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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.
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Anderson: RV market sees greater interest, just in time for Twin Cities motor home show

Anderson: RV market sees greater interest, just in time for Twin Cities motor home show

Interest is rising just in time for the 48th motor home show.
Anderson: Brainerd ice fishing extravaganza blends fishing, fun and prizes

Anderson: Brainerd ice fishing extravaganza blends fishing, fun and prizes

Many trek to Brainerd Jaycees contest to win, but the party welcomes all comers.

Anderson: When snowstorms beckon, not threaten

This week's snowfall was cause for celebration.
Legality of evidence questioned in deer poacher case

Legality of evidence questioned in deer poacher case

The defense says the DNR got access through illegal methods.
Anderson: Ice fishing keeps drawing Hoosier to Mille Lacs every year

Anderson: Ice fishing keeps drawing Hoosier to Mille Lacs every year

Dreaming of a winter escape, some call Lake Mille Lacs home for a week. For Willy Adkins of Indiana, every year since 1975.

Anderson: Cold, hard cash is quarry as ice fishing becomes competition

Competitive ice fishermen — yes, there is such a thing — will be on Chisago Lake on Sunday, vying for thousands in cash and other prizes in a North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) contest.
Q&A: DNR fish and wildlife director Ed Boggess

Q&A: DNR fish and wildlife director Ed Boggess

An Iowa native who grew up on a small farm, Ed Boggess talks about hunting, fishing and, especially, conservation, past and present in this Q&A weeks before his retirement.

Anderson: Price range at Boat Show goes from free to very pricey

As much money as you have — or can borrow — you can spend at the Minneapolis Boat Show, but some of the best takeaways at the show are free, including four publications produced by the DNR.
Anderson: Conservation leader paints bleak picture of future

Anderson: Conservation leader paints bleak picture of future

To avoid environmental catastrophe, conservationists must envision the future, based on current land and water management trends.
Dayton proposes some poachers be charged with felonies

Dayton proposes some poachers be charged with felonies

Tougher penalties would apply to illegal taking of wildlife valued at $2,000 or more.
Anderson: Technology enhances chilly thrill of ice fishing

Anderson: Technology enhances chilly thrill of ice fishing

Most modern winter fishing shacks, whether portable or hard-sided, are wired for entertainment and productivity.
Anderson: Outdoors artist adds another award to esteemed career

Anderson: Outdoors artist adds another award to esteemed career

David Maass, 86, keeps going, earning more awards and fanfare.

Anderson: Pine Island couple plants roots in shooting preserve they run

Butch and Nancy Owens have run Hidden Valley Gamebirds since 1988 but an end is in sight.
Ex-Vikings coach Bud Grant crash-landed plane in October

Ex-Vikings coach Bud Grant crash-landed plane in October

Retired Vikings coach Bud Grant and a friend crash-landed a plane in Canada this fall while in pursuit of mallards and other fowl.
Anderson: Fillmore County farmers understand conservation

Anderson: Fillmore County farmers understand conservation

The Goldsmiths of southeast Minnesota are honored for a century and a half of care for land and animals
Despite best efforts of hunters, coyote numbers continue to expand

Despite best efforts of hunters, coyote numbers continue to expand

Their numbers have significantly expanded, farmyards to suburbs.
DNR losing two key officials to retirement

DNR losing two key officials to retirement

Ed Boggess will leave in February on the heels of Ken Soring's departure.
Anderson: Hunt for Christmas goose is a walk in park

Anderson: Hunt for Christmas goose is a walk in park

Instead of the usual trek on treacherous ice, the route to success was over open water.
Anderson: New breed of anglers releases big fish

Anderson: New breed of anglers releases big fish

Recent muskie news illuminates the evolution of outdoors ethics.
Happy 75th to state's oldest sportsman's club

Happy 75th to state's oldest sportsman's club

The Fur Fin & Feather Club was a social outfit founded on the principle that fraternity once a week among hunters and anglers is a good thing

Deer harvest numbers climb in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Minnesota firearms deer hunters have registered 128,174 deer as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Natural Resources, compared to 112,715 last year for the same period
Anderson: Shacked up, happily, for Wisconsin deer opener

Anderson: Shacked up, happily, for Wisconsin deer opener

The start of a new season means a trip to an undisclosed location in Wisconsin for deer hunting and camaraderie.

Anderson: You can weigh in on the Great Muskie Stocking Debate

Note to walleye anglers and northern pike spearers: Your chance to be heard regarding muskie stocking will occur in the next few weeks.Show up —…

Anderson: Popular Ducks Unlimited columnist runs afoul of his bosses

Don Thomas dared to criticize a wealthy donor, and was fired.
Anderson: New Brighton woman made deer opener a success despite injury

Anderson: New Brighton woman made deer opener a success despite injury

Jane Heinks didn't let an injured arm stop her from bagging a buck.
Possible world-record muskie caught on Mille Lacs

Possible world-record muskie caught on Mille Lacs

Robert Hawkins hooked a 57-inch muskie estimated to weigh more than 50 pounds.
Anderson: During Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940, it 'seemed too nice to hunt'

Anderson: During Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940, it 'seemed too nice to hunt'

The snow came first, beginning in early afternoon, with big flakes covering the ground. The wind — up to 80 miles an hour — and precipitous temperature drops of as much as 50 degrees followed.
Anderson: Firearms deer opener takes party to familiar perch

Anderson: Firearms deer opener takes party to familiar perch

The pull of the woods stoked optimism, even as prospects of bagging a buck faded Saturday for the deer opener.

