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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: 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.

Anderson: Clean water stuck in a Legislative mess

The disconnect on natural resource issues between many of the state's legislators, including some DFLers, and the public at large is, and has long been, obvious.
Anderson: Retired teacher is still schooling those fish

Anderson: Retired teacher is still schooling those fish

Already this summer Kay Hawley has fished on Lake of the Woods, and just returned from Budd's Gunisao Lake Lodge located 250 miles north of Winnipeg.
Anderson: Nothing like bowfishing at night

Anderson: Nothing like bowfishing at night

As John Milton once wrote, "What hath night to do with sleep?" For bowfishermen, nothing.

The curse of carp

Common carp, which many consider to be the plague of Minnesota waters for their destruction of habitat used by game fish, waterfowl and other wildlife, were imported to North America from Europe in about 1870.
Anderson: Retired school bus driver treats brothers to thrill of bass opener

Anderson: Retired school bus driver treats brothers to thrill of bass opener

For a few years now, Perry Whitney has stopped in Corcoran to pick up three brothers: Omar, Justas and Vanya Emery for a day of fishing.
Anderson: Chances are many to help kids fish

Anderson: Chances are many to help kids fish

In Minnesota, Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend is June 10-12, when Minnesotans 16 years or older who take kids fishing age 15 or younger don't need licenses.
Anderson: New online campsite reservation system a boon for state parks

Anderson: New online campsite reservation system a boon for state parks

State parks are enjoying new set-up — and success as a whole.

Anderson: Legislature should fund Chippewa's land purchase

The $2.2 million sought by the band to purchase and conserve land near the Wild Rice River in northern Minnesota would come from the Outdoors Heritage Fund.
Anderson: St. Croix offers variety of fish to catch

Anderson: St. Croix offers variety of fish to catch

Trout, catfish and bass are just the beginning of what you might find if you fish the St. Croix
Anderson: Anglers at Leech Lake are up to task on windy opener

Anderson: Anglers at Leech Lake are up to task on windy opener

Cold weather doesn't deter mission that ends with a satiating haul.
Anderson: No limits on optimism for Minnesota walleye opener

Anderson: No limits on optimism for Minnesota walleye opener

In Minnesota on Opening Day, you might catch a limit of walleyes and you might not. But for sure, you'll feel better for trying.

Warm weather and bright prospects for fishing opener

Warm weather and bright prospects Fishing begins anew in Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, when walleyes become legal fare in inland waters, along with northern…

Anderson: Turkeys offer a lesson in humility

Tom Kelly, the great Mississippi turkey writer and author of "Tenth Legion," among other classics, once said that wild turkeys "possess a remarkable ability to turn arrogance into hopelessness."
Anderson: Dirt poor? Not this farmer near Northfield

Anderson: Dirt poor? Not this farmer near Northfield

Special care keeps the Legvold farm rich and productive. Dave Legvold was honored recently by Gov. Mark Dayton for his innovative and persistent conservation efforts on the approximately 800 acres he farms

Anderson: Group pushes for DNR to stock bigger walleyes in Lake Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka is stocked by the DNR with walleye fingerlings measuring about 6 inches long but reproduction is minimal.
Anderson: North Shore smelt outings of past aren't forgotten

Anderson: North Shore smelt outings of past aren't forgotten

Fish were plentiful, as was camaraderie, during the erstwhile North Shore ritual.
Anderson: It's Earth Day, but people should care every day

Anderson: It's Earth Day, but people should care every day

Worry, if you will, about the big picture — say global warming. But act locally. Join a conservation or environmental group. Get outside more. And take a friend or family member along.
Anderson: Readiness, not result, is big in turkey pursuit

Anderson: Readiness, not result, is big in turkey pursuit

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes you set up for a big tom roosted nearby and at daybreak he flies down to within shooting range. So you want to be on time.
Anderson: Tough-to-beat weather enhances turkey opener

Anderson: Tough-to-beat weather enhances turkey opener

Wednesday morning, just as the weather turned for the better, turkey hunting began anew in Minnesota.
Judge tosses poaching case over use of tracking device

Judge tosses poaching case over use of tracking device

A judge has tossed out the Minnesota DNR's highest-profile deer-poaching bust in recent memory, saying a GPS device that conservation officers attached to the suspect's pickup was illegal.
Anderson: Lake Vermilion is complicated - and it's familiar

Anderson: Lake Vermilion is complicated - and it's familiar

Concern about Lake Vermilion's walleyes is focused on the west end, where sufficient numbers of big fish exist, but fewer small ones.

Anderson: Mille Lacs bait flip-flop fraught with peril

Given Monday's DNR flip-flop, even the most naïve Minnesotans can no longer believe science is the prime consideration in management of the state's resources.
Anderson: Grzywinski and the Mississippi go hand-in-hand

Anderson: Grzywinski and the Mississippi go hand-in-hand

Most everybody knows to fish the Mississippi this time of year, but not everybody knows how
Anderson: With great waters come great anglers

Anderson: With great waters come great anglers

Minnesota not only has more people fishing than all or virtually all other states, but it has better anglers, too. The average angler growing up hereabouts is anything but average.
Anderson: Seasoned outfitters exemplify long tradition of Northwest Sportshow

Anderson: Seasoned outfitters exemplify long tradition of Northwest Sportshow

The long-running show begins Wednesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Anderson: DNR, Chippewa talks on Mille Lacs should be public

Anderson: DNR, Chippewa talks on Mille Lacs should be public

An agreement forged more than a quarter-century ago between the state and the Mille Lacs band appears to be the last time the DNR and the Chippewa in this state publicly agreed on anything significant about Mille Lacs.
Anderson: One day, Mille Lacs might be bass mecca, too

Anderson: One day, Mille Lacs might be bass mecca, too

Most state anglers, especially its bass specialists, consider Mille Lacs a trophy bass destination — and want to see it stay that way.
New walleye season on Mille Lacs will be catch-and-release

New walleye season on Mille Lacs will be catch-and-release

Policy will be catch-and-release only, with no live bait, this season.
Anderson: Conflicts of conservation near and far

Anderson: Conflicts of conservation near and far

Two cases, one nearby, the other roiling Montana, indicate that money retains its long-held role.

Anderson: Conservation begs for fresh faces

Lately in Minnesota, it's most of the same conservation advocates making the same pleas to the ever-fewer elected officials at conservation events.
A veteran hunter talks wild turkey

A veteran hunter talks wild turkey

Dick Alford has written five books about wild turkeys. Three are sold out. Two, including a wild-turkey cookbook and his most recent, "Up Close and Personal" — a how-to guide to turkey hunting — are available.
March 5: Bass fishing's Super Bowl coming to Mille Lacs next fall

March 5: Bass fishing's Super Bowl coming to Mille Lacs next fall

Bass Angler of the Year event is set to bring positive attention to the troubled lake

50 anglers at B.A.S.S. championship to split $1 million

The angler with the highest yearlong points after the Mille Lacs tournament in September will win $100,000, with the remainder split among the other 49 anglers.
Minnesota fishing champ in hot pursuit of fame – and big bass

Minnesota fishing champ in hot pursuit of fame – and big bass

Trevor Lo, a champion for the Gophers, heads to Oklahoma to compete with fishing's big dogs.

Anderson: Deer hunters group opposes expanding crossbow hunting

Bow hunters worry the quality of Minnesota archery deer hunting could decline if inexperienced hunters — perhaps lots of them — go afield in the fall.
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