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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 and his colleague, outdoors writer Doug Smith, cover hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation.
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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
Anderson: Pheasants need dry spring for rebound

Anderson: Pheasants need dry spring for rebound

DNR researchers monitoring pheasant numbers say a less stormy spring is essential. In good weather, 1,000 springtime hens can multiply themselves fivefold by fall.

Anderson: Breeders hope game birds can dodge lethal flu

The North American Gamebird Association lists 15 breeders of pheasants, chukars and other game birds in Minnesota. To date, none has been hit with bird flu.
Anderson: Juggling a delicate walleye balance on Red Lake

Anderson: Juggling a delicate walleye balance on Red Lake

Going forward, state and tribal fisheries managers will be challenged to keep the number of Red Lake’s big walleyes in balance with its smaller fish.
Anderson: Dayton's waterways interest draws attention

Anderson: Dayton's waterways interest draws attention

Mark Dayton’s waterway conservation idea is in limbo following the governor’s veto on Saturday.

Anderson: Conservation movement suffers hits left and right

Conservation and wildlife groups distraught over the constant stream of legislative assaults on the environment should expect still more disappointments.

Anderson: Millions on hold for fisheries projects

The money was in the Legacy bill that the Legislature didn’t pass.
Ownership community keeps Leech Lake's Big Rock Resort thriving

Ownership community keeps Leech Lake's Big Rock Resort thriving

Unique community of 32 owners has a stake in success, future of Big Rock.
Anderson: Proposed changes to 'body-grip' traps have not gained traction

Anderson: Proposed changes to 'body-grip' traps have not gained traction

Proponents want to reduce the chance of their hunting dogs being harmed by accident.
Anderson: An earlier taste of fishing for bass

Anderson: An earlier taste of fishing for bass

Minnesota’s earlier season of catch-and-release still doesn’t keep pace with neighbors
Anderson: Dayton's party caught 35 walleyes, then lit up cigars

Anderson: Dayton's party caught 35 walleyes, then lit up cigars

Gov. Dayton's Fishing Opener crew boated 35 walleyes in a short morning’s work. Dayton caught the first and last (nine in all).
Anderson: Fish were biting on Leech Lake for a wonderful opener

Anderson: Fish were biting on Leech Lake for a wonderful opener

Walleyes too large to keep make Leech Lake’s rebound obvious on opening day
Anderson: At Governor's Fishing Opener, a lesson in sharing a lake

Anderson: At Governor's Fishing Opener, a lesson in sharing a lake

In many respects — perhaps most respects — the Bois Forte band in the greater Cook and Tower area exemplifies ways that communities of different cultural backgrounds can get along.
Find the proper jigs for catching those walleyes

Find the proper jigs for catching those walleyes

Want a fish or two in your boat on Saturday? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Anderson: The 2015 fishing opener likely to mirror 2011's

Anderson: The 2015 fishing opener likely to mirror 2011's

Consider your fishing experience of four years ago when determining where to drop your line Saturday.

Anderson: In defense of Legacy funds

Why I disagree with Phyllis Kahn over Outdoor Heritage Council issues.
Proper jigs: How to catch walleyes during the Minnesota opener

Proper jigs: How to catch walleyes during the Minnesota opener

Want fish? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Heeding nature's call with one-lake study and more

Heeding nature's call with one-lake study and more

Dallas Hudson works for the U.S. Geological Survey, gathering weather, water and other data near his home for study by scientists based as far away as Denver.

Anderson: Firearms sound suppressors way overdue — have you heard?

Minnesota is edging closer to legalizing firearms sound suppressors.
Anderson: Some farmers pushing for buffer bills, others not

Anderson: Some farmers pushing for buffer bills, others not

If Minnesota is going to have clean water we all need, changes in the way we care for water as it flows through the countryside are necessary.
Anderson: Looking for trout? Head south by southeast

Anderson: Looking for trout? Head south by southeast

Minnesota’s ‘driftless’ region, including a gem in Whitewater State Park, beckons trout anglers
First person: Dennis Anderson, a floatplane, a pilot and a sub-Arctic adventure

First person: Dennis Anderson, a floatplane, a pilot and a sub-Arctic adventure

Sight of floatplane is a reminder of a savvy pilot and an unparalleled trip.
Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art

Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art

Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.
Anderson: Where we're headed with Mille Lacs walleyes

Anderson: Where we're headed with Mille Lacs walleyes

Placing blame won’t help the situation with Mille Lacs walleyes. Knowledge just might.

Anderson: Audit likely after hunters challenge DNR

Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction.
Anderson: A look back at the rally that sparked the Legacy Act

Anderson: A look back at the rally that sparked the Legacy Act

The gathering grew support for the Legacy Act, which has helped better care for our resources.

