On a sunny October day, the Dakota prairie is a pretty fine place to be. We enjoyed sunshine and warm breezes on a recent pheasant hunt. One afternoon the weather was so nice that we took a long midday break to avoid overheating the dog.
That dog, my young yellow Lab Rainy, was having the time of his
A recent Minnesota DNR press release promoting the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener had this to say about Montevideo, where the event was held: “Montevideo has a population of 5,500 and is located 130 miles west of the Twin Cities at the intersections of U.S. highways 212 and 59, and Minnesota
Early this month, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, spoke to the National Press Club. The topic of his speech was, “Expanding American Agriculture.” I happened to catch the talk on public radio as I was driving to Duluth. From my perspective, Mr. Vilsack presented a bleak picture of
Is Minnesota grouse hunting as good as it used to be? No. And it is unlikely to ever be that good again. This is what I learned from some longtime observers of Minnesota’s grouse woods after asking for reader input in a recent column. But Minnesota ruffed grouse hunting is still better than anywhere
They say great minds think alike. They also say desperate times call for desperate measures. Earlier this month, some hunters in northeastern Minnesota bought their 2016 firearm deer licenses so they could enter the lottery for antlerless deer permits (up here we call them doe permits) for their
Lost in endless rhyme of the Hillary, Dillary, Donald in daily news coverage is a conflict over a planned crude oil pipeline that will cross Lake Oahe on Missouri River in North Dakota, downstream of Bismarck and upstream of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Lakota people of southwestern