Outdoors
November 6
Minnesota deer camps will have a different feel in some places because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Into the woods: Deer hunting camps will have different feel this season

Many families will be altering their traditions this weekend as Minnesota's deep season starts."Everybody hates it, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do.''
National
November 5

Colorado agency says it's planning on wolf reintroduction

Colorado's wildlife agency said Thursday it considers a ballot initiative to reintroduce the gray wolf into the state to have passed after a group that opposes the initiative conceded the race and the agency consulted with the office of Gov. Jared Polis.
Outdoors
November 5

Symmetry of birds in group flight is all about efficiency

Some gregarious bird species, such as the Canada goose, have learned to sync their flapping and take advantage of the updraft of air created off the wings of others in the flock by flying in a wedge or V formation.
Variety
November 4
Brett Purcell rode his bike on the trails in North Oaks.

Worried you'll be stuck inside all winter? Gear up now

Minnesotans are equipping themselves for outdoor activities with snowshoes, fat-tire bikes, skates and more.
Outdoors
November 3
Twin Cities (virtual) Marathoners share their DIY race-day results

Twin Cities (virtual) Marathoners share their DIY race-day results

With the Twin Cities Marathon called off by the pandemic, runners were encouraged to run the race on their own. Here are stories from six people who did that.
Outdoors
November 2
More deer hunters might have to process their own whitetails this fall, because of a shortage of butchers. The DNR is advising hunters to make a proce

Anderson: Shortage of deer processors looms over whitetail season

The pandemic has helped cause a giant backup among processors; people are setting up smaller shops to help out.
Outdoors
October 31
From the YouTube video: "Learn to Hunt Deer 2020: Class 10 - Butchering, processing, preserving your harvest (10/15/2020)"

Video lends a hand to do-it-yourself processing

Can't find anyone to process your deer? Do it yourself.
Outdoors
October 30
Gray wolves, one of the first animals shielded by the Endangered Species Act after Americans all but exterminated them in the lower 48 states, will no

Anderson: Gray wolf delisting glosses over need to protect other species

The Trump administration isn't the only one playing politics on the Endangered Species Act issue.
Outdoors
October 30
There were about 91,000 visits to ski at Hyland Lake Park Reserve trails last season.

Will cold stifle rush to the outdoors? Some parks and trail managers don't see it

As the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic stretches into its eighth month, some state and regional parks and trails managers are bracing for a replay, of sorts, of summer in their territory. Winter weather be damned.
Outdoors
October 30
When chronic wasting disease testing was mandatory last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sampled 18,571 deer.

CWD surveillance collapsing from a majority of hunters' indifference to testing

Not enough hunters are volunteering their deer for testing, challenging disease researchers.
Outdoors
October 29
A pair of grosbeaks fed at a station in Sax-Zim Bog during the Sax-Zim Winter Birding Festival.

Setting up wildlife feeding station is small sacrifice with big reward

Setting up a feeding station can be quite easy. All that is needed is some food and a feeder or two.
Outdoors
October 29
A relatively large lake with a high clarity rating was the criteria for any cabin. Maple Lake won out.

Early financial goal attained: A cabin south of Alexandria

Cabin Country: This financial goal came through
Local
October 29
A gray wolf. The national delisting decision turns management of the wolves over to states. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have said they o

Gray wolf loses Endangered Species Act protections

Federal wildlife officials are removing the gray wolf from the U.S. Endangered Species Act list, saying the wolf population — an estimated 6,000 roaming the continental U.S. — has recovered and the animal no longer requires federal protection. Environmental groups immediately pledged to fight the decision in court.
Duluth
October 27
The Duluth City Council approved $300,000 in additional tourism tax money for Spirit Mountain to help it open this year.

Will there be pent-up demand for Duluth's troubled Spirit Mountain?

Spirit Mountain hopes for pent-up demand and local travel to help right itself.
Outdoors
October 26
Dave Mech in 1960 displayed 19 of the many moose jawbones he collected around Isle Royale to help determine age and health of the animals at the time

Anderson: Wolf researcher's new book explores predators, prey on Isle Royale

Dave Mech offers answers to the unique relationship between wolves and moose.
Outdoors
October 26
A crowded 2020 fishing opener on Upper Red Lake. The walleye bag limit on the lake will be cut from four to three under new regulations announced Mond

DNR cuts walleye bag limit for Upper Red Lake

Consecutive years of heavy winter fishing pressure prompted a reduction from four walleyes to three.
Duluth
October 25
One of the 1,300 spruce tree tops the agency recently seized from alleged thieves who entered a public forest without a harvest permit to cut and sell

'Thieving in the woods': DNR officers try to corral spruce top pirates

Conservation officers have turned up at least 15,000 pieces headed for back-channel selling.
Outdoors
October 23
On the surface of Schulze Lake in Eagan, oak leaves that littered the lake after ice up, create enough solar heat to develop mini pools of water as th

Speaking of the season: Minnesota outdoors advocates weigh in on their flight in autumn

The outdoors is a place of action – and reflection and release – this autumn.
Outdoors
October 22
Pumpkins last longer if the vine is cut rather than broken.

When you think symbols of autumn, start here

The quintessential symbol of autumn is a crop that dates back to more than 7,500 years.
Outdoors
October 22
Families have overlapped at the cabin, used now by five generations.

Forgetting the world at the family place in Mahtowa

Cabin Country: A place to escape – but invest in, too