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Minnesota Outdoors

Dennis Anderson, Tony Kennedy and Bob Timmons stay on top of everything going on outdoors.


Ruffed grouse numbers drop, according to DNR spring survey

Spring ruffed grouse drumming counts conducted by the Minnesota DNR show a 29-percent falloff from a year ago — bad news because the relatively high

Drumming counts indicate population peak was short-lived.


Minnesota camping, hiking guidebooks improved on

'Best Tent Camping' gives insider's knowledge with ratings, rankings.


Brad Parsons named new DNR fisheries chief

Brad Parsons named new DNR fisheries chief

Veteran staffer takes over for Don Pereira, who retired.


It's Trails Day, indeed: Superior Hiking Trail beckons

The Star Tribune is going on a thru-hike, and will report back this summer.


Brothers Hautman, who dominate Federal Duck Stamp, appear in short film

Ducks Unlimited Films series takes trio on North Dakota hunt.


Stillwater angler sets new catch-and-release record with 73-inch lake sturgeon

Stillwater angler sets new catch-and-release record with 73-inch lake sturgeon

A Stillwater angler set a catch-and-release Minnesota record May 4 for lake sturgeon, the DNR announced. The fish measured 73 inches.


The champ is here: 8-year-old wins crappie contest grand prize

The champ is here: 8-year-old wins crappie contest grand prize

Lincoln Erickson, 8, of Rogers won a boat, motor and trailer rigged with fish-finding electronics on Lake Minnetonka Saturday by catching a .93 pound crappie during the Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest.


DNR tightens rules on firewood use on state public lands

DNR tightens rules on firewood use on state public lands

Now, certified wood must stay in county in which it was harvested.


Minnesota fisheries chief to retire

DNR Fisheries Chief Don Pereira will retire next month after a 35-year career of Minnesota fish research and management. A national search is under way for a new leader.


What are you observing? Be a part of the City Nature Challenge

Citizen science project involves documenting wildlife, plants with iNaturalist app


DNR says Mille Lacs smallmouth population 'healthy'

DNR says Mille Lacs smallmouth population 'healthy'

Recent estimate says half of lake's bass exceed 17 inches.


DNR adds 2 metro open houses on deer plan

DNR adds 2 metro open houses on deer plan

Agency had been criticized for forgetting about Twin Cities hunters.


Four-walleye limit continues on Upper Red Lake

DNR says Upper Red Lake's surplus of spawning walleyes is reason to continue an aggressive four-fish bag limit even after a record winter harvest


It's about time for 30 Days of Biking -- that rite of April

It's about time for 30 Days of Biking -- that rite of April

Organizer says cycling challenge has become more about 'meaningful stories,' less about numbers


Steger begins solo Canadian Arctic trek in harsh conditions

The Minnesota explorer intends to cover 1,000 miles with his canoe sled.


DNR announces another catch-and-release walleye season for Mille Lacs

DNR fisheries biologists netted walleyes from Mille Lacs in early spring 2016 for a field experiment regarding fertility of the fish. A panel of resea

No agreement on harvest limits between the state and Indian bands means another catch-and-release season of walleye fishing on Mille Lacs. Mille Lacs business owners aren't happy.


Documentary to air about a first for women in the Minnesota outdoors

"Women Outward Bound" chronicles when first women were allowed to attend wilderness school in 1965.


Action on the EagleCam: First egg is spotted

Action on the EagleCam: First egg is spotted

Nongame Wildlife Program, which manages the popular feed, announces the news.


Questions stream, too, from popular Minnesota EagleCam

Questions stream, too, from popular Minnesota EagleCam

First egg is expected "any day now," say state wildlife observers.


Ultramarathoners reflect on 'deep freeze' of their successful double Arrowhead

Ultramarathoners reflect on 'deep freeze' of their successful double Arrowhead

Minneapolis women covered 270 miles over seven days on the rugged trail in northern Minnesota.