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Tony Kennedy

Reporter | Outdoors
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Tony Kennedy covers the outdoors for the Star Tribune. Previously he had been an investigative reporter since 2002, starting with a probe of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge.
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Minnesota deer harvest rises 15 percent because of abundance, eased regulations

Minnesota deer harvest rises 15 percent because of abundance, eased regulations

Deer hunters have taken 190,000 deer statewide starting with the archery season, continuing through the regular firearms season and now into the muzzleloader season.
Inside the push for a new center for loons in Minnesota

Inside the push for a new center for loons in Minnesota

Funding sought, momentum builds for National Loon Center in Crosslake.
Mystery surrounds wild buck adorned with ear tags reading 'Don't Miss'

Mystery surrounds wild buck adorned with ear tags reading 'Don't Miss'

State law enforcement officials are looking for the person or persons who apparently played a prank on deer hunters around Lanesboro.
Too young to hunt deer? Not in Wisconsin

Too young to hunt deer? Not in Wisconsin

Under legislation that Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign into law this week, kids of any age will be allowed to hunt deer and carry their own gun when accompanied by an adult.
Minnesota deer hunters on pace to harvest 15 percent more whitetails

Minnesota deer hunters on pace to harvest 15 percent more whitetails

The harvest surged after a slow start, reaching a mark 10 percent higher than last year's showing.
South Dakota's 2017 pheasant collapse extends to lands groomed for holding birds

South Dakota's 2017 pheasant collapse extends to lands groomed for holding birds

A party of 10 bagged only 30 roosters on managed farmland in South Dakota
Should deer season be delayed to better protect the bucks?

Should deer season be delayed to better protect the bucks?

Since 1959, the Minnesota firearms deer season has opened on the Saturday nearest Nov. 6, linking it to the short window of time when bucks make themselves most vulnerable to ambush.

Search starts to find site for world-class shooting range

The Department of Natural Resources has officially kicked off the process for finding a location to potentially build a world-class shooting range and clubhouse to be used by state high school trapshooters and to attract other statewide, regional, national or international events.
Busted: Deer hunters nailed most often for baiting

Busted: Deer hunters nailed most often for baiting

Hunting over bait was the single most common bust during last year's Minnesota deer season. Nearly 200 citations were issued and another 56 hunters received warnings.
Health officials adjust advice to hunters regarding chronic wasting disease

Health officials adjust advice to hunters regarding chronic wasting disease

New evidence about chronic wasting disease leads health officials to reconsider their advice
On brink of pheasant season, South Dakota bracing for reduced bag

On brink of pheasant season, South Dakota bracing for reduced bag

Birds are even scarce in the hotbed of Mobridge, but state still boasts it has more birds than anyplace else.

Minnesota game bird hunters finding little to shoot

Game wardens across the state's pheasant range reported strong participation in many areas, but sparse results.
DNR wildlife researcher Davros working to help upland birds thrive

DNR wildlife researcher Davros working to help upland birds thrive

Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher, is looking for ways to increase pheasant populations. "I know our numbers look down," Davros said. "But I'm optimistic for the next five years."
Passionate bowhunter Krahn: 'Every one is a trophy'

Passionate bowhunter Krahn: 'Every one is a trophy'

Terry Krahn's passion for bowhunting deer started early, and hasn't waned
Trio of landscaping projects for birds include visions for SE Minnesota

Trio of landscaping projects for birds include visions for SE Minnesota

Three projects are underway to improve habitat for grouse, woodcock.

