Tony Kennedy | Star Tribune
Reporter | Outdoors

Tony Kennedy is an outdoors writer covering Minnesota news about fishing, hunting, wildlife, conservation, camping, natural resource management, public land, forests and water.

T"A Minnesota native, Kennedy lives in the Twin Cities and on land surrounding a Driftless Area trout stream. Previously, he was an investigative reporter at the Star Tribune, an Associated Press newsman and a beat writer covering the environment, aviation, state politics and police. His journalism career started at Marquette University, a small-town newspaper in Indiana and The St. Cloud Times. Kennedy's wife is an inner-city kindergarten teacher and their two boys are crazy about hockey and the outdoors.

Ice conditions around state called tricky by conservation officers

A sustained period of freezing temperatures jump-started Minnesota's ice fishing season this year, but the weekend deaths of two fishermen northwest of Little Falls underscored observations from around the state that ice conditions are tricky.

Minn. firearms deer season never fully recovers from slow start

Minnesota's muzzleloader deer season surpassed low expectations with a harvest of nearly 6,000 deer through Wednesday, up 11.5 percent from the same period last year.

CWD found in deer outside of Minnesota's outbreak zone

The discovery was announced a day after stepped-up program to curtail the disease.

Minn. DNR intensifies fight vs. CWD, considers paying deer bounties

Two special hunts were announced for later this month, and the DNR said federal sharpshooters will be hired to supplement the extra harvest.

Doe prances on pool table before wardens free it from Duluth-area home

Two conservation officers were forced into a marathon tag-team wrestling match with a deer that broke through a window and got trapped in the basement.

CWD called persistent problem among deer by state wildlife officials

Ten new cases of chronic wasting disease and another "suspected'' case have cropped up this year, including in two male deer located outside the designated outbreak zone that encompasses Fillmore County.

Nature photographer Jim Brandenburg helps preserve his corner of Minnesota tallgrass prairie

A nature photographer's gem — part of a larger prairie preservation plan — is a priority for public land managers.

CWD detected again in Minnesota pay-to-hunt deer facility

The disease-troubled captive deer facility in Crow Wing County that poses a threat to the area's wild deer population has once again tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced late last week.

Minnesota deer harvest off to a slow, perplexing start

The two-day harvest of 62,957 deer was 14.5 percent below last year's opening weekend total of 73,759.

Outlook better for hunters this deer firearms season

Projections call for at least a 10 percent increase in the deer harvest over last season.