Outdoor Websights by Rob Drieslein

Comment on bullheads for bait in Minnesota by April 1

The Minnesota DNR is asking for public comment on a proposed rule that would allow anglers to use bullheads up to 10 inches long as live bait. The fish could not be transported north of Minnesota Highway 210, to prevent…

Simon Lake to be considered for wildlife management designation

Citizens will have the opportunity Thursday, March 25, to learn about the Minnesota DNR proposal to designate western Minnesota’s Simon Lake as the state’s 45th wildlife management lake. The special designation allows the DNR to conduct work designed to improve…

Mississippi River produces new Iowa record perch

Guttenberg, Iowa — A new Iowa state record for yellow perch was caught March 7, in Pool 11 of the Mississippi River. Angler Bob Ruff, of Garnavillo, Iowa, caught the 2-pound, 6-ounce, 15-inch perch while ice fishing with his daughter.…

Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

The Minnesota DNR will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota. Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of southeastern…

Mille Lacs walleye regulation unchanged

Anglers who fish Lake Mille Lacs during the 2010 fishing season will again be able to keep four walleye up to 18 inches in length. The bag limit of four may include one trophy more than 28 inches. The regulation,…

Winterkill conditions open lakes to liberalized fishing

Snow and frigid temperatures have combined to make some shallow lakes susceptible to winterkill conditions, prompting the Minnesota DNR to open them to liberalized fishing. Lakes opened to liberalized fishing in the West Metro Fisheries Management Area are: • Rice…

2010 spring light goose hunting begins March 1

Hunting for light geese during spring 2010 in Minnesota will open this Monday, March 1, and the season runs through Friday, April 30. Minnesota hunters can harvest snow geese this spring – including blue-phased and the smaller Ross’ geese –…

National Pheasant Fest is this weekend

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced that the organization's premiere event, National Pheasant Fest, will be returning to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2010. National Pheasant Fest 2010 will be held at the Iowa Events Center on February 26, 27…

Minnesota conservation legend Harvey Nelson passes away

Visiting my parents with the boys this weekend in southeast Minnesota and planning to take them ice fishing today. Woke up too early and checked my email. There, with a time of 10:32 p.m. Friday was a sad note from…

State senator calls for Minnesota walk-in access program

State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation this session that creates walk-in hunting access in Minnesota. He said he'll invite sportsmen to a series of planning sessions to determine the new program's content. Walk-in…

Orion-The Hunter's Institute announces newest board member

Congratulations to conservation communications professional Tammy Sapp, who became Orion–The Hunter's Institute newest board member this week. Sapp is an award-winning writer with 24 years of experience in the outdoor communications field with a focus on hunting and target shooting.…

New state record certified for nontypical bull elk in Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. — Kentucky has a new state record for a bull elk with non-typical antlers. Harrodsburg resident Terrell Royalty’s 7x7 elk scored 372 6/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, besting the old record of 367 7/8…

Minnesota DNR releases final 2009 deer kill numbers

The Minnesota DNR reported on Tuesday that state hunters officially harvested 194,178 deer during the 2009 season. The decline reflects the fact that fewer permits were available to hunters to harvest antlerless deer because the deer population has been reduced…

First fish-house removal deadlines approaching

The first Minnesota fish-house removal deadline of 2010 kicks in next weekend, then those deadlines come rapid-fire for the next five weeks. All shelters must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in…

Heated camper cabins now open at Afton State Park

Two new camper cabins, heated and wired with electricity, have opened at Afton State Park near a bluff overlooking the St. Croix River. The White Pine and Bur Oak cabins are located by the park’s group campsite. The new cabins,…

WMAs: No longer a Minnesota bonding bill priority?

This week's Outdoors Insights column focuses on the declining revenue for wildlife management areas in the Minnesota bonding bill. The state House and Senate released their versions of the bonding bills last week, and it wasn't pretty for WMA acquisition.…

DNR seeks watercraft inspector applicants

The Minnesota DNR is seeking watercraft inspector interns for the upcoming boating season. Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. “We’re looking for enthusiastic young adults…

Moose population decline continues in northeastern Minnesota

Bad news continues for Minnesota’s moose population, According to results of an aerial survey released Monday by the Minnesota DNR, the moose population in northeastern Minnesota continues to decline. Survey results revealed lower moose numbers and the proportion of cows…

New DNR license-buying system goes online Feb. 18

Minnesotans who buy their hunting, fishing and other DNR licenses at retail outlets will soon do so via a new electronic licensing system. Effective Feb. 18, DNR retail license sales will be available on new touch-screen terminals that allow sales…

National Wild Turkey Federation honors Aitkin-area CO

The Minnesota chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has named Conservation Officer Bob Mlynar as its Minnesota Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Mlynar is a 14-year employee of the Minnesota DNR and currently stationed in Aitkin. “CO Mlynar…

Minnesota Waterfowl Association awards banquet is Feb. 6

The Minnesota Waterfowl Association has a busy Saturday planned with its annual Waterfowl Symposium followed by an awards banquet tomorrow night, Feb. 6, at the Ramada Mall of America motel in Bloomington. Among the award winners will be Outdoor News’…

About This Blog

Rob Drieslein has been a professional newspaper and magazine outdoors scribe in Minnesota since 1992. In 1997, he became editor of Minnesota Outdoor News and was named managing editor of the Outdoor News Publications in 2003. In addition to his editorial duties, Drieslein hosts Outdoor News Radio (syndicated by Learfield Communications), and he’s written for several national and regional magazines including Pheasants Forever, American Rifleman, and Northern Wilds. Living in the Twin Cities, Drieslein and his wife of 20 years, Annette, raise three sons and a daughter, all of whom enjoy canoe camping trips in the Boundary Waters, hiking, recreational shooting, and fishing Minnesota’s lakes and streams.

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