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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.
Recent content from Dennis Anderson
Group of Minnesota women eyeing Boundary Waters canoe venture

Group of Minnesota women eyeing Boundary Waters canoe venture

Minnesota women will check off a bucket list item by going to the BWCA
Anderson: Readers weigh in on resource-related issues at Capitol

Anderson: Readers weigh in on resource-related issues at Capitol

Minnesotans share their thoughts about the Legislature's action in regards to the state's woods, prairies and wildlife.
Anderson: Bobblehead Bud Grant gives nod to NFL and, um, outdoors

Anderson: Bobblehead Bud Grant gives nod to NFL and, um, outdoors

Bud Grant's vision met resistance from the league, novelty-maker.
Anderson: Know the correct way to hold big fish for those photo ops

Anderson: Know the correct way to hold big fish for those photo ops

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.
Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response

Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response

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.

Anderson: A stop for bait in Cook, Minn., yields much more

Cook, Minn., proprietor is a man of stories, interests.
A return to border hot spot for the fishing opener is a success

A return to border hot spot for the fishing opener is a success

On the border between Minnesota and Ontario, the walleye were knocking. And then some.
Anderson: A peek inside my tackle box

Anderson: A peek inside my tackle box

Jigs, Lindy rigs, beads and spinners are all in there, each designed to put a minnow in front of a walleye.
Anderson: Plentiful bait, but shiner minnows might be scarce for opener

Anderson: Plentiful bait, but shiner minnows might be scarce for opener

In some cases, zebra mussels have infested lakes where shiner minnows are traditionally harvested, closing those waters to minnow catching.

Anderson: Separating fact from fiction about Minnesota's buffer law

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.
Anderson: State Sen. Ruud champions outdoors — and its consumers

Anderson: State Sen. Ruud champions outdoors — and its consumers

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.
Anderson: On Northfield farm, couple cultivates a habitat habit

Anderson: On Northfield farm, couple cultivates a habitat habit

A Northfield couple has transformed the family farm into a showcase of wildlife conservation
Steelhead working their way back to North Shore

Steelhead working their way back to North Shore

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.

Anderson: Hunting a tom tests tenacity in dawn's early light

On a cloudy Thursday morning, turkey hunting turned into turkey waiting.
A tale behind every turkey hunt

A tale behind every turkey hunt

With turkey hunting season set to open Wednesday, we get some stories from old friends about memorable hunts.

Anderson: House-passed Legacy bill deserves a governor's veto if not modified

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.
Anderson: With some reservations, Stearns County buffer law compliance widespread

Anderson: With some reservations, Stearns County buffer law compliance widespread

Minnesota's buffer law to protect water has its critics, but there's support to be found, too.
Anderson: Proposals that hurt state's environment would hurt our business interests, too

Anderson: Proposals that hurt state's environment would hurt our business interests, too

The state's many outdoors activities are among key reasons why our leading companies can draw and retain top employees.
Anderson: Kamloops rainbows' prospects uncertain on North Shore

Anderson: Kamloops rainbows' prospects uncertain on North Shore

Closing of French River hatchery, interbreeding could reduce looper numbers.
Anderson: A chilly boat ride to a walleye hot spot

Anderson: A chilly boat ride to a walleye hot spot

Dropping plastic baits in a barge traffic area? Results pan out for St. Paul guide
Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure

Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure

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.
Anderson: Luring more female anglers

Anderson: Luring more female anglers

For 40 years, Women Anglers of Minnesota has been offering fishing wisdom for women.
Anderson: Fly fishing expo touts streams - and how to save them

Anderson: Fly fishing expo touts streams - and how to save them

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
Anderson: Muskies, state's most spectacular fish, less plentiful

Anderson: Muskies, state's most spectacular fish, less plentiful

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.
Anderson: DNR, whitetail hunters group ponder dollars and deer

Anderson: DNR, whitetail hunters group ponder dollars and deer

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.

