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July 8, 2018
When grouse or pheasant chicks' feathers become water-soaked - especially in cool temperatures - they rapidly lose body heat, which can easily be fatal. It's hypothermia, just as it would be for a human, though with our kind we typically associate it with immersion in cold water, or exposure in winter.
Inside the Outdoors: Wetness may be a mixed blessing for 2018 gamebird outlook
July 8, 2018 - 10:00am
July 2, 2018
Inside the Outdoors: Foes of dedicated conservation funding are already laying plans
July 2, 2018 - 7:30am
April 14, 2018
 The Straight River was a widely-known and much-loved fishing destination, and as a spring-fed river there was concern that intensified irrigation might reduce its flow, warm its waters and endanger its fish. Some believed there should be a moratorium - a "hold" - on new irrigation wells until their impact on the subsurface water flowing into the Straight River could be more fully understood. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Whose water is it?
April 14, 2018 - 10:00am
April 3, 2018
Some really questionable ideas find their way into legislation, are debated, come up for a vote and even become law. A good example is legislation currently up for consideration by our state senators and representatives at the Capitol in St. Paul. Part of that legislation would let county commissioners decide which species of fish the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can stock in lakes that are entirely within that county's borders. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Fish and politics cook up an unpalatable chowder
April 3, 2018 - 7:30am
March 24, 2018
It's a scent that can be confused with no other, as anyone familiar with it will agree. Some have worse memories than others, memories that may involve a bath of soap and tomato juice after their dog got too close for a skunk's comfort. For many, the introduction is on a highway, passing a point where an incautious skunk became roadkill; a place where — long after — an invisible cloud of musky odor hangs in the air. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Scent of skunk is a first sign of spring
March 24, 2018 - 4:30am
March 9, 2018
A 65-35 percent majority of 66 chapter representatives voted against MDHA supporting the use of crossbows as an option for all hunters during the entire archery deer season, which typically begins in mid-September and runs through the end of December. Two years ago the vote was 52-48 percent against, so this year's vote can't be interpreted as anything but a further stiffening of opposition.
Inside the outdoors: Deer hunter group now even cooler on crossbows
March 9, 2018 - 7:00am
January 22, 2018
MnDNR file photo
Inside the Outdoors: Minnesota's grouse guru, Gordon Gullion, back in the spotlight
January 22, 2018 - 7:00am
December 24, 2017
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Inside the Outdoors: Backyard birds face our judgments, too
December 24, 2017 - 10:00am
December 10, 2017
The process of a lake icing over is not always a continuous one. Ice begins to form, but may recede or break up with warming temperatures, a strong wind or both. Subtle currents, underwater springs, a trickle of stream in-flow, even a beaver's underwater highway from its lodge to the shore, can affect ice thickness.  PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: First ice is a timeless temptation
December 10, 2017 - 6:00am
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 12, 2017
Reports of does with twin fawns - rather than just one - were common this year. All of which was seen by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as justifying more liberal deer hunting regulations. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the outdoors: Of fawns, and chicks, and offspring nearer to home
November 12, 2017 - 8:30am
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