From the U.S. Forest Service. Improper disposal of waste at a site on Alpine Lake. ORG XMIT: nWU_2nxhXJjYaEZc2wB4

As Minnesotans rush outdoors for an escape, bad behavior follows

The surge in ATV use, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities in Minnesota has brought a dark element with it.

Anderson: Call to the outdoors these days is more like a siren

August 1
Still gathered together, whitetail bucks, now at the beginning of August, are already in preparation for the coming fall and, later still, winter. Hun
Hunting, as an educational and gratifying fall escape, gains importance in these uncertain times

Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park

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Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves.
Voyageurs moose have a robust ally — or, perhaps, a sacrificial pawn — that others don't: American beavers.
National
7:55am

New Wisconsin justice sworn in during ultramarathon

New Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky has finished her 100-mile (161-kilometer) ultramarathon after being sworn in mid-run.
Outdoors
July 31
Crystal Gail Welcome’s time spent on the Superior Hiking Trail put her in touch with hikers interested in her activist thinking.

Superior trail thru-hiker's message for justice ends at George Floyd's memorial

Atlanta woman completes 24 days on trail, then visits George Floyd memorial.
Inspired
July 31
Black Eyed Susan flowers bloom in Crow Hassan Regional Park, which is home to a remarkably diverse and thriving prairie that's been built and managed

Crow-Hassan's prairie is a mosaic of wild things and built to last

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve's 50-year-old prairie covers 1,200 acres in a 2,600-acre park where nature flourishes northwest of the Twin Cities near St. Michael.
Curious Minnesota
July 31
A flock of wild turkey roamed the streets Tuesday in Northeast Minneapolis. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com A flock of wild turk

Why do wild turkeys seem to thrive in the Twin Cities metro?

When it comes to urban living, it seems like wild turkeys are as common a neighbor as any these days.
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
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Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Inspired
July 31

Gallery: Crow-Hassan prairie is built to last

The wildlife, wildflowers and wild grasses make for a diverse ecoystem.
Outdoors
July 31
Jonathan Slaght, with a Blakiston’s fish owl, practiced handling and working with owls at the Raptor Center.

Researcher and author pursued endangered fish owl to remote, untamed ends of the earth

Pursuit of an endangered fish owl took author and researcher to the wilds of far east Russia.
Outdoors
July 30
Bob Nasby casted a 16-foot fly rod built in Scotland in the 1880s. Nasby orders such rods from Scotland, then reconditions them.

Anderson: Nasby's pandemic hobby is casting for new interests

Bob Nasby, a Twin Cities fisherman and fly-casting instructor, has a new obsession: the collection, restoration and casting of centuries-old salmon rods, or what also are called spey rods.
Outdoors
July 30

Trophy Tales

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches.
Outdoors
July 30
An adult cicada emerged from its exoskeleton.

That buzz of summer — the cicada — is more often heard than seen

The shrill buzzing is a warm-weather sound, heard during daylight and intensifying with heat. These annual cicadas are common insects, more often heard than seen because they sing loudly from trees.
Outdoors
July 30

Minnesota fishing report

A look at where fish are biting.
National
July 30
Whitetail deer

Wis. DNR board revises deer quotas after open meeting allegations

The state Department of Natural Resources board voted Thursday to revise antlerless deer quotas in some northern Wisconsin counties, hoping to defuse complaints that it violated open meeting laws and ignored local recommendations when it tightened kill limits last month.
Duluth
July 30
More people are heading into the Boundary Waters this summer as developed campgrounds fill up or remain closed and the pandemic diverts more summer va

As newcomers increase in Boundary Waters, so do calls for help

Volunteer rescue squads warn that their resources to help are limited.
National
July 29

COVID-19 cancels Wyoming hunt amid Native American criticism

The coronavirus has prompted cancellation of a charity antelope hunt that has drawn teams of famous, powerful men to central Wyoming for over 75 years and now faces growing criticism that ceremonies tied to the event crudely and inaccurately appropriate Native American culture.
Outdoors
July 27
Shown Tuesday near Gooseberry Falls, Crystal Gail Welcome made her way on a wet day. “This is one way I can stand up for justice,” she said of her

Atlanta woman sends message one step at a time on Superior Trail

Crystal Gail Welcome, a Black social activist, is more than a third of the way done with her 310-mile trek.
Coronavirus
July 27

Thousands attended northern Minnesota rodeo, despite crowd restrictions

Despite orders to limit crowds, the stands remained full or nearly full for the three days of the 65th annual North Star Stampede Rodeo in…
Outdoors
July 26
Wildlife photographer Bill Marchel checks an apple tree planted on his property. Marchel has planted some 5,000 trees of various types in the past 25

Anderson: Marchel sets good example for some of wildlife's finest critters

Bill Marchel created a habitat on his 70 acres of land to attract deer and other wildlife
National
July 24

DNR board will reconsider deer hunt amid meeting allegations

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board is set to reconsider changes next week that it made to the fall deer hunt amid allegations that four members violated open meeting laws when they drafted them ahead of a vote.
Outdoors
July 24
At sunrise or sunset, Lake of the Woods is a magnet for anglers

It's best nobody knows you know how to fish

The less skill you show, the less you'll have to do.
Coronavirus
July 24
This year’s North Star Stampede rodeo will be held without spectators. Here, founder Howard Pitzen announces the action in 1965.

Fans threatening to buck virus rules at Minnesota's largest outdoor rodeo

The plans come after the Minnesota Department of Health and the state attorney general, citing COVID-19 concerns, imposed a spectator limit.
Outdoors
July 24
Dave Nomsen recently ended a long career with Pheasants Forever. “Conservation is a fact-based, science-based story,” he said of communicating wel

Anderson: Longtime Pheasants Forever officer says relationships key to getting results

Dave Nomsen discussed Washington's political climate and the challenges of advocating for conservation policy on a national scale.