The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Outdoors

Outdoors
  • Cross column: Where does the buck stop in your home?

    Displaying your trophy catch can be debatable

    June 29, 2014

  • Storms came at horrible time for pheasants For pheasants and pheasant hunters, there were no silver linings to be found in the storm clouds that inundated the countryside with heavy rains this week.A foot of rain falling in just a week is never good, but for pheasants, it came at precisely th

    June 22, 2014

  • Early morning is beautifully lonely Benjamin Franklin was on to something when he extolled the benefits of "early to bed, early to rise." While I can't vouch for its effect on health, wealth or wisdom, rolling out of the sack certainly seems to pay dividends for outdoor activities. The

    June 15, 2014

  • mfp sports cross column 6-1 Cross: Take a kid fishing, no license needed A few years ago, while cruising with a co-worker through an area community on a steamy summer day, we passed a vacant lot. There, oblivious to the heat and humidity, a group of kids were playing a game of pick-up baseball, racing down well-worn paths

    June 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cross: Once upon a time, when fishing was simple... Once upon a time, fishing was a pretty simple affair. A rod-and-reel, some bait and tackle, perhaps a rowboat if you were lucky, and you were in business. While the basic premise of angling -- to catch fish -- remains, it sure seems to have grown mor

    May 25, 2014

  • mfp sports jcross opening day 2 Almost too nice to catch Leech Lake walleye LEECH LAKE -- Opening day of the Minnesota fishing season on Leech Lake arrived Saturday, cloudless and with nary a breath of wind. It was the nice weather one might expect all winter-weary anglers to embrace as we motored away from harbors, resorts

    May 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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