Points North

Shawn Perich

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Shawn Perich

Shawn Perich writes a weekly column on conservation and the outdoors for Minnesota Outdoor News. He owns Northern Wilds Media, Inc., a publishing company located in Grand Marais and is the author of eight books. He lives in Hovland with his partner Vikki and two dogs. His commentary, Points North, airs on WTIP every Friday morning between 7-8 and Saturdays on North Shore Weekend between 7-10 a.m. You can also subscribe on our Points North podcast.

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Wolf Pack - photo by John Vucetich - Michigan Tech

Points North: Should the Boundary Waters Be a Wolf Sanctuary?

Should Minnesota establish a wolf sanctuary, where hunting and trapping of the species is not allowed? Recently, the eminent wolf biologist Dr. L.


Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (Center for American Progress/Flickr)

Points North: Will Water Management Influence Future Farm Policy?

News reports from the Pheasant Fest show held in Minneapolis during February suggest the best days of pheasant and duck hunting in the upper Midwest are behind us.


 
"Canadians are crossing the border in droves to enjoy outdoor activities..." (Chad Fennell/Flickr)

Points North: Roles Reversed - Canadians Head to Minnesota for Outdoor Fun

Working a booth or exhibit at a sport show is not everyone's cup of tea. Days are long as you talk to folks in an endless parade of passersby, promoting the product or organization you represent.


Boreal Owl (Eric Ripma/Flickr)

Points North: The Economics of Owl Watching

Below-zero cold feels crisp and comfortable on a windless February night. Overhead, stars sparkle and wink. The surrounding forest is dark and silent.


 
Shake it off! by Travis Novitsky

Points North: A Population Collapse Measured in Dog Years

In the corner of my garage is a large bin overflowing with antlers. Dig through the bin and you’ll find some deer and even caribou antlers, as well as a moose skull or two.


Trophy Deer (John Athayde/Flickr)

Points North: Should Trophy Hunters Show More Restraint?

Presiding over my office is a set of antlers from a whitetail buck my father killed north of Two Harbors in 1963. Exceptionally wide and symmetrical, the 10-point rack has set a high bar for me.


 
"A few days ago, I noticed my preparations for the coming spring are well under way..." (manyhighways/Flickr)

Points North: In the Grip of Fishing Fever, Anything Seems Possible

I'm not sure what arrived first, the fishing line or the fever. A few days ago, I noticed my preparations for the coming spring are well under way.


Minnesota Ski Trail (petecurtis/Flickr)

Points North: Should Governor Dayton Convene a Winter Tourism Summit?

There once was a saying in northern Minnesota that tourist towns "rolled up the sidewalks after Labor Day," because tourism came to a grinding halt once school began in September.


 
Skiing (Bitterroot/Flickr)

Points North: Despite Storm, Red Tape, Trophy Lodge Plans 2013 Opening

If you head south from Duluth on State Highway 23, you pass through a tiny corner of Wisconsin. Crossing the St.


Minn. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr with FWS Midwest Regional Dir. Tom Melius (USFWS-Midwest Region/Flickr)

Points North: DNR Addresses Major Land Issues

Major land issues affecting thousands of northern Minnesota recreational users didn't make the agenda of the DNR's annual Hunting and Fishing Roundtable, but agency leaders were more than will