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.


More wild turkeys, hunters made for a spring hunt unlike any other

The harvest in Minnesota set a new record of 16,600 birds harvested.


DNR reveals a new leader for the Fish and Wildlife Division

Kelly Straka, a native Minnesotan with outdoors experience here and in Hawaii, Missouri and Michigan, will replace retiring Dave Olfelt.


Electronic licensing, carp deterrent are outdoors wins at Capitol

Outdoor Heritage Fund delivered a record $192 million to enhance habitat and support wildlife.


The weather and the bite made for a dreamy state fishing opener

The bite might have been mixed in places, but there was certainty for many Minnesotans: It was an ideal day to be out.


Live: Updates and photos from the Minnesota fishing opener

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are participating in Saturday's fishing opener, with walleye the preferred game fish.


The weather and license sales point to a solid Minnesota fishing opener

325,000 fishing licenses of all types could be sold by sunrise Saturday, with youth sales a high point.


Licensing for Minnesota recreation making major leap to digital age

You'll still be able to buy a paper license at your favorite bait shop or store, but most hunters, anglers, boaters, snowmobilers, ATV riders and skiers will carry permissions on their phones.


Wildlife agency: Sturgeon won't go on endangered species list

In a decision welcomed by Minnesota's fishing community and the DNR, the Fish and Wildlife Service said it won't list lake sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act.


Will 'shotgun only' zone for deer in southern Minnesota be abolished?

There's still a chance for a breakthrough affecting the annual whitetail harvest — Minnesota's most popular form of hunting — for the southern half of the state.


Legislation directs millions toward dozens of Minnesota outdoors projects

The executive director of the commission responsible for choosing the projects said acceptance at the Capitol arrived earlier than ever before.