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To fish the boundary waters effectively, you needn't bring along a big tackle box. But here's what you should pack before you leave.
The Minnesota high school trap shooting championship this year will attract more than 8,000 students over nine days, but youth participation in bird hunting, deer hunting and fishing has been declining rapidly.
St. Croix and Namekagon rivers get stirring treatment in a book that coincides with the anniversary of legislation in 1968 that protects them.
Enthusiasts dig deeper into nesting preferences in home-based waterfowl village
DNR officers say rules are considered afterthoughts.
The DNR has amassed how-to fishing guides, as well as a list of Twin Cities waters with shore- and pier-fishing opportunities, and where bluegills, crappies, bass and other fish can be caught.
Is John V. Schanken's northern pike, caught in 1929, a record or just a good fish tale? His granddaughter has doubts.
You need to be prepared, but there is a danger in missing real experience.
Beyond acknowledging the net was found, Minnesota DNR regional fisheries manager Brad Parsons also declined to elaborate.
Dennis Anderson column: Alaska moose took circuitous route to land in Wolves of the World exhibit in Ely.
With the choices they made about the state's lottery-funded environmental fund, Republicans made a banana-republic-like laughingstock of the appropriation process.
As Minnesota and Wisconsin consider major changes to fishing regulations on the Mississippi, the St. Croix is on track to keep on the same path.
Mom-and-pop places are struggling. Paradise Resort was determined to upgrade.
Ideally, DNR area fisheries supervisor Gary Barnard said, Upper Red Lake would hold between 2.5 and 4.5 female walleyes per acre, or "spawners." Currently the lake is at about six.
Many gathered, and many came away happy on Minnesota's fishing opener back to shore with their limit.
Kids need a push to love the outdoors. Parents can help. Start Saturday.
Signing off, with Raven, from ''Minnesota Bound,'' Ron Schara to join siblings at annual opener reunion.
The late spring is expected to extend highly productive walleye fishing further into June than is typically the case, including a big Memorial Day weekend.
Quarrel over claims of muskies' destructive ways could have repercussions for state fish management.
The Rally for Public Lands beneath the Capitol rotunda linked the present to the past: Most who attended wore the blaze orange caps
Last year, Minnesota turkey hunters who went afield armed with bows had about a 15 percent chance of success. Those odds were about half those of hunters who toted shotguns.
Just as large as the need for runoff areas are financial incentives for worthy projects
Finding food, nesting among the concerns for pheasants, deer, woodcock.
Researchers to keep studying mallards' annual migrations, which aren't always driven by weather
Hanging in the balance is the integrity of the draft deer plan.
Over the past 16 months, the DNR has met with a 19-member stakeholder group to develop the state's first-ever deer management plan following complaints about poor oversight by the agency.
Anderson: Federal project leader sees work as 'the front lines of protection' for wetlands, waterfowl
Set of Waterfowl Production Areas provides useful feedback.
We've seen this kind of spring, and it could mean iced lakes Up North.
Column decrying effects of farm practice yielded strong, diverse response.
Habitat program came in with 2008 amendment.
Minnesota might win a Super Bowl next year or the next. Other good things surely will occur as well. But unless this problem is fixed, the state's natural resources are doomed.
Adventure trips are seductive; think about these tips, from timing to the challenges of crossing the border.
Five families form a crew that sets a singular goal this time of year: to turn sap into maple syrup
Pat Reeve and his wife Nicole, of the acclaimed outdoor TV show "Driven with Pat & Nicole'' on the Outdoor Channel, is, as you read this, on a plane to somewhere. Or soon will be. Or just was. Nicole is there as well, along with their checked bags filled with video cameras and hunting gear.
Shutter deer, elk farms to protect Minnesota's valuable wild deer herd.
Dome in Stillwater was as good a place as any to do a little fly rod work.
Few are echoing the words of the president who left a legacy of touting the outdoors.
