Columnist | Outdoors

Outdoors columnist and editor Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.

Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.


Anderson: Study on stadium bird deaths waste of unnatural resources

When considered on a population level, a similar number of these birds would have died anyway, by some other means.


Anderson: Impact of law change plays out for disabled hunter on opener

Pierce Pennaz, who has Down syndrome, bagged a buck on a shared hunt with his father.


When only a doe will do, the bucks crowd the territory

Bucks came and went, but they weren't the goal this opening morning.


Anderson: Taking aim at the real prize of the deer hunt

In a world that seems intent on dulling our senses, sitting in the woods or along a field edge offers a rare opportunity for surprise.


Anderson: Saving forests benefits deer, hunters

Millions of dollars have gone toward land conservation in the state since 2007. The Minnesota firearms whitetail opener is Saturday.


Anderson: Firearms deer season coincides with peak breeding season for bucks

Mature male whitetails risk becoming trophy bucks when the firearms opener collides with mating pursuits


Anderson: Sinker-maker's troubles are reminder of the deep roots of lead

Water Gremlin's closure read closely by Minnesota anglers.


Anderson: More ducks than ever? Yeah, right

The spring numbers are not all they are cracked up to be.


Anderson: Northern Minnesota guide learns painful lesson of tree-stand risks

His fall while taking down a tree stand is a reminder of inherent risk in the field.


Fisherman catches Minnesota record muskie while grieving for friend

Corey Kitzmann, a lifelong muskie angler, was alone at his family's cabin when he received word a friend had died at age 40. Not wanting to remain in the cabin alone, he went fishing.