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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.
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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.
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: 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.
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
One of three brothers wins 12th duck stamp award for Hautmans

One of three brothers wins 12th duck stamp award for Hautmans

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.
Anderson: John Arms is called to a waterfowl tradition

Anderson: John Arms is called to a waterfowl tradition

John Arms has collected a lot of calls. When none conveyed the right tone, he made his own.
Anderson: Outdoors writer McCormick's eyes are failing, but attitude is soaring

Anderson: Outdoors writer McCormick's eyes are failing, but attitude is soaring

"I've met a lot of good people, and I've grown in my ability to appreciate them," Tori McCormick said.
Hunting doves - and a memory - in Morrison County

Hunting doves - and a memory - in Morrison County

Group hunts doves and a memory, each difficult, and succeeds at both

Anderson: Wild goose chase has become a tough task in the metro area

There are fewer geese in the metro today than perhaps at any time in the past 15 years, or longer.
Anderson: Tiger muskie record holder lending expertise to others

Anderson: Tiger muskie record holder lending expertise to others

For Josh Stevenson and his tiger muskie-seeking clients, the past two weeks have been monumental with catches north of 45 inches.
Before the Game Fair, the Delaneys were well known in outdoors community

Before the Game Fair, the Delaneys were well known in outdoors community

Growing up on what are now Game Fair grounds, Loral I Delaney learned to train dogs and shoot from her father, Fred Armstrong, who founded the kennel in 1926.

October looms big for Mille Lacs walleye fishing

That's when officials will discuss rules for winter angling season.
Anderson: Late outdoors writer Clancy will be missed at Game Fair

Anderson: Late outdoors writer Clancy will be missed at Game Fair

Gary Clancy, 68, a prolific, knowledgeable and widely respected outdoors writer, died July 27 at his home in High Forest, in southeast Minnesota.

Anderson: Dayton did the right thing on Mille Lacs walleye decision

As Dayton said, closing walleye fishing on Mille Lacs wasn't warranted, given its perceived minimal impact on fish but possibly major impact on people.
Anderson: Bow-and-arrow challenge: A competition with pop

Anderson: Bow-and-arrow challenge: A competition with pop

Now in its fifth year, the Game Fair 100-yard Archery Challenge is expected to attract more than 75 bow-and-arrow aficionados.
Anderson: The best place to fish? Wherever you can

Anderson: The best place to fish? Wherever you can

Wednesday evening the Stillwater Bridge was a pleasant perch for Jake Yang and his two young companions, Sean Yang and Steffen Yang.

Next generation of Lindners bringing Camp Fish back

Brothers Al and Ron Lindner of Brainerd have established formidable business careers based on nearly unparalleled abilities to fish well, and to teach others how…
Anderson: Recent violent storm reminds campers who's in charge

Anderson: Recent violent storm reminds campers who's in charge

Winds throughout the Arrowhead Region were clocked at more than 60 miles per hour July 21, strong enough to upend age-old white pines.

Anderson: DNR's conservation officers see it all

Their jobs involve far more than protecting fish and wildlife, important as those responsibilities are.
Anderson: In muskie debate, the needs of all must reign

Anderson: In muskie debate, the needs of all must reign

Everyone agrees the Gull Lake Chain will make excellent muskie water. Yet at times it's already tough to find a parking spot at one of its public launch sites.
Pursuit of crappies turns up so much more

Pursuit of crappies turns up so much more

Crappie hunt turns up so much more — bugs, birds and other beings — for well-studied angler
Anderson: Passion buoys bird hunters caught between seasons

Anderson: Passion buoys bird hunters caught between seasons

Bird hunters worry that age, infirmary, work or other calamity might someday keep them from venturing afield in autumn, an eventuality to be deferred as long as possible, passion being the best defense.

