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Dennis Anderson

Columnist | Outdoors
Phone: 612-673-4424
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Outdoors columnist and editor Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.


Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.
Recent content from Dennis Anderson
Vacationing and camping in the time of coronavirus: Consideration of other people, their health and surroundings, should be a priority. Wash your hand

Anderson: Vacationers need to be considerate of others; bring a mask

And wear it, especially indoors. It's the right thing to do.
Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails Division director Erika Rivers stands at a remote camp site at Afton State Park.. Some state parks will open to campers

Anderson: State parks slowly get ready to reopen to campers

Except at a relative handful of remote state park sites where camping is allowed, no one has pitched a tent or parked an RV in a Minnesota state park since March 27. That's about to change.
Tony Roach dipped a few lines of his own when he wasn’t allowed to work as a guide. He can return to his livelihood Monday, when COVID-19 restrictio

Anderson: Veteran guide Roach ready to safely go back to work on Mille Lacs

Like other Minnesota fishing guides, Tony Roach's business had been sidelined by a directive issued by Gov. Tim Walz. The governor's order has since been changed.

The Tony Roach file

Tony Roach file • Roach, 41, lives in Moose Lake, Minn., with his wife, Sonja, and their son and daughter. • The owner of Roach’s…

Anderson: Environment loses again if GOP has way with lottery money

Almost from the time it was created, legislators have dipped into the state lottery's environmental trust fund. reducing the amount of lottery proceeds dedicated to conservation.
Upper Red Lake, about an hour north of Bemidji, was about as crowded this opening day as it was a year ago. The hottest walleye lake in the Minnesota

Anderson: Anglers venture away from home to seek walleyes on fishing opener

Despite pleas to stay close to home, the popular Upper Red Lake spot drew big numbers from Twin Cities-area anglers for the annual opener. After all, Minnesota is a walleye state, and most walleye are Up North.
Pickups, boats and trailers lined up, preparing to launch, Saturday morning at West Wind Resort on Upper Red Lake. The resort limited access to its la

Five ways the fishing opener - on the way to and on Upper Red Lake - was different

Here's a look at five ways this year's opener en route to and on Upper Red Lake was different:
Tony Seykora

Anderson: These old men can't fish this weekend, but still have great tales to tell

Not everyone who wants to will be fishing when walleye season opens Saturday. Sitting this one out will be thousands of elderly Minnesotans who are confined to nursing homes by the pandemic, with no one allowed in and no one allowed out.
Lead jigs and other tackle made of the material are used each year by hundreds of thousands of Minnesota anglers, and a significant amount of that tac

Anderson: Pandemic holds up DNR's push to get lead out of tackle boxes

The DNR was advocating for tackle that won't poison swans and loons.
Anderson: Safe fishing is doable, says infectious disease expert Osterholm

Anderson: Safe fishing is doable, says infectious disease expert Osterholm

A renowned epidemiologist and a passionate fisherman, Michael T. Osterholm suggests ways anglers can protect themselves while on lakes and rivers.
Dennis Anderson and John Weyrauch hunted turkeys alone, together, in separate blinds last week. Anderson’s plan was to call in a big tom for his fri

Anderson: Alone and together can be done in turkey hunting

Dennis Anderson and John Weyrauch hunted turkeys alone, together, in separate blinds last week. Anderson's plan was to call in a big tom for his friend. That morning, the turkeys won. But not so the next morning.
Social distancing can work on fishing’s opening day in Minnesota, provided anglers are thoughtful while launching boats and while on the water.

Anderson: Minnesotans, you're blessed with an outdoors season; don't mess up

As hunting and fishing start up during a pandemic, it's more important than ever to follow the rules.
Owners of Paradise Resort near Pennington, Minn.: We can offer a safe environment to our guests.

Anderson: Northern Minnesota resort owners make it clear: come up and fish

In the past month, some public officials in northern Minnesota have said visitors aren't welcome, worried metro vacationers might tote the coronavirus with them. But resorts need customers. Or some won't survive.
Minnesota will turn to habitat-making expertise as it tries to bump up the population of ruffed grouse in the state — and more birds, in turn, would

Anderson: Ruffed grouse targeted in habitat plan

The primary conservation group that advocates for ruffed grouse has made dramatic changes to the way it operates, with a goal of significantly increasing ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat nationwide.
Retired Vikings head coach Bud Grant, photographed in his basement in December 2017

Anderson: Lying low during pandemic, Bud Grant sees history repeating itself

Stricken with polio at age 10, former Vikings head coach Bud Grant today sees similar "highly stressful times" with the unknowns surrounding COVID-19.
April, in past years, would mark (clockwise from top left) scores of turkey hunters afield in camouflage; spot checks of houses that harbor wood ducks

Anderson: Early spring activity marks renewal for outdoors, now on hiatus

April is known for an annual awakening of nature, a beckon to head outdoors. But not this year.
Jake Wallner, left, of St. Paul and his buddy Adam Bergstrom of Farmington set off Tuesday on the Misssissippi River in Bergstrom’s new boat, launch

Anderson: On this stretch of the Mississippi, it's fishing as usual -- for now

On the banks of the Mississippi near Red Wing, where walleye fishing is allowed year-round, anglers decide for themselves when fishing season begins.
Even on rainy, misty days, paddling in Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, provides an excellent summer getaway for Minnesota anglers and canoeists. If

Anderson: Shuttering of Canada-U.S. border has outdoors implications

Businesses and customers in both nations brace for a closed border.

