Columnist | Outdoors

Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.


Anderson: Why deer numbers in the northeast remain low

There are no quick fixes, but ongoing research might show a path forward.


Anderson: A sportsman's life, Minnesota style

Jay Johnson has shared in the state's bounty, and helped replenish it, too.


Minnesota deer harvest lags last year; license sales flat

Wisconsin opening weekend kill is down 14%.


Plymouth angler's Mille Lacs muskie breaks state record: 'What an incredible fish'

Plymouth angler catches 55-pound, 14-ounce monster and topples a record that has stood for 64 years.


Anderson: The art and practice of shooting straight

Proper rifle-shooting technique is necessary to make any shot, particularly those at long range.


Anderson: Outdoorswoman Meadow Kouffeld has new stuff to do — taxidermy

The Minnesota college instructor and onetime DNR employee fashions life-like mounts artistically.


There's a world of research to help deer hunters bag a buck

As deer hunting season gets underway, DNR harvest data reveal areas of high buck harvest rates. Hard-copy maps are available and there's even an app.


Anderson: Gun accidents can happen to anyone, even you

A review of Minnesota firearms hunting mishaps is telling.


Anderson: Q&A with Kelly Straka, DNR's ground-breaking new section manager

Straka grew up in Wayzata before undertaking a circuitous route back to Minnesota that included stops all over the world.


Anderson: Like ducks, these Minnesotans migrated to North Dakota, and love it

North Dakota grew at a 15% clip between 2010 and 2020, fourth fastest in the nation. That was mostly in bigger cities. Most of the state still operates at a slower pace with especially great hunting and fishing.