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.

Waterfowl expert: Duck opener didn't live up to expectations

"We hoped for a better opener,'' said Steve Cordts of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Bemidji. "I think it's going to be less than average statewide.''

Minnesota confirms deer disease outbreak

Lab tests are underway will determine if a virus killed 20-plus wild deer in Stearns County

With limit reached, Mille Lacs walleye season to end in 10 days

The step was taken so state anglers don't exceed the safe walleye harvest level set for 2019. Winter walleye regulations are expected to be announced in November.

Calling long distance for lake trout on the North Shore

Lake Superior trout anglers go deep — up to 200 feet. The trout season on Lake Superior closes Oct. 6 to safeguard spawning. This year, it starts back up on Dec. 1.

Endangered species review won't stop sturgeon fishing in Minnesota

Even if lake sturgeon in Minnesota gain protected status under the Endangered Species Act, fishing for the ancient species in Minnesota has a strong chance to continue.

Simple summer fishing pleasure from a backroad bridge

Casting off a rural bridge yields loads of sunnies, memories.

Second look at BWCA lightning incident shows Girl Scouts' injuries initially understated

Clarifying details, recorded in the 911 command log kept by the Lake County Sheriff's Office and described by an official who helped field the original call, led a Scouts regional spokeswoman to apologize.

New duck and pheasant plans emphasize benefits beyond hunting

Greg Hoch, primary author of the Pheasant Plan, said the reader-friendly plans are meant to widen support for duck and pheasant conservation.

Minnesota loses two more conservation officers to untimely death

Two tribal conservation officers from northern Minnesota have died this summer in separate incidents.

Minnesota DNR calls for loon watch after uptick in suspicious deaths

West Nile virus has been confirmed in two dead loons, and is suspected in others.