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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 and his colleague, outdoors writer Doug Smith, cover hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation.
Recent content from Dennis Anderson
Anderson: Dayton's waterways interest draws attention

Anderson: Dayton's waterways interest draws attention

Mark Dayton’s waterway conservation idea is in limbo following the governor’s veto on Saturday.

Anderson: Conservation movement suffers hits left and right

Conservation and wildlife groups distraught over the constant stream of legislative assaults on the environment should expect still more disappointments.

Anderson: Millions on hold for fisheries projects

The money was in the Legacy bill that the Legislature didn’t pass.
Ownership community keeps Leech Lake's Big Rock Resort thriving

Ownership community keeps Leech Lake's Big Rock Resort thriving

Unique community of 32 owners has a stake in success, future of Big Rock.
Anderson: Proposed changes to 'body-grip' traps have not gained traction

Anderson: Proposed changes to 'body-grip' traps have not gained traction

Proponents want to reduce the chance of their hunting dogs being harmed by accident.
Anderson: An earlier taste of fishing for bass

Anderson: An earlier taste of fishing for bass

Minnesota’s earlier season of catch-and-release still doesn’t keep pace with neighbors
Anderson: Dayton's party caught 35 walleyes, then lit up cigars

Anderson: Dayton's party caught 35 walleyes, then lit up cigars

Gov. Dayton's Fishing Opener crew boated 35 walleyes in a short morning’s work. Dayton caught the first and last (nine in all).
Anderson: Fish were biting on Leech Lake for a wonderful opener

Anderson: Fish were biting on Leech Lake for a wonderful opener

Walleyes too large to keep make Leech Lake’s rebound obvious on opening day
Anderson: At Governor's Fishing Opener, a lesson in sharing a lake

Anderson: At Governor's Fishing Opener, a lesson in sharing a lake

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.
Find the proper jigs for catching those walleyes

Find the proper jigs for catching those walleyes

Want a fish or two in your boat on Saturday? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Anderson: The 2015 fishing opener likely to mirror 2011's

Anderson: The 2015 fishing opener likely to mirror 2011's

Consider your fishing experience of four years ago when determining where to drop your line Saturday.

Anderson: In defense of Legacy funds

Why I disagree with Phyllis Kahn over Outdoor Heritage Council issues.
Proper jigs: How to catch walleyes during the Minnesota opener

Proper jigs: How to catch walleyes during the Minnesota opener

Want fish? Consider weight, color and hook design.
Heeding nature's call with one-lake study and more

Heeding nature's call with one-lake study and more

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.

Anderson: Firearms sound suppressors way overdue — have you heard?

Minnesota is edging closer to legalizing firearms sound suppressors.
Anderson: Some farmers pushing for buffer bills, others not

Anderson: Some farmers pushing for buffer bills, others not

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.
Anderson: Looking for trout? Head south by southeast

Anderson: Looking for trout? Head south by southeast

Minnesota’s ‘driftless’ region, including a gem in Whitewater State Park, beckons trout anglers
First person: Dennis Anderson, a floatplane, a pilot and a sub-Arctic adventure

First person: Dennis Anderson, a floatplane, a pilot and a sub-Arctic adventure

Sight of floatplane is a reminder of a savvy pilot and an unparalleled trip.
Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art

Anderson: Webster is master of realistic wildlife art

Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.
Anderson: Where we're headed with Mille Lacs walleyes

Anderson: Where we're headed with Mille Lacs walleyes

Placing blame won’t help the situation with Mille Lacs walleyes. Knowledge just might.

Anderson: Audit likely after hunters challenge DNR

Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction.
Anderson: A look back at the rally that sparked the Legacy Act

Anderson: A look back at the rally that sparked the Legacy Act

The gathering grew support for the Legacy Act, which has helped better care for our resources.

Letters received during the Legacy Act discussion

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…
Anderson: Making maple syrup takes time, but it's a sweet chore

Anderson: Making maple syrup takes time, but it's a sweet chore

Boiling 450 gallons of maple sap to make syrup takes some time, but it’s a rite of the season.
Major changes proposed for Whitewater State Park

Major changes proposed for Whitewater State Park

A proposal would convert a riverside campground at Whitewater State Park into a picnic area
Anderson: Words of writers past stand out as conservation tools

Anderson: Words of writers past stand out as conservation tools

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.
Anderson: Clean water fight needs to be made

Anderson: Clean water fight needs to be made

State waters are slowly being tapped and polluted — unnoticed.

