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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It's harvest time on the North Shore (janet.powell/Flickr)

Points North: Backyard Vacations and Fat Farm Subsidies

Every August I have a powerful urge to head West and get lost somewhere with mountains and trout streams.


Will wolf hunting be allowed in MN state parks? The answer is yes and no. (Paco Lyptic/Flickr)

Points North: Wolf Hunting Allowed in Some State Parks

Many Minnesota state parks are open to deer hunting during the November firearm season, which begs a question: Will wolf hunting be allowed in Minnesota state parks? The answer is yes and no.


 
A juvenile Coho Salmon

Points North: Puzzled by Superior's Summer Salmon

Last Sunday morning I got up early and really wasn't sure what to do with myself. Mechanical issues with my primary outboard motor dry-docked my Lake Superior fishing plans.


"Not so long ago, deer stands were simple platforms built in trees..."

Points North: Wolf Bait, Popple Palaces and an Ugly Truth

News from the Minnesota DNR last week included the revelation that some deer hunters will be able to use bait while they are hunting in November. Wolf bait, that is.


 
Ducks (Chuck Olsen/Flickr)

Points North: duck boom is temporary - conservation threats are not

North America currently has more ducks than at any time since 1955. So says the U.S.


Dave Ingebrigtsen explains how a new habitat project will benefit moose (Shawn Perich)

Points North: habitat project highlights moose management challenges

A group of DNR wildlife professionals recently ventured into moose country, where Dave Ingebrigtsen, DNR assistant wildlife manager in Grand Marais, showed them a 90-acre site in the Grand Portage Sta


 
Rosebush Creek flooding (Stephan Hoglund)

Points North: On the North Shore, Floods Happen

An Easter Sunday drive last spring included a stop at Jay Cooke State Park south of Duluth.


"Sharing and conserving Minnesota’s wonderful natural resources must be the common thread that binds us all"

Points North: Despite Differences, Fishing Is Our Common Thread

In May, outdoor writer Sam Cook spent a night on the banks of the St. Louis River near Duluth with a group of Southeast Asian anglers who were fishing for walleyes.


 
Pigeon River

Points North: Beyond the Border, Adventure Awaits

“Why are we going to the trout ponds?” asked Jim Boyd of Grand Marais as we crossed the Pigeon River and entered Ontario.


Graham Rowe enjoyed a couple of days of fishing for brook trout and walleyes near Grand Marais (Shawn Perich)

Points North: Online Hookup Nets a Fishing Friend

Last weekend, I went fishing with a guy I met on the Internet. Let me explain, because it’s not what you may think.