Letters received during the Legacy Act discussion

Count me in I will be there and will bring many more along. It will be a long, hard crusade and maybe, just maybe, my…
Anderson: Making maple syrup takes time, but it's a sweet chore

Anderson: Making maple syrup takes time, but it's a sweet chore

Boiling 450 gallons of maple sap to make syrup takes some time, but it’s a rite of the season.
Major changes proposed for Whitewater State Park

Major changes proposed for Whitewater State Park

A proposal would convert a riverside campground at Whitewater State Park into a picnic area
Anderson: Words of writers past stand out as conservation tools

Anderson: Words of writers past stand out as conservation tools

Pleas of outdoors writers have long helped the environment.. Longtime Twin Cities newspaper readers will recall the names of the late Jim Peterson, Bob “Bear” Schranck and Joe Hennessy, as well as the still-very-much-alive Ron Schara.
Anderson: Clean water fight needs to be made

Anderson: Clean water fight needs to be made

State waters are slowly being tapped and polluted — unnoticed.

Other 2015 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductees

The other 2015 inductees, including one organization, to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.:   Chris Armstrong, Florida Darryl Choronzey, Canada…
Anderson: Four Minnesotans to join Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

Anderson: Four Minnesotans to join Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

Trisha Blake, Dave Csanda, Bob Nasby and Tom Zenanko are among the 17 U.S. and Canadian anglers elected this year to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall Of Fame in Hayward, Wis.
Anderson: Keeping 'mom and pop' resorts in the family

Anderson: Keeping 'mom and pop' resorts in the family

Meet two ‘mom and pop’ operations that are defying trends, placing faith in the next generation
Anderson: Learn fly casting from Lefty the legend

Anderson: Learn fly casting from Lefty the legend

Lefty Kreh, 90-year-old guru of fly casting, will spend the weekend teaching in Blaine.
Anderson: Couple embrace the crow hunt's challenge

Anderson: Couple embrace the crow hunt's challenge

Crow hunting is increasingly popular in Minnesota. They provide great sport and many people want numbers reduced due to their nuisance

Anderson: Battle over Dayton's water-buffer bill to tell a lot about Minnesota

Minnesotans wanting to know which direction their state is headed should pay attention in coming weeks as Gov. Mark Dayton squares off with farmers over…
Anderson: Everglades fishing spot remains unspoiled

Anderson: Everglades fishing spot remains unspoiled

The 10,000 Islands area of the Florida Everglades remain a wilderness of water, mangroves … and fish
New St. Croix River bridge: The fishing effect

New St. Croix River bridge: The fishing effect

The behemoth footings for the new span will alter wildlife in unknown ways.
Anderson: Adventurer Will Steger prepares for icy crossing

Anderson: Adventurer Will Steger prepares for icy crossing

At 70-years-old Will Steger is again ready for his spring rite of passage, a solo trek through the boundary waters during the ice breakup.
Anderson: Kevin Lines a comeback kid for the pheasant set

Anderson: Kevin Lines a comeback kid for the pheasant set

Kevin Lines’ return a boon for restoration challenge.
Anderson: DNR pay sheds light on raises

Anderson: DNR pay sheds light on raises

Generous raises for managers, OK’d by legislators, belie fuss over Dayton plan

Anderson: How many deer is enough in Minnesota?

That question frames the issue being tackled by the DNR, debated by hunters.

Anderson: Inside the anatomy of a DNR bust

Electronic tracking and aerial surveillance were among strategies the DNR used in an investigation begun in 2009.

Poaching case goes back to 2009

DAWSON, MINN. – At 3 a.m. last Oct. 8, as a lunar eclipse was just beginning to show itself, two Department of Natural Resources…

Anderson: State's deer hunters can have their say

A hearing in St. Paul will address the declining deer population.
Anderson: Ice fishing gives anglers that cool feeling

Anderson: Ice fishing gives anglers that cool feeling

Zen-like, ice anglers watch tip-ups with mind-sets both laid-back and predatory

Anderson: Sport shooters deserve place to call their own

The demand is only growing for just such a complex in Minnesota.
Anderson: DNR targeting deer hunters who skirt regulations

Anderson: DNR targeting deer hunters who skirt regulations

Hunters disobeying limit and weapons laws on deer are keeping top DNR enforcers like Ken Soring busy.
Anderson: Minnesota has many lakes, many boat types

Anderson: Minnesota has many lakes, many boat types

Boat-loving Minnesotans have many to pick from, which especially aids fishermen.
Anderson: Dayton acting like a leader on water protection

Anderson: Dayton acting like a leader on water protection

In a surprise announcement, the Minnesota governor backed a tougher buffer-strip law to protect water and provide habitat.
Dayton to propose environmental buffer zone for all state waterways

Dayton to propose environmental buffer zone for all state waterways

Speaking to the annual Department of Natural Resources Roundtable, the governor said his proposal would provide 125,000 acres of additional habitat for pheasants and other wildlife.
Anderson: State officials taking time to save pheasants

Anderson: State officials taking time to save pheasants

DNR head Tom Landwehr now says a plan to save state pheasants won’t be offered at an annual roundtable. Instead, at the roundtable, Landwehr will discuss "takeaways" from last month's Pheasant Summit.
Minneapolis Boat Show: This isn't Ole's outboard

Minneapolis Boat Show: This isn't Ole's outboard

Though born more than a century ago, Ole Evinrude shared at least one passion with many of today’s Minnesotans: He loved a boat powered by an outboard motor.
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