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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
Their numbers have significantly expanded, farmyards to suburbs.
Ed Boggess will leave in February on the heels of Ken Soring's departure.
Instead of the usual trek on treacherous ice, the route to success was over open water.
Recent muskie news illuminates the evolution of outdoors ethics.
The Fur Fin & Feather Club was a social outfit founded on the principle that fraternity once a week among hunters and anglers is a good thing
Minnesota firearms deer hunters have registered 128,174 deer as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Natural Resources, compared to 112,715 last year for the same period
The start of a new season means a trip to an undisclosed location in Wisconsin for deer hunting and camaraderie.
Note to walleye anglers and northern pike spearers: Your chance to be heard regarding muskie stocking will occur in the next few weeks.Show up —…
Don Thomas dared to criticize a wealthy donor, and was fired.
Jane Heinks didn't let an injured arm stop her from bagging a buck.
Robert Hawkins hooked a 57-inch muskie estimated to weigh more than 50 pounds.
The snow came first, beginning in early afternoon, with big flakes covering the ground. The wind — up to 80 miles an hour — and precipitous temperature drops of as much as 50 degrees followed.
The pull of the woods stoked optimism, even as prospects of bagging a buck faded Saturday for the deer opener.
Deer hunters will find very useful a Department of Natural Resources interactive map released Thursday afternoon.
Staying legal while deer hunting in Minnesota can be tricky. Laws and regulations governing everything from tagging a downed deer to registering and transporting it must be followed.
The poaching case against Joshua Liebl led Gov. Mark Dayton in the last legislative session to urge lawmakers to toughen the state's penalties in serious poaching cases — a request that was largely ignored.
The notion that modern gadget-laden hunters have an easier time than their forbears doesn't hold up
Kyle Larson never had an opportunity to hunt with his dad but is making memories with daughter Lydia.
Anglers and businesses relieved after DNR sets harvest limit for Mille Lacs.
Hunters ask why Camp Ripley's deer, once the stuff of legend, no longer measure up
A federal court this week ruled that Chippewa in northern Wisconsin can hunt deer at night with high-powered rifles. Hunting at night with torches is a Chippewa tradition, their attorney said.
Not typically a part of Minnesota's prime pheasant range, southeast Minnesota has seen a resurgence of the birds in recent years.
The number of fundraising banquets the national group holds are likely to grow in 2016.
Sometimes ducks make it for the opener; the thrill of the hunt always does. Traditions remain a satisfying part of that annual gathering of optimists
DNR rejected ideas for bonus teal or teal-only early season.
Record duck numbers are reported nationally, but that's not true in Minnesota
Suit and tie aside, Mark Dayton has shown his dedication to protecting regional wildlife.
State, federal agencies likely will share the cost in acquiring land needed for repopulation.
A get-together with longtime fishing guide Marv Koep establishes clearly that he's not slipping one bit.
Voluntary disconnect from society, often viewed as self-serving, is the perk that outdoorsmen live for.
Open country and its treasures call to the west, as they did even back when driving was work.
Getting prized muskies to respond requires an ability to read the water, and plenty of patience.
The state representative died this month of cancer.
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