Outdoor Websights by Rob Drieslein

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’…

Two Minnesota juveniles charged with poaching seven deer

The Minnesota DNR reports that two Roseau County youths have been charged with deer poaching and related gross misdemeanors as part of an investigation by the agency. A 16-year-old from Roseau was charged with taking big game without a license,…

Out with the old, in with the old at the USFWS?

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar named a new director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday. Sam D. Hamilton by all accounts has been a smart, career public servant who takes his job seriously. I’m sure he has…

Some high- and lowlights from the 2009 Legislative session.

• Bob Lessard’s name stayed on the Outdoor Heritage Council. The final version adds the name of former state Sen. Dallas Sams. That’s not inappropriate. Sams was a good senator from Staples who worked hard on dedicated funding. He died…

Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest details

Here are the details on the 2009 Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest. I received them late yesterday afternoon – not in time for this week's print edition of Outdoor News. Lord Fletcher's is the host sponsor this year. Anglers, families, and…

Let’s expand elk populations in Minnesota!

All state residents have a stake in elk management in Minnesota. So it’s in the best interest of citizens in the Twin Cities and across southern Minnesota to attend a public meeting in St. Paul on Tuesday, May 5. The…

Limbaugh supports HSUS?

My long-time friend in conservation Mike Sidders alerted me this afternoon to a baffling story involving radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh. The long and short of it: Limbaugh has cut public service announcements supporting the Humane Society of the United States. For…

Animal rights update in Congress

Bob Frye, a Pittsburg-based outdoors writer and correspondent for Pennsylvania Outdoor News, posted this fine column today. The middle nugget on the latest efforts by Humane Society of the United States should be of interest to outdoorsmen everywhere in the…

Bill would increase price of Federal Duck Stamp

Ducks Unlimited sent out this press release (pasted below) today, and if this passes, you'll pay more to hunt ducks everywhere in the United States. Federal Duck Stamps currently cost $15, and this legislation would increase the price to $25.…

Increase your odds for drawing a Minnesota moose tag

Below you’ll see the Minnesota DNR’s press release for the annual moose hunt. The state will issue 225 high-demand tags, and with the large number of applicants, the chances of obtaining one run pretty thin. But here’s a tip for…

On-Air with Ron Schara this Saturday

Minnesota Bound's Ron Schara called and interviewed me this morning for a news segment that will appear on his WCCO Radio show Saturday morning. We chatted briefly about what’s cooking in the state Legislature this spring. Despite a $5 billion…

Missing Tony Dean today

A friend in conservation sent me the press release below to note the appointment of the new NRCS chief. I've spent some time trying to research Mr. White and generally am developing a semi-positive vibe about the man. He has…

Visiting brother, enjoying Atlantic Coast of North Carolina

Spent several days last week along the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina while visiting my brother. He’s a Marine Corps pilot and officer at Camp LeJeune and bound for Afghanistan next month. Though I’ve spent a fair amount of time…

MCF donates $5,000 for south-metro WMA

The Minnesota Conservation Federation recently gave a check for $5,000 to the Minnesota DNR for the Vermillion Wildlife Management Area complex in Dakota County. The organization gave the DNR the check during a quarterly board meeting held at the Eden Prairie…

2009 Outdoor News Man of the Year

Outdoor News subscribers can read today about our 2009 Man of the Year: Garry Leaf. He’s our 11th Man of the Year since we started the award in 1999 (Joe Duggan was the first recipient), and Garry is arguably the…

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky visit Minnesota Deer Classic this weekend

An outdoors feature in today’s Star Tribune profiled Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, of The Outdoor Channel’s “Getting Close with Lee and Tiffany.” Story didn’t mention it, but Outdoor News helped Tiffany achieve some measure of her initial hunting publicity through…

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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