DNR picks new leader for deer plan as deadline approaches

Leslie McInenly named to take the plan to the finish.
For luring walleyes, try lead core fishing lines

For luring walleyes, try lead core fishing lines

Fall fishing with lead-core line proves a worthy alternative.
Hunting bluebills still thrilling despite their scarcity

Hunting bluebills still thrilling despite their scarcity

But veterans of the pursuit lament the shortage of birds in Minnesota — 'It's just a shame'

Grouse leverage greenery to their advantage in hunting season opener

Game wardens across Minnesota's grouse-hunting range witnessed a decent effort but scant success last weekend during the season opener for ruffed grouse, spruce grouse and Northwest Zone sharptailed grouse.
Wildlife managers seek to regain authority to kill problem cormorants

Wildlife managers seek to regain authority to kill problem cormorants

Fish and Wildlife officials looking to reverse ruling to allow culling of birds deemed destructive.
DNR deal raises suspicion, distrust among Mille Lacs walleye anglers

DNR deal raises suspicion, distrust among Mille Lacs walleye anglers

Indication that public wasn't supposed to know details of walleye deal causes a stir.
Minnesota's overall bear shortage a paradox amid soaring hunter success

Minnesota's overall bear shortage a paradox amid soaring hunter success

Shortage of natural foods causes the animals to make themselves obvious.
Minnesota DNR extends ban on feeding deer by 11 more counties

Minnesota DNR extends ban on feeding deer by 11 more counties

The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded a ban on deer feeding to 11 central and north-central counties to guard against the spread of…
Data confirms pheasant carnage from South Dakota's insufferable drought

Data confirms pheasant carnage from South Dakota's insufferable drought

Ringneck estimates are down 45 percent.

DNR, fearing spread of CWD, wants owner of troubled deer farm penalized

Fearing spread of CWD, agency pushing animal health board to suspend farmer's license.
Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs reopens with a whimper

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs reopens with a whimper

Walleyes were biting on big lake for those anglers going out.

College angler tournament 'great' for host Bemidji

Minnesota's Lake Bemidji this week will host 90 of the nation's best collegiate angler teams for three days of bass competition in a series that will determine a national Bassmaster college champion.

School fishing boom making tournament splash

Mille Lacs and Gull Lake will be proving grounds for students this week.
Meet the scientists working to stop spread of zebra mussels in state

Meet the scientists working to stop spread of zebra mussels in state

As the zebra mussel continues its destructive march across Minnesota's waterways, researchers are counterattacking with sophisticated chemical and genetic weapons.
How the zebra mussels scourge spread across Minnesota

How the zebra mussels scourge spread across Minnesota

Zebra mussels are invading more of Minnesota's lakes and rivers than ever — and their relentless advance poses a growing threat to our state's way of life.
Is your nearby lake or river infested with zebra mussels?

Is your nearby lake or river infested with zebra mussels?

More than 200 major bodies of water in Minnesota have tested positive for the presence of zebra mussels so far. Use the search tool to see which lakes and rivers have been affected.
More and more, fish replicas are catching on with anglers

More and more, fish replicas are catching on with anglers

Growth of catch-and-release fishing keeps crafters of the next-best thing busy
Minn. DNR chief apologizes for extended walleye ban on Lake Mille Lacs

Minn. DNR chief apologizes for extended walleye ban on Lake Mille Lacs

Catch-and-release will resume on Aug. 11.
Mille Lacs becomes a big bass hot spot

Mille Lacs becomes a big bass hot spot

The DNR is closely monitoring lake, eyeing smallmouth numbers.
Mille Lacs ranked No. 1 bass lake in the nation by fishing magazine

Mille Lacs ranked No. 1 bass lake in the nation by fishing magazine

Mille Lacs has been losing its identity as a leading walleye lake in the Upper Midwest, but it keeps gaining attention for great bass fishing.
Monster muskie found belly-up on Mille Lacs exceeds state record

Monster muskie found belly-up on Mille Lacs exceeds state record

Earlier this month, Gary Gilbert and his wife stumbled upon a decaying 59½-inch muskie. Death blanched its coloring, but its body was fully intact.
On Upper Red Lake, fishing is simply a breeze

On Upper Red Lake, fishing is simply a breeze

Walleyes are biting on Upper Red, when the wind doesn't stop anglers.