Anderson: If it's too hot to fish, jumping in is the next option

These recent blistering days of midsummer in Minnesota have been known as "under the dock'' days.
No rod needed. 3-year-old catches 27-inch northern

No rod needed. 3-year-old catches 27-inch northern

Who needs a fishing pole? All young Tyler Albersman needed was a tree branch, a jig, 4 feet of line and a pencil bobber to bring in a big fish.
State official takes questions about buffering waterways

State official takes questions about buffering waterways

By Nov. 1 next year, public waters must be bordered with perennial vegetative cover averaging 50 feet wide, and by November 2018, public ditches must also be buffered.
Anderson: Mille Lacs walleye bite is hot, but shutdown is seen as unlikely

Anderson: Mille Lacs walleye bite is hot, but shutdown is seen as unlikely

The Mille Lacs walleye bite remains hot, and the numbers say no shutdown is likely this year
Rodeo clown is never far from mud and blood

Rodeo clown is never far from mud and blood

Plying his trade in Hamel, veteran of the sport has seen a lot and has learned to roll with it.

Anderson: Getting more kids outdoors is difficult

In the 1960s and 1970s, about 40 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older bought a fishing license, according to the DNR. Today it's 27 percent.
Anderson: Camp Ripley sets new deer rules

Anderson: Camp Ripley sets new deer rules

Halting bonus permits at Camp Ripley aims to increase herd size. Previously, Ripley bonus tags allowed archers to kill a deer on base and in most cases continue to hunt elsewhere later in the season.
Anderson: Four Minnesotans who thrived Up North remembered

Anderson: Four Minnesotans who thrived Up North remembered

Justine Kerfoot, Benny Ambrose, Dorothy Molter and Betty Berger Lessard immersed themselves in Minnesota's northernmost wilderness.
Anderson: There's no need to travel far in search of smallmouth bass

Anderson: There's no need to travel far in search of smallmouth bass

Opportunities to fish river smallmouth bass in and near the greater metro abound. In some instances, anglers don't even need a boat or other watercraft.
Many apply but few get to float on Smith River

Many apply but few get to float on Smith River

A float trip on Montana's Smith River is considered one of North America's premier outdoor adventures — for those lucky enough to draw a permit in an annual lottery conducted by Montana State Parks.
Anderson: Wild for how long? Lottery luck grants access to a threatened U.S. treasure, the Smith River

Anderson: Wild for how long? Lottery luck grants access to a threatened U.S. treasure, the Smith River

Like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, the Smith River is in the cross hairs of worldwide mineral and metal exploration.
Anderson: Early roadside mowing rough on nesting pheasants

Anderson: Early roadside mowing rough on nesting pheasants

Many nesting pheasants aren't killed by predators. Instead they are lost to mowers — sometimes those operating in alfalfa fields, but more often those used for cutting hay (or grass) in roadsides.
Anderson: Midsummer fishing in the BWCA? It can be done

Anderson: Midsummer fishing in the BWCA? It can be done

A few tips for paddlers eager to catch fish during July and August in the Boundary Waters.
Anderson: Duck surveyors take to air and ground

Anderson: Duck surveyors take to air and ground

Surveys are involved, and they are not without their perils.
Anderson: Outdoors enthusiasts should note latest state 'shutdown' come November

Anderson: Outdoors enthusiasts should note latest state 'shutdown' come November

In a lot of ways for those involved with the outdoors, the state government is shut down.
Anderson: DNR keeping tabs on Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality

Anderson: DNR keeping tabs on Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality

An updated Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality estimate should be available later this week

Anderson: Nature may not heal, but it's a proven escape from pain

The only antidote sufficient to blunt the news, particularly bad news, that craters our mind-sets daily is nature.

Anderson: Old lures, slow trolls attract trio of big fish

Gary Gehrman of Stillwater is an old time troller - on the water, not the internet.
The 10 best Minnesota lakes to hook a walleye in June

The 10 best Minnesota lakes to hook a walleye in June

If you want to catch walleye – and you're in the right state to do so – give one of these 10 big lakes a try this month.
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