks scarce at Minnesota River hunting reunion

Season's first duck hunt meant venturing back to west-central town with decades of fond memories
Anderson: Minnesota duck hunters always are ready for one more flight

Anderson: Minnesota duck hunters always are ready for one more flight

Duck hunting is on hard times, but traditions at the shacks are steadfast.
Anderson: Skilled hands of technicians keep major fishing tournaments afloat

Anderson: Skilled hands of technicians keep major fishing tournaments afloat

With their pickups and trailers stuffed with tools, and their mechanical prowess on a par with NASCAR'S best pit bosses, they play a vital role in the success of big-time fishing tournaments.
Palaniuk wins BASS tournament on Mille Lacs

Palaniuk wins BASS tournament on Mille Lacs

Brandon Palaniuk found bass worth $100,000.
Idaho fishing pro Palaniuk lands 6-pounder to keep Bassmaster points lead

Idaho fishing pro Palaniuk lands 6-pounder to keep Bassmaster points lead

The late catch - four minutes before the end of fishing for the day - nearly kept him from returning to the tournament check-in on time.
Anderson: Bassmaster Elite leader Brandon Palaniuk takes to Lake Mille Lacs this weekend

Anderson: Bassmaster Elite leader Brandon Palaniuk takes to Lake Mille Lacs this weekend

The Idaho native has recorded six top 12 Bassmaster Elite Series finishes this season, and it's taken a hard-driving work ethic and the support of others.
Anderson: Feider returns to defend big Bassmaster win on Mille Lacs

Anderson: Feider returns to defend big Bassmaster win on Mille Lacs

To earn his win last year on Mille Lacs, Seth Feider stunned the likes of famed bass anglers Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, among others, by dominating the three-day tournament, beginning to end.
Anderson: Lake of the Woods, Ontario bring out best muskie fishing

Anderson: Lake of the Woods, Ontario bring out best muskie fishing

Muskie fishing is its own kind of addiction, and most who are afflicted relapse happily, cast after cast.
Anderson: Optimistic duck numbers from our professional wildlife managers don't add up

Anderson: Optimistic duck numbers from our professional wildlife managers don't add up

FWS officials apparently were somehow oblivious this summer to one of the worst droughts in history gripping the Dakotas and eastern Montana.
Anderson: Hautman brothers paint wonderful art

Anderson: Hautman brothers paint wonderful art

The three Hautman brothers, all gifted artists, were made by Minnesota.

Nature's finest: The artistry of the Hautman Brothers

An exhibit of 50 new waterfowl, wildlife and landscape paintings by three brothers titled "Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman brothers," will run from Sept. 8 through Nov. 5
Anderson: Want to see invasives prevention plan with teeth? Head out West.

Anderson: Want to see invasives prevention plan with teeth? Head out West.

Minnesota's early attempts in recent decades to prevent infiltration by the invasive species appear lame next to what I witnessed in Montana and parts of British Columbia.
Anderson: Multitalented Kid Rock can also fish

Anderson: Multitalented Kid Rock can also fish

Detroit rocker Kid Rock squeezed in a fishing session after his show at Grand Casino in Hinckley last weekend and before headlining the Iowa State Fair.
Anderson: State has long been a hotbed for field dogs

Anderson: State has long been a hotbed for field dogs

Decades before retrievers were the most popular canines in America, they were Minnesota's top dogs. Labradors have long been No. 1 in this state, with golden retrievers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers and flat-coated retrievers commonplace here, as well.
Anderson: Master trap shooter Nora Ross to share insights at Game Fair

Anderson: Master trap shooter Nora Ross to share insights at Game Fair

Her intent during her 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. seminars at the outdoor extravaganza is to teach trapshooting to shotgunners eager to learn from a master.
Ted Capra made fishing his business and his life

Ted Capra made fishing his business and his life

Ted Capra, whose victories as a competitive angler span an unsurpassed five decades in Minnesota, died Wednesday after a long history of heart problems. He was 80.
Anderson: Pheasants Forever merits my best pitch at Target Field

Anderson: Pheasants Forever merits my best pitch at Target Field

Star Tribune columnist will throw out the first pitch Saturday because it's the 35th anniversary of the bird group -- an idea he proposed long ago.
Anderson: In this Minnesota whodunit, chomp on girl's foot points to muskie

Anderson: In this Minnesota whodunit, chomp on girl's foot points to muskie

Taking stock of the biting incident on Island Lake: Signs point to the work of a muskie or northern pike.
Anderson: Limits being pushed for walleye fishing on Mille Lacs

Anderson: Limits being pushed for walleye fishing on Mille Lacs

Chances seem good the 11,000-pound allocation will be sufficient to carry anglers through Labor Day, after which Mille Lacs walleye fishing is closed for the open-water season.
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.
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