At this point, you don’t need anyone to tell you this winter has been an epic bummer. For those who recreate on ice and snow, “Super El Niño” has been a super-sized annoyance.Continue reading “When Making Lemonade, Grab a Tip-Up”
For years, the Minnesota hunting community has wrung its hands when it comes to one apex predator: the timber wolf.
Wolves famously require lots of deer to eat; the ratio is usually cited at or above 20 adult deer per wolf annually. Since their range has expanded greatly in the last 40 years, so has the controversy surrounding their presence.Continue reading “The Mysterious Case of Minnesota’s Disappearing Deer”
“I got no luck. They just weren’t bitin’. We couldn’t find ‘em. There are no fish in dat lake. The weather was total crap.”
This is a partial list of excuses I had ready in case of not catching anything in the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers inaugural fishing tournament on Tuesday, on Lake Bemidji. A guy has to be ready to defend his honor, after all.
Turns out, there was no need—even for me.Continue reading “Donkey, lumberjack win big in fishing tournament”
A raw wind sweeps steam from my boiling honey pot over the bog. I train my eyes in that direction, seldom glancing elsewhere. If a bear should follow that unseen trail to my corner of the woods, I want to be ready. I might not last much longer, however, as gale force winds have nearly chilled me to the bone.Continue reading “Bears Dish Out Humiliating Loss on Home Turf”
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area holds a myriad of wilderness experiences for adventurous types. I’m always looking for adventure and for something new to try, so it’s usually a good fit. BWCA Entry Point 47, at Lizz and Swamp Lakes, was the site of my latest solo paddling adventure.
My trip to Gillis Lake in 2020 burned me up—with both hotter-than-normal conditions and frequent portages. It laid waste to my body. That is what led me to go this year to what I think of as “Minnesota’s Finger Lakes.”Continue reading “BWCA Entry Point 47: Minnesota’s Beautiful Finger Lakes”