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REGIONAL—Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were unchanged this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources. This year’s … more
REGIONAL— For a decade, forests managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have received the forestry equivalent of a Good Housekeeping seal of approval. It’s a certification, by … more
VERMILION LAKE TOWNSHIP— Residents near Hwy. 169 southwest of Tower have found themselves at ground zero of a forest tent caterpillar outbreak that appears to be among the worst to hit the area in … more
REGIONAL— For many residents and visitors in northeastern Minnesota, catching a hefty northern pike is a truly memorable experience. And a proposal recently made public by the Department of Natural … more
ORR – The American Bear Association marks its 20th anniversary next weekend. Special events are planned at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary on June 12 and 13 and there will be a pancake breakfast … more
Time slips away. That’s the realization that has weighed on my mind in the past year or so as our son Max, now 20, is on the verge of leaving home, almost certainly for good. It’s the … more
REGIONAL—An overcast sky, chilly temperatures, and a persistent north wind did little to dampen enthusiasm from anglers during last weekend’s fishing opener, and most were rewarded with a pretty … more
My April 10 column on Dr. L. David Mech’s 2014 study that links declining wolf numbers in his study area east of Ely with rising wolf numbers has generated a number of valuable letters from readers … more
Sometimes, wild creatures will surprise you. I learned that again this past weekend, while shooting photographs for this week’s outdoors section. While perusing Google Earth recently I noticed … more
PIKE RIVER— Sometimes you get lucky, and that was certainly the case for the DNR fisheries crew working at the Pike River Hatchery this year. This year’s walleye run peaked during one of the … more
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