Outdoor News Radio

Long Show: Hitting the hard water

Top topics on this week’s Outdoor News Radio: an ice update, including a discussion about the incident on Upper Red Lake early this past week. Also, Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman discuss the 2022 deer harvest totals in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jeff Anderson from Lake of the Woods Family Resorts joins Rob to offer a forecast for…

Long Show: Important announcements

Full show this week kicks off with discussion about ice conditions on destinations like Upper Red Lake and the latest updates on deer hunting harvest in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Host and Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman also discuss the retirement announcement across the St. Croix from Wisconsin DNR Secretary Preston Cole. Also the announcement that the state’s…

Long Show: Midterms and natural resources

Kicking off this week’s broadcast, host and Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman recap the midterm elections and what they mean for natural resources laws and policy-making in Minnesota for the next couple of years. Then, David Schuessler from Ducks Unlimited joins the program to chat about how waterfowl hunting seasons in 2022 have unfolded and shares insight…

Long Show: Talking whitetails … and a cougar sighting

This week’s Outdoor News Radio begins with staffers Rob Drieslein and Tim Spielman recapping the slow start to the 2022 firearms deer hunting season last weekend. Perhaps more normal weather this weekend will improve the participation and kill. Then new Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Executive Director Jared Mazurek joins Rob to talk about his background and his vision for the…

Long Show: Rock stars – in the outdoors and beyond

It’s firearms deer hunting opener weekend in Minnesota. Aaron Hebeisen from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers joins host and Managing Editor Rob Drieslein to kick off this week’s broadcast. They discuss chronic wasting disease testing protocol, along with previews for BHA Minnesota’s winter ice-breaker and national rendezvous events, plus Aaron shares his story from a remarkable Lake Michigan waterfowl hunt. Christopher…

Long Show: Heat, drought and deer hunting

Managing Editor and host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman kick off the broadcast talking plans for the Nov. 5 firearms deer hunting opener in Minnesota. A consistent theme for hunters this fall has been heat and drought, and there’s discussion about how some hunters allowed their deer to spoil during the recent, warm antlerless deer-hunting season. Other topics include…

Long Show: ‘State of the Birds’ … and wolves

We’ve got a great 2022 Minnesota pheasant hunting opener recap to kick off this week’s show. After receiving a DNR survey in the mail, Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman discuss surveys from the agency as well as the status of drought conditions around the state and a recent “State of the Birds” report that Ducks Unlimited believes reveals…

Long Show: Pheasant opener and the Fat Bear

It’s pheasant opener weekend in Minnesota, so Rob Drieslein and Tim Spielman launch the show with a quick outlook for the Governor’s Pheasant Opener festivities in Worthington. They also break down the new draft plan “4 The Outdoors” long-range funding proposal that the DNR unveiled this week. Then Sabin Adams, Pheasants Forever’s Minnesota project manager, jumps into the conversation to…

Long Show: The alleged walleye tourney cheating controversy

The dominant topic in this week’s broadcast is the alleged walleye tournament cheating controversy that broke on Lake Erie last weekend. Ohio Outdoor News Editor Mike Moore joins host and Publisher Rob Drieslein for some insight into the story. On either side of Moore’s visit, Editor Tim Spielman and frequent guest Tim Lesmeister also provide their opinions on the big…

Long Show: The huntress and the bear … and moose

Mall of America is getting a new fishing store, Karl’s Fishing and Outdoors, and Teeg Stouffer, the director of retail experience, joins Outdoor News Managing Editor and Publisher Rob Drieslein to chat about its Oct. 1 opening and Oct. 7-14 Grand Opening plans. Other topics include Tony Peterson dropping in to chat about early season archery deer hunting tactics. News…

Long Show: Bear kill numbers … and how the ‘turnover’ turns

We’ve got some 2022 black bear harvest numbers in Minnesota, and the opening segment with Publisher and Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman will reveal whether the kill is up or down this fall. It’s also Minnesota’s opening weekend of duck hunting. Then “Tackle” Terry Tuma – or “T3” as he’s affectionately known in the world of professional…

Long Show: Kicking off a pair of hunting seasons

Top topics in this installment of Outdoor News Radio include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announcement this week that waterfowlers will be able to return with birds they shoot from Canada. Managing Editor and Publisher Rob Drieslein along with Editor Tim Spielman launch the show with discussion about 2022 fishing license sales along with…

Long Show: Bird buzz – from roosters to sharpies to …

What’s the outlook for ring-necked pheasant hunting in Minnesota this fall? Check out the latest installment of Outdoor News Radio. Other topics with Managing Editor and Publisher Rob Drieslein include new rules for waterfowlers bringing ducks and geese back from Canada, plus Editor Tim Spielman shares an update on the first week of the state bear hunting season. Backyard and…

Long Show: ‘The Birdchick’ and Trampled by Turtles

Top topics in this week’s Outdoor News Radio include Managing Editor Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman discussing the kickoff of the state’s elk hunting season, plus updated border crossing rules regarding avian flu and how that might affect waterfowlers heading into Canada this fall. Then the program’s old friend Sharon “The Birdchick” Stiteler drops in for a couple of…

Long Show: What’s up with the ducks – and this blaze-orange smallie?

