A Mountain Hideaway: Part 1

The No. 1 hotel in the world is not in Hawaii, Europe or some island in the South Pacific. It’s in the middle of rural Montana. Triple Creek Ranch (TCR) is tucked away in Western Montana’s Rocky Mountains, and despite its remote location it received the top honor from Travel & Leisure in the magazine’s 2014 reader vote.

A Mountain Hideaway: Part 2

November 20
“I see it!” I exclaim to my wife before scurrying up the final ridge of slab-like boulders. She follows quickly, and together we take in our reward for climbing to 8,000 feet elevation along the highest peak in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains: a panoramic view of Baker Lake.

Video Blog: Adventures at The Ranch at Rock Creek

October 27
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s a video worth? This fall, my wife and I took the trip of a lifetime to The Ranch at Rock Creek in Western Montana.
October 13

Photo Essay: A Day at the Ranch

If there’s a prettier place in the lower 48 than Montana, I have yet to see it. My travels have taken me to all four corners of the continental U.S., and many places in between, but I must say Western Montana stands out. One of the best places to marvel at Mother Nature and also interact with her is The Ranch at Rock Creek, near Philipsburg, Montana.
October 6

Seventeen appointed to new Lake Mille Lacs advisory group

The DNR says members of the committee will contribute to the broader understanding of biological, social and economic aspects of the lake
September 29

Lake Sturgeon Brings Old Friends Together

It was in the early 80's when I last saw this snot nosed girl and her family.
September 25

Some hunters this weekend will be asked to have ducks tested for avian flu

The Department of Natural Resources will have field testing stations in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Swift and Todd counties.
September 14

Dayton announces plan to restore Minnesota pheasants

Effort to increase populations could cost up to $100M.
September 14

North Dakota pheasants are up 30 percent

Results mirror results in Minnesota, South Dakota.
September 10

Dayton says they'll be a walleye season this winter on Mille Lacs

Previously, the DNR said it would wait until an annual fall walleye survey was complete on Mille Lacs before determing whether winter walleye fishing could begin Dec. 1.
September 10

DNR seeks applicants for new Mille Lacs advisory group

Deadline to apply is Sept. 24
September 9

State Wide Lake Sturgeon Fishing~Nice Job MN DNR!

This last June most waters in Minnesota were opened for the first time to catch and release Lake Sturgeon fishing. Good fishing for the States largest fish might be closer then you think!
September 8

DNR: Minnesota pheasant index up 33 percent over last year

However, the 2015 pheasant index is 39 percent below the 10-year average and 59 percent below the long-term average. Loss of habitat remains a concern.
September 3

DNR to consider changes to spring turkey hunting season

Officials say it's time to reconsider current structure
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September 2

Dining in Style in South Beach

South Beach is famous for its nightlife, ocean views, glitz and glamorous. It also happens to be home to one of the finest dining hotspots in the U.S., at the Ritz-Cartlon, South Beach. The five-star hotel has acquired a supremely talented crew of elite chefs, a wonderfully skilled bartender and a hard-working, diverse support staff who collectively succeed in giving foodies one of the best all-around culinary experiences money can buy.
August 31

Pheasant count up 42 percent in South Dakota

Good news for the thousands of Minnesota pheasant hunters who head west each fall to chase roosters in South Dakota: pheasant numbers there are up.
August 28

Running to Survive, and to Honor Those Who Didn’t

Running to Survive and to Honor Those Who Didn’t
August 28

Fishing in Paradise: Little Palm Island

Giant tarpon are swarming like sharks in the black water, devouring their prey whole. The predators leap out of the water in pursuit of their quarry––each splash so sudden and severe it startles me into flinching. The sun will not rise over the Atlantic Ocean for another two hours, but spotlights under Little Palm Island’s dock illuminate just enough water for me to spot a tarpon cruising for something to kill. I toss my bait out in front of the notoriously finicky fish, and it immediately bolts toward it.
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August 28

A Mother's Day Trip Sans Kids

My life got forever better on July 17, 2014, when my son Joseph Mario was born. I’ve never been much of a baby person, but I was amazed how much fuller and happier my already-full and already-happy life became when my wife gave birth to those all-consuming 8-pounds, 13 ounces.
August 27

S.D. pheasants increase 42 percent

South Dakota will welcome thousands of non-resident hunters again this year.
August 17

State walk-in hunting program gets federal funding, will expand

A $1.67 million, three-year federal grant that funds the program has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials announced Monday.
August 9

Experience the multi-faceted nature of bowfishing

Bowfishing is a challenging style of archery hunting on the water. It improves water quality, provides an organic source of fertilizer, and is the fastest growing sport in the archery world. Give it a try at Game Fair this weekend and next.
August 5

Time to apply for fall youth hunts is now

Waterfowl, deer and upland hunts are available
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