Brian Peterson

Gander Outdoors debuts with opening of Lakeville store

A still-shot from a video on the Gander Outdoors Facebook page chronicling construction and preparation at the Lakeville store.The first Gander Outdoors store will open Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Lakeville, Minn., the company announced on it’s Facebook page Monday. Lakeville’s Gander Mountain store, which closed earlier this year, will open under the new Gander Outdoors brand Wednesday at 3 p.m.,…

Pennsylvania sporting goods store, Facebook clash over nixing of ads due to promotion of gun sales

The Sportsman’s Shop in East Earl, Pa., says it can no longer advertise products like American flags or outdoor clothing on Facebook because its Facebook page promotes the sales of guns and includes links that lead to the same, according to reports. The Lancaster County store, which has been in operation since 1954, specializes in sport shooting, hunting, archery, fishing…

Bodies of ATV riders who went through the ice on Upper Red Lake identified

Two bodies that were recovered from Upper Red Lake on Monday have been identified. According to reports Tuesday afternoon, relatives and authorities identified the victims as Melissa Seidenstricker, 30, of Princeton and Zeth Knyphausen, 29, of Stacy. The two were riding an all-terrain vehicle that went through the ice on Upper Red Lake over the weekend. The ATV was recovered earlier Monday. The…

Scientists: Deer-carried brain worm major contributor in moose decline

(Minnesota DNR photo)For years, Minnesota wildlife officials along with biologists and scientists have been trying to figure out the somewhat mysterious – and monumental – decline of the moose population in the state. According to reports, scientists now say they finally have some answers. A Nov. 6 story on Greenwire, an energy and online environmental news service, says scientists believe…

Hides-for-Habitat Program: plenty of hide drop points, habitat donation possibilities

Follow the link in the story to a map that includes drop-point locations across the state for the Hides-for-Habitat Program. It’s that time of year. Deer-hunting time. So, hunters, what to do with the hides from those harvested deer? The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Hides-for-Habitat Program is designed to take donated deer hides provided by deer hunters and market those…

Eelpout Festival leaving Leech Lake for Lake Bemidji?

(eelpoutfestival.com)Even with the dramatic comeback of walleyes on Leech Lake in the last decade, a decades-long homage to another species that is a far cry from the state fish has had a lot to do with putting the lake on the national/international map. Since its start in 1979, the International Eelpout Festival has called Leech home. But according to reports,…

New York Outdoor News staffers win awards

Paula and Steve Piatt of New York Outdoor News were among the big winners recently in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association contest. Paula Piatt finished first in the newspaper feature division with her piece on turkey trapping and tagging that appeared in the April 15 issue of New York Outdoor News. The publication dominated the newspaper feature division,…

Sportsman’s club to share fish house with Ashby community during hard-water season

At more than 3,000 acres and with just one established public boat access, Pelican Lake near Ashby, Minn., isn’t, well, overly accessible. It’s probably easier sledding during the hard-water season, when the beauty of the season is you don’t need a boat to access a lake that is “highly productive and supports very good fishing,” according to the Minnesota DNR…

National Wildlife Refuge Week: Finding refuge across the Great Lakes

Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan is holding its Youth in the Outdoors day on Oct. 7 as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Penny Gordon)Events surrounding National Wildlife Refuge Week will have a distinct Great Lakes region flavor. National Wildlife Refuge Week, this year observed October 8-14, celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System, the nation’s…

Where fall colors, leaf-chasers converge

A previous fall near the entry to Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, which is currently experiencing peak fall colors. (Photo by Brian Peterson)There is always something happening, it seems, at Itasca State Park. Not such things as a bad time to visit the granddaddy of all Minnesota state parks. Summer is prime time, of course, with events packed into…

Great Lakes youth archers, U.S. continue success at worlds

A trio of archers from the Great Lakes region led the U.S. compound cadet women’s and men’s teams into the finals in the World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina. The compound cadet women, led by Breanna Theodore, of Hibbing, Minn., and Sachiko Keane, of Staten Island, N.Y., earned a 215-212 quarterfinal victory over Australia and 217-204 semifinal win over India…

Great Lakes youth archers find early success at world championships

Archers from the Great Lakes region made their mark early in the World Archery Youth Championships. More than 500 of the world’s top youth archers from 65 countries are competing in the week-long championships, being held in Rosario, Argentina. Standing out for the U.S. in qualifying was the compound cadet women’s team, which has won every world title since the team…

Minnesota brothers bag pair of huge Yukon moose

Jason Seanger (right) with the large moose he shot in the Yukon recently. Also pictured are his brother, Eric Seanger (left), and the lead guide on the trip, Scott Mahon. It’s still all a bit surreal for Jason Seanger. First, he didn’t get an opportunity to shoot a moose until well into the last day of a recent hunt of…