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.

Anderson: In winter, crappies can't hide from anglers' latest gadget

Crappies prefer deep water in winter. But with new sonar technology, anglers can find, catch and release them, sometimes with deadly results.

Anderson: They're back. Invasive carp take aim at state's waters again

The DNR will finalize a new plan to deter invasive carp from further infesting the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers. Will it work?

Anderson: Hunting in pink is legal, but makes some women see red

The bill legalizing pink clothing was authored by a man who 'thought it might help' attract more women to hunt. Among others, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, a hunter, was offended by the idea. And the gear can be hard to find, too.

Anderson: With bat or shotgun, Ted Williams hit home runs in Minnesota

The late Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams said the best year he ever had was in 1938 when he was hunting and fishing — and playing baseball for the Minneapolis Millers.

Anderson: Minnesota women aim for camaraderie and hit the mark

Ten women who hadn't hunted before headed west from Minnesota to South Dakota to flush, and shoot, pheasants.

Anderson: The DNR needs to act as wolves decimate deer in Minnesota

Hunters and conservation officers alike in northeast Minnesota have watched as deer populations and deer hunters dwindle. Solutions are needed.

Anderson: A dedicated hunter was overdue; then a buck walked up

Minnesota wildlife photographer Bill Marchel can spend years in a bow stand on his property, waiting for a quality buck to pass his way. Here's what happened when it did.

Anderson: Going deer hunting this weekend? Here are five keys to success

Understanding whitetail behavior, knowing your gun and — above all — being safe are among the keys to experiencing a memorable Minnesota firearms deer opener.

Anderson: Ducks (and ghosts) of Lake Christina revel in its comeback

Central Minnesota's Lake Christina had gone from a natural wonder to a murky cesspool nearly devoid of birds. But technology has brought back ducks — and tales of its past.

Anderson: Duck hunters in their 90s still where they want to be — a marsh

Brothers Henry Ernst, 98, and John Ernst, 96, of St. Paul still look to the skies each fall for mallards and other ducks.