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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.
The newly legal gun tool will be at the Ramsey outdoors festival.
In case you’re judging them by the latest news: They aren’t who you think they are.
Iconic to the region, with its down-home appearance, Northwoods Bait and Tackle boasts minnows swimming in tanks and leeches sold by the pound.
In era of perpetual agitation, emotion and not facts drives the reaction to Cecil’s death.
The DNR’s walleye strategy hasn’t worked; Gov. Mark Dayton should try anything else.
Minnesota deer hunters again this fall will be governed by what the Department of Natural Resources calls a conservative season — meaning one in which antlerless permits will be relatively few.
When his guiding business on Mille Lacs dried up, this veteran angler went a bit farther north.
Cannibalism of young walleyes by older and/or bigger fish, including older walleyes, might be the biggest Mille Lacs problem.
An everyday outing to fish connects a river’s inhabitants to its rich, diverse backstory.
The prospect of walleye fishing ending for the year on Mille Lacs — announced as likely in early August by the DNR — would have been unimaginable as recently as five years ago.
In its disdain for northern Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers, the Department of Natural Resources has launched itself into a deep chasm of regulatory pettiness.
Trevor Lo was the victor of the B.A.S.S. Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic.
A Minnesota tradition, Mille Lacs launch fishing is chugging along this summer amid the lake’s toughest walleye-harvest restrictions in history.
Blake Dunsmore grew up going to rodeos and watching his big brother Matt climb astride bulls with names like Bushwacker, Perfect Storm and Slingblade. He wanted to try it, too.
Wilderness residents come for the adventure, stay for the lifestyle
Minnesota’s parks have plenty to offer, whether near or far from the Twin Cities.
Brian Klawitter found a second career as a specialist at catching catfish.
Described as “the greatest adventure in the world,” the occasion was a 10,000-mile road rally that lets participants “take any car, as long as it’s crap.”
Shawn Perich and his career are on solid ground. He hunts and fishes at will, writing admirably of his exploits.
There’s a point in Northern Minnesota where travelers leave the everyday life behind.
Relaxed fishermen often catch more than those who feel pressure to reel in the big one.
Competitive school trapshooting is unique because it welcomes all kids from sixth to 12th grade, no matter their size or athleticism. Also, boys and girls shoot on the same teams, as do adaptive shooters.
One farmer’s plan could help turn things around.
Here’s the essentials you need to get the bites you want without lugging lots of gear.
Bigheads are challenging to locate and even more challenging to kill.
A south wind brought some challenges for a smallmouth bass outing on the St. Croix.
Ethanol-blended gasoline is controversial politically and environmentally. But to boaters and small-engine owners, ethanol-blended fuel might also be dangerous
DNR researchers monitoring pheasant numbers say a less stormy spring is essential. In good weather, 1,000 springtime hens can multiply themselves fivefold by fall.
The North American Gamebird Association lists 15 breeders of pheasants, chukars and other game birds in Minnesota. To date, none has been hit with bird flu.
Going forward, state and tribal fisheries managers will be challenged to keep the number of Red Lake’s big walleyes in balance with its smaller fish.
Mark Dayton’s waterway conservation idea is in limbo following the governor’s veto on Saturday.
Conservation and wildlife groups distraught over the constant stream of legislative assaults on the environment should expect still more disappointments.
The money was in the Legacy bill that the Legislature didn’t pass.
Unique community of 32 owners has a stake in success, future of Big Rock.
Proponents want to reduce the chance of their hunting dogs being harmed by accident.
Minnesota’s earlier season of catch-and-release still doesn’t keep pace with neighbors
Gov. Dayton's Fishing Opener crew boated 35 walleyes in a short morning’s work. Dayton caught the first and last (nine in all).
Walleyes too large to keep make Leech Lake’s rebound obvious on opening day
In many respects — perhaps most respects — the Bois Forte band in the greater Cook and Tower area exemplifies ways that communities of different cultural backgrounds can get along.
Want a fish or two in your boat on Saturday? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Consider your fishing experience of four years ago when determining where to drop your line Saturday.
Why I disagree with Phyllis Kahn over Outdoor Heritage Council issues.
Want fish? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Dallas Hudson works for the U.S. Geological Survey, gathering weather, water and other data near his home for study by scientists based as far away as Denver.
Minnesota is edging closer to legalizing firearms sound suppressors.
If Minnesota is going to have clean water we all need, changes in the way we care for water as it flows through the countryside are necessary.
Minnesota’s ‘driftless’ region, including a gem in Whitewater State Park, beckons trout anglers
Sight of floatplane is a reminder of a savvy pilot and an unparalleled trip.
Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.
Placing blame won’t help the situation with Mille Lacs walleyes. Knowledge just might.
Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction.
The gathering grew support for the Legacy Act, which has helped better care for our resources.
Count me in I will be there and will bring many more along. It will be a long, hard crusade and maybe, just maybe, my…
Boiling 450 gallons of maple sap to make syrup takes some time, but it’s a rite of the season.
A proposal would convert a riverside campground at Whitewater State Park into a picnic area
Pleas of outdoors writers have long helped the environment.. Longtime Twin Cities newspaper readers will recall the names of the late Jim Peterson, Bob “Bear” Schranck and Joe Hennessy, as well as the still-very-much-alive Ron Schara.
State waters are slowly being tapped and polluted — unnoticed.
The other 2015 inductees, including one organization, to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.: Chris Armstrong, Florida Darryl Choronzey, Canada…
Trisha Blake, Dave Csanda, Bob Nasby and Tom Zenanko are among the 17 U.S. and Canadian anglers elected this year to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall Of Fame in Hayward, Wis.
Meet two ‘mom and pop’ operations that are defying trends, placing faith in the next generation
Lefty Kreh, 90-year-old guru of fly casting, will spend the weekend teaching in Blaine.
Crow hunting is increasingly popular in Minnesota. They provide great sport and many people want numbers reduced due to their nuisance
Minnesotans wanting to know which direction their state is headed should pay attention in coming weeks as Gov. Mark Dayton squares off with farmers over…
The 10,000 Islands area of the Florida Everglades remain a wilderness of water, mangroves … and fish
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