Other 2015 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductees

The other 2015 inductees, including one organization, to the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.:   Chris Armstrong, Florida Darryl Choronzey, Canada…
Anderson: Four Minnesotans to join Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

Anderson: Four Minnesotans to join Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame

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.
Anderson: Keeping 'mom and pop' resorts in the family

Anderson: Keeping 'mom and pop' resorts in the family

Meet two ‘mom and pop’ operations that are defying trends, placing faith in the next generation
Anderson: Learn fly casting from Lefty the legend

Anderson: Learn fly casting from Lefty the legend

Lefty Kreh, 90-year-old guru of fly casting, will spend the weekend teaching in Blaine.
Anderson: Couple embrace the crow hunt's challenge

Anderson: Couple embrace the crow hunt's challenge

Crow hunting is increasingly popular in Minnesota. They provide great sport and many people want numbers reduced due to their nuisance

Anderson: Battle over Dayton's water-buffer bill to tell a lot about Minnesota

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…
Anderson: Everglades fishing spot remains unspoiled

Anderson: Everglades fishing spot remains unspoiled

The 10,000 Islands area of the Florida Everglades remain a wilderness of water, mangroves … and fish
New St. Croix River bridge: The fishing effect

New St. Croix River bridge: The fishing effect

The behemoth footings for the new span will alter wildlife in unknown ways.
Anderson: Adventurer Will Steger prepares for icy crossing

Anderson: Adventurer Will Steger prepares for icy crossing

At 70-years-old Will Steger is again ready for his spring rite of passage, a solo trek through the boundary waters during the ice breakup.
Anderson: Kevin Lines a comeback kid for the pheasant set

Anderson: Kevin Lines a comeback kid for the pheasant set

Kevin Lines’ return a boon for restoration challenge.
Anderson: DNR pay sheds light on raises

Anderson: DNR pay sheds light on raises

Generous raises for managers, OK’d by legislators, belie fuss over Dayton plan

Anderson: How many deer is enough in Minnesota?

That question frames the issue being tackled by the DNR, debated by hunters.

Anderson: Inside the anatomy of a DNR bust

Electronic tracking and aerial surveillance were among strategies the DNR used in an investigation begun in 2009.

Poaching case goes back to 2009

DAWSON, MINN. – At 3 a.m. last Oct. 8, as a lunar eclipse was just beginning to show itself, two Department of Natural Resources…

Anderson: State's deer hunters can have their say

A hearing in St. Paul will address the declining deer population.
Anderson: Ice fishing gives anglers that cool feeling

Anderson: Ice fishing gives anglers that cool feeling

Zen-like, ice anglers watch tip-ups with mind-sets both laid-back and predatory

Anderson: Sport shooters deserve place to call their own

The demand is only growing for just such a complex in Minnesota.
Anderson: DNR targeting deer hunters who skirt regulations

Anderson: DNR targeting deer hunters who skirt regulations

Hunters disobeying limit and weapons laws on deer are keeping top DNR enforcers like Ken Soring busy.
Anderson: Minnesota has many lakes, many boat types

Anderson: Minnesota has many lakes, many boat types

Boat-loving Minnesotans have many to pick from, which especially aids fishermen.
Anderson: Dayton acting like a leader on water protection

Anderson: Dayton acting like a leader on water protection

In a surprise announcement, the Minnesota governor backed a tougher buffer-strip law to protect water and provide habitat.
Dayton to propose environmental buffer zone for all state waterways

Dayton to propose environmental buffer zone for all state waterways

Speaking to the annual Department of Natural Resources Roundtable, the governor said his proposal would provide 125,000 acres of additional habitat for pheasants and other wildlife.
Anderson: State officials taking time to save pheasants

Anderson: State officials taking time to save pheasants

DNR head Tom Landwehr now says a plan to save state pheasants won’t be offered at an annual roundtable. Instead, at the roundtable, Landwehr will discuss "takeaways" from last month's Pheasant Summit.
Minneapolis Boat Show: This isn't Ole's outboard

Minneapolis Boat Show: This isn't Ole's outboard

Though born more than a century ago, Ole Evinrude shared at least one passion with many of today’s Minnesotans: He loved a boat powered by an outboard motor.

Anderson: Acting for our kids — and birds

Many at the Legacy Act’s belated fifth anniversary fete are optimistic of more progress in conservation.