Anderson: In March, being alert is the best outdoors strategy

In March it pays to keep on your toes, alert especially for executive orders.
Anderson: Bud Grant knows heartache of losing hunting dogs: 'You could say I'm lost'

Anderson: Bud Grant knows heartache of losing hunting dogs: 'You could say I'm lost'

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

Outdoors photographer blasts practice of luring owls with bait

Shutterbugs' luring of birds called unethical and harmful.
Anderson: Nobles County sets good example on water

Anderson: Nobles County sets good example on water

The reservoir of good will runs deep in Nobles County, as does the desire to enhance and conserve natural resources.
Anderson: Pheasants Forever's legacy is to protect and conserve

Anderson: Pheasants Forever's legacy is to protect and conserve

In its 35 years, Pheasants Forever has helped increase ringneck numbers and habitat locally and nationally

Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic at a glance

It is billed as the nation's largest gathering of upland conservationists
Anderson: Exchange student is a quick study as high school trapshooter

Anderson: Exchange student is a quick study as high school trapshooter

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.
Anderson: DNR sets new rules for northern limits come May

Anderson: DNR sets new rules for northern limits come May

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.
Anderson: Group uses Mille Lacs ice houses for daily getaways

Anderson: Group uses Mille Lacs ice houses for daily getaways

Grumpy? Not these old men, who gather daily in varying ice shelters on Lake Mille Lacs for casual talk, salty snacks and occasional fishing.
Anderson: Final goodbyes give a nod to passion for outdoors

Anderson: Final goodbyes give a nod to passion for outdoors

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.
Anderson: Conservationist tries to win at supposedly lost causes

Anderson: Conservationist tries to win at supposedly lost causes

City kids in the woods? Quail in Minnesota? Yes, says Thurman Tucker.
Anderson: Lifetime of helping is legacy for late hunter Kumlin

Anderson: Lifetime of helping is legacy for late hunter Kumlin

"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
Anderson: Pontoons, kayaks turn heads at Boat Show

Anderson: Pontoons, kayaks turn heads at Boat Show

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.
A Minnesota kid who was a fiddling fool runs with his passion for music, hunting

A Minnesota kid who was a fiddling fool runs with his passion for music, hunting

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.
Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action

Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action

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.
Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota

Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota

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.
Anderson: SE Minnesota's rich deer hunting history under attack from chronic wasting disease

Anderson: SE Minnesota's rich deer hunting history under attack from chronic wasting disease

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.
Anderson: Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd growing

Anderson: Based on 2016 harvest, state's deer herd growing

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.
Anderson: Outdoors needs to be cared for by young and diverse state residents, too

Anderson: Outdoors needs to be cared for by young and diverse state residents, too

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.
Minn. DNR criticized after dumping deer heads, carcasses near public trail

Minn. DNR criticized after dumping deer heads, carcasses near public trail

A pile of about 30 dead whitetail deer carcasses and deer heads were found near a trail in the Rochester city limits.
Hunters kill 344 deer in SE Minnesota to study if CWD spreading

Hunters kill 344 deer in SE Minnesota to study if CWD spreading

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.
Anderson: Pursuit of goose spurs thoughts of nature's mystery

Anderson: Pursuit of goose spurs thoughts of nature's mystery

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.
Anderson: DNR explains controversial plan for deer testing in SE Minn.

Anderson: DNR explains controversial plan for deer testing in SE Minn.

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.
Anderson: Advisory body on deer management needs to inform itself, challenge DNR

Anderson: Advisory body on deer management needs to inform itself, challenge DNR

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.
Anderson: As deer management advisory group forms, DNR says it's limited

Anderson: As deer management advisory group forms, DNR says it's limited

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.
Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?

Anderson: Who's entitled to a prized buck killed by a van in Wisconsin?

