The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Outdoors

Outdoors
  • Northern lakes may not be ready for opener Averages are the result of extremes. And when it comes to average ice-out dates on Minnesota lakes, nature has been at both ends of extreme in just the past two years. For example, in 2012, the ice officially went out on Lake Winnibigoshish on March

    May 4, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Fishing tournament set for Madison Lake MADISON LAKE -- The Minnesota Fishing Tournament for Life will be held on from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. on June 7 on Madison Lake. The tournament, which benefits the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and Young Life chari

    May 4, 2014

  • Cross column: Killing wood ticks instead of gobblers Some things just naturally go so well with turkey, don't they? There's turkey and dressing. Turkey and gravy. Turkey and wood ticks. Wood ticks? If you've spent anytime shopping in the spring time woods for a Butterball's wild brethren, you know the

    April 27, 2014

  • Paying homage to the turkey hunting gods If there were a Minnesota Turkey Hunter Hall of Shame, I could be a prime candidate for induction. It's been so long since I've wrapped a tag around a Minnesota bird's leg that I can't remember exactly the last time I've pulled the trigger on a gobbl

    April 20, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Key City Conservation Club to hold Youth Day MADISON LAKE -- The Key City Conservation Club will hold a 12th Annual Youth Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at its club property at 23370 Blue Earth Co. Rd 188, Madison Lake. A variety of outdoor ac

    April 20, 2014

  • Eileen Factor-O.jpg Eileen Factor

     Eileen Factor, 85, from Le Center passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • cross, john.jpg Cross column: Exorcising winter's demons ... finally

    Can't beat fresh fish for a meal

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trout opportunities available Saturday Trout opportunites available Saturday WATERVILLE -- Anglers looking for a little open water relief from this extended winter might consider heading to one of the area's trout fishing venues next Saturday when the Minnesota stream trout season begins.

    April 6, 2014

  • mfp sports jccolumn 3-30 Cross: Focusing on future of Minnesota's deer herd Minnesota deer hunters are never short of opinions. Put a bunch of them in the same room, ask them how the state's deer herd is doing, and you're sure to get an earful of divergent views. But that was the point Thursday as the Minnesota Department of

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Searching for spring -- and open water We all can agree: It's been a long, long winter. If you're an ice angler, then maybe you're quite happy that that your knuckles are scraping by the time your auger breaks through the thick mantel of ice. But the rest of us? Winter weary, we pine for

    March 24, 2014