When an injury alters skiing plans in Montana, it's a chance to revisit snowshoes
Montana passed on opportunity for hunt, but lessons may exist. Issues are akin to our Minnesota wolves.
But for lack of a little luck, Don and Val Beland — who in the 1970s, '80s and '90s traveled from Alaska to Austria to race sled dogs — might have been Olympians.
National gathering in S.D. will bring threats to fore.
Hunting companions grace the title of Ed Crozier's book about his seven decades of hunting
Contest organizers said they received anonymous information that raised suspicions, but Ivan Lyogky and his sons were tested separately by a licensed polygraph examiner and no deception was found.
DU volunteers, who will gather in Willmar, and others like them, seem to be all that's left to do the work.
An Ohio family says they didn't break any rules during a Brainerd ice fishing tournament in which they won a pick-up truck, cash and an ice auger.
A major investigation is underway to determine whether some of this year's competing anglers, including the winner of a new pickup truck, deceived Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza organizers.
DNR reaches out to group of Burmese refugees.
Never one to look back — 90-year-old Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant doesn't dwell on the Vikings' Super Bowl losses — he nonetheless at times entertains the introspection that advancing age nurtures.
So, OK, the Vikings aren't in the Super Bowl. But measured by the amount of open space this state provides its residents Minnesota remains a winner.
A look at how Minnesota outdoors stacks up with Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
Early job Up North introduced the depth of the long-standing drama.
Many millennials aren't hunters and anglers like their forebears — and that spells trouble.
Land Tawney's Montana group is creative in its approach but no less dedicated to protecting land
While many Minnesotans were huddled inside their homes over the holidays, hiding from subzero temperatures, ice fishing guru Steve Baumann had a crew on a frozen Twin Cities lake.
Conditions vary, but good ice has been late to form on area lakes
Compiled in a new book, one man's meticulous journals into border country are a rich snapshot of early adventure.
To avoid presenting themselves as easy pickings for predators, ruffed grouse burrow into snow — when it's available — and disappear. This also allows grouse to "thermo-regulate,'' or stay warm.
By hunting small flocks and bringing less noise, fruitful bird fields remain so
Minnesota woman balances wide range of outdoors pursuits.
Jim Staricha gives survival advice to anglers and others unfortunate enough to break through winter ice.
Wolves likely can readily associate the sound of gunfire with an easy meal in the form of the gut pile that remains after hunters field-dress their quarry, says a wolf expert.
An intensive study sheds useful light on why whitetails act like they do
Some things in this world are beyond debate. One of them: Hunters don't hunt drunk.
Ice conditions last weekend varied on Upper Red Lake, with several unsafe areas on the lake even for foot travel.
Change inevitably comes, but just as inevitably much stays comfortably the same
Some farmers are taking their gripes out on hunters, believing hunters' interests in pheasant habitat, and not the public's aspiration for cleaner lakes and rivers, are what's behind the governor's desire to improve state waters.
An estimated 500,000 Minnesotans participated in the 2017 firearms deer season opener.
Jimmy Robinson is gone, but his duck camp clings to rhythms of the season.
Duck hunting on a Canadian marsh is a sensory experience.
The Malvig camp still sticks to its foundation: Eating, playing, sleeping is done in a tent, as it has been for generations.
A kerfuffle has arisen over the brand of shotgun shells gifted to the hunters and guides at the governor's opener. The steel shells were made by Fiocchi, an Italian ammunition manufacturer.
The birds and sensible state forest management are intertwined.
Marshall was chosen to host 153 hunters from near and far who, accompanied by Gov. Mark Dayton and some 50 guides, on Saturday morning scattered into the hinterlands.
Witness the efforts by nine southwest Minnesota counties to enhance the bottom lines of area businesses by marketing the region as the state's go-to place to hunt.
Just about everything to do with the state's farmland wildlife has, in the aggregate, gotten worse.
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