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Access costs differ wildly, minimum ages for passes vary, too. It wasn't always this perplexing. Decades ago, skiers often needed to pay a fee to enter a park, but skiing usually was free.
Minnesota's success inspired national effort to boost U.S. Forest Service.
Nothing so far ties them to mysterious outbreak in turkey industry.
Outdoor News is holding its first Deer and Turkey Show at the decades-long site of the now-defunct Deer Classic.
The number of hunters falls, and the cold allows access to areas unreachable in early fall.
Efforts underway to overturn court decision barring their hunting or trapping
DNR says penalties haven't made a dent in violations.
Retirement means going afield with no deadline.
The U's 2014 survey for the DNR of 1,700 hunters gauged various opinions of state's waterfowlers
DNR says Lake Mille Lacs cap will help ongoing conservation efforts at the popular site.
An influx of migrant ducks in parts of Minnesota has boosted duck hunter success, and forecasted cooler weather could bring more waterfowl.
The latest federal-state program aims to enroll 100,000 acres.
DNR is taking comments on a proposal to raise possession limits for a number of small game species to three times the daily bag limit — something the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did to waterfowl possession limits two years ago.
The DNR announced this week a proposed rule requiring hunters to use nontoxic shot on state wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Minnesota's farmland zone.
The committee of 17 will offer advice to the DNR.
Star Tribune outdoors writer Doug Smith has had some of his best outings with Macy, Abby, Katie and others.
When waters are designated as wildlife lakes, the DNR can temporarily lower lake levels and regulate watercraft use. That has attracted hunters and ducks.
Around the state, reports of success outnumber tales of empty skies.
The key position, at times controversial, is vacant due to a recent promotion.
Youth Waterfowl Day celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday, with ducks flying amid lingering controversy about its impact.
License sales were their worst in almost 40 years.
DNR officials expect the boost to increase the amount of hunters, which was at a record low last season.
Mourning dove season began before summer abated, but the heat didn't stop the fun
It took the Minnesota anglers nearly 30 minutes to haul in the 45-pound lake trout on Lake Superior.
A free Minnesota Waterfowl Association-led summer camp gives teens window to the outdoors.
The bands' suggestion came in January to the 1837 Treaty Fisheries Technical Committee, which includes tribal and state biologists, according to documents obtained by Minnesota Public Radio.
A long-respected Minnesota-based group feels heat — misplaced, it says — over lion kill
A nine-day quest in the Quetico was rewarded with lunker walleyes — and much more.
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.
Resort owners worry business — already caught in a downdraft with the lake's declining walleye population — would suffer.
Long-standing population-control efforts bring metro numbers to lowest in years
A recently published study showed a significant decline since 1970 of yellow perch caught in DNR nets.
The population is down 20 percent, but this year's survey took twice as long as normal.
Thirty-four projects across the state will be funded.
A 38-year-old, Minnesota-born bald eagle — the oldest on record in the nation — has been killed by a vehicle in New York state. The…
From region's geology to human history, new book carefully connects dots.
It covers 40 of 128 permit areas and has been criticized by the state's largest hunter group.
The agency has proposed breaking the state into three zones, each with its own northern pike regulations.
Veterans, and the outdoors, feel the impact left by Stacy Dvorak.
Outdoor enthusiasts will have to wait to see how they are affected by a wide-ranging bill passed last week by the Legislature that was vetoed Saturday by Gov. Mark Dayton.
They came to renew rituals despite the tightest-ever size restrictions on the state's most popular fishing lake.
While most BWCA visitors are experienced, every year first-timers travel there — some prepared, many others not so much. So on the eve of another open-water BWCA season, we solicited tips for first-timers from readers who are veteran BWCA travelers.
From dos to don'ts, readers offer their top tips for BWCA first-timers.
First came youth turkey hunts, then a women's hunt. Now officials have broadened mentored turkey hunts to include men, women and kids.
Starting Monday, the DNR is asking hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties to call local DNR wildlife offices.
The Deer Hunters Association is dissatisfied with the DNR's response over the deer population goal-setting process.
Walleye decline and fear of overharvest prompts DNR action.
Six companions are making a nine-month, 5,200-mile canoe trip that began at the Gulf of Mexico and will end at the Arctic Ocean.
Three Minnesota anglers, two companies honored.
It was restored because the animal is back on the endangered-species list.
"We need to do something so our pets don't get killed anymore," said Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, author of the bill.
An ambitious plan requiring 50-foot grass strips to protect nearly all state waters draws strong support and opposition.
The DNR and dog owners back the plan to add new regulations, but trapping advocates oppose it.
Breeding boosts numbers, but getting to adulthood always is a fragile thing.
Action is heating up at the Legislature, where several outdoors-related bills have been introduced. Some have little chance of passing, but others likely will become…
A red-hot walleye bite and ideal ice conditions lured a record number of anglers to Upper Red Lake this winter. Through January, officials tallied 1.5…
Minnesota farmers have no one to call about wolf depredation, and compensation fund is nearly dry.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge to the Lake Mille Lacs fishing regulations by a group of local residents and resort owners.
The fish are mostly gone on Wright County's popular Pelican Lake. Now efforts to restore it as a waterfowl haven are underway.
On Outdoors: Craig Engwall is the new leader of the state's largest advocacy group for whitetails.
The overabundance of small, hammer-handle-size northerns, which plagues many Minnesota lakes, could be curtailed under a landmark proposal now being considered by the Department of Natural Resources.
The last park fee increase came in 2003.
Are Minnesota’s duck hunting regulations too liberal, resulting in hunters killing too many ducks? Or have recent liberal regulations simply given hunters more opportunities, boosting…
Required land strips aid water quality, but enforcement is uneven.
The effort to fight invasive species by teaching those who tow trailers was halted because of bills introduced in the Legislature to kill it.
The DNR is considering only portable deer stands on public lands to curb cutting of shooting lanes, hunter conflict.
While some Minnesotans are enjoying the unseasonably warm winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are livid.Snow conditions are more like April than January. Around the state,…
The long, snowy winter and late spring left a mark on wildlife and humans alike.
We asked our readers for ideas on how to boost Minnesota's pheasant population. And they responded.
Hoping to rekindle the pheasant population and avoid losing a cherished tradition, Minnesota's first-ever pheasant summit sought solutions.
Early ice fishing almost always produces a "hot bite,'' but theories vary on why that occurs.
About 175 vendors will display and sell their wares.
Tracks in dirt and snow help the DNR assess Minnesota's carnivore populations — ranging from coyotes and fox to skunks and feral cats.
With Minnesota's deer season winding down, the whitetail harvest is 22 percent below this time last year — likely because of the early winterlike weather, fewer antlerless permits and a smaller deer herd.
Some 500,000 Minnesotans renewed hunting traditions or launched new ones. Here are some of their stories.
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