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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.
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.
Cook, Minn., proprietor is a man of stories, interests.
On the border between Minnesota and Ontario, the walleye were knocking. And then some.
Jigs, Lindy rigs, beads and spinners are all in there, each designed to put a minnow in front of a walleye.
In some cases, zebra mussels have infested lakes where shiner minnows are traditionally harvested, closing those waters to minnow catching.
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.
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.
A Northfield couple has transformed the family farm into a showcase of wildlife conservation
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.
On a cloudy Thursday morning, turkey hunting turned into turkey waiting.
With turkey hunting season set to open Wednesday, we get some stories from old friends about memorable hunts.
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.
Minnesota's buffer law to protect water has its critics, but there's support to be found, too.
The state's many outdoors activities are among key reasons why our leading companies can draw and retain top employees.
Closing of French River hatchery, interbreeding could reduce looper numbers.
Dropping plastic baits in a barge traffic area? Results pan out for St. Paul guide
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.
For 40 years, Women Anglers of Minnesota has been offering fishing wisdom for women.
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
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.
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.
In March it pays to keep on your toes, alert especially for executive orders.
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
Shutterbugs' luring of birds called unethical and harmful.
The reservoir of good will runs deep in Nobles County, as does the desire to enhance and conserve natural resources.
In its 35 years, Pheasants Forever has helped increase ringneck numbers and habitat locally and nationally
It is billed as the nation's largest gathering of upland conservationists
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.
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.
Grumpy? Not these old men, who gather daily in varying ice shelters on Lake Mille Lacs for casual talk, salty snacks and occasional fishing.
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.
City kids in the woods? Quail in Minnesota? Yes, says Thurman Tucker.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pile of about 30 dead whitetail deer carcasses and deer heads were found near a trail in the Rochester city limits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.
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.
Minnesota is bracketed this year by states — Wisconsin as well as South Dakota — that have serious problems with their deer herds.
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.
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?
The end of back tags is just one licensing change facing Wisconsin deer hunters this season, which opens Saturday.
Along with Eric, his younger brother, Donald Trump Jr. is a knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsman and strong conservation advocate.
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.
We hunt where we like to hunt, we accept the result, we wait for Sunday
Faico Xiong came to Minnesota from Laos in 1990, and was drawn to deer hunting shortly after.
Coaxing massive muskies with handmade flies proved difficult but the pursuit was thrilling.
Deep into October, grouse and woodcock might have left the woods. Or not.
Some in the DNR will disagree their agency is dependent, at times, on outside influences, including rabble-rousers and their ilk, for vitality and direction. History says otherwise.
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.
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