At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.
Anderson: Twin Cities angler, TV personality purposefully breaks through ice

Anderson: Twin Cities angler, TV personality purposefully breaks through ice

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.
Anderson: Diseases are stalking region's deer

Anderson: Diseases are stalking region's deer

Minnesota is bracketed this year by states — Wisconsin as well as South Dakota — that have serious problems with their deer herds.

Deep snow halt deer hunting in northern Minnesota

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.
Anderson: You never really know what deer will do

Anderson: You never really know what deer will do

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?
Anderson: Be aware of Wisconsin's new deer hunting rules

Anderson: Be aware of Wisconsin's new deer hunting rules

The end of back tags is just one licensing change facing Wisconsin deer hunters this season, which opens Saturday.
Anderson: What the outdoors can expect from Trump

Anderson: What the outdoors can expect from Trump

Along with Eric, his younger brother, Donald Trump Jr. is a knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsman and strong conservation advocate.
Anderson: Kamloops anglers receive bad news

Anderson: Kamloops anglers receive bad news

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.
Anderson: Empty-handed, after dark-to-dark deer hunting opener

Anderson: Empty-handed, after dark-to-dark deer hunting opener

We hunt where we like to hunt, we accept the result, we wait for Sunday
Anderson: Hunters from all walks feel pull of deer opener

Anderson: Hunters from all walks feel pull of deer opener

Faico Xiong came to Minnesota from Laos in 1990, and was drawn to deer hunting shortly after.
Anderson: Bitten by muskies' allure

Anderson: Bitten by muskies' allure

Coaxing massive muskies with handmade flies proved difficult but the pursuit was thrilling.
Anderson: Not too late for hunting grouse and woodcock

Anderson: Not too late for hunting grouse and woodcock

Deep into October, grouse and woodcock might have left the woods. Or not.

Anderson: DNR making a mistake when it limits involvement of rabble-rousers

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.
Anderson: Poaching case holds disappointment, lessons for DNR

Anderson: Poaching case holds disappointment, lessons for DNR

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.
Anderson: Don Soderlund's passion for ducks won't soon be forgotten

Anderson: Don Soderlund's passion for ducks won't soon be forgotten

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.
Minnesota pheasant opener hits the mark

Minnesota pheasant opener hits the mark

Pheasant numbers appear healthy even in part of state not known for that.
Flush of an upland bird is what really trips the trigger

Flush of an upland bird is what really trips the trigger

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.
Anderson: Lessons from the hunting field - and cues from a dog

Anderson: Lessons from the hunting field - and cues from a dog

The paths to hunting are varied. In Julia Schrenkler's case, it was a hunting dog's instinctive joy.

Anderson: Bass Pro buying Cabela's highlights fluid nature of outdoors business

A handful of specialty fly and muskie shops continue to serve anglers, while various larger retailers vie for shares of the outdoor retail market.
Anderson: DNR regulations are driving geese away from metro waterfowlers

Anderson: DNR regulations are driving geese away from metro waterfowlers

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.
A good hunt unfolds all in good time

A good hunt unfolds all in good time

These mornings trigger a desire to lay up by one's own hand enough venison and fowl to last the coming winter.
Anderson: Wright County's Pelican Lake aims for a return to past duck hunting glory

Anderson: Wright County's Pelican Lake aims for a return to past duck hunting glory

Wright County's Pelican Lake shows evidence that efforts to restore it are working

Anderson: Ducks keep the over-80 hunting crowd coming back

David Maass and Arnold Krueger will be among the 80-plus cohort who will be alert Saturday morning when duck season opens in Minnesota.
Field report: Minnesota duck hunting opener expected to be 'fairly good'

Field report: Minnesota duck hunting opener expected to be 'fairly good'

Persistent rains this summer should have helped duck production, waterfowl managers say.
Anderson: Pro angler Iaconelli enjoys life off and on the water

Anderson: Pro angler Iaconelli enjoys life off and on the water

Mike Iaconelli turned a fishing passion into a multimedia career as a pro
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