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Minnesota Outdoors

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


Superior Hiking Trail puts its focus on Leave No Trace this week

Superior Hiking Trail puts its focus on Leave No Trace this week

Public training sessions set with national "trainers" on the North Shore.


Minnesota pheasant index up 19 percent

Pheasant abundance improved across the entire range for the birds despite heavy rains hurting the population in south-central Minnesota


More love for Cuyuna trails

Outside magazine touts Crosby among its "best towns."


More love for Cuyuna trails

Outside magazine touts Crosby among its "best towns."


DNR's wildlife champion announces retirement

DNR's wildlife champion announces retirement

Carrol Henderson has helped rejuvenate the trumpeter swan population, among others.


Seized hunting, fishing gear goes to auction

The annual public auction of hundreds of pieces of fishing, hunting and other gear confiscated by Minnesota game wardens is Saturday in Zimmerman.


DNR plan for Minnesota's deer includes harvest of 200,000 whitetails

A whitetail buck

A new state plan years in the making to manage the state's deer population was announced Tuesday and includes a target harvest of 200,000 whitetails per year.


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