Anderson: Reality is a real dose these days, but so is the fishing

A rod, a country river, and time to anchor while waters are troubled.
Boundary Waters Journal editor and publisher Stu Osthoff embraces his work as a BWCA guide, leading anglers to hot spots for walleyes and trophy small

Anderson: Boundary Waters magazine publisher makes time for his own adventures

Stu Osthoff, publisher of Boundary Waters Journal, gets the itch to live out the adventures and lifestyle chronicled in his magazine.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

Anderson: Minnesota's path isn't so clear after wolves become delisted

Don't expect a Minnesota wolf hunting or trapping season this fall, in part because the DNR will spend the next year updating its wolf management plan.
Dominic Schneider jigged last week on an east metro lake, looking for bluegills. The DNR hopes to implement a plan to increase the average size of blu

Anderson: DNR launching efforts to beef up size of sunfish and bluegills

Minnesota DNR in the past decade has cut sunfish limits from 20, to 10 or five in about 60 lakes. Results: fish maintained their size in lakes with 10 limits and generally increased size in lakes with five-fish limits.
Tim Murphy, center, with his brother Jim, right, and cousin John Murphy.

Anderson: It was a life of words – and fields – for prairie poet from Fargo

Timothy Murphy did a lot of things while cultivating a following as an esteemed poet.
Hunting for voles last week at Winterberry Bog in the Sax-Zim Bog about an hour north of Duluth was this barred owl. A valued sighting by birders, bar

Anderson: Bird watchers come from far away for glimpses at Sax-Zim site

As word spread about unique sightings, northern swampland became a go-to for fowl enthusiasts
Marissa Jensen, a Pheasants Forever outreach coordinator, came to hunting late in her young life, but the experience was transformative.

Anderson: Pheasant Fest gathering was further proof of women's traction in hunting

The vibe was upbeat, even excited, as the women gathered to celebrate their common passion for dogs, birds and wild places.
These dogs and their owners are matches made in ... you tell us

These dogs and their owners are matches made in ... you tell us

Think you know dogs? Read the biographical sketches that accompany each photo here and see if you can match each human with his or her best friend.
Said Wade Truong: "Ethical hunting is the ultimate way to understand where your food comes from."

Anderson: Understanding your food: Chef's inspiration is in the hunt

Wade Truong, who'll appear at the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, is a chef and hunter – and those overlapping worlds inspire him.
The first sunrise of 2020 brought deep orange and pink colors over the Duluth Harbor North and South Breakwater Lighthouses in Duluth

Anderson: Duluth a prime tourism spot; does copper-nickel mining pose threat?

Last week, Duluth reported $12.4 million collected in tourism tax revenue, an all-time high. But industry, not tourism, has always been, and remains, among the city's primary economic drivers
Hitting the road is great, and maybe more popular than ever, but there are some practical calculations to make before diving in.

Anderson: RV campers are great and all but, as with everything, there are trade-offs

Owning an RV can be a lot like owning a second home.
Restoring drained wetlands and plowed grasslands has been a priority for the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Anderson: Example of good government is found in outdoors council

Keen to its mission, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council delivers its vital project requests.
University of Minnesota student Katherine Glodoski is getting early research experience at age 22.

Anderson: Seven young conservationists to watch

Treasured lands find themselves in the best of hands.
Todd Stauffer (right), owner of Set The Hook Guide Service and Fish House Rental, took time to visit with tenants Frank Trcka, left, of Washington, Io

Anderson: Lake Minnetonka ice fishing village a hot destination for Iowa regulars

An Iowa family now regulars at a well-outfitted Lake Minnetonka ice house cluster, bunked in a sleeper fish house for three nights — hooking, reeling and smiling, 24/7.
Microphone on boom stand ready for the meeting ,blurred background group of people sitting around table. Microphone on stage in conference hall.

Anderson: DNR event misses chance to take up critical issues of the day

Having hoped the roundtable this year, finally, would offer weightier matters for discussion, many in attendance will shrug, albeit politely.
Until 2018, when he cut back his on-air roles, Ron Schara was the longtime host of the Minnesota Bound outdoors TV show, as well as other broadcasts.

