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Jay Johnson has shared in the state's bounty, and helped replenish it, too.
Wisconsin opening weekend kill is down 14%.
Plymouth angler catches 55-pound, 14-ounce monster and topples a record that has stood for 64 years.
Proper rifle-shooting technique is necessary to make any shot, particularly those at long range.
The Minnesota college instructor and onetime DNR employee fashions life-like mounts artistically.
As deer hunting season gets underway, DNR harvest data reveal areas of high buck harvest rates. Hard-copy maps are available and there's even an app.
A review of Minnesota firearms hunting mishaps is telling.
Straka grew up in Wayzata before undertaking a circuitous route back to Minnesota that included stops all over the world.
North Dakota grew at a 15% clip between 2010 and 2020, fourth fastest in the nation. That was mostly in bigger cities. Most of the state still operates at a slower pace with especially great hunting and fishing.
Legacy Amendment dollars and conservation-minded moves have brought back a wild place in Norwood Young America.
Among five topics of note, advanced crop harvest should help uplanders find birds.
Now employing some 280 wildlife biologists, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are leveraging significant new government and corporate funds to multiply their conservation reach.
The billboard is on Minnesota's North Shore, along Hwy. 61. The man who put it up is in Minneapolis and tells why his family has gone to such great lengths for Rowdi.
Pete Harris, 86, regularly seeks lake trout on Lake Superior, almost always alone and each time deploying the same three-seater 14-foot Starcraft he bought in 1964 to fish for walleyes on inland lakes.
A new duck hunting season at a camp that has long history dawned Saturday. Though few ducks were overhead, the morning's enjoyment, ultimately, would not be defined solely by the number of birds bagged.
We say we cherish ducks. But our actions often fool us into thinking we're conservationists when the reality is very different. A change of values is needed.
An animal lover who as a young girl kept everything from racoons to skunks as pets, Delaney at age 5 headlined her first dog act in 1943.
Bound by a common love of fall and the surprise appearance of fast-flying ducks wheeling atop their decoys, Stephen Roche and Steve Backowski reflected on a recent day how quickly a half-century can pass.
Hunters might be the first Minnesotans to have their recreation choices, and perhaps their lifestyles, significantly altered in a number of ways.
Today's youth need to be tomorrow's caretakers of our woods, waters and fields.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, Minnesota duck hunters were granted a special early teal-hunting season, which opened Saturday at sunrise statewide.
An ambitious journey for a Minneapolis couple has them on a state-wide journey by land and sea, pitching a tent to sleep in along the way.
The bands said the action is to protect wild rice harvesters during the five-day season, which starts Saturday. The ban covers some of Minnesota's best duck hunting areas and surprised DNR officials.
A five-day "experiment'' teal hunt begins Sept. 4. No one knows how many hunters will go afield seeking these early migrating ducks, nor how many teal the waterfowlers might see, or shoot.
Once the king of all ringneck states, based on bird numbers, South Dakota now relies on gimmicks.
Hunting dogs revel with their handlers in acute forms of symbiosis, from which stories unfold that sometimes are heartwarming and other times sidesplitting.
Lurking in the Minneapolis lake was a 54.5-inch muskie. Mikhail Pearthree found it and engaged it in a battle that spun his canoe before hauling it in.
Randy Bartz, a Game Fair stalwart, will be remembered for his cunning at bamboozling geese.
Beginning Monday an entirely new chapter of border-crossing stories will be written as Canada again allows Americans to cross. But not all Americans. Here's what you need to know.
Fires have played a historical role in developing Minnesota's ecosystems, particularly those of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its adjacent Canadian counterpart, Quetico Provincial Park.
Launch boats are sold out on some nights during strong walleye bite.
Angels star Mike Trout hit a Minnesota lake before the series against the Twins and showed he's as good with a fishing rod as he is with a bat.
Challenge is the point, not necessarily the number of fish caught.
John Helland was a bureaucrat for decades, and "his work lives on in Minnesota."
Science tells us that, even if the powers that be do not.
Not all species suffer equally, and some actually benefit.
Daniel Balserak and Luke Konson still seek the state fish of Hawaii and Alaska, and then they'll head home for brook trout and a goal completed.