Lots of duck chatter this week as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its 2022 Waterfowl Population Status Report. (Preview to the discussion: Duck numbers are down, but pond counts are up.) Managing Editor and host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman discuss whether dwindling Conservation Reserve Program acres are influencing continental duck populations. The middle portion of…

Outdoor News Radio – August 13, 2022: Of Outdoor Afro … and ‘Prey’

As Game Fair 2022 kicks off, Outdoor News Radio launches with discussion between host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman on topics including Delta Waterfowl’s add-a-million-ducks-to-the-fall-flight effort and the likelihood of challenging baiting conditions for bear hunters this fall. Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based Outdoor Afro, joins Rob for the middle portion of this week’s program…

Outdoor News Radio – August 6, 2022: A monster king salmon … and when monkeys attack

Beaucoup headlines in this week’s Outdoor News Radio, including a Rush Creek trout kill discussion with Editor Tim Spielman along with chatter about Minnesota’s spring duck survey (down a bit from 2019) and the new North American Grasslands Conservation Act. Then “Tackle” Terry Tuma (or “T3” as he’s affectionately known to anglers across the country) joins host and Publisher Rob…

Outdoor News Radio – July 30, 2022: ICAST revisited … And where’s Walz?

Why hasn’t Gov. Tim Walz confirmed for the 2022 governor’s forum debate at Game Fair yet? Managing Editor and Publisher Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman kick that question around to launch this week’s edition of Outdoor News Radio. Then company Sales and Marketing Director Phil Frebault jumps in to recap the highlights of the 2022 ICAST fishing industry trade…

Outdoor News Radio – July 23, 2022: Game Fair preview and a wolf webinar

Ron Hustvedt helps host and Managing Editor Rob Drieslein kick off this week’s broadcast with a preview of Game Fair 2022 plus ample discussion on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, including the renewed availability of remote border crossing permits into Canada. Wisconsin outdoors scribe Pat Durkin drops in for the second week, this time to talk about turkey populations…

Outdoor News Radio – July 16, 2022: From clay target shooting to archery prep

Transition season topics like clay target shooting and preparing for archery season dominate this week’s Outdoor News Radio. Tim Spielman helps host Rob Drieslein kick off the show with chatter on a Mississippi River barrier to stop Asian carp from moving any further upriver. Tony Peterson drops in for the third straight week to offer archery season practice tips, then…

Outdoor News Radio – July 9, 2022: Gutting the Pittman-Robertson Act?

Legislation that would gut the important Pittman-Robertson Act dominates discussion on this week’s broadcast. Host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman also share the story of two southern Minnesota lads who represented their home state well at a national youth bass fishing tournament in Tennessee. Tony Peterson returns to talk about summer whitetail activity as well as his opinion on…

Outdoor News Radio – June 25, 2022: Pondering the updated wolf plan

The Minnesota DNR’s updated wolf plan dominates chatter during this week’s Outdoor News Radio. Host Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman discuss a potential state wolf plan that, once federal delisting occurs, likely would allow some sport hunting and trapping. Tim Lesmeister also has some views on the topic as well as Federal Cartridge’s recent 100th birthday party celebration in…

Outdoor News Radio – June 18, 2022:

A recap of the 2022 DNR Roundtable from June 9 kicks off chatter this week with Rob Drieslein and Editor Tim Spielman. Other topics include better water conditions and more ducks in North Dakota this spring and thoughts on DNR Fisheries chief Brad Parsons’ roundtable presentation. “T3” or “Tackle” Terry Tuma then jumps into the show with some observations on…

Outdoor News Radio – June 11, 2022: Incredible fishing? It’s happening right now

Some pre-DNR Roundtable chatter kicks off this week’s broadcast with Rob Drieslein and Tim Spielman, who also shares insight into his walleye stocking story this week titled “The Life of Fry.” Listen for a complete report on the event in next week’s show. Then Chris Granrud from RainyDaze Guide Service joins host Rob Drieslein to describe the record-breaking flooding on…