Passage of the Wetland Conservation Act preceded the establishment of the Wetlands Bank, which encourages landowners committed to conservation to rest

Anderson: Banking big on wetlands

Just as large as the need for runoff areas are financial incentives for worthy projects
OUTDOORS

State report: Lax oversight of deer and elk farmers needs fixing

April 20
Drop boxes like this have become a fixture during recent deer hunts in parts of Minnesota.
The report recommended that the Board of Animal Health should more closely oversee deer and elk farmers, as well as strengthen consequences for those who don't comply with state rules,

Spring, fall trips to boundary waters have their special joys

April 19
Remnants of winter clung to life during a spring trip to the boundary waters of northern Minnesota and Canada.
You go before or after the usual times and you won't have bugs -- or people -- to deal with.
Outdoors
April 21
The DNR is allowing record-eligible northerns, like this monster caught in Upper Red Lake, to be measured and photographed, then released before it’

DNR adds catch-and-release category for northern pike records

When it comes to lunkers, there's extra encouragement along with new rules to advance the growing practice of catch and release.
Outdoors
April 20
The 16-by-28-foot log cabin was built with wood and other materials harvested on the farm or found in the area.

A cabin drawn from the land

My dad and I had talked about building a log cabin for a long time. We finally decided to do that in the late '70s…
Outdoors
April 20

What are you observing? Be a part of the City Nature Challenge

Citizen science project involves documenting wildlife, plants with iNaturalist app
Outdoors
April 20
Tom Yuska, of St. Paul, stopped on an exercise ride before work, was traveling west on Summit Avenue near Macalester College in St. Paul. Yuska said h

iCycle: Working cycling into his personal and work lives

Summer youth cycling program is reaching kids in mobile home communities.
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 21 hours 39 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
April 20
Peta Barrett, Women's Wilderness Discovery

Currents: Peta Barrett, North Woods wilderness guide

What outdoors people are doing, listening to, reading and more.
Local
April 19
In 2010, hog manure is spread over grain fields near Redwood Falls, Minn., for fertilizer. One of two contentious bills looming at the Legislature wou

Minnesota Legislature on collision course with Gov. Dayton on water bills

Proposed laws would give legislators more control of fertilizer and wild rice rules.
Outdoors
April 19
Ashley Peters said learning to hunt was “unsettling” at times but ultimately rewarding.

She didn't hunt or fish as a child, but the bug hit hard in adulthood

My Outdoor Life: Minnesotan Ashley Peters is immersed now, and wants it for others.
Outdoors
April 19
North Country Trail's reroute remains tangled in politics

North Country Trail's reroute remains tangled in politics

Bill would allow practical reroute that closes gap from Chippewa National Forest to existing trails.
Outdoors
April 19

Do This Now: State and regional park walks, Earth Day events

Geocaching, walks under the moon and more this weekend.
Outdoors
April 19

Nature Notes: So much for our April rain, huh?

Alas, April is supposed to be the month of rain. We've gotten it — it's just been the frozen variety.Snow is historically a rare episode…
Outdoors
April 19
Anderson: Snow has created challenges for some of Minnesota's wildlife

Anderson: Snow has created challenges for some of Minnesota's wildlife

Finding food, nesting among the concerns for pheasants, deer, woodcock.
Outdoors
April 19
DNR says Mille Lacs smallmouth population 'healthy'

DNR says Mille Lacs smallmouth population 'healthy'

Recent estimate says half of lake's bass exceed 17 inches.
Outdoors
April 19
DNR adds 2 metro open houses on deer plan

DNR adds 2 metro open houses on deer plan

Agency had been criticized for forgetting about Twin Cities hunters.
Local
April 18
Ji Chen skied the cross country course Wednesday at Theodore Wirth Park.

Tired of endless winter? Twin Cities skiers can't get enough

Deep snow, fresh tracks, freezing temps: Winter's staying power delights some.
Outdoors
April 17
Two whitetail deer along the Minnesota River in 2013.

Farm deer escapes concern DNR because of chronic wasting disease

The DNR has complained that the Board of Animal Health is too cozy with deer farmers to ideally protect the state's invaluable wild deer herd from infected game farm deer.
Outdoors
April 17

Minnesota Waterfowl Association honors four, inducts eight into Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association (MWA) has honored its top 2018 members and chapters on Friday night.
Outdoors
April 14
When do mallards pick up and leave Minnesota in the fall? And when they do leave, do they hopscotch their way down the state, or fly long distances to

Anderson: Study of ducks' seasonal migrations to resume this summer

Researchers to keep studying mallards' annual migrations, which aren't always driven by weather
Outdoors
April 14
Four men from Albert Lea — from left, Dick Lindell, Tom Tubbs, the late Bob Head and Ray Hangge — founded the Minnesota Waterfowl Association in 1

Q&A: Minn. Waterfowl Association working on better habitat

Brad Nylin has been executive director of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association (MWA) for 11 years.
Outdoors
April 13
Stephanie Hoff and pacer David Wirth have a running relationship built on trust.

Inside the world of pacers, the unsung lot who helps gets runners to the finish

Pacers in ultramarathons are part psychologist, nurse, cheerleader, drill sergeant, and logistics specialist.
Outdoors
April 12
A young moose took advantage of the lack of traffic on the Gunflint Trail at daybreak.

Anderson: Reference to northeast moose management is dubious in Minnesota's deer plan

Hanging in the balance is the integrity of the draft deer plan.