Outdoors
September 24
Sumac leaves are at their most brilliant in autumn.

Sumacs are known for fall color, but there is more to the show

Fall colors are coming on fast for the sumacs. They are showing much red, in many beautiful tones, and some yellows. The sumacs give off an orange glow.
Outdoors
September 24
The cabin is the launch point, and includes a sleeping cabin and boathouse near the lake.

Lake cabin, then house — the order has worked out well for Minnesota family

The cabin, surrounded by 80-foot white and red pines, originally had one small bedroom and no indoor plumbing.
Outdoors
September 24
Bob White’s “Last Day” waterfowl hunting painting. White’s works include oil, watercolors and pencil drawings.

Anderson: Sporting art leads to book of a lifetime

Trading in sporting art, Bob White has spent the pandemic months preparing for publication of what he calls a "lifetime'' book of his work.
Outdoors
September 22
Mike Stout, shown on Lake Minnetonka, is on a pace of paddling his kayak 1,000 miles in each of the past five years. Among his treks was a solo crossi

Minnesota kayaker makes marathon solo crossing across Lake Michigan

Prior Lake man has paddled 5,000 miles in his Quest in the five years since he took up the sport, and he's not done yet.
September 18

DNR asks thousands of hunters to participate in deer survey

The state Department of Natural Resources is asking thousands of deer hunters to record what they see in the woods this fall as part of the department's largest-ever hunter survey to better understand why they're passing up shots.
Outdoors
September 18
A walleye caught on Mille Lacs earlier this year.

Fall walleye fishing on Mille Lacs after July shutdown is successful

Walleye harvest by state-licensed anglers totaled 64,339 pounds through August; the 2020 allotment was 87,800 pounds.
Outdoors
September 18
A milkweed seed bursts forth

Warty-looking milkweed pods produce a beautiful autumn scene

Much is happening out there: Gray squirrels are making leafy nests, and the velvet on white-tailed deer antlers has disappeared. Ohio buckeye nuts, black walnuts…
Outdoors
September 17
The place was originally at one-room schoolhouse.

How the west — and a converted schoolhouse — won over a Minnesota family

Westward, ho!Browns Valley is a city on Minnesota's western border bump, nestled at the Continental Divide between lakes that are the headwaters of the south-flowing…
South Metro
September 17
Children who attend Dodge Nature Preschool enjoy outdoor classrooms all year round, with plenty of activities.

Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul aims to raise $40M in largest fundraiser ever

Twin Cities nonprofit seeks more visitors to nature center and trails.
Outdoors
September 17
Considerably less abundant in Minnesota than ruffed grouse, spruce grouse are the subject this fall of a genetics study by the DNR in part to determin

Anderson: There are positives as grouse season opens, but issues, too

As opening day on Ol' Ruff nears, optimism is tempered by issues such as West Nile and increasing ATV use.
Local
September 17
Brainerd man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on Red Lake reservation

Brainerd man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on Red Lake reservation

Brett James Stimac admitted to wildlife trafficking and trespassing.
September 17

DNR estimates wolf population up about 13%

Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate that the state's wolf population has increased by about 13%.
Duluth
September 16
Saturn shone brightly against the backdrop of the Milky Way above Fire Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

At long last, Boundary Waters named 'dark sky sanctuary'

Enthusiasts hope the title makes northern Minnesota a destination for stargazers.
Local
September 15
The image of this bull moose was captured by a trail camera.

Minnesota moose will not be listed as federally endangered species

Moose populations in Minnesota have fallen by more than 60% since 2006.
Outdoors
September 15
A rooster pheasant jumped into the air at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake.

Anderson: 2020 is for the birds ... pheasants, that is

Minnesota's pheasant population has leapt 42%. An omen, perhaps?
Duluth
September 14
Ciscoes are prized bait during winter fishing for lake trout and northern pike and fetch high prices for retailers.

Ely resort owners charged with illegal gathering and sale of prized bait fish

Three members of the LaTourell family have been charged with illegally harvesting ciscoes and profiting from their sale as bait.
September 14
This 2017 photo provided by biologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Technological University shows the last two surviving wolves at Isle Royale National P

Relocated Isle Royale wolves form groups, reduce moose herd

Gray wolves that were taken to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park to rebuild its nearly extinct population are forming social groups, staking out territory and apparently mating — promising signs despite heavy losses from natural causes and deadly fights, scientists said Monday.
Outdoors
September 11
Piere Canser, left, and Alex Aavang were among past attendees of the “Modern Carnivore Experience” sponsored by Modern Carnivore, a Minnesota-base

Anderson: Modern Carnivore aims to get non-hunters to embrace hunting

Addressing topics ranging from gear selection to field-dressing, ethics and laws, the 12-month program (price: $180) is intended not only to educate and inform plugged-in novice hunters, but to get those people into the field.
Outdoors
September 10

Trophy Tales

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches.
Outdoors
September 10
Phased logging has proven to be a great way to improve habitat for wildlife like grouse.

Ruffed Grouse Society project would improve Minnesota's degrading hunter walking trails

Ruffie group's push for trail upgrades comes as hunter numbers decline.