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Deer hunt is definitely hit and miss

Wolves and winters. Those are the theories being tossed around related to a Minnesota firearms deer season that data show, and most hunters say, lacked the robust deer populations of yesteryear. "I've... Full story


Emerald ash borer threatens northern Minnesota

With close to a billion ash trees in the state, the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) insect threatens trees across Minnesota, but especially the northern part of the state. A wood borer that feeds in the phloem and disrupts the movement of... Full story


These birds are here to stay

Will Stenberg captured a chickadee, above, and red-breasted nuthatch this month in Blackhoof Township. They are two species that stick through Minnesota winters. They can provide some entertainment... Full story


Francy That: 'Worthless' land provides wide range of benefits

When I was young, we called them swamps, those low areas on the farms where grass for pasture or hay crops failed to grow. They were often wet and farmers said the soil was “sour” and the land...

 By MN DNR    Outdoors    November 10, 2023

Conservation officers busy with deer opener

Conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were busy with the firearms deer opener last weekend. Cloquet’s Tony Elwell reported that “most hunters struggled to see much for deer movement over the weekend.... Full story


Staying safe on cold water is everyone's responsibility

Some people in Minnesota have put away their boats for the year, but plenty of others will squeeze out every bit they can of the open-water season, whether they’re chasing game, targeting fish or paddling lakes and rivers. To anyone on or around...


Here's a deer hunting primer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a host of tips for those heading out into the wilds this weekend for the deer hunting opener. Here’s a sample of things to think about this season. Register your deer Hunters are required to... Full story


Photo: Snipe hunting

Nature photographer Will Stenberg captured this Wilson's snipe with his camera lens on the shore of Hay Lake in the Chub Lake area Wednesday afternoon. Send your favorite nature photos to...


Photo: Grouse about

Will Stenberg captured this grouse with his camera on Boy Scout Road near the Whiteface River in the Sax-Zim Bog last week. According to the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog group, grouse are best seen at dawn...


Photo: Reflective light

Mary Lukkarila caught some stunning and fading fall light on the north bank of the St. Louis River last Sunday from under the Minnesota Highway 33 bridge in Cloquet.... Full story


PHOTO: Whoa ... on the water

Dan Malkovich captured a stunning sunrise on Lake Superior Tuesday morning. There have been quite a few in the past few weeks on the lake with interesting cloud formations. Malkovich said Tuesday...


DNR offers tips on safe hunting

As archery deer hunters enjoy the current hunting season and 400,000 hunters prepare for firearms deer hunting seasons, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable hunt. The Minnesota DNR’s... Full story


An ode to fall (with photos)

A poem by Patrick Stevens... Full story


SWCD update: Learn how to battle invasive buckthorn

It’s the season of stunning reds, yellows, oranges, crisp autumn mornings with brilliant blue skies. It’s also the time of year many of us northern folks look forward to tromping around in the woods and wetlands with our hunting dogs chasing our...


Turkey, pheasant artists get a stamp

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has chosen winners for the Minnesota turkey and pheasant stamp contests. Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the Minnesota pheasant stamp contest with an acrylic painting of a pheasant. The winner was... Full story


Finding fall

A quick trip to Jay Cooke State Park on Tuesday definitely had all the signs of fall. Gabrielle Proefrock and Tom Warner of Minneapolis rest on a rock in the St. Louis River on an unseasonably warm... Full story


DNR stocks sturgeon in river

For the first time since 2000, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is stocking lake sturgeon in the St. Louis River. DNR fisheries stocked 375 fingerlings into the river Sept. 12 at Chambers Grove Park in Fond du Lac. Lake sturgeon are a... Full story


Free state park days

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free Park Days to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and...


It's been quite the blueberry season

A cathedral of pines serves as entry to a path that winds over and through 32 acres of undulating land off Prevost Road, just north of Cloquet. A short walk is enough to slough off any travails of... Full story


It's berry pickin' time

It's strawberry picking time at Spectrum Farms (pictured) and Farm LoLa, which also has lots of honeyberries for the picking. Siberian honeyberries have the same faded blue color as blueberries but... Full story


Some close insect inspection

Will Stenberg continues to dazzle with his outdoors photographs, this time with a focus on insects. In June, he found monarch eggs on leaves in his own yard. "They are very tiny," he said. In July,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Outdoors    June 23, 2023

In the woods, a quiet oasis

Visitors have said words can't really describe what it's like to camp at Allure of the Woods Rustic Retreat in Carlton, but they use the guestbook to try their best: "A cozy, peaceful getaway." "We... Full story


Two Cloquet men are top fishing fundraisers ... again!

The Fleet Farm Minnesota Fishing Challenge took place on Gull Lake on June 3, with many fish brought to the scales and many anglers raising funds to give hope to those trapped in addiction, through... Full story


PHOTO: Dinner is served

Mark Cline stopped by an osprey nest in Carlton just in time to witness a food delivery. He said the little ones aren't big enough to be seen over the edge of the nest yet. The nest is in the middle...


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