DNR opening super-sized training academy to fill game warden shortage

DNR gets funding to fill posts opened by retirees.
State's newest state park a work in progress, but drawing crowds

State's newest state park a work in progress, but drawing crowds

Crowds already are flocking to the fishing pier and its surrounding day-use area at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. A few boat-in campsites have opened and crews are working toward a late-summer opening of the park's first campground.
Fishing opener in Tower, Minn., offers fun by the boatland

Fishing opener in Tower, Minn., offers fun by the boatland

Those familiar with Lake Vermilion said Saturday was the best all-around opening day of fishing that they can recall.
Several issues await Minnesota anglers this summer

Several issues await Minnesota anglers this summer

Year-over-year changes are shaped by issues tackled by DNR fisheries personnel.

State auditor set to review agency that oversees deer and elk farms

Judy Randall, deputy legislative auditor, said concerns about the possible spread of CWD from privately owned deer and elk to the state's wild herd sparked interest in an evaluation.
Hunting snow geese — abundant yet elusive — requires some blind luck

Hunting snow geese — abundant yet elusive — requires some blind luck

A wildly expanding population doesn't mean it's an easy hunt in the unpredictable late season

Ravaged portion of St. Croix State Forest enjoys a rebirth

Turkey enthusiasts lead habitat restoration project.

Walleye fishing on Upper Red Lake keeps improving

Ice anglers this winter harvested 109,000 pounds of walleyes under a three-fish bag limit, but the DNR announced this week that there's ample room for a spring bag limit of four walleyes.
Suspicious deer killed in CWD hot zone may be from farm, DNR says

Suspicious deer killed in CWD hot zone may be from farm, DNR says

The discovery was made recently when the animal was shot during a culling exercise to reduce chances the disease will spread to other whitetails.
Restricted Mille Lacs walleye season to shut down entirely July 7-27

Restricted Mille Lacs walleye season to shut down entirely July 7-27

Restrictions needed to protect dwindling fish numbers, DNR says.
Northwest Sportshow's tradition of entrepreneurship carries on

Northwest Sportshow's tradition of entrepreneurship carries on

The annual gathering for hunting, fishing and camping enthusiasts has been a familiar launchpad for innovative gear for 85 years.
Minnesota's southeast corner is the place for eagles

Minnesota's southeast corner is the place for eagles

March is peak month to view them and to visit eagle center in Wabasha
Mille Lacs business owners say walleye strife is politics, not biology

Mille Lacs business owners say walleye strife is politics, not biology

There's discord between the Department of Natural Resources and Chippewa bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin over how many walleyes to allocate for state and tribal anglers
Some hunters, anglers voice support for DNR fee increases

Some hunters, anglers voice support for DNR fee increases

A draft letter addressed to legislative leaders has been signed by Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, The Izaak Walton League and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy along with more than 35 other sportsmen's clubs and natural resources groups.
Coalition defies 'no new public lands' cry with 7,000-acre plan in St. Louis County

Coalition defies 'no new public lands' cry with 7,000-acre plan in St. Louis County

Broad benefits to both habitat conservation, hunting touted.
Game warden shortage leaving large areas of Minnesota unpatrolled

Game warden shortage leaving large areas of Minnesota unpatrolled

With 23 openings expected by May, the DNR is seeking a $2.78 million budget hike from the Legislature to fill jobs.

National alliance calls for a review of Minnesota's handling of deer farms

Alliance questions animal health board's priorities.
Expect another catch-and-release walleye season on Mille Lacs

Expect another catch-and-release walleye season on Mille Lacs

The DNR has yet to publish regulations for the coming open-water season. But the DNR's Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee was told last week to expect a second catch-and-release season.