Anderson: Hunting and fishing TV shows are still changing

As many Minnesotans settle in for a long winter of more "watching" than "doing," they'll see changes among hunting and fishing shows.
Joe Strang, of Cascade, Iowa, let guests pet his Labrador retriever Sully as he walked in the Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic dog parade in 2017 at th

Anderson: Pheasants Forever works to keep the base fired up

The annual festival comes to the Twin Cities again this year. While it will arrive amid tough news for birds and habitat, the group stays on point.
Dr. Larissa Minicucci, a professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, founded a program that brings veterinary students to

Anderson: U researcher leaves legacy with animals, tribes and beyond

After Larissa Minicucci died, Mille Lacs, Leech Lake and White Earth leaders wanted to recognize her contributions to them, and their love for her.
In talk and appearance, then-candidate Tim Walz made out to be a fighter for Minnesota's natural resources, writes columnist Dennis Anderson, but that

Anderson: Thus far Walz has been a laggard on conservation

Many land, water and wildlife advocates don't think the state's chief executive has delivered.

Slushy conditions hampering ice fishing in northern Minnesota

Reports issued Tuesday by DNR conservation officers underscore the challenging and sometimes dangerous conditions anglers face accessing lake ice.
Coyotes have shown a remarkable ability to adapt to any surrounding: rural or city.

Anderson: Wily indeed, the coyote shows it will outlast history to erase it

The coyote reminds that its survival instincts are unmatched.
With his wife, Jan, paddling in the bow, Dennis Anderson sought walleyes and smallmouth bass in Ensign Lake in the BWCA on Thursday. The day was heavi

Anderson: Angling is the cure for what ails you

Even when it's hard, fishing is easy to take.
A photo that circulated on Facebook showed Brett Stimac posing with the bear federal authorities say was illegally killed.

Anderson: Repulsive killing of bear wasn't hunting by a long shot

Sadly, the penalties historically haven't fit poaching crimes like those of which a Brainerd man is accused.
Nicollet Conservation Club members, from left, Froehlich, Otto and Zins and dogs Kirby and Blackie put four pheasants in their bag on Wednesday while

Anderson: Nicollet Conservation Club stands out for nearly 80 years

Since 1942, Nicollet Conservation Club has made a difference.
Bob Kolling is one of a number of speciality gunsmiths at Ahlman's Gun Shop in Morristown, Minn.

Anderson: Gunsmithing is ancient trade steeped in modern demands

Larry Ahlman was 21 when his dad, "Cap" Ahlman, died in 1964, leaving his son a small southern Minnesota gunsmithing business saddled with $20,000 in unpaid bills.
Ringneck pheasant hunting season runs until Jan. 1, but snow could cause problems.

Snow could hamper pheasant hunting even though crops harvested

With up to a foot of snow predicted for Wednesday across much of the state's pheasant range, the weather might put the brakes on a ringneck season that otherwise would be shifting into high gear.
Thick flocks of ducks and other waterfowl, such as this group above Rice Lake on Oct. 1, are rare in Minnesota today. Waterfowl hunters bemoan the sma

Minnesota hunters weigh in on a lost abundance of ducks

A sample of e-mails received following Dennis Anderson's column on questioning waterfowl managers' spring population surveys.
High key image of a roughed grouse

Anderson: New virus surfaces in several grouse, and that is a worry

Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis surface amid wonder about West Nile impact.
A birds-eye view of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Anderson: Study on stadium bird deaths waste of unnatural resources

When considered on a population level, a similar number of these birds would have died anyway, by some other means.
Pierce Pennaz of the Twin Cities, who has down syndrome, hunted successfully on opening day, thanks to recent legislation in Minnesota that makes lice

Anderson: Impact of law change plays out for disabled hunter on opener

Pierce Pennaz, who has Down syndrome, bagged a buck on a shared hunt with his father.

When only a doe will do, the bucks crowd the territory

Bucks came and went, but they weren't the goal this opening morning.
For many experienced hunters, just getting afield is reward enough during the Minnesota deer hunt.

Anderson: Taking aim at the real prize of the deer hunt

In a world that seems intent on dulling our senses, sitting in the woods or along a field edge offers a rare opportunity for surprise.
Like many others are probably doing this week, a hunter prepared his deer shack for the Minnesota firearms whitetail opener Saturday. That season star

Anderson: Saving forests benefits deer, hunters

Millions of dollars have gone toward land conservation in the state since 2007. The Minnesota firearms whitetail opener is Saturday.
A white-tailed buck with huge body and antlers guards a doe in estrus during the fall rut. The buck's hair is standing because other bucks are in the

Anderson: Firearms deer season coincides with peak breeding season for bucks

Mature male whitetails risk becoming trophy bucks when the firearms opener collides with mating pursuits
Split shot sinkers

Anderson: Sinker-maker's troubles are reminder of the deep roots of lead

Water Gremlin's closure read closely by Minnesota anglers.
Ever-fewer hunters are finding fewer ducks, despite waterfowl managers reports of plentiful numbers of mallards and other waterfowl.

