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.


Bull elk is second-largest on record taken in Minnesota

The 7-by-8 rack with a gross score of 380 and a net score of a little more than 367 is now the second-largest Minnesota elk scored for the Boone and Crockett conservation club.


Ron Lindner, who founded a family fishing empire, dies at 86

Lindner, of Brainerd, described himself as a daydreamer but worked obsessively as a salesman, fishing guide, inventor, educator, storyteller, outdoors pioneer and ambassador.


Minnesota deer opener was poor for harvest and CWD sampling

Harvest down nearly a third from last year; weather cited.


Father, daughter, deer: 'Such a good opportunity'

Forty-six Minnesota state parks were closed this weekend to hold deer hunts of one sort or another. Afton's hunt is one of 15 set aside for youths.


Into the woods: Deer hunting camps will have different feel this season

Many families will be altering their traditions this weekend as Minnesota's deep season starts."Everybody hates it, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do.''


CWD surveillance collapsing from a majority of hunters' indifference to testing

Not enough hunters are volunteering their deer for testing, challenging disease researchers.


'Thieving in the woods': DNR officers try to corral spruce top pirates

Conservation officers have turned up at least 15,000 pieces headed for back-channel selling.


Small game survey shows greater hunting success for pheasants, grouse

Minnesota small game hunters enjoyed a higher rate of success for most species last year, including pheasants, according to the annual survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.


Duck-crazy Cottage Grove family lives to hunt

In an era when conservationists and wildlife managers are yearning for an injection of youth to reverse a decades-long decline in waterfowl hunting, Tyler, Trevor, Travis and 16-year-old Tanner Montez are bucking the trend.


Judging from opener, Minnesota is seeing a revival of duck hunting

Counter to recent years, stamp sales are up and reports are positive.