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.


Stream rehabilitators note eroding banks, blame overuse of wood debris

Minnesota is wasting millions of dollars on trout habitat projects in the Driftless Area by forcing contractors to use woody debris instead of rock to protect stream banks that are washing out in spectacular fashion, a pair of rehabbers say.


Cold water deactivates walleyes in windy fishing opener

In many areas, the bite is expected to pick up with a warm week of weather.


Dead deer and more CWD found at pay-for-hunt ranch in Crow Wing County

Animal health officials found 13 decomposed deer at Trophy Woods Ranch in Crow Wing County last month, the Board of Animal Health said today.


Deep dive on Mille Lacs emphasizes downside of water clarity

Mille Lacs is relatively shallow despite its massive surface area, which can cause problems when the water gets clearer, according to a university researcher.


Invasive species pilot project in Annandale in trouble

Even though the pilot project is not funded by the DNR, it requires the agency's approval if changes are made from year to year.


Early spring fishing on Rainy River is prime time with primitive fish

In the weeks leading up to the walleye opener, beast of a fish is main attraction on the Rainy River


Youth-friendly .410 shotguns gaining favor for wild turkey hunting

Bills allowing young hunters to use lighter guns to hunt wild turkeys are moving ahead


All deer at Crow Wing County deer farm euthanized in deal to contain CWD

USDA paid owner of deer farm an undisclosed sum.


Ice out on state's lakes progressing better than last year

This year's May 11 fishing opener is still four weeks away, and the eight- to 14-day weather outlook is calling for normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.


Proposed Minnesota gun bill has been modified to ease shooting sports concerns

Originally, the bill's language seemed to apply to all firearms transfers, even exchanges between family members and hunting companions.