Anderson: Abundance of deer hunting info only a click away

Deer hunters will find very useful a Department of Natural Resources interactive map released Thursday afternoon.
Anderson: Get to know Minnesota deer laws

Anderson: Get to know Minnesota deer laws

Staying legal while deer hunting in Minnesota can be tricky. Laws and regulations governing everything from tagging a downed deer to registering and transporting it must be followed.

Anderson: Justice wheels grind slowly in poaching case

The poaching case against Joshua Liebl led Gov. Mark Dayton in the last legislative session to urge lawmakers to toughen the state's penalties in serious poaching cases — a request that was largely ignored.
Anderson: Hunters with gadgets not shooting game any easier

Anderson: Hunters with gadgets not shooting game any easier

The notion that modern gadget-laden hunters have an easier time than their forbears doesn't hold up
Anderson: From father to daughter, love of the hunt passes down

Anderson: From father to daughter, love of the hunt passes down

Kyle Larson never had an opportunity to hunt with his dad but is making memories with daughter Lydia.
Walleye ice fishing on Mille Lacs is assured with deal on limit

Walleye ice fishing on Mille Lacs is assured with deal on limit

Anglers and businesses relieved after DNR sets harvest limit for Mille Lacs.
Anderson: Hunters ask where Camp Ripley's big bucks have gone

Anderson: Hunters ask where Camp Ripley's big bucks have gone

Hunters ask why Camp Ripley's deer, once the stuff of legend, no longer measure up

Anderson: Chippewa gain right to hunt deer at night in Wisconsin

A federal court this week ruled that Chippewa in northern Wisconsin can hunt deer at night with high-powered rifles. Hunting at night with torches is a Chippewa tradition, their attorney said.
Anderson: SE Minnesota sees a ringneck revival

Anderson: SE Minnesota sees a ringneck revival

Not typically a part of Minnesota's prime pheasant range, southeast Minnesota has seen a resurgence of the birds in recent years.
Anderson: Pheasants Forever still intent on helping beautiful birds thrive

Anderson: Pheasants Forever still intent on helping beautiful birds thrive

The number of fundraising banquets the national group holds are likely to grow in 2016.
Anderson: Exhilaration takes flight on duck opener

Anderson: Exhilaration takes flight on duck opener

Sometimes ducks make it for the opener; the thrill of the hunt always does. Traditions remain a satisfying part of that annual gathering of optimists
Anderson: Six still enough for Minnesota's duck hunting season

Anderson: Six still enough for Minnesota's duck hunting season

DNR rejected ideas for bonus teal or teal-only early season.
Anderson: Local gloom amid national duck boom

Anderson: Local gloom amid national duck boom

Record duck numbers are reported nationally, but that's not true in Minnesota
Anderson: Behold, a governor with conservation in mind

Anderson: Behold, a governor with conservation in mind

Suit and tie aside, Mark Dayton has shown his dedication to protecting regional wildlife.
Anderson: Here's how we'll pay for replenishing pheasants

Anderson: Here's how we'll pay for replenishing pheasants

State, federal agencies likely will share the cost in acquiring land needed for repopulation.
Anderson: Longtime guide Marv Koep still has it

Anderson: Longtime guide Marv Koep still has it

A get-together with longtime fishing guide Marv Koep establishes clearly that he's not slipping one bit.
Anderson: Hunting survives as a safe haven for individualism

Anderson: Hunting survives as a safe haven for individualism

Voluntary disconnect from society, often viewed as self-serving, is the perk that outdoorsmen live for.
Anderson: The road out west beckons, just as it always has

Anderson: The road out west beckons, just as it always has

Open country and its treasures call to the west, as they did even back when driving was work.
Anderson: Casting a line for muskies is a unique challenge

Anderson: Casting a line for muskies is a unique challenge

Getting prized muskies to respond requires an ability to read the water, and plenty of patience.
Anderson: Ally of the outdoors, Dill will be dearly missed

Anderson: Ally of the outdoors, Dill will be dearly missed

The state representative died this month of cancer.
Anderson: Now-legal gun silencers to make noise at Ramsey's Game Fair

Anderson: Now-legal gun silencers to make noise at Ramsey's Game Fair

The newly legal gun tool will be at the Ramsey outdoors festival.
Anderson: Meet the outdoors crowd - you might be surprised

Anderson: Meet the outdoors crowd - you might be surprised

In case you're judging them by the latest news: They aren't who you think they are.
Anderson: Stop for bait, stay for the fish intel and car talk

