Minnesota has been home to pheasants for about 100 years. But the birds have struggled recently because of a loss of grasslands.

Anderson: Wet spring delaying hatching of Minnesota pheasants

One reason might be the 5.8 inches of rain the Worthington area received Wednesday. But blame also is due at least in part to the late spring, said Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher.

Tighter seasonal bag limits being considered on Lake of the Woods

June 23
After biologists discovered a large drop in male walleye populations in Lake of the Woods, the DNR, seeking to curb that trend, has proposed lower bag
"Something needs to get done here,'' said Phil Talmage, Lake of the Woods area fisheries supervisor for the DNR. "These changes are being considered to maintain long-term sustainability.''

Earthworms are bait. They're also a nightmare for healthy Minnesota forests.

June 21
Earthworms eat leaf litter, preventing it from supporting forest wildflowers, ferns and young plants.
Ecologists see worms as trouble-making invaders, eating through vital forest floor vegetation.
Outdoors
June 22
At the Lebanon 10K trail race held at Lebanon Hills Park, the participants are off and running on the scenic trail by Jensen Lake .] Richard Tsong-Taa

10-plus things to do this summer in the Minnesota outdoors

This isn't the "best" list or "most-original," but it's meant to be a good barometer of the breadth of possibilities.
Outdoors
June 21
A Vietnam War veteran, Mark Fox of Eagan paddled the Mississippi River during a Warrior Paddle in 2015.

Warrior Expeditions uses Mississippi River in mission to help veterans heal

Eagan man tied in with group that helps get veterans into nature.
Outdoors
June 21
Ann Schinas

Currents: Ann Schinas, Three Rivers Parks recreation coordinator

What outdoors people are doing, following, reading and more.
Outdoors
June 21
Parks programs, from fishing trout to paddling waterways

Parks programs, from fishing trout to paddling waterways

Minnesota state and regional parks are packed with summer programs.
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
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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
June 21
Dude, a gelding, now grazes on a farm far from Texas.

Anderson: Miles aren't as long for a new cutting horse

Texas-bound with a fire that never quite dims.
Outdoors
June 21
Spring songbird: the male red-winged blackbird.

Morning bird songs can signal a lot of different things

So, why do birds sing, call or make mechanical sounds?
Outdoors
June 21
The family bought Cabin 5 at the Glendale Club near Annandale. The property consists of a main lodge and six smaller cabins.

This cabin club membership near Annandale has paid dividends

Established in 1908, the Glendale Club was once a hunting and fishing club about an hour from the Twin Cities. The club lives on in…
Outdoors
June 21
The BWCA is a popular spot to visit and can be a successful jaunt if you know what to bring.

Anderson: What to pack if you're headed to the Boundary Waters

To fish the boundary waters effectively, you needn't bring along a big tackle box. But here's what you should pack before you leave.
Variety
June 21
Follow our hike of the Superior Trail

Follow our hike of the Superior Trail

Follow writer Melanie Radzicki McManus and Star Tribune photographer Brian Peterson on a 310-mile adventure through the beauty of the North Shore from Duluth to Canada. Our weekly series begins July 6.
Outdoors
June 20
In this photo taken on Friday March 16, 2018 a pangolin from the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is held by a carer before being taken to th

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.
Outdoors
June 20
Akeel Meghjee.

Trophy tales: Teen, two kids find success at Lake of the Woods

A look at this week's memorable fish catches.
Outdoors
June 19

Minnetonka high schoolers dominate the field in youth fishing tournament

Youth anglers from the Minnetonka fishing team took the top two places and tied for third in one of the state's premier high school fishing tournaments.
Outdoors
June 19

Minnesota fishing report

Where the fish have been biting
National
June 19

DNR: Spring hunters killed nearly 39K turkeys

Hunters killed nearly 39,000 turkeys during Wisconsin's spring seasons this year, the second-smallest harvest in the last 10 years.
Books
June 17

North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

Bison, or buffalo, once thundered across the heart of North America in the tens of millions. But overhunting saw their numbers plummet to a few hundred by the late 1800s.
Outdoors
June 17
About 1,000 Minnesota prep trapshooters gathered in Alexandria, Minn., on Thursday, one day of nine days of competition during which more than 1 milli

Anderson: Prep trap shooting is going over with a bang - but needs help

The Minnesota high school trap shooting championship this year will attract more than 8,000 students over nine days, but youth participation in bird hunting, deer hunting and fishing has been declining rapidly.
Outdoors
June 16
Various bodies of water in the Twin Cities area — the gathering above happened at Wolfe Lake in St. Louis Park — offer the sort of fishing that wi

A Top 10 list of Twin Cities fishing ponds for Father's Day

DNR promotes "Fishing in the Neighborhood."
Outdoors
June 15
Cliffs near Taylors Falls.

New book lauds unique grandeur of St. Croix and Namekagon rivers

St. Croix and Namekagon rivers get stirring treatment in a book that coincides with the anniversary of legislation in 1968 that protects them.
Outdoors
June 15
Porter Fox, author of "Northland."

Author Porter Fox digs into fascinating history of the northland along 'America's Forgotten Border'

Author finds that the wild endures along border from Maine to Minnesota.
Outdoors
June 15

Gallery: Book captures grandeur of St. Croix and Namekagon rivers

Photo book coincides with 50-year anniversary of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that protects the waterways.