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October 25, 2017
Inside the Outdoors: So much to do, so little time
October 25, 2017 - 5:30am
October 15, 2017
The variety of North American sparrows is legion, and many look very similar. They breed to the north of us, mostly in Canada, and we generally see and hear them only in spring and fall when passing through. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Some migrants pass through unseen and unsung
October 15, 2017 - 7:00am
September 18, 2017
The 2017 hunting framework, with season length and daily bag limits being the most anticipated, were known months ago. That's because since 2015 the federal agency responsible for managing ducks and geese and those who hunt them has mothballed what was previously an important tool in setting annual hunting rules. That tool was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's annual midsummer count and assessment of the year's nesting successes; or, just as important, nesting failures. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: 2017 could be a perfect storm of bad duck policy
September 18, 2017 - 8:00am
April 22, 2017
Sandhill cranes are handsome in a subtle gray-blue plumage from head to tail, except for their young, whose body feathers typically show brown tones. A black bill, bright red "skull cap," and white face patch complete the handsome ensemble. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Unsung sandhill cranes are returning too
April 22, 2017 - 4:00am
April 14, 2017
I was puzzled by the brightness of the slumbering world beyond the windows. The open door revealed why. The steps, sidewalk, gardens and lawn all gleamed in the faint light of the early hour. It had snowed overnight. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: A rude reception for robins
April 14, 2017 - 4:15am
April 4, 2017
There is a double-handful of such regulations that Congress is in the process of undoing, some dealing with issues dear to the hearts of many outdoors people. One, for example, is a regulation prohibiting mining companies from dumping their waste near rivers and streams, waste that potentially leaches into waters that not only support important fish populations, but at some point downstream may become part of the human water supply. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Rules as Likely to Have Enemies as Friends
April 4, 2017 - 6:30am
January 22, 2017
It came as a very much-unwanted present just after Christmas when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that chronic wasting disease (CWD) had been found in two deer in a captive herd on a game farm in North Central Minnesota's Crow Wing County. The fear flowing from this latest news is that the disease could, if it has not already, spread to wild deer in the area where this Crow Wing County deer farm is located. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Is it time to end deer farming?
January 22, 2017 - 10:18am
January 6, 2017
My son and his new wife decided this would be the year they would do more than just dabble in cross country skiing. They found amazingly good "pre-owned" skis and poles, got a good deal on boots and were ready for the first good snowfall of the season. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: It Needn't be Perfect to be Fun
January 6, 2017 - 11:44pm
November 30, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: Reasons for Thanks Can be Many, and Simple
November 30, 2016 - 11:27am
November 2, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: Hunter, or Naturalist? Why not both?
November 2, 2016 - 10:34am
October 20, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: Parking Lot Puppy Picking? Good Luck!
October 20, 2016 - 9:30am
October 3, 2016
Curse that bloomin' tansy!
October 3, 2016 - 8:41am
August 12, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: We're All on Borrowed Time, Aren't We?
August 12, 2016 - 8:23am
July 20, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: Some records we'd rather not break
July 20, 2016 - 1:37pm
November 22, 2015
Inside the Outdoors: Will my smartphone really make me smarter?
November 22, 2015 - 8:00am
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