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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.
An interesting bunch, phenologists, about whom most people know nothing — including the thousands of Minnesotans who in autumn scatter into the hinterlands.
Season's first duck hunt meant venturing back to west-central town with decades of fond memories
Duck hunting is on hard times, but traditions at the shacks are steadfast.
With their pickups and trailers stuffed with tools, and their mechanical prowess on a par with NASCAR'S best pit bosses, they play a vital role in the success of big-time fishing tournaments.
Brandon Palaniuk found bass worth $100,000.
The late catch - four minutes before the end of fishing for the day - nearly kept him from returning to the tournament check-in on time.
The Idaho native has recorded six top 12 Bassmaster Elite Series finishes this season, and it's taken a hard-driving work ethic and the support of others.
To earn his win last year on Mille Lacs, Seth Feider stunned the likes of famed bass anglers Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, among others, by dominating the three-day tournament, beginning to end.
Muskie fishing is its own kind of addiction, and most who are afflicted relapse happily, cast after cast.
FWS officials apparently were somehow oblivious this summer to one of the worst droughts in history gripping the Dakotas and eastern Montana.
The three Hautman brothers, all gifted artists, were made by Minnesota.
An exhibit of 50 new waterfowl, wildlife and landscape paintings by three brothers titled "Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman brothers," will run from Sept. 8 through Nov. 5
Minnesota's early attempts in recent decades to prevent infiltration by the invasive species appear lame next to what I witnessed in Montana and parts of British Columbia.
Detroit rocker Kid Rock squeezed in a fishing session after his show at Grand Casino in Hinckley last weekend and before headlining the Iowa State Fair.
Decades before retrievers were the most popular canines in America, they were Minnesota's top dogs. Labradors have long been No. 1 in this state, with golden retrievers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers and flat-coated retrievers commonplace here, as well.
Her intent during her 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. seminars at the outdoor extravaganza is to teach trapshooting to shotgunners eager to learn from a master.
Ted Capra, whose victories as a competitive angler span an unsurpassed five decades in Minnesota, died Wednesday after a long history of heart problems. He was 80.
Star Tribune columnist will throw out the first pitch Saturday because it's the 35th anniversary of the bird group -- an idea he proposed long ago.
Taking stock of the biting incident on Island Lake: Signs point to the work of a muskie or northern pike.
Chances seem good the 11,000-pound allocation will be sufficient to carry anglers through Labor Day, after which Mille Lacs walleye fishing is closed for the open-water season.
The Lindners have caught tens of thousands of fish. They've written countless fishing books and articles and filmed even more countless television shows, culminating in 1974 with the founding of In-Fisherman, the parent company for the sport fishing magazine and nationally syndicated radio and TV shows of the same name that they sold to Primedia in 1998.
Suggestion comes as a surprise and a worry for deer groups.
How many jobs are available in the fishing industry, and how diverse are those jobs? The answers: Plenty. And plenty.
Sam Mathieu, 23, of Lake Elmo, cooked up a wild road-trip idea after asking himseld: "Do people ever paddle the length of the Mississippi River by kayak?"
Waterfowl managers set loose limits and say they're out there. Eyes say otherwise
Protesters cursed Gov. Mark Dayton and others on his boat, in some cases yelling racial and sexual comments — all in front of children who were passengers on the boat that he was using to promote bass fishing on Mille Lacs.
Grasses that chicks need are withering in the heat.
The question: "Where are you coming from?" is being asked more often in the boundary waters these days by U.S. Border Patrol agents, which are headquartered in a cramped building in Grand Marais.
Efforts on his Iowa land draws plaudits for esteemed state epidemiologist.
Event might be a practice, but all riders want to win.
It's worthwhile to review records already on the books — including Minnesota's most famous, or perhaps infamous.
It's serious sport for the students at the 2017 Trap Shooting Championship.
Entrepreneuring sisters on the North Shore try their hands at camp meals.
Fly anglers pepper the St. Croix with poppers in an action-filled outing
Some resort owners question the DNR's low Mille Lacs walleye population assessment that has resulted in a series of restrictions on fishing the popular lake.
Night is the backdrop, carp are the quarry on after-hours bowfishing outings
High water on St. Croix River and early season didn't deter group.
Minnesotans share their thoughts about the Legislature's action in regards to the state's woods, prairies and wildlife.
Minnesota women will check off a bucket list item by going to the BWCA
Bud Grant's vision met resistance from the league, novelty-maker.
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.
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.
Cook, Minn., proprietor is a man of stories, interests.
On the border between Minnesota and Ontario, the walleye were knocking. And then some.
Jigs, Lindy rigs, beads and spinners are all in there, each designed to put a minnow in front of a walleye.
In some cases, zebra mussels have infested lakes where shiner minnows are traditionally harvested, closing those waters to minnow catching.
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.
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.
A Northfield couple has transformed the family farm into a showcase of wildlife conservation
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.
On a cloudy Thursday morning, turkey hunting turned into turkey waiting.
With turkey hunting season set to open Wednesday, we get some stories from old friends about memorable hunts.
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.
Minnesota's buffer law to protect water has its critics, but there's support to be found, too.
The state's many outdoors activities are among key reasons why our leading companies can draw and retain top employees.
Closing of French River hatchery, interbreeding could reduce looper numbers.
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