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Last week the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) suffered another, and perhaps final, setback in its attempt to successfully prosecute an alleged west-central Minnesota deer poacher.
More than a few duck hunters attended their friend's funeral Thursday, and to recall a time in this state when waterfowl were so plentiful a man could define his life by their comings and goings and by everything that attended those passages: cold mornings, wet retrieving dogs and muddy waders.
Pheasant numbers appear healthy even in part of state not known for that.
Of the many reasons to chase pheasants in autumn, and the list is long, the explosion of these birds from cover at nearly incalculably rapid rates — the flush — is cited most often by hunters.
The paths to hunting are varied. In Julia Schrenkler's case, it was a hunting dog's instinctive joy.
A handful of specialty fly and muskie shops continue to serve anglers, while various larger retailers vie for shares of the outdoor retail market.
Early-season goose hunters have fewer opportunities at fewer birds and fewer places to hunt. Yet geese continue to plague the very parts of the Twin Cities that want them least.
These mornings trigger a desire to lay up by one's own hand enough venison and fowl to last the coming winter.
Wright County's Pelican Lake shows evidence that efforts to restore it are working
David Maass and Arnold Krueger will be among the 80-plus cohort who will be alert Saturday morning when duck season opens in Minnesota.
Persistent rains this summer should have helped duck production, waterfowl managers say.
Mike Iaconelli turned a fishing passion into a multimedia career as a pro
For a while, it appeared unclear even to the competition's sponsor, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, exactly whom among the world's most famous wildlife art-painting family won the top honor — Jim Hautman or his brother, Bob. All that was certain was that brother Joe hadn't nabbed the top spot among 153 entries. He won in 2015, and thus was disqualified this year.
John Arms has collected a lot of calls. When none conveyed the right tone, he made his own.
"I've met a lot of good people, and I've grown in my ability to appreciate them," Tori McCormick said.
Group hunts doves and a memory, each difficult, and succeeds at both
There are fewer geese in the metro today than perhaps at any time in the past 15 years, or longer.
For Josh Stevenson and his tiger muskie-seeking clients, the past two weeks have been monumental with catches north of 45 inches.
Growing up on what are now Game Fair grounds, Loral I Delaney learned to train dogs and shoot from her father, Fred Armstrong, who founded the kennel in 1926.
That's when officials will discuss rules for winter angling season.
Gary Clancy, 68, a prolific, knowledgeable and widely respected outdoors writer, died July 27 at his home in High Forest, in southeast Minnesota.
As Dayton said, closing walleye fishing on Mille Lacs wasn't warranted, given its perceived minimal impact on fish but possibly major impact on people.
Now in its fifth year, the Game Fair 100-yard Archery Challenge is expected to attract more than 75 bow-and-arrow aficionados.
Wednesday evening the Stillwater Bridge was a pleasant perch for Jake Yang and his two young companions, Sean Yang and Steffen Yang.
Brothers Al and Ron Lindner of Brainerd have established formidable business careers based on nearly unparalleled abilities to fish well, and to teach others how…
Winds throughout the Arrowhead Region were clocked at more than 60 miles per hour July 21, strong enough to upend age-old white pines.
Their jobs involve far more than protecting fish and wildlife, important as those responsibilities are.
Everyone agrees the Gull Lake Chain will make excellent muskie water. Yet at times it's already tough to find a parking spot at one of its public launch sites.
Crappie hunt turns up so much more — bugs, birds and other beings — for well-studied angler
Bird hunters worry that age, infirmary, work or other calamity might someday keep them from venturing afield in autumn, an eventuality to be deferred as long as possible, passion being the best defense.
These recent blistering days of midsummer in Minnesota have been known as "under the dock'' days.
Who needs a fishing pole? All young Tyler Albersman needed was a tree branch, a jig, 4 feet of line and a pencil bobber to bring in a big fish.
By Nov. 1 next year, public waters must be bordered with perennial vegetative cover averaging 50 feet wide, and by November 2018, public ditches must also be buffered.
The Mille Lacs walleye bite remains hot, and the numbers say no shutdown is likely this year
Plying his trade in Hamel, veteran of the sport has seen a lot and has learned to roll with it.
In the 1960s and 1970s, about 40 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older bought a fishing license, according to the DNR. Today it's 27 percent.
Halting bonus permits at Camp Ripley aims to increase herd size. Previously, Ripley bonus tags allowed archers to kill a deer on base and in most cases continue to hunt elsewhere later in the season.