Field report: Winter walleye season coming to sloppy end

Anglers and resorters are pulling back from an ice season that never produced the wild bite that has taken place in recent years
Tensions over deer farming surface in double CWD outbreak

Tensions over deer farming surface in double CWD outbreak

At risk is the state's 1-million-animal deer herd, more than $500 million annually in economic activity tied to deer hunting and the state's legacy of family and friends bonding over whitetails in the fall.
Controversial 'Dr. Deer' stirs the pot in Minnesota's CWD disease zone

Controversial 'Dr. Deer' stirs the pot in Minnesota's CWD disease zone

"Dr. Deer" throws water on DNR, calling CWD overblown and eradication measures excessive.
As demand soars for Canadian fishing trips, bush pilots and lodges flying high

As demand soars for Canadian fishing trips, bush pilots and lodges flying high

At most of Ontario's 450 lodges, fishing trips were up from at least 10 percent to 30 percent last year.
Potential accord reached in feud over ATV trails on Crow Wing land

Potential accord reached in feud over ATV trails on Crow Wing land

Officials credited sudden diplomacy by ATV riders for helping to build compromise.
Beer and fly-tying mix well at angler gatherings in the metro

Beer and fly-tying mix well at angler gatherings in the metro

Gatherings like the one by the St. Paul Fly Tiers at Summit Brewing have become more regular.
Garbage left by ice fisherman becoming bigger problem

Garbage left by ice fisherman becoming bigger problem

For some lakes, such as Lake of the Woods, committees have formed to clean up abandoned garbage

Minnesota to hire federal sharpshoots to shoot more deer in Fillmore County

Lou Cornicelli, the DNR's top big game researcher, said Tuesday the sharpshooters could go to work in the area by the third week in February to help eliminate a vexing outbreak of CWD.

DNR sees wild ginseng as the root of more money

Unlike many other states, Minnesota has never required diggers of wild ginseng to buy a license. That could change.
Walleye over-harvesting a concern on Lake of the Woods

Walleye over-harvesting a concern on Lake of the Woods

Minnesota game wardens have been writing numerous tickets for overharvesting, Conservation Officer Nicholas Prachar said Tuesday.
Quail hunting on the rise ahead of National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic

Quail hunting on the rise ahead of National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic

As the bird population recovers, hunters are returning — a good sign for February's event in Minneapolis.
Minn. deer hunter's death remains 'such a mystery'

Minn. deer hunter's death remains 'such a mystery'

Terry Brisk's loved ones are seeking answers after his death on the opening Monday of deer hunting as authorities vow not to "give up."
A pontoon that expands on the water. Will it fly at the Boat Show?

A pontoon that expands on the water. Will it fly at the Boat Show?

From a backyard workshop in Oakdale comes a pontoon boat that is the standard width of 8.5 feet on a trailer, but when it's on the water it unfolds to 11.5 feet.
Minnesota looks to tighten fishing rules on beloved crappies, sunnies

Minnesota looks to tighten fishing rules on beloved crappies, sunnies

Lower DNR limits would be an unpopular next step.
Minnesota notching up its fight against CWD in wild deer

Minnesota notching up its fight against CWD in wild deer

With two more likely infected deer found, hunt may get bigger.
DNR looking at cut in 60-year daily limit of six walleye

DNR looking at cut in 60-year daily limit of six walleye

Minnesota's standard walleye limit of six fish per license holder could shrink for the first time in 60 years under a review that's in its infancy at the state DNR.
Ice getting nice: Conditions improving for ice fishing

Ice getting nice: Conditions improving for ice fishing

Christmas rain was actually a boost, and hopes are for a long ice fishing season.
Ahead in 2017: Mille Lacs walleye drama, mining watch for BWCA

Ahead in 2017: Mille Lacs walleye drama, mining watch for BWCA

A coalition to protect the BWCA that finally includes hunters and anglers, Minnesota's battles against Chronic Wasting Disease and invasive species, the state's first deer management plan ever and the latest walleye drama from Mille Lacs make up a diverse slate of outdoors stories that bear watching in 2017.
State slaps CWD quarantine on Crow Wing County deer farm

State slaps CWD quarantine on Crow Wing County deer farm

2 animals in the private herd recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Third infected deer discovered in Minnesota's CWD outbreak

Third infected deer discovered in Minnesota's CWD outbreak

The DNR said a hunter killed the infected deer in mid-November about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer, which were killed about 4 miles west of Lanesboro. A taxidermist provided the DNR with a sample for testing, which led to the discovery.
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