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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
The start of a new season means a trip to an undisclosed location in Wisconsin for deer hunting and camaraderie.
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 —…
Don Thomas dared to criticize a wealthy donor, and was fired.
Jane Heinks didn't let an injured arm stop her from bagging a buck.
Robert Hawkins hooked a 57-inch muskie estimated to weigh more than 50 pounds.
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.
The pull of the woods stoked optimism, even as prospects of bagging a buck faded Saturday for the deer opener.
Deer hunters will find very useful a Department of Natural Resources interactive map released Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
The notion that modern gadget-laden hunters have an easier time than their forbears doesn’t hold up
Kyle Larson never had an opportunity to hunt with his dad but is making memories with daughter Lydia.
Anglers and businesses relieved after DNR sets harvest limit for Mille Lacs.
Hunters ask why Camp Ripley’s deer, once the stuff of legend, no longer measure up
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.
Not typically a part of Minnesota’s prime pheasant range, southeast Minnesota has seen a resurgence of the birds in recent years.
The number of fundraising banquets the national group holds are likely to grow in 2016.
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
DNR rejected ideas for bonus teal or teal-only early season.
Record duck numbers are reported nationally, but that’s not true in Minnesota
Suit and tie aside, Mark Dayton has shown his dedication to protecting regional wildlife.
State, federal agencies likely will share the cost in acquiring land needed for repopulation.
A get-together with longtime fishing guide Marv Koep establishes clearly that he’s not slipping one bit.
Voluntary disconnect from society, often viewed as self-serving, is the perk that outdoorsmen live for.
Open country and its treasures call to the west, as they did even back when driving was work.
Getting prized muskies to respond requires an ability to read the water, and plenty of patience.
The state representative died this month of cancer.
The newly legal gun tool will be at the Ramsey outdoors festival.
In case you’re judging them by the latest news: They aren’t who you think they are.
Iconic to the region, with its down-home appearance, Northwoods Bait and Tackle boasts minnows swimming in tanks and leeches sold by the pound.
In era of perpetual agitation, emotion and not facts drives the reaction to Cecil’s death.
The DNR’s walleye strategy hasn’t worked; Gov. Mark Dayton should try anything else.
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.
When his guiding business on Mille Lacs dried up, this veteran angler went a bit farther north.
Cannibalism of young walleyes by older and/or bigger fish, including older walleyes, might be the biggest Mille Lacs problem.
An everyday outing to fish connects a river’s inhabitants to its rich, diverse backstory.
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.
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.
Trevor Lo was the victor of the B.A.S.S. Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic.
A Minnesota tradition, Mille Lacs launch fishing is chugging along this summer amid the lake’s toughest walleye-harvest restrictions in history.
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.
Wilderness residents come for the adventure, stay for the lifestyle
Minnesota’s parks have plenty to offer, whether near or far from the Twin Cities.
Brian Klawitter found a second career as a specialist at catching catfish.
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.”
Shawn Perich and his career are on solid ground. He hunts and fishes at will, writing admirably of his exploits.
There’s a point in Northern Minnesota where travelers leave the everyday life behind.
Relaxed fishermen often catch more than those who feel pressure to reel in the big one.
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.
One farmer’s plan could help turn things around.
Here’s the essentials you need to get the bites you want without lugging lots of gear.
Bigheads are challenging to locate and even more challenging to kill.
A south wind brought some challenges for a smallmouth bass outing on the St. Croix.
Ethanol-blended gasoline is controversial politically and environmentally. But to boaters and small-engine owners, ethanol-blended fuel might also be dangerous
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.
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.
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.
Mark Dayton’s waterway conservation idea is in limbo following the governor’s veto on Saturday.
Conservation and wildlife groups distraught over the constant stream of legislative assaults on the environment should expect still more disappointments.
The money was in the Legacy bill that the Legislature didn’t pass.
Unique community of 32 owners has a stake in success, future of Big Rock.
Proponents want to reduce the chance of their hunting dogs being harmed by accident.
Minnesota’s earlier season of catch-and-release still doesn’t keep pace with neighbors
Gov. Dayton's Fishing Opener crew boated 35 walleyes in a short morning’s work. Dayton caught the first and last (nine in all).
Walleyes too large to keep make Leech Lake’s rebound obvious on opening day
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.
Want a fish or two in your boat on Saturday? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Consider your fishing experience of four years ago when determining where to drop your line Saturday.
Why I disagree with Phyllis Kahn over Outdoor Heritage Council issues.
Want fish? Consider weight, color and hook design.
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.
Minnesota is edging closer to legalizing firearms sound suppressors.
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.
Minnesota’s ‘driftless’ region, including a gem in Whitewater State Park, beckons trout anglers