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September 15, 2018
Common loon. MnDNR
Inside the Outdoors: And the Diving Champion is...
September 15, 2018 - 8:00am
September 11, 2018
Summer in the northern hemisphere doesn't officially end until the autumnal equinox in the third week of September. But the climatic differences south to north over the country mean that here in Minnesota the symptoms of fall will come well in advance of what our calendars and TV meteorologists tell us. Photo Illustration.
Inside the Outdoors: Not all mourn the passing of summer
September 11, 2018 - 8:00am
August 27, 2018
Many of us would rather have a day in the marsh when we see 100 ducks and bag two, than see six ducks and bag them all. But there have been too many years of late when the season concludes with duck hunters feeling comradeship with Charlie Brown. Photo Illustration.
Inside the Outdoors: Like Charlie Brown, Minnesota duck hunters want to believe
August 27, 2018 - 10:00am
July 30, 2018
Inside the Outdoors: Amphibious, amphibian, and related fine points
July 30, 2018 - 11:00am
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
PinenandLakes.com Illustration
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
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