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The anti-muskie sentiment centers on an assertion that large muskies will prey on walleye and panfish, ruining those native fish populations.
Larger crafts are in demand, thriving in a market flooded with new options.
Data on boat registrations in the state show ownership trends by county and type of boat.
The anti-muskie stocking movement was largely fed by local opposition to DNR plans to introduce muskies in Otter Tail County, Gull Lake and Big Marine Lake.
Stuck on a mud flat in a boggy stretch of the Mississippi as darkness was approaching, Michael Stone was in the early throes of freezing to death when he reached for a solar-powered cell phone.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the follies of boat launching take on epic proportions on three special occasions: fishing opener, Memorial Day weekend and July 4th.
Conservation officers across the state reported seeing success for many of the traditionalists who showed up.
For those who weren't turned off by the state's new season-long catch-and-release mandate for the big lake, the fish were plentiful.
Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop, a historic Lake Elmo store, is moving by Lake Monster Brewing Co.
After bypassing brisk current, fishing was a fruitful foray
More than 2,000 anglers are expected to participate Saturday in Lake Minnetonka's annual crappie contest, with $50,000 in prizes.
So far this year, 6,584 turkeys have been taken statewide compared to 6,592 a year ago.
This weekend's first Women's Outdoor Expo at South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club will offer clinics to all
Lessard-Sams council member says vehicles will harm habitat.
The change is a response to fishing option; the traditional program is to remain unchanged.
For the first time, the DNR is collecting walleye eggs on Lake Mille Lacs, with a look to the future
Conservationists say funds are being wrongly tied down.
County Attorney Richard Stulz said in papers filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals his office wants to resume prosecution of Joshua Dwight Liebl of Dawson on 13 gross-misdemeanor and misdemeanor counts
A judge has tossed out the Minnesota DNR's highest-profile deer-poaching bust in recent memory, saying a GPS device that conservation officers attached to the suspect's pickup was illegal.
State group, helped by Cabela's grant, has helped sport spread to 11 states with more in its sights
After resurrection of the bird in '70s, wildlife area is a rich hunting spot
Fishing with a bobber and live bait is a fundamental Minnesota experience that the Mille Lacs fishing and resort community felt they couldn't live without this summer.
To better track whitetail abundance, agency should survey hunters' opinionsannually, some say
Legislation that seeks to ban the spread of muskie fishing to new lakes in the state will be a sizzling topic of conversation this weekend…
Goal is to keep Mille Lacs open, but merchants are fearing deeper losses.
Want advice on muskie, walleye or smallmouth fishing or picking a kayak? It's available
Three men, a Chisago City fishing business and the Minnesota Fishing Museum itself will be inducted Friday into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame.
At 62, Jim Leach will take over the state fish and wildlife division.
Some conservation group leaders and DNR officials say the actions are threatening to undo millions of dollars in land deals between the state and willing sellers.
Policy will be catch-and-release only, with no live bait, this season.
Pheasant hunting's future murky one year into project.
Big and small, these five distinctive birds are part of a busy migration.
Management of roadside grasses is getting increased attention because of its effect on habitat
The two Grand Rapids-based hunting organizations share an interest in similar habitat and already have been working together on a plan to buy thousands of acres of private forest.
The DNR wants to prohibit its use by bird hunters on state land if Legislature doesn't.
Maple syrup makers in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are fretting over unseasonably warm temperatures out of fear the trees will start to bud before all the sap runs.
A look at outdoors-related topics likely to draw attention from lawmakers over the next 10 weeks.
Plan would bombard fish with water pressure, noise and underwater lights.
A rash of early ice-out dates since the late 1990s has been noticed by fisheries managers, climatologists, naturalists and lake biologists.
Anglers who fish south of a line connecting Detroit Lakes, Walker, the Floodwood area and Proctor must remove fish houses by the end of March 7.
After a historic Lake Superior catch last year, fishermen are eager to see if numbers stay high.
The DNR's estimate of walleye that die after being released is a growing source of frustration on the lake.
Rodmen Smith backs Gov. Mark Dayton on felony poaching law, wants warden diversity and balanced service.
The highly anticipated regulations will be set by the DNR in early March, but the first glimpse of what they could look like was shown to anglers Tuesday night.
Gov. Mark Dayton's reluctant decision last week to exclude private ditches from buffer strip mapping was an obvious setback to his hard-fought 2015 water-quality law.
Between economic and personal benefits, the only losers are the fish.
The mild winter, so far, should help more deer and pheasants survive. But it could still turn nasty.
"The sport is definitely growing in popularity," DNR Conservation Officer Thor Nelson said.
Three herds in northwestern Minnesota total about 130 elk; hunting has been allowed under tight restrictions.
Anglers in the lobby of Zippel Bay Resort want to know where walleyes are biting — and whether the Igloo Bar is for real. The answer lies nearly 2 miles from shore on Lake of the Woods.
Facility would oversee walleye at a lake hurt by low numbers.
Resourceful Lake of the Woods resort owners came to embrace winter anglers
Chaska's Courthouse Lake is continuing to draw trout anglers more than a week after the 10-acre fishing hole drew a crowd on the opening day of winter trout season.
Backers of a reintroduction project see it as restoring part of Minnesota's wildlife heritage
The North Shore State Trail has bounced back from rough start.
Shore Boards owner Tim Shore saw the paddle board craze and began handcrafting wood models
Opponents railing against long-range DNR plan to spread species to chains.
St. Paul's RiverCentre will open Thursday to the 46th annual Minnesota Sportsmen's Show for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and family vacations.
Scarcity of some baitfish in Lake Mille Lacs and the dynamics of how aquatic invasive species contribute to the Mille Lacs walleye crisis will take center stage Friday morning when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launches its annual roundtable with outdoors stakeholders.
The one-bird bag limit stays, but the empty-handed can try again.
Adam Murkowski will deal with the state audit on his agency's deer management programs and a controversial elk management plan.
Ice fishermen could hardly wait this winter to cut holes and resume their annual traditions
Commissioners worry other fish might be harmed.
A pheasant plan was made, a buffer bill passed. But Mille Lacs was the year's top outdoors story.
According to the latest estimate by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at least 25 percent of Minnesotans — more than 1 million people — feed birds.
Disease closed hatchery by Altura; it won't be viable for at least three years.
While there's still open water on the south end of Upper Red Lake, 4 to 7 inches of ice in other areas have tempted some anglers to venture out on four-wheelers.
Its purpose is to simultaneously address water pollution and make up for lost wildlife habitat in 54 counties in southern and western Minnesota.
Tom Landwehr, a waterfowl biologist who was hired by the state Department of Natural Resources in 1982, is entering his sixth year as the agency's top gun.
There's North Shore fishing, walleyes by Red Wing, and grouse, pheasant, deer and goose hunting.
Ag runoff is costly pollutant, but safe practices can help.
It's too warm even in Minnesota's winter hot spots.
The catch on Thanksgiving eve of a beastly muskie, estimated at 61 pounds by Dominic Hoyos of Stillwater, eclipsed the possible world record fly-fishing muskie caught by Robert Hawkins just 16 days earlier, also on Mille Lacs.
Chronic wasting disease spurred a shift away from the whole-carcass trade.
She reveled in the outdoors and loved painting it.
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