Anderson: Wilderness traveler's journals are window into another world

Anderson: Wilderness traveler's journals are window into another world

Compiled in a new book, one man's meticulous journals into border country are a rich snapshot of early adventure.

Need for better sleep is mother of this hammock invention

December 15
Need for better sleep is mother of this hammock invention
Friends were impressed with Woodbury man's creation, and encouraged him to make more. Now, he has waded into the well-informed hammocking world.

Venturing onto the ice? Be sure to wear your life jacket

December 14
Venturing onto the ice? Be sure to wear your life jacket
Three people have died this season after falling through the ice, more than in the past two years combined.
Outdoors
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A birder's tale: If you don't see it, try, try again

Great gray owl at Sax-Zim Bog makes photographer work to find it.
National
12:10am

Wisconsin attorney carries out family tradition in courtroom

David Fugina likened his childhood to that of Huckleberry Finn.
Variety
December 17

Vermont's moose population struggles despite hunting cutback

Scientists say they fear shifting climate conditions are to blame for Vermont's struggling moose population.
Variety
December 15

3 Faribault men use paddleboard to rescue fawn struggling on thin ice

The deer's mother had just been attacked by coyotes, and it was now stranded on the thin ice on Cedar Lake.
Here you go, Minnesotans, all you need to know to camp well this year
Camping Guide 2017 Here you go, Minnesotans, all you need to know to camp well this year
updated 16 hours 18 mins. ago
Whether you roll up in a Scamp from out of state in a national park or pitch your Big Agnes tent poles, enjoy a collection of favorite practices, tips and ideas.
Outdoors
December 15

Readers' photos reflect the breadth of fall and its arc toward winter

Star Tribune readers shared their images with the hashtag #Stribfall, reflecting the season in Minnesota.
Outdoors
December 14

Get in on the Christmas Bird Count across Minnesota

Annual census is the longest-running bird count. It began in 1900.
Outdoors
December 14

Naturalist gets this question a lot: Where do birds spend their nights?

Nights are spent in different places, different ways.
Outdoors
December 14

Geocache, hike, do citizen science this weekend at Minnesota parks

Weekend full of programs at Minnesota parks and wildlife refuges.
Outdoors
December 14

Dad made a good trade to land our Minnesota cabin

Father was a contractor and made a deal on small cabin in McGregor, Minn., area.
Outdoors
December 13

Ruffed grouse need snow for warmth, protection

To avoid presenting themselves as easy pickings for predators, ruffed grouse burrow into snow — when it's available — and disappear. This also allows grouse to "thermo-regulate,'' or stay warm.
National
December 12

U.S. national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.
Outdoors
December 12

Tests show no spread of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota

Tests found no chronic wasting disease in more than 11,000 deer shot by hunters in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota this fall, the Department of Natural Resources said Monday, giving wildlife managers some confidence that the fatal brain disease has not spread beyond a small pocket in the southeastern corner of the state.
National
December 12

Board member: Publicity over infant hunting embarrassing

Wisconsin Republicans' decision to eliminate the state's minimum hunting age has created an embarrassing perception that infants are roaming the state's woods with guns and could allow adults to kill more animals using young children's tags, a state Department of Natural Resources board member said Tuesday.
National
December 12

The Latest: CWD plan won't be ready until February

The Latest on a state Department of Natural Resources review of the 2017 gun deer hunt (all times local):
Outdoors
December 12

Love of trees grows into engaging guide to whittling

Author of new book sees nostalgia in his hobby, hoping to ignite interest in the craft and "the elemental simplicity of creating."
Outdoors
December 12

Merchant retiring after 30 years at Minnesota DNR

DNR official Steve Merchant wants others to champion the outdoors.
Outdoors
December 12

Anderson: Narrow scope helps hunters keep fruitful bird fields intact

By hunting small flocks and bringing less noise, fruitful bird fields remain so
Local
December 9

Wasting disease detected in second deer on southeastern Minnesota farm

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been identified in a second whitetail deer on a southeastern Minnesota farm, state regulators said Friday.
Local
December 8

Minnesota, Fond du Lac Band formalize agreement to hunt, fish

There is no significant changes to state hunting and fishing regulations.
Outdoors
December 8

Minnesota's skiers need a Plan B. It's in the U.P.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has reliable snow and great trails. Here is where to find both if it's another brown winter in parts of Minnesota.