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These recent blistering days of midsummer in Minnesota have been known as "under the dock'' days.
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.
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.
The Mille Lacs walleye bite remains hot, and the numbers say no shutdown is likely this year
Plying his trade in Hamel, veteran of the sport has seen a lot and has learned to roll with it.
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.
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.
Justine Kerfoot, Benny Ambrose, Dorothy Molter and Betty Berger Lessard immersed themselves in Minnesota's northernmost wilderness.
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.
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
Like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, the Smith River is in the cross hairs of worldwide mineral and metal exploration.
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.
A few tips for paddlers eager to catch fish during July and August in the Boundary Waters.
Surveys are involved, and they are not without their perils.
In a lot of ways for those involved with the outdoors, the state government is shut down.
An updated Mille Lacs walleye hooking mortality estimate should be available later this week
The only antidote sufficient to blunt the news, particularly bad news, that craters our mind-sets daily is nature.
Gary Gehrman of Stillwater is an old time troller - on the water, not the internet.
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.
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.
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.
As John Milton once wrote, "What hath night to do with sleep?" For bowfishermen, nothing.
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.
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.
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.
State parks are enjoying new set-up — and success as a whole.
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.
Trout, catfish and bass are just the beginning of what you might find if you fish the St. Croix
Cold weather doesn't deter mission that ends with a satiating haul.
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 Fishing begins anew in Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, when walleyes become legal fare in inland waters, along with northern…
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."
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
Lake Minnetonka is stocked by the DNR with walleye fingerlings measuring about 6 inches long but reproduction is minimal.
Fish were plentiful, as was camaraderie, during the erstwhile North Shore ritual.
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.
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.
Wednesday morning, just as the weather turned for the better, turkey hunting began anew in Minnesota.
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.
Concern about Lake Vermilion's walleyes is focused on the west end, where sufficient numbers of big fish exist, but fewer small ones.
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.
Most everybody knows to fish the Mississippi this time of year, but not everybody knows how
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.
The long-running show begins Wednesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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.
Most state anglers, especially its bass specialists, consider Mille Lacs a trophy bass destination — and want to see it stay that way.
Policy will be catch-and-release only, with no live bait, this season.
Two cases, one nearby, the other roiling Montana, indicate that money retains its long-held role.
Lately in Minnesota, it's most of the same conservation advocates making the same pleas to the ever-fewer elected officials at conservation events.
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.
Bass Angler of the Year event is set to bring positive attention to the troubled lake
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.
Trevor Lo, a champion for the Gophers, heads to Oklahoma to compete with fishing's big dogs.
Bow hunters worry the quality of Minnesota archery deer hunting could decline if inexperienced hunters — perhaps lots of them — go afield in the fall.
The proposal to hold deer numbers down in northeast Minnesota came as a surprise considering many hunters across that area have had trouble finding deer there.
Throughout most of recorded time, Marsh Lake was an oasis for all manner of migratory birds. That is, until the 1930s.
A bighead carp has been caught in the Minnesota River, the species’ first confirmed capture there and a sign that aggressive invasive fish continue their…
The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia while on a hunting trip to Texas is reason again for Minnesotans to consider societal changes that are fast accelerating here.
But most won't be big enough to keep under the DNR's proposal.
A winter that began with thin ice nonetheless entrances St. Croix River anglers.
With gas prices falling below $1.50 a gallon in some parts of the metro, dealers at the 48th Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation and Camping Show smiled Thursday when doors to the Minneapolis Convention Center opened .
Many trek to Brainerd Jaycees contest to win, but the party welcomes all comers.
This week's snowfall was cause for celebration.
The defense says the DNR got access through illegal methods.
Dreaming of a winter escape, some call Lake Mille Lacs home for a week. For Willy Adkins of Indiana, every year since 1975.
Competitive ice fishermen — yes, there is such a thing — will be on Chisago Lake on Sunday, vying for thousands in cash and other prizes in a North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) contest.
An Iowa native who grew up on a small farm, Ed Boggess talks about hunting, fishing and, especially, conservation, past and present in this Q&A weeks before his retirement.
As much money as you have — or can borrow — you can spend at the Minneapolis Boat Show, but some of the best takeaways at the show are free, including four publications produced by the DNR.
To avoid environmental catastrophe, conservationists must envision the future, based on current land and water management trends.
Tougher penalties would apply to illegal taking of wildlife valued at $2,000 or more.
Most modern winter fishing shacks, whether portable or hard-sided, are wired for entertainment and productivity.
David Maass, 86, keeps going, earning more awards and fanfare.
Butch and Nancy Owens have run Hidden Valley Gamebirds since 1988 but an end is in sight.
Retired Vikings coach Bud Grant and a friend crash-landed a plane in Canada this fall while in pursuit of mallards and other fowl.
The Goldsmiths of southeast Minnesota are honored for a century and a half of care for land and animals
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