Outdoors
March 23
Unlike last year, anglers will get to keep a walleye early in the season.

Mille Lacs anglers will get to keep a walleye early in the season

Early season anglers on Mille Lacs will be allowed a one-walleye bag limit this year before the season shifts to catch-and-release regulations in June.
Local
March 22
This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Chippewa tribal officials in Wisconsin, Minneso

Chippewa tribes blast wolf hunt, say it was about killing

Chippewa tribal officials in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan have blasted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for putting on what they say was a poorly planned wolf season during which state-licensed hunters blew past their quota in a matter of days.
Local
March 19
Kicker here Minnesota is one of a dozen states that allow commercial turtle trapping, and one of just six that put no limits on the number of turtles

Minnesota lawmakers may end commercial turtle harvest

About 10,000 painted and snapping turtles are captured and sold each year.
Outdoors
March 19
Into the wild: Nature is good. More is better, especially these days

Into the wild: Nature is good. More is better, especially these days

Unplugging with longer trips drives deeper into the heart and mind, too.
Outdoors
March 19
Finding their freedom outdoors

Finding their freedom outdoors

These Minnesotans went into the wild for different reasons, but all have experienced unmistakable awe.
Outdoors
March 19
The sun illuminated a dramatic palisade on South Fowl Lake Friday night near the dam.

What makes a great trip to the BWCA — from the experts

A trip into the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a long weekend is a must. So, too, are gaining some skills and taking on a longer adventure.
Outdoors
March 18
A sure sign that spring has sprung is the return of migratory birds like the red-winged blackbird to the Loring Pond area of Loring Park.

Migratory birds are staking territory, a sure sign of a Minnesota spring

Red-winged blackbirds, common grackles are amazing travelers.
Outdoors
March 13
Sarah Strommen spoke in 2019 after Gov.-elect Tim Walz announced she will lead the DNR.

Anderson: DNR's plan to divert funds intended for habitat purchases draws fire

The department wants to shift money intended for buying habitat to be used for other purposes.
Local
March 12
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture found lead in a little more than 7% of venison donated in the last decade to food pantries and shelters across

Lead contamination found in 7% of donated Minnesota venison

Fragments were found in 7% of carcasses since 2008, or 6,700 pounds of meat in past decade.
Outdoors
March 11
Evan Newton, who uses a wheelchair because of a nerve disease, sat in a Wildlife Management Area blind in western Minnesota.

DNR team focuses on upgrading Minnesota wildlife management areas for physically disabled

Where it can, the state's Department of Natural Resources wants to make sure areas can accommodate disabled users.
Outdoors
March 11
Sap dripped into collection bags and buckets from tapped maple trees at the Landscape Arboretum.

Sights of Canada geese, maple syrup season go together for naturalist

Last year a high temperature of 44 degrees along with much snow-melting Feb. 23 resulted in the first maple sap flow at Somerskogen Sugarbush, a…
Outdoors
March 11
A woodcut illustration by Nick Wroblewski within “Hush Hush, Forest,” by Mary Casanova.

These picture books for kids (and kids at heart) can bring in outdoors

Children are keen observers in the nature world; these books can deepen those connections.
Duluth
March 9
FILE-Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn. The state park there is adding a drive-in campground.

Split Rock Lighthouse getting new 'drive-in' campground

The 46 new sites are on track to open this fall.
Outdoors
March 6
Wisconsin’s DNR was up against some factors it could not control when a February wolf hunt caused a national outcry.

Anderson: Lessons from Wisconsin's controversial wolf hunt worth examining

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.
Outdoors
March 4
The Department of Natural Resources plans to enlist hunters again to provide deer spleens for study.

DNR says it will look harder at insecticides' effect on Minnesota deer

Discussions already have begun with wildlife officials in North Dakota to collaborate on a research paper showing dispersal of the chemicals in deer from both states.
Outdoors
March 4
A female fisher at a box in December 2019 in the Remer, Minn., area. She rested for about 16 hours in the box and found it about a month after it was

Researchers deploy den boxes as possible tool to aid mysterious fishers

Their Minnesota story matches other wildlife: It's one of cycles, and offers clues about the fisher's current struggle.
Outdoors
March 4
After a drone gets an infrared image of a fawn and its location, the drone snaps a color image like the one above to confirm. Then biologists run in t

Anderson: Drones helping modernize deer counts through locating fawns

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.
Outdoors
March 4
The island house was raised to accommodate a new foundation. The thought of razing it didn’t wash with the family.

Raising the Lake Superior island getaway to keep from razing it

Cabin Country: As the visits and memories piled up, the foundation of the house was slowly sinking. This past fall we the house was lifted 12 feet
Outdoors
March 4
An eastern chipmunk surfaced from its burrow.

Naturalist has noted eastern chipmunk's winter appearance for 50 years

Eastern chipmunks are hibernators, yet unlike the 13-lined ground squirrels and woodchucks, chipmunks do not put on much pre-hibernation fat.
Duluth
March 4
Open water has returned to Lake Superior at Duluth’s Canal Park after a cold spell rapidly formed ice in February only to see warm weather melt it a

Lake Superior ice disappears as fast as it formed

After maxing out at 50% coverage two weeks ago, the lake has lost nearly all of its ice.