Anderson: Stop for bait, stay for the fish intel and car talk

Iconic to the region, with its down-home appearance, Northwoods Bait and Tackle boasts minnows swimming in tanks and leeches sold by the pound.
Anderson: Thoughts on a lion and a faraway news story

Anderson: Thoughts on a lion and a faraway news story

In era of perpetual agitation, emotion and not facts drives the reaction to Cecil's death.
Anderson: Mille Lacs revival plan requires bold strokes from governor

Anderson: Mille Lacs revival plan requires bold strokes from governor

The DNR's walleye strategy hasn't worked; Gov. Mark Dayton should try anything else.
Minnesota's deer population appears to be rebounding

Minnesota's deer population appears to be rebounding

Minnesota deer hunters again this fall will be governed by what the Department of Natural Resources calls a conservative season — meaning one in which antlerless permits will be relatively few.
Anderson: Looking for walleyes? Try Leech Lake

Anderson: Looking for walleyes? Try Leech Lake

When his guiding business on Mille Lacs dried up, this veteran angler went a bit farther north.
Anderson: Why Mille Lacs fishery faltered, and what we can do

Anderson: Why Mille Lacs fishery faltered, and what we can do

Cannibalism of young walleyes by older and/or bigger fish, including older walleyes, might be the biggest Mille Lacs problem.
Love flows for the Zumbro River and the fish it holds

Love flows for the Zumbro River and the fish it holds

An everyday outing to fish connects a river's inhabitants to its rich, diverse backstory.
Anderson: Walleye shutdown shows failure of management plan

Anderson: Walleye shutdown shows failure of management plan

The prospect of walleye fishing ending for the year on Mille Lacs — announced as likely in early August by the DNR — would have been unimaginable as recently as five years ago.
Anderson: DNR's latest move petty in feud with Ely bear reseacher

Anderson: DNR's latest move petty in feud with Ely bear reseacher

In its disdain for northern Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers, the Department of Natural Resources has launched itself into a deep chasm of regulatory pettiness.
Anderson: This U student is a bassmaster

Anderson: This U student is a bassmaster

Trevor Lo was the victor of the B.A.S.S. Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic.
Launch business on Mille Lacs chugs along despite walleye limits

Launch business on Mille Lacs chugs along despite walleye limits

A Minnesota tradition, Mille Lacs launch fishing is chugging along this summer amid the lake's toughest walleye-harvest restrictions in history.
Anderson: Brothers roped in by bull-riding thrills

Anderson: Brothers roped in by bull-riding thrills

Blake Dunsmore grew up going to rodeos and watching his big brother Matt climb astride bulls with names like Bushwacker, Perfect Storm and Slingblade. He wanted to try it, too.
Anderson: Telling a tale along the Gunflint Trail

Anderson: Telling a tale along the Gunflint Trail

Wilderness residents come for the adventure, stay for the lifestyle
Anderson: Fishing is fine in Minnesota's state parks

Anderson: Fishing is fine in Minnesota's state parks

Minnesota's parks have plenty to offer, whether near or far from the Twin Cities.
Anderson: For fishing expert, the cat's in the bag

Anderson: For fishing expert, the cat's in the bag

Brian Klawitter found a second career as a specialist at catching catfish.
Anderson: A 10,000-mile trek ends on a gear and a prayer

Anderson: A 10,000-mile trek ends on a gear and a prayer

Described as "the greatest adventure in the world," the occasion was a 10,000-mile road rally that lets participants "take any car, as long as it's crap."
Anderson: North Shore writer savors the life outdoors

Anderson: North Shore writer savors the life outdoors

Shawn Perich and his career are on solid ground. He hunts and fishes at will, writing admirably of his exploits.

Anderson: You know Up North when you see it

There's a point in Northern Minnesota where travelers leave the everyday life behind.
Anderson: Fish not the entire point of fishing trips

Anderson: Fish not the entire point of fishing trips

Relaxed fishermen often catch more than those who feel pressure to reel in the big one.
Anderson: High school trapshooting league continues to grow

Anderson: High school trapshooting league continues to grow

Competitive school trapshooting is unique because it welcomes all kids from sixth to 12th grade, no matter their size or athleticism. Also, boys and girls shoot on the same teams, as do adaptive shooters.

Anderson: Special interests are hurting Minnesota resources

One farmer's plan could help turn things around.
Anderson: Traveling light, fishing smart in the BWCA

Anderson: Traveling light, fishing smart in the BWCA

Here's the essentials you need to get the bites you want without lugging lots of gear.
Anderson: Bighead carp a bowhunting challenge

Anderson: Bighead carp a bowhunting challenge

Bigheads are challenging to locate and even more challenging to kill.
Anderson: No panic, just fish; as it should be

Anderson: No panic, just fish; as it should be

A south wind brought some challenges for a smallmouth bass outing on the St. Croix.

Anderson: Ethanol, marine motors don't mix

Ethanol-blended gasoline is controversial politically and environmentally. But to boaters and small-engine owners, ethanol-blended fuel might also be dangerous
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