A bill advancing in the state Senate seeks to establish an advisory group made up of citizens and legislators to improve walleye fishing in Minnesota

Minnesota legislators consider new investment in DNR fish restocking

State legislators are working on a plan to improve hatcheries.

DNR looks at three options to keep walleye fishing open on Mille Lacs this summer

February 19
Proposals aim to avoid closing down fishing on lake during the summer.

Snowmobiler hits tree, dies in northeastern Minnesota; 'speed and alcohol' factors

February 18
The wreck occurred just after sunset Saturday on the Cook Area Snowmobile Trail near Buyck, roughly 50 miles northwest of Ely, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.
Local
February 18
White-tailed deer.

Deer with chronic wasting disease found near Brainerd

Discovered near Brainerd; Walz proposes $4.5M fix.
Outdoors
February 18
Shelby McEntyre, 25, of Ely prepares to stake out three teams of sled dogs after arriving on Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernes

Anderson: Dogs do the heavy lifting on anglers' BWCA deep-snow ventures

It takes a different animal to fish the BWCA in winter — and a rugged team to get there
Outdoors
February 15
There will be 140 teams (rider, horse, skier or snowboarder) at the Canterbury Park skijoring competition.

Anderson: Event at Canterbury Park takes equine competition in extreme direction

Rodeo pals reconnect to put on skijoring event.
Outdoors
February 15
Outfitters were upset with the U.S. Forest Service over the new online reservation system, and warned the agency that the first-come, first-served app

BWCA reservation system crash threw fuel on already contentious permit changes

Popular lottery was ended in process of building new online system.
Outdoors
February 15
FILE -- A walleye is netted, caught on the Twin Pines Resort boat at sunset Wednesday, July 29, 2015, during an evening excursion on Lake Mille Lacs.

Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep some walleyes this year

DNR and tribal biologists say the lake's walleye population is showing signs of recovery.
Variety
February 14

Anglers can keep some Mille Lacs walleye this year

Anglers will be able to keep some walleye during the open-water season on Mille Lacs Lake this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.
Outdoors
February 14
No nonsense: Calvin Rutstrum, from the cover image on "Paradise Below Zero."

Minnesota adventurer Calvin Rutstrum isn't well-known, but his disciples are legion

The long-ago adventurer was a prolific author. "Paradise Below Zero" is a winter camping bible.
Outdoors
February 14
Cross-country skiing

Skiing dispatch from the Upper Peninsula: The going is good there, too

Takeaway from a ski trip to Michigan's U.P.: Go!
Outdoors
February 14
A red-bellied woodpecker

It took time for red-bellied woodpeckers to establish themselves in Minnesota

Nature Notes: There was a time when their range didn't include the state.
Outdoors
February 14
The cabin on Lake Belle Taine in Nevis, Minn., was the epicenter of a lot of activity.

Trying cabin life in Nevis; then, doing cabin life

A major makeover ensued after the purchase.
Outdoors
February 14

Multiple opportunities to snowshoe at Minnesota state and regional parks

From Itasca to Mille Lacs to Coon Rapids, an active weekend at parks.
Outdoors
February 14
The Hopkins High School trap shooting team practiced in 2015 at Park Sportsmens Club in Orono. In Minnesota, 349 teams competed last year.

Founder can step back as high school trap league soars

My Outdoor Life: Recently retired (again), "Mr. Sable" recalls guiding an idea and listening to the kids.
Outdoors
February 14
Alexandra Wardwell, Audubon Minnesota habitat specialist, has a vocation and interests that keep her outdoors.

Currents: Alexandra Wardwell, Audubon Minnesota habitat specialist

What outdoors people are reading, following, doing, and more.
South Metro
February 14
Darren Troseth, 45, of Jordan, holding the sturgeon with help from his fishing buddy, John Kimble of Prior Lake, wearing the headlamp.

Long battle lands record-setting 120-pound sturgeon on the St. Croix

Likely to go down as Minnesota's largest record fish of any kind, the ancient-looking sturgeon was 6 feet 6 inches long, 29 inches around and weighed about 120 pounds.
Variety
February 13

Correction: Wasting Disease story

In a story Feb. 11 about a Forest County deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the only registered deer farm in Marinette County, where the animal was born, is Koz Deer Farm. Marinette County actually has nine registered deer farms. The infected animal was born on a farm registered to Wild River Whitetails LLC, the same entity that owns the Forest County hunting ranch where the deer wound up.
Outdoors
February 12
“It’s important to remember that a plan is not an outcome,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “We want [the new plan] to be more action or

Anderson: Minnesota DNR officials promise duck plan by fall

Paul Telander, the agency's wildlife section chief, said he and other state waterfowl managers will meet with conservation group leaders as early as this month.
Outdoors
February 12
McGregor chapter members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association watched a trail being plowed in the woods where emergency deer feeding occurred in

Minnesota's once-mild winter turning nasty of late for state deer

Accumulating snow making it hard for deer to move about.
Outdoors
February 12
The abatross Wisdom is the world's oldest know bird, banded as an adult in 1956, and she has just become a mother again.

World's oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said.
Outdoors
February 12
Judy Holmquist regularly fishes the St. Croix River in winter with her husband, Roy. But they usually occupy separate shacks while on the ice — two

Anderson: Out ice fishing together, but alone, on the St. Croix

Roy and Judy Holmquist love the sport — but prefer to keep it yards apart in their fishing shacks on the river. They have a unique tale of fishing love.
Outdoors
February 12
Gov. Tim Walz walked with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan to feed a baby cow following a news conference to announce state commissioners.

Albert Lea will host first Walz, Flanagan fishing opener in May

Here's a warm thought for Minnesotans shivering in the cold and snow — the annual Governor's Fishing Opener is only three months away.