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Recently I traveled to Big Stone Lake to fish with winter fishing guide Tanner Arndt.  Tanner and his dad, Artie, also own and run Artie’s Fish House Rentals on Big Stone.  The Arndt’s specialize in, and pride themselves on, putting their customers on lots of Big Stone’s numerous and delicio…

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Recently I traveled to Big Stone Lake to fish with winter fishing guide Tanner Arndt.  Tanner and his dad, Artie, also own and run Artie’s Fish House Rentals on Big Stone.  The Arndt’s specialize in, and pride themselves on, putting their customers on lots of Big Stone’s numerous and delicio…

It’s been my good fortune to meet some amazing people since becoming involved with the North Country Trail community. My love of hiking is what drew me to the NCT and the social aspect is one of the unexpected benefits. Today I’d like to talk about a couple long-distance hikers that I’ve spe…

Early season ice fishing often calls for the use of jigging spoons to call in and catch aggressive fish.  As winter progresses, however, fish get more pressured and their metabolism often slows too.  For those reasons, the fish usually get less apt to bite as early winter becomes midseason. …

There is a saying with a lot of truth to it “be wary of giving advice, wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.”



While walking down the aisles recently of the local bait shop, I couldn’t help but be astonished by all the ice rod models available!  This experience had me thinking back to my ice fishing trips with my Dad and brother as a kid and the ice rods we used. 

The recent plummet in temperature opens the risk for frostbite which can cause serious or permanent harm in less than 30 minutes to skin exposed to cold. Fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin are the most commonly affected areas, but any time skin is exposed to cold temperatures or come…

In November of 2019 some of my North Dakota hiking buddies and I decided that it was time to tackle the road walk portion of the North Country Trail from Abercrombie, North Dakota to Fergus Falls, a distance of 39 miles to the little rest area north of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County…

What makes some hunting spots so special? One morning this fall when I was out duck hunting I began to think about all the times I had stood on the same lake point, watching a decoy set bobbing in the wind.

Bandit is my faithful dog/hiking partner, but when the winter winds started blowing, he signaled it was time to go home by hopping around on three paws trying to keep one paw warm at a time. Hiking in Minnesota’s winter can be a challenge. Some people keep up their hiking routine even in the…

The best ice fishing of my winter fishing career happened a few years back on a lake near my home in central Minnesota.  This small, shallow lake is a stocked walleye fishery that often produces good walleye fishing in spring and then again in fall.  The previous spring and fall on this lake…

Following the blue blazes along the North Country Trail (NCT) can lead you to some unexpected places. One of the most memorable destinations that I have found was the “Mighty Mac” — the Mackinac Bridge — that connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The catch is that the bridge i…

Ice fishing season appears to be just around the corner!  Are you ready?  Here are some things to consider when preparing for the coming hard water season.

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Snow is falling outside as I sit writing this in mid-October.  And, the weather forecast shows below-normal temperatures for the foreseeable future.  This sudden weather change means the open-water fishing season for 2020 may be over. With that in mind, now is a good time to reflect back on …

A special deer hunt will be held on Nov. 7-10, at Maplewood State Park to control the deer population and protect natural resources. The park will remain open to visitors, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises visitors to wear blaze orange or blaze pink if they plan to be…

After months of preparation and two days of staging vehicles, we set out on a Wednesday morning to start our Kek hike in glorious, cool, sunny weather. After hiking all summer in the heat, humidity, and bugs of central Minnesota, this was a very welcome relief. Our first day was the most amb…

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Hunters in the 213 and 273 area blocks are being asked this year to voluntarily submit samples of their deer for chronic wasting disease testing. One case of CWD was detected late in 2019 at a deer farm in Douglas County prompting the Department of Natural Resources to set up a surveillance …

Fall is a great time to be on the water!  The weather is often pleasant, the lakes usually aren’t crowded and the fish bite.  When chasing walleyes, fall anglers often head to the lake armed with a supply of minnows, jigs and live bait rigs and “go to work.” And, for good reason, as jigging …

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The Kekekabic Trail (Kek) is a 40-mile trail that goes between Snowbank Lake east of Ely to the Gunflint Trail northwest of Grand Marais. Most of it is within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) so it requires a permit for overnight hiking. I am not a backpacker so the Kek was n…

There was once a young hunter who lucked into acquiring a very good dog many years ago. He knew what pheasants were and which kind were legal to shoot but not much more. Like the young woman he  married two months before, this was a gift he did not really deserve.

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In “North Country” few outings are so fair as on a warm day in late September and early October. One season is ending and another is beginning.  The North Woods are expressing their grandeur and draw people to view spectacular colored maples, oak, birch, and aspens.  Paired with that and she…

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Recently, a partner and I fished a bass tournament on the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes in Alexandria.  This was my first bass tournament in several years and, even though I’ve been an avid bass angler for more than two decades, it once again served as a good reminder that every fishing trip …

Ferber Park is full of surprises. City parks are normally tame ordinary affairs. They feature comfortable green benches positioned to give tranquil views of local natural wonders. Curved walking paths, manicured green lawns, peaceful lake views, and impressive historical statues are the norm…

When my brother and I were kids we used to pretend we were our dad while he was up North hunting deer. His party would head for a town called Kelliher and stay in an old city bus they had remodeled. 

I headed to northwest South Dakota recently for my annual archery pronghorn antelope hunt.  I’ve hunted the last several years with Ryan Routier and Routier Outfitting.  I had two simple goals: get some much needed relaxation in an antelope blind after a busy summer and, second, to harvest a…

My Instagram account is connected to the National Parks account. Amazing pictures scroll by exalting the majesty of the natural wonders in the USA. Adventures await me if only I dare travel during the pandemic. Then the images of the Arches National Park click by. Photos of natural sandstone…

A crankbait is a lure that gets more play in my boat starting in September and continuing into late fall.  In fact, as the water cools and the weeds start to die, a crankbait is often my “go-to” largemouth bass bait for putting both numbers and larger-sized bass in the boat!

Glendalough State Park and the Battle Lake area continue to draw visitors at an increasing rate due in part to the popularity of the Glendalough Trail and will likely continue based upon park developments.

State House Rep. Bud Nornes recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2020 after 12 terms and 23 years representing constituents of Otter Tail County. 

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During a pontoon boat ride Aug. 15 on Long Lake north of Fergus Falls with his wife, daughter and parents, Dan Moen found himself doing one of Minnesota’s state birds a big favor.

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One of the advantages of traveling by foot on the North Country Trail (NCT) is the opportunity to observe the incredible animal and bird life along it. Lately, I have had several memorable encounters that left me smiling long after I got back home after a hike so I will recount a few of them.

August is one of my favorite fishing months because, for a variety of reasons, I get to spend more time fishing largemouth bass than during any other time.  And, I truly love chasing “green fish” and the challenges they present.

As the days cooled in late summer a buddy of mine could always be counted on to utter the words, “I’ve got the itch to go hunting.”

One advantage of staying close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic is discovering outdoor treasures right here in Fergus Falls. I know about the riverwalk downtown and the Central Lakes Trail (CLT) heading south out of town and of course the various parks within the city limits, but the One…

Spring is a time when shallow fish and cold water often mean methodical presentations designed to tempt fish that may be a bit lethargic into biting.  During summer, however, faster presentations that trigger aggressive, reactionary strikes are often more effective.