Archery can extend the fall deer hunting season. Here a bow hunter checks a rub made on a tree by a whitetail buck.

Anderson: Bow hunting for deer remains popular as interest in archery dips

Better equipment encourages women, youth to try archery.

While grieving for friend, angler catches record muskie

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Corey Kitzmann of Davenport, Iowa, owns the new Minnesota muskie release record. He caught this 57¼ inch fish while on Lake Vermilion on Aug. 6, 2019
Corey Kitzmann of Davenport, Iowa, holds the new Minnesota catch-and-release muskie record, after landing a 57¼-inch behemoth while fishing Lake Vermilion on Aug. 6.

Interest in duck stamps, and competitions, on the decline

October 21
2020 Pheasant Stamp Competition * First Place: Mark Kness of albert lea, Minn.
The drastic downturn in enthusiasm for wildlife art has led to more than one conversation at the state DNR over whether the tradition of stamps and contests is worth keeping.
Variety
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Anna Aberg and Tom Roberts, co-founders of the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club, with their dog Biscuit.

Millennials are getting hooked on fly fishing

It's fun, relaxing and oh, so Instagrammable.
Variety
October 21

Minnesota man drowns while duck hunting in South Dakota

A duck hunter from Minnesota has drowned in a South Dakota lake.
Outdoors
October 21
Aspen forests are Minnesota’s dominant tree species by far, but that status seems destined to shrink due to climate change.

Aspen, Minnesota's dominant tree, stands for more than autumn

Aspen are known for their fall color show, but consider the trees for their value to conservation, hunting and the forest economy.
Outdoors
October 19
North of Hibbing this weekend, during the first statewide youth deer hunt, Nancy Burkes, left, and Hillarie Glad, second from left, hosted Leah Bloomq

Anderson: First statewide youth deer hunt helps grow next generation of Minn. hunters

Open to youth ages 10 to 17, the four-day hunt coincides with the school break Minnesota kids typically are awarded over the long MEA weekend.
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
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Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Outdoors
October 18
Simplicity and joy found in a small place up the Gunflint Trail

Simplicity and joy found in a small place up the Gunflint Trail

Cabin Country: Built in 1971, cabin has become home.
Duluth
October 17
A ring-necked duck flies above Rice Lake in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Suspected fire on radar in northern Minnesota turns out to be 600,000 ducks

Meteorologists in the National Weather Service's Duluth office noticed some unusual activity on the screen and became worried there was a fire in Aitkin County.
Outdoors
October 17
Olena Johnson of Chanhassen grew up in Ukraine and is among a dedicated group of mushroom hunters in Minnesota, many of them from Eastern Europe. At l

The 'quiet hunt': Pull of northern forests is strong for Eastern European mushroomers

Immigrants to the state, they recall homeland traditions as they comb woods for tasty prize.
Outdoors
October 17
Anderson: Horses inspire a special bond between father and son

Anderson: Horses inspire a special bond between father and son

Delivering them, riding them — they bring joy to a father and son.
Duluth
October 17
An annual hunt in Grand Rapids, Minn., is used to study the populations of ruffed grouse (above) and woodcock. This year’s hunt revealed seemingly g

Anderson: Ruffed grouse remain a forest mystery

The ruffed grouse population is often not what it seems, but it seems to be up.
Outdoors
October 17

Tamaracks are unique – and uniquely colorful now

Nature Notes: The tamarack is abundant in the coniferous forest region in Minnesota.
Outdoors
October 17
New construction on the Casey Jones State Trail added 3 more miles to the 100-mile vision.

Casey Jones State Trail is the story of the bike path that the state forgot

The paved trail in the state's southwest was the first of its kind.
Outdoors
October 17

Study owls, take moonlit walks, celebrate autumn at Lake Shetek

Candlelight walkBrown's Creek State Trail6-9 p.m. Friday• Hundreds of candles will light the trail between Neal and Lofton avenues. (651-231-6968; mndnr.gov/brownscreek) The mysterious owlWild…
Outdoors
October 17
Alex Falconer has found himself quite at home in the wilderness.

Currents: Alex Falconer, trail runner and environmental advocate

What outdoors people are reading, following and more.
Variety
October 17

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.
Outdoors
October 16
Riders make their way along Highway B40 on the first day of RAGBRAI XL Sunday morning July 22, 2012 in Iowa.

Correction: Bike Ride-Iowa story

In a story Oct. 15 about the resignations of organizers of a popular Iowa bike ride, The Associated Press reported that Gannett, the Des Moines Register's parent company, didn't immediately respond to inquiries. That sentence should have been removed once Gannett's chief marketing officer announced that the ride would continue.
East Metro
October 16
Former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke to about 150 supporters and friends Tuesday at William O’Brien State Park near Marine on St. Croix, at th

Minnesota honors Walter Mondale by naming 5 St. Croix river spots for him

The memorials recognize the former vice president's early role in efforts to protect the St. Croix and other vulnerable rivers.
Outdoors
October 15
A 1960 veterans’ pheasant dinner benefit promised a steak dinner to anyone who dropped off a pheasant. “Shoot a pheasant for a vet!’’ the sign

Roaring ringneck pheasant era took on patriotic pulse

The ringneck's popularity in Minnesota is illustrated here by photos recording a 1950s-to-early-1960s-era event that saw entire communities mobilized to harvest roosters to help feed veterans.
Outdoors
October 15

Minnesota pheasant hunters find going tough on first days of season

The weekend's intemperate weather and too many standing crops apparently kept some ringneck hunters home.
East Metro
October 15
Dan and Brooke Triplett and daughters Macyn, 10, left, and Madelyn, 7, enjoyed the fall colors Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Warner Nature Center near Marine

After sudden closing, fate of 900-acre site still a mystery

The private foundation that owns the Warner Nature Center's land near Marine on St. Croix said last month it was severing its relationship with the Science Museum of Minnesota, which staffs the center and runs programming.
Local
October 15
The 170 hunters who joined Gov. Tim Walz took a total of 44 roosters, including the governor’s bird. Credit: Governor's Office

First time hosting Governor's Pheasant Opener, Walz bags a rooster

DNR says Minnesota's pheasant population is down from last year, but birds are still abundant in some areas.