Anderson: More ducks than ever? Yeah, right

The spring numbers are not all they are cracked up to be.
A sleep science specialist, Matt Breuer is a part-time hunting and fishing guide.

Anderson: Northern Minnesota guide learns painful lesson of tree-stand risks

His fall while taking down a tree stand is a reminder of inherent risk in the field.
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

Fisherman catches Minnesota record muskie while grieving for friend

Corey Kitzmann, a lifelong muskie angler, was alone at his family's cabin when he received word a friend had died at age 40. Not wanting to remain in the cabin alone, he went fishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
logan Hinners (left), 32, Wyoming, Minn.
Years hunted pheasants: 20 Dog: Aspen
States hunted: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado,

Anderson: Tradition is served against the wind on opening day of Minnesota pheasant season

Saturday's weather joined factors long in place to complicate the hunt.
Sabin Adams, a habitat project manager for Pheasants Forever, wasn’t home last December when his two hunting dogs, Remnar and Daisy, photos from top

Anderson: Adams leads Pheasants Forever's efforts to improve habitat

Sabin Adams is charged with ensuring that the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised annually by the group's 75 Minnesota chapters are transformed into high-quality upland and wetland habitat.
Birds are plentiful in “Three Birds Up — Ruffed Grouse,” painted by Minnesota wildlife artist David A. Maass.

Anderson: Abundant ruffed grouse mostly a memory now

Shrinking grouse count showing no signs of reversal.

Hunter numbers for grouse, waterfowl and squirrels keep falling

A graying hunter population, along with time constraints and hunting-land access challenges are among reasons for the declines, the DNR said.
Rachel Germain and Showtime, shown in an old family snapshot. The family has lost Showtime and a littermate to wolves.

Anderson: Wisconsin bear hunters are seeing brazen attacks on dogs

Since the first of the year in Wisconsin, nearly 30 pet dogs and hunting dogs have been killed or injured by wolves.
Wood ducks

Duck hunting slow on second weekend except in far north

Reports filed by Department of Natural Resources conservation officers mostly recounting a lack of waterfowl, except in the Lake of the Woods region.
A new chronic wasting disease (CWD) management zone near Brainerd has been established this year. So far this fall, during archery season, no CWD posi

Anderson: Deer hunting primer for 2019 season

A statewide youth hunt and a new CWD zone are among the changes from last year, discussed in an interview with DNR big game program supervisor Barbara Keller.
Dakotans say they can tell Minnesota duck hunters from locals because Minnesotans frequently travel by boat, as Dennis Anderson’s sons did as teenag

Anderson: Vintage duck boats add to the intrigue of the hunt

The search is much of the fun when it comes to vintage crafts for hunting ducks
A springtime hunting and fishing party at Lac qui Parle Lake in the mid-1800s.

Anderson: Former DNR commissioner's book tells of state's bountiful hunting past amid wild upheaval

State's hunting past gives a reader pause about what's to come.
With a vintage Lund Ducker boat in the background, Roger Strand checked out a wood-duck decoy on the eve of Saturday’s duck opener. Strand, of New L

Anderson: Ducks for the family and the future is the goal

The Strands and their crew strive to keep duck hunting tradition alive in Kandiyohi County.
Ear protection is a must, and from a young age. Here, Samantha Stark, 14, of the Wayzata High School Trap Team, shot trap Aug. 9, 2016, during a frien

Anderson, on hearing protection: Learn from me, it's a skill you'll need afield

"I was aware even before this malfunction that my hearing wasn't great."
Trevor Unruh, left, Riley Mcalpine and Ryder Beckman drew down on a few blue-winged teal during the opener of the 2016 Minnesota duck season. An estim

Duck hunters expected to have success on opener Saturday

Wet conditions that prevailed in recent months likely boosted the state's duck production to, or near, its maximum potential.
A flock of five ring-necked ducks flew over a wild rice marsh, one of their favorite hideouts. Once rarely seen in Minnesota, they are now the third-

Anderson: Bluebill numbers declining as ringneck numbers rise

Given the number of bluebills, or scaup, that still exist in North America, it's a mystery why so few now visit Minnesota in October.
Michael Moosbrugger died about 13 years after this picture was taken at age 13.

Anderson: Picture from MWA brings brother back, at least for a moment

The family of Michael Moosbrugger found comfort in an image from Star Tribune Outdoors last week. "It seemed like Michael was popping up to say hello to all of us. We miss him every day."
Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, grouse hunting

Anderson: True to form, sensing that vivid autumnal vibe

Fall inspires recollections of adventure taken, and an eagerness for hunter and four-legged companions to get out.