Tony Kennedy | Star Tribune
Reporter | Outdoors

Tony Kennedy covers the outdoors for the Star Tribune. Previously he had been an investigative reporter since 2002, starting with a probe of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge.


Too young to hunt deer? Not in Wisconsin

Under legislation that Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign into law this week, kids of any age will be allowed to hunt deer and carry their own gun when accompanied by an adult.


Minnesota deer hunters on pace to harvest 15 percent more whitetails

The harvest surged after a slow start, reaching a mark 10 percent higher than last year's showing.


South Dakota's 2017 pheasant collapse extends to lands groomed for holding birds

A party of 10 bagged only 30 roosters on managed farmland in South Dakota


Should deer season be delayed to better protect the bucks?

Since 1959, the Minnesota firearms deer season has opened on the Saturday nearest Nov. 6, linking it to the short window of time when bucks make themselves most vulnerable to ambush.


Search starts to find site for world-class shooting range

The Department of Natural Resources has officially kicked off the process for finding a location to potentially build a world-class shooting range and clubhouse to be used by state high school trapshooters and to attract other statewide, regional, national or international events.


Busted: Deer hunters nailed most often for baiting

Hunting over bait was the single most common bust during last year's Minnesota deer season. Nearly 200 citations were issued and another 56 hunters received warnings.


Health officials adjust advice to hunters regarding chronic wasting disease

New evidence about chronic wasting disease leads health officials to reconsider their advice


On brink of pheasant season, South Dakota bracing for reduced bag

Birds are even scarce in the hotbed of Mobridge, but state still boasts it has more birds than anyplace else.


Minnesota game bird hunters finding little to shoot

Game wardens across the state's pheasant range reported strong participation in many areas, but sparse results.


DNR wildlife researcher Davros working to help upland birds thrive

Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher, is looking for ways to increase pheasant populations. "I know our numbers look down," Davros said. "But I'm optimistic for the next five years."