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Pine Knot Outdoors: Montana fishing encounter made lasting impression

We enjoyed a big cake pan of crappies and brook trout fillets for dinner the other night. The crappies were freshly pulled from the deep weed line of a nearby lake. The brookies had a longer journey. They recently swam the cold streams of Cook...

 

OUTDOORS: Make safe decisions as we head into hunting seasons

My phone rang just late enough to make me nervous that something was wrong. I was right. My brother, Bruce, had fallen from his deer stand. He was in the emergency room. My heart raced. My mind...

 

Pine Knot Outdoors: Fishing for the gold, silver and bronze

Back to reality. The Baker household held tightly onto summer for as long as possible. But with two kids in middle school, one in high school, another off to college, and both parents teaching,...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    August 30, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Quest for the big bite requires lots of adjustments

I have a little secret my wife and kids already know. Sometimes, I have no idea what I'm doing. The last couple of weeks on the water, I've been making it up as I go. Some trips have worked out,...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    August 23, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Tales of the cattail harvest

My wife, Jamie, loves to put her fall decorations out at the first sign of autumn. A couple of cold mornings triggers her to journey to the recesses of our basement in search of her stash of...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    August 16, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Reflections on fishing from the baseball diamond

We loaded the Suburban with most of the Baker crew plus an omnipresent extra child, and headed north. The big blue Lund stared back at us in confusion as we pulled away — it would remain unhitched f...

 

DNR report

Recent reports from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in the area: Scott Staples (Carlton) attended training at Camp Ripley during the week and gave assistance at a work detail in Duluth when the tall ships arrived. A co...

 

Birds can be found during dog days of summer

You can still find birds in August. They're not as noisy and easy to spot as in April or May and during fall's migration. They've found their mates - the goal of the glorious singing they treat us to...

 

DNR deer meeting is on Aug. 28

An open house meeting for discussions about deer and deer management with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife managers has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Carlton County Transportation building at 1630 County Road 61....

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    August 9, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: 'Crappie Keith' lives up to his name

The fog rolled across the surface of the water as we slid Keith Nelson's Alumacraft into the coffee-colored waters of Big Sandy Lake. I relegated myself to the back deck of his boat. I was here to...

 

Bird studies came early for Carlton woman

One of the most important things a person can do in their life is to find their passion. Some people spend years experimenting and seeking out their passion, while a lucky few find what they are passi...

 

Minnesota deer season regulations are released

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded bans on deer feeding and attractants, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    August 2, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Tournament tension

Stretching out in front of us, dozens of boats jostled for position, awaiting blastoff. My oldest son, Joseph, and I tucked into the back of the pack; based on the 200-300 horsepower motors...

 

High on biking: For Alexandera Houchin, the trail continues to rise

Somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies is an unnamed gravel road that twists and turns on its way up past little-known Grayback Mountain. Indiana Pass crests at 11,910 feet right on this road, and...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 26, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Reservoir hogs are calling

Over the years I've fished them all. Collectively referred to as the "big four" reservoirs north of Duluth, they include Wild Rice, Fish, Island and Boulder. They all have their own personalities, and...

 

DNR report

Latest reports from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Jacob Willis (Brookston) spent most of this week at Camp Ripley as part of the Division Use of Force Team conducting required in-service training for officers....

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 19, 2019

PINE KNOT OUTDOORS: Change it up and find some fish

The freshly fried walleyes had barely hit the cake pan when they were scooped up by the masses gathered around our picnic table. A Baker fish fry was in full swing. In all, 25 friends and family...

 

DNR report

Scott Staples (Carlton) worked boating and off-highway vehicle activity this past holiday week. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license, no license in possession, insufficient life jackets, operating dirt bikes on the road,...

 

Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Cloquet Forestry Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around July 30 and continue through approximately September 10 on parcels located in the...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 12, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Waxworm trip leads to a tall tale

The week started with a real emergency around the Baker household. Phoenix, our resident gecko, was out of food. Normally, we would run to Duluth and pick him up some crickets or tasty mealworms. It...

 
 By Mike Creger    Outdoors    July 12, 2019

Talking turkey vultures

I have always had an eye on the old sheds sitting in the meadow at North Cloquet Road and Midway Road. They are so photogenic in different lights each day. So, with the camera in the car and tooling...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 5, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Food, fun, action lure kids to the water

Our anchor tethered us to the rocks below. The current ripped underneath our bow and poured out the backside of the Lund. I threaded half a crawler onto my orange jig and plopped it over the transom....

 

DNR report

This week’s report from the region’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with an aquatic invasive species check station in the Duluth area where several violations were encountered. A...

 
 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    June 28, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: As seasons turn, so does the bite

I half-walked, half-skipped to my truck. I had just polished off my second week of teaching summer school. Much like the fish I’ve been chasing, I’m transitioning to my summer pattern. In the...

 

Be friendly to helpful pollinators

Pollinators are key to Minnesota's environmental health. Without them, we wouldn't have some of our favorite foods. They are vital to a healthy environment. They're also beautiful and fascinating to...

 

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