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December 3, 2017
Al's rifle was chambered for the 30-30 Winchester caliber, which dates to 1895, about a decade older than the .35 Remington cartridge fired by the first deer rifle I owned. That said, the 30-30 Winchester is still being used today, and it's a safe bet that more whitetail deer have fallen to the 30-30 than to any other caliber. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: The latest may be greatest...maybe
December 3, 2017 - 6:00am
November 19, 2017
November ushers in a harsh changeover from a time that is warm, comfortable and benign, to a time increasingly inhospitable to creatures wild and tame, plant or animal. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Tales, and gales, of November
November 19, 2017 - 7:30am
November 3, 2017
It's not yet clear whether the early deep snow, 10 inches and more having fallen in some areas of northern Minnesota, will significantly affect deer hunter success.  Hunter mobility and deer movements can certainly be affected by snowfall.  The forecast for this week leading up to the deer opener is not for what could be called melting temperatures.  Time will tell. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Crystal ball looks favorable for firearms deer hunters
November 3, 2017 - 4:00am
October 30, 2017
There apparently has long been a state law on the books requiring farmers to obtain a permit before cutting forage in ditches along state-controlled highways. A permit is generally not needed for mowing ditches along many county and township roads. Along state highways where the ditches are privately owned, but the state has an easement to manage, farmers also do not need permits. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: What to do about ditches?
October 30, 2017 - 9:00am
October 25, 2017
Inside the Outdoors: So much to do, so little time
October 25, 2017 - 5:30am
October 7, 2017
Be prepared to avoid, or survive, being lost
October 7, 2017 - 8:30am
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
February 18, 2017
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service several years ago estimated that in a single year the total combined expenditures of birders reached just under $41 billion; that's billion with a "b!" Closer to home, roughly 1.1 million Minnesotans identified themselves as birders. Roughly 20 percent of U.S. residents claim to be birders to one degree or another. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Birding is serious business, figuratively and literally
February 18, 2017 - 8:23pm
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
December 22, 2016
There are so many different things that outdoors lovers can do year-round in Minnesota that it's hard to feel sorry for anyone who lets post-season blues keep him down for long. Still, the end of a favorite season is not so unlike what we feel at the bon voyage of a good friend with whom we may not share company for many months to come. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Season's End is Like Goodbye to a Friend
December 22, 2016 - 11:24am
December 8, 2016
Inside the Outdoors: Deer disease is a less familiar kind of invader
December 8, 2016 - 9:44am