Dennis Anderson | Star Tribune
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: Some luckier than others on Wisconsin's opening day

Unlike years past on opening day of Wisconsin's firearm season, no bucks entered into the scope this time on Saturday morning. But not all were shut out.


Anderson: Calm, not restlessness, an asset in bow hunter's pursuit of deer

An archery deer hunt provides plenty of time and reason to think.


Anderson: Sporting art is a vocation and a lifestyle for Bob White

Affinity for sporting art came quick for Bob White.


Dennis Anderson: A wild, weird deer tale figures in Minnesota's opener

Highlights include a world record whitetail buck, an unusual caliber Winchester, a dance hall and — why not? — a tavern.


Anderson: Kanabec County deer camp remains a draw five generations later

A Kanabec County deer camp remains a draw for descendants into its second century


Photos wanted for Wednesday Outdoors page

Readers also should include with submitted photos a few descriptive sentences, including names of people shown and other pertinent information such as the time, day and general location where hunts were conducted.


Anderson: Walz, Johnson state their case on the outdoors

Candidates for Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson offer their opinions on outdoor issues ranging from guns to roadside mowing to mining in northern Minnesota.


Anderson: Retrieving dogs had their champion in trainer Charlie Hays

Accolades only tell part of the trainer's rich story.


Anderson: Minnesota horsemen answer call for cattle roundup in Montana

On a recent day in the Big Hole Valley, seven Minnesotans were part of a fall roundup, during which cattle are gathered and driven to lower country, where they over-winter.


Anderson: Reports of species die-offs are scary, but public's indifference is scarier

Declines continue, with habitat loss a big influencer.