Justine Kerfoot, Benny Ambrose, Dorothy Molter and Betty Berger Lessard immersed themselves in Minnesota's northernmost wilderness.
Opportunities to fish river smallmouth bass in and near the greater metro abound. In some instances, anglers don't even need a boat or other watercraft.
A float trip on Montana's Smith River is considered one of North America's premier outdoor adventures — for those lucky enough to draw a permit in an annual lottery conducted by Montana State Parks.
Anderson: Wild for how long? Lottery luck grants access to a threatened U.S. treasure, the Smith River
Like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, the Smith River is in the cross hairs of worldwide mineral and metal exploration.
Many nesting pheasants aren't killed by predators. Instead they are lost to mowers — sometimes those operating in alfalfa fields, but more often those used for cutting hay (or grass) in roadsides.
A few tips for paddlers eager to catch fish during July and August in the Boundary Waters.
Surveys are involved, and they are not without their perils.
In a lot of ways for those involved with the outdoors, the state government is shut down.
An updated Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality estimate should be available later this week
The only antidote sufficient to blunt the news, particularly bad news, that craters our mind-sets daily is nature.
Gary Gehrman of Stillwater is an old time troller - on the water, not the internet.
If you want to catch walleye – and you're in the right state to do so – give one of these 10 big lakes a try this month.
The disconnect on natural resource issues between many of the state's legislators, including some DFLers, and the public at large is, and has long been, obvious.
Already this summer Kay Hawley has fished on Lake of the Woods, and just returned from Budd's Gunisao Lake Lodge located 250 miles north of Winnipeg.
As John Milton once wrote, "What hath night to do with sleep?" For bowfishermen, nothing.
Common carp, which many consider to be the plague of Minnesota waters for their destruction of habitat used by game fish, waterfowl and other wildlife, were imported to North America from Europe in about 1870.
For a few years now, Perry Whitney has stopped in Corcoran to pick up three brothers: Omar, Justas and Vanya Emery for a day of fishing.
In Minnesota, Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend is June 10-12, when Minnesotans 16 years or older who take kids fishing age 15 or younger don't need licenses.
State parks are enjoying new set-up — and success as a whole.
The $2.2 million sought by the band to purchase and conserve land near the Wild Rice River in northern Minnesota would come from the Outdoors Heritage Fund.
Trout, catfish and bass are just the beginning of what you might find if you fish the St. Croix
Cold weather doesn't deter mission that ends with a satiating haul.
In Minnesota on Opening Day, you might catch a limit of walleyes and you might not. But for sure, you'll feel better for trying.
Warm weather and bright prospects Fishing begins anew in Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, when walleyes become legal fare in inland waters, along with northern…
Tom Kelly, the great Mississippi turkey writer and author of "Tenth Legion," among other classics, once said that wild turkeys "possess a remarkable ability to turn arrogance into hopelessness."
Special care keeps the Legvold farm rich and productive. Dave Legvold was honored recently by Gov. Mark Dayton for his innovative and persistent conservation efforts on the approximately 800 acres he farms
Lake Minnetonka is stocked by the DNR with walleye fingerlings measuring about 6 inches long but reproduction is minimal.
Fish were plentiful, as was camaraderie, during the erstwhile North Shore ritual.
Worry, if you will, about the big picture — say global warming. But act locally. Join a conservation or environmental group. Get outside more. And take a friend or family member along.
It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes you set up for a big tom roosted nearby and at daybreak he flies down to within shooting range. So you want to be on time.
Wednesday morning, just as the weather turned for the better, turkey hunting began anew in Minnesota.
A judge has tossed out the Minnesota DNR's highest-profile deer-poaching bust in recent memory, saying a GPS device that conservation officers attached to the suspect's pickup was illegal.
Concern about Lake Vermilion's walleyes is focused on the west end, where sufficient numbers of big fish exist, but fewer small ones.
Given Monday's DNR flip-flop, even the most naïve Minnesotans can no longer believe science is the prime consideration in management of the state's resources.
Most everybody knows to fish the Mississippi this time of year, but not everybody knows how
Minnesota not only has more people fishing than all or virtually all other states, but it has better anglers, too. The average angler growing up hereabouts is anything but average.
The long-running show begins Wednesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
An agreement forged more than a quarter-century ago between the state and the Mille Lacs band appears to be the last time the DNR and the Chippewa in this state publicly agreed on anything significant about Mille Lacs.
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