Brian Peterson

DNR funding pitch: Minnesota outdoor recreational facilities, buildings in need of repair – and soon [video]

According to the DNR, the broken water line at Jay Cooke State Park is among the growing list of repairs needed throughout the state for hundreds of roofs, dilapidated bridges, washed out roads and culverts and the like. (Minnesota DNR)It’s become an annual early-spring tradition for the Minnesota DNR – a tour of a popular Minnesota state park. But it’s…

2017 Deer and Turkey Classic headliners the Holders move to larger Discovery Channel

David Holder of “Raised Hunting” fame talks about what it means for his family to serve as headliners during the 2017 Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic. (Brian Peterson photo)The headliners of the 2017 Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic are headliners once again on the outdoors television front. Raised Hunting, the show chronicling the lives and adventures of the…

Winnibigoshish also dealing with walleye woes; bill looks to nix muskie plan

Big Winnie, too? Amid news that anglers and resort owners on Lake Mille Lacs will be facing a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleye, another top Minnesota walleye fishery reportedly is facing struggles of its own. The Minnesota DNR said it’s investigating whether a downturn on Lake Winnibigoshish is a normal part of walleye biology on Big Winnie, or if…

Kayaks opening up new options, waterways for anglers

Fishing kayaks aren’t just for soloists. Here, a pair of anglers – Mitch and Sheri Heil – venture out in a two-person kayak on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association)Seeing a nearly five-foot lake sturgeon leap out of the water is one thing. But to feel it is quite another. Jake Didier indeed felt…

Montana bison harvest at 70

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials say 70 bison have been shot by hunters so far this year. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that 59 of those bison were killed on the west side near West Yellowstone, while 11 were killed in the Gardiner area. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes killed 39 bison, while 24 were killed by state hunters. The…

Deer and Turkey Classic a regular stop for Minnesota DNR COs

From Jon Paurus’ perspective, it’s part of a grand slam of sport shows in Minnesota. The annual Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic returns March 9-11 to Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. So, too, will the DNR’s Enforcement Division, which sees the Classic and shows like it as important tools for the agency on a…