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Near the Gunflint Trail, none of the five paddlers heard a loon's lonesome tremolo or the slap of a beaver's tail against the lake. But each returned home eager for another trip.
For 24 years Donn Weber was a corrections officer at Minnesota's only maximum-security prison, where lifers and troublemakers from other confinements do their time. Now he's a fisherman, and happier for it.
Fishing for Minnesota State Mankato, two young anglers beat the nation's best to qualify for a national tournament.
Adventure fishing takes hold as state anglers venture worldwide.
Everyone loves a parade, but for my money, the best way to celebrate July 4th and the days approximate to it is horseback. That's what our outdoors columnist did.
Nearly everyone seems to have opinions about how to proceed with managing the growing population.
Retired U president Robert Bruininks caught monster walleye on July 4 under sunny skies
Campfires and tents can rekindle connections to nature. Numerous studies have shown that people's mental and physical well-being improve when exposed to natural areas and nature-based activities.
A husband-wife team of weekend anglers from Minneapolis caught a walleye, and also snagged a big-toothed surprise last Saturday on Lake Minnetonka that left them stunned.
From the Gunflint Trail to Lake of the Woods, high water prevails.
The bill funded a dozen legislator-favored projects that weren't reviewed by the commission charged with overseeing lottery funds.
Wouldn't it be nice if legislators didn't misappropriate profits from lottery ticket sales, which are supposed to enhance Minnesota's environment? Or for the governor to step in?
Here's a sampling of big fish statues in Minnesota, as well as some very fishy ones — along with the best fishing and camping spots near each.
Minnesota might have — and, if it could be proven, probably does have — more highway shrines to all things finned than any other state.
Like mother, like daughter. Anglers of all ages love crappies.
Slower in the morning, action on the big lake picked up throughout the day Saturday for Minnesota's traditional fishing opener.
When LeRoy Chiovitte of Hermantown died, he left no plans for the fish that had been encased in glass for four decades. Soon, though, you'll be able to see the big walleye close to where it was caught in 1979.
Walleye facts and insights from a new book by DNR fisheries biologist Paul Radomski might help you catch shore lunch on Saturday's opener.
Big box stores and changes in fishing technology may lead to the closure of another one of the suburban bait shops that have fallen victim to changing times.
Cold weather has hung around this spring, slowing the arrival of open water on some lakes in the northern part of the state.
Today, Minnesota legislators too often hew the caucus line, and the state's natural resources are going to suffer.
Sitting in your boat, in your garage, anticipating open water, is good for your mind in April
The book, like the museum's new building, showcases visionaries' long-held belief that science and public education — and entertainment — can go hand in hand.
Meet four who have learned that rising early and communing with nature is worth repeating.
Craig Brown grew up on "Winnie'' at his family's McArdle's Resort and was never happier than when fishing was involved.
The hatcheries are critical to maintaining fishing opportunities Minnesota anglers expect and that attract nonresidents to the state every year.
The Governor's Fishing Opener dates to 1948 but will be replaced this year. That break with tradition by Gov. Tim Walz is a disappointment.
Canadian resort owners and outfitters hope anglers respond in droves, but Americans' reluctance to get shots might limit numbers.
The Legislature is mulling over an idea dividing the state's anglers.
Legislature mulls change that biologists say won't produce more walleyes.
Life gets interrupted by a four-legged, Labrador tail-wagger.
Few companies reach their centennial anniversary, but the Anoka-based company is thriving at that age. Hear from Jason Vanderbrink, its ammunition president.
Student Angler Tournament Trail offers tournaments and scholarships.
Pete Harris, 87, already worth knowing because he fishes Lake Superior in a 14-foot boat, finds his way around winter, too.
Dick Hanousek acted on the lessons he learned throughout his life. One was shared by his son: "Dad told me once that he had good friends who made a lot of money and sometimes lost their families in the process.''
Angler harvest is an important tool to manage lakes, Gary Barnard says, and those pushing for change are targeting a problem that doesn't exist.
This winter's deep snow from Duluth to Grand Portage ensures the North Shore's 60-odd steelhead rivers will have sufficient water in spring for the fish to make their spawning runs from Lake Superior.
The alarming incidence of chronic wasting disease in at least one Wyoming deer herd should wake up Minnesota.
If Minnesota's six-walleye limit isn't hurting anything, why are some legislators and the DNR in favor again this legislative session of cutting the limit from six to four walleyes?
On the wilderness' edge of northeastern Minnesota, people can disagree. But most try to get along — and make a living. Ely is a complicated and colorful place.
Lakes impaired, habitat gone? Minnesota's resources have 201 "General Managers," ensuring more squandered seasons.
Department of Natural Resources managers held an online chat this week about depleted whitetail populations in northeast Minnesota, and their message to frustrated hunters was, "Get used to it.''
Communicating by phone, text or email is a poor substitute for in-person gatherings
Owing to COVID's impact, a number of factors will determine how feasible it is for U.S. residents to cross the border into the Canadian wilderness that's a twin to Minnesota's BWCA.
A plan that is expected to be complete by spring aims for more efficiency.
Responding to a petition, lead will be outlawed in some Minnesota state parks and scientific and natural areas.
A December hunt chills to the bone, with birds flying.
Steve Grooms was an outdoor writer, a description that for him was too confining. He could have written about anything. But nature was the lens through which he saw the world.
Habitat is changing, but wolves get most of the blame for whitetail losses
There are no quick fixes, but ongoing research might show a path forward.
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.