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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A view from Oberg Mountain (Paul Weimer/Flickr)

Points North: Molpus controversy underscores need to address forest access issues

Not so long ago, northern Minnesota forests offered endless room to roam.


Buck (Stuart Sipahigil/Flickr)

Points North: Students, teacher learn lessons on phony blood trail

In the world of television hunting shows, the hero always gets his deer. Most often we see footage of the mighty stag prancing around near the hunter’s stand like a cow in a pasture.


 
Beaver House-GM.jpg

Points North: Closing of the Beaver House marks end of an era in Grand Marais

In Minnesota, many small towns define their greatness with cartoon monuments. Mythical logger Paul Bunyan looms over a couple of towns. Elsewhere, you can saddle up and ride a leaping walleye.


Brook Trout (Jon David Nelson/Flickr)

Points North: The Brook Trout’s Revenge

They say you shouldn’t drink the water when traveling south of the border, because you might be afflicted with an unflattering ailment known as Montezuma’s Revenge.
 


 
Beaver Pond (Don Davison)

Points North: Looking for Ducks and Finding Wolves

While thousands of Minnesota duck hunters sat in swamps last weekend, I went walking in the woods. Sitting in a blind beside a stool of decoys goes against my restless nature.


BWCA (Chad Fennell/Flickr)

Points North: BWCAW Land Exchange—Another Failed Effort?

Congressman Chip Cravaack made headlines recently when the U.S. House passed his legislation authorizing a land-for-land swap between the U.S.


 
North Dakota (Matthew Bietz/Flickr)

Points North: North Dakota may be the next Paradise Lost

About a decade ago, North Dakota hunters, upset with increasing numbers of out-of-state duck hunters, urged the state legislature to pass new restrictions on nonresidents.


Log Truck loading birch sawlogs (Eli Sagor/Flickr)

Points North: Mills Close, But Trees Keep Growing

This summer, Minnesota lost the Verso paper mill in Sartell and the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth. Both appear to be permanent losses.


 
Walleye (Megan Hines/Flickr)

Points North: Bad luck doesn't deter budding angler

Some say fishing is just luck. My friend Kate Watson would agree, pointing out that all of hers is bad. Twice this summer the Grand Marais woman has gone fishing with yours truly.


Checking out coho salmon (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -Pacific Region/Flickr)

Points North: Invasive Ironies

The introduction of Pacific salmon to the Great Lakes in the 1960s is perhaps the best example of a government invasive species program that worked.