Randy Schmiesing has converted much of his farmland land to wildlife cover. But he, along with other Minnesota farmers, still experiences water proble

Anderson: In lieu of runoff system, farmer's excess water part of habitat

Randy Schmiesing, 60, like most every farmer past or present in west-central Minnesota, has a complicated relationship with water. This is especially true in Eldorado Township, where Schmiesing lives, because land there is nearly table-top flat.

Illegal killing in Twin Cities of red-tailed hawk with arrow was likely intentional, says U expert

December 9
This red-tail hawk did not survive being shot by an arrow in the Twin Cities.
The center first learned of the wounded hawk on Nov. 30 when someone who saw the bird with the arrow lodged in its leg called. Despite the arrow, the hawk was able to keep flying.

Minn. firearms deer season never fully recovers from slow start

December 9
Jenna Bettschen hunted during the Minnesota muzzleloader season last year.
Minnesota's muzzleloader deer season surpassed low expectations with a harvest of nearly 6,000 deer through Wednesday, up 11.5 percent from the same period last year.
Variety
December 7

Proposed cut for herring harvest could affect lobster catch

Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers.
Local
December 7
Jerry Hennessey

Ashby elevator manager fled state 'to get his head clear,' attorney says

Lawyer for man accused in $5 million theft said he never left the country.
Outdoors
December 6
Jon Gegen and his son John searched with their party for elk in November. Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation made it happen.

Anderson: Through foundation, star QB Wentz makes impact on a different field

How a 12-year-old from Hastings found himself in a cabin in the Colorado mountains getting a personal message from Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz is a twisted and sweet tale.
Outdoors
December 6
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever chief executive Howard Vincent

Currents: Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever chief executive

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Outdoors
December 6
Free Forest School director Anna Sharratt brought her program to Dowling Elementary School in September where she regularly encourages first graders t

Fresh snow gives a canvas on which to follow wildlife movements

An untold myriad individual animals — including wood frogs, American toads, painted turtles, black bears, woodchucks, red admiral butterflies, wood ticks and various mosquitoes —…
Outdoors
December 6

It's colder, but state and regional parks are warm with activity

Programs at Minnesota state and regional parks.
Outdoors
December 6
This family is happy with a woodland view from the cabin in Fifty Lakes, Minn.

Cabins are great, even without a lake view

'My father always said he wouldn't trade the view' of the woodland near Fifty Lakes, Minn.
Outdoors
December 6
The yurt on Burntside Lake has been a good, cheaper alternative to a cabin.

Around here, Plan B for a cabin Up North is OK

Yurt owner says it was a sensible, cheaper alternative to traditional cabin.
Outdoors
December 6
Early-season fishing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness can be beautiful on new ice. But such outings require precautions, such as ice picks

Early ice fishing can be special, but don't approach it lightly

Early season outings can be special, but don't approach them lightly.
Outdoors
December 6
Deer head drop boxes like this one in southeastern Minnesota have become a fixture during recent deer hunts, as the DNR tries to determine the prevale

CWD found in deer outside of Minnesota's outbreak zone

The discovery was announced a day after stepped-up program to curtail the disease.
Local
December 4
Deer head drop boxes like this one in southeastern Minnesota have become a fixture during recent deer hunts, as the DNR tries to determine the prevale

Minn. DNR intensifies fight vs. CWD, considers paying deer bounties

Two special hunts were announced for later this month, and the DNR said federal sharpshooters will be hired to supplement the extra harvest.
Outdoors
December 4
Livia Fornetti

Deer hunting stories: A first-hunt success

With Minnesota's muzzleloader deer season ending Sunday, these reader-submitted whitetail photos will be the last harvest display of the year in Star Tribune Outdoors.
Outdoors
December 4

Winter anglers, spearers need to know northern limits in zones

The new rules create three northern pike "zones'' and took effect in May when the open water season began.
Outdoors
December 4
A close up image of a gray wolf in autumn. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Republican effort to delist gray wolf is fading fast

The initiative has been stuck in the Senate, and with only days remaining in this year's congressional session.
Local
December 4
The Department of Natural Resources plans two special deer hunts this month aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in so

DNR plans 2 December deer hunts to manage wasting disease

Special deer hunts are planned for two consecutive weekends in December aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.
Outdoors
December 3
Endless winter possibilities in Minnesota.

Get your winter mind-set on: Ideas for the outdoors

Whether you are solo, with kids -- heck, with your dog -- get these on your winter list.
Outdoors
December 3
Tim Anderson, with his Gordon setter, Sam Elliott.

Anderson: Nothing breaks this Minnesotan's fever for the outdoors life

Saddled with a broken arm, Tim Anderson's story is instructional, perhaps even inspirational.
Outdoors
December 2
A Cass County sheriff’s deputy used ice picks to pull himself out of a hole in the ice during a training exercise for first responders and law enfor

Early-season thin ice posing dangers for anglers Up North

Authorities cite failure to use 'common sense' in November thin-ice mishaps
Local
December 1

35 rescued from ice floe in Superior Bay by Duluth firefighters

In less than an hour, firefighters and other rescue personnel using inflatable rescue boats had brought them safely to shore.
Local
December 1
The Ashby Grain Elevator looms above the downtown Main Street.

Big game, small town and a $5 million mystery in tiny Ashby, Minn.

Grain co-op's manager and money have disappeared.