From seeing wildlife to self-powered fun, activities are opening up to meet any interests.
The DNR's management doesn't match waterfowlers' thinking.
An effort to stop new deer farms failed; good news is that parks will stay open.
In this country, fathers aren't as present in their kids' lives as they once were. Those fathers who share activities with their children outdoors are especially well-positioned for positive gains.
For some people, the challenge of looking for bargains is part of the fun.
Minnesota DNR commissioner Sarah Strommen later this month will ask a panel of non-DNR employees for ideas on what to fund and how to fund it.
1,500-strong Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is among organizations dedicated to protecting land and natural resources.
Experiencing the best of Minnesota's fishing.
Border news Up North remains bad, and Canadian lodges dependent on U.S. visitors continue to suffer.
Sarah Grell's death this week was felt far beyond the umbrella of her service.
The commission's problems stem almost entirely from imbalance. Its membership disparity of 10 legislators and seven citizens too often taints its decisions. It wasn't supposed to be.
It's a declining industry for family-run resorts, but long-timers are in it for the long haul and are reporting that business is very good.
The DNR planted seeds for a plentiful harvest to start the season.
The trick to remember for Saturday's fishing opener, especially in this wacky spring, will be finding walleyes, and less so catching them once they're located.
This "Gang of Four'' has celebrated their own private fishing opener the second week of the season, overcoming personal tragedy.
Ron Schara has been hunting wild turkeys since 1967. His new book features favorite stories from more than 50 years of outdoor opportunities.
Revolutions in minnow imitations, bait presentation, lure distribution, boat design, electric trolling motors and fishing electronics are among these homegrown breakthroughs.
Dropping lines — in a Minnesota lake, or in post-fishing cabin chats — remained essential in the Walter Mondale fabric.
Many are to blame for this tragedy-in-the-making. Among them in this legislative session are Senate Republicans who are fiddling with environmental funding proposals.
Gun ownership requires mental as well as physical skills, both of which require practice. Even so, most hunters, if they're honest, have encountered potentially catastrophic gun situations of their own in the field.
The new turkey season opens Wednesday on the heels of increased license sales in 2020.
The time-honored slight wave of a hand or fingers over the top of a steering vehicle, acknowledge to the driver or rider of an oncoming vehicle that things are all right.
In recent years, a new DNR management scheme has been implemented that in some cases places wildlife benefits secondary to Whitewater Wildlife Management Area's timber production.
Say what you will about Minnesota waterfowl managers, they're not shy about revealing their belief that the primary reason ducks exist in Minnesota is to get shot.
Walleyes, saugers and anglers cluster from Lake Pepin to Red Wing dam.
Whether atop ice cream or pancakes, French toast or oatmeal, real maple syrup made by one's own hand is an unmatched delight.
Unplugging with longer trips drives deeper into the heart and mind, too.
The department wants to shift money intended for buying habitat to be used for other purposes.
A highly unusual combination of events, including a lawsuit by an out-of-state hunting group, forced the Wisconsin DNR to hold a February wolf hunt it had not anticipated.
The whereabouts of deer can stymie wildlife biologists. Enter now the drone, whose usefulness has only recently been realized in determining deer and other wildlife populations.
Minnesota's lands and waters and fish and wildlife are under pressure as never before. And we have an outdated conservation model
Most still have openings for this summer. But based on early bookings, they expect record or near-record years as the nation starts to emerge from the pandemic.
During the pandemic, time is what many of us have more of, not less, and not utilizing it to some good end might be regretted when more normal days return.
Minimal snow cover has made this recent cold snap in Minnesota easier for deer to survive.
Of all that has changed over centuries along the Gunflint Trail, the greeting that pines whisper to old-timers and newcomers alike has been constant.
A closer look at the DNR's license plate Critical Habitat program reveals the agency in recent years has only minimally deployed license plate funds to preserve habitat.
The notion of making some wildlife management areas more inviting is taking shape, amid questions about timber harvesting.
Minnesota wildlife managers want to minimize nuisance-bear complaints while satisfying hunters' desires, while also, most important, maintaining a healthy, stable bruin population.