Chart: 2015 DNR roundtable topics

2015 DNR roundtable A glance at the topics and presenters scheduled to appear at Friday’s DNR annual meeting with key stakeholders:   ECOLOGICAL AND WATER…
Firing back: Readers take on DNR commissioner over deer decisions

Firing back: Readers take on DNR commissioner over deer decisions

Some readers disagree with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr on deer management.
Jan. 4: Q&A with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

Jan. 4: Q&A with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

The DNR’s Tom Landwehr believes the organization better off now but finds much work remains.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr's comments on deer management

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr's comments on deer management

landwehr’s comments on deerDNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr’s responses published on this page last Sunday to Dennis Anderson’s questions regarding DNR deer management. The entire Q&A…
Anderson: Low gas prices keep optimism high at Sportsmen's Show

Anderson: Low gas prices keep optimism high at Sportsmen's Show

Fuel prices could mean a boost in fishing and boating tourists heading Up North.

Landwehr: What's gone right in my first four years

Here are important Department of Natural Resources accomplishments achieved in the past four years while I have served as commissioner under Gov. Dayton.Waterfowl hunting regulation…
Anderson: NFL Hall of Famer Blount competes on a horse these days

Anderson: NFL Hall of Famer Blount competes on a horse these days

An expert horseman who in his mannerisms, dress and experience is every bit a cowboy, the former Steelers cornerback first worked with horses as a kid, growing up poor in Georgia’s Toombs County.

Hibbing couple buys horse for $400,000

Minnesotans Daniel and Nancy Burkes were the high bidders Monday at a sale for 2-year-olds held in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity.
At the brink: Upcoming Pheasant Summit could be a turning point

At the brink: Upcoming Pheasant Summit could be a turning point

Decision-makers still have a chance to make a difference and improve pheasant hunting. In advance of the Pheasant Summit to be held Saturday in Marshall, upland hunters appear to be split into two camps.
Anderson: Get the younger generation outdoors

Anderson: Get the younger generation outdoors

Exposing more young people to the outdoors, and instilling in them a conservation ethic, is something every older hunter and angler can do.

Anderson: North Dakota farm groups jab conservationists again

North Dakota is a poster child for a future many people fear, one in which finite natural resources are controlled by powerful political factions.
Anderson: On Wisconsin opener, good times and deer

Anderson: On Wisconsin opener, good times and deer

The Wisconsin deer season opened at daylight Saturday, and a customary group gathered near Cumberland.
Visual aid helps eyeglass-wearing shooters who peer through scopes

Visual aid helps eyeglass-wearing shooters who peer through scopes

Poor eyesight is a big problem for shooters, particularly for rifle shooters who peer through scopes. Wearers of bifocals or trifocals especially know the challenge…
Anderson: Bundled up in the backwaters

Anderson: Bundled up in the backwaters

We inched our way over thin ice with a canoe to reach open water, only to later find the ducks and geese we’d invited weren’t coming.
Q&A: Expert points finger at wolves for declining moose numbers, not climate change

Q&A: Expert points finger at wolves for declining moose numbers, not climate change

A wolf expert discussed why he thinks wolves are partly responsible for declining moose numbers in northeast Minnesota.
Anderson: More in Minnesota keep hunting into their golden years

Anderson: More in Minnesota keep hunting into their golden years

The number of elder Minnesotans who are still active soars in 10 years.
Minnesota hunters took 36 percent fewer deer opening weekend

Minnesota hunters took 36 percent fewer deer opening weekend

Anecdotal hunter reports last weekend, as well as DNR conservation officer observations, confirm that hunting success was down significantly, particularly in the north.
Anderson: Butcher your own deer? He'll show you how

Anderson: Butcher your own deer? He'll show you how

A Minnesota company teaches tactics that can save deer hunters money.

Anderson: Readying gun — and mind — for the hunt

Shooting at paper targets is a reminder there’s much more in play in the woods in deer season.
Shack for sale: A hunter sells his deer camp

Shack for sale: A hunter sells his deer camp

A lifelong hunter makes an emotional decision: to sell his deer camp.
Anderson: DNR official, bowhunting advocate discuss deer management

Anderson: DNR official, bowhunting advocate discuss deer management

Hunters and DNR officials struggle to weigh factors in lower deer numbers.
Anderson: Long way back after a bear attack

Anderson: Long way back after a bear attack

A wounded bear’s charge left Brandon Johnson in a fight for his life. Now his battle is recovery and bills.
Anderson: 6-year-old's death leaves Dad without his hunting pal

Anderson: 6-year-old's death leaves Dad without his hunting pal

A 6-year-old’s death left a lagoon-sized hole in a father-son bond built on a mutual and budding passion for the outdoors.

Anderson: Stadium glass vs. birds issue mirrors our times

Rejecting outright the sincere concern over sustainability, broadly defined, that is fast gaining a foothold in America, especially among young people, would be a mistake.
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