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 feathery fly tie

Points North: Fashionable Feathers and Unfashionable Lead Tackle

We were about to record my weekly broadcast on WTIP Radio in Grand Marais when I noticed producer Kelly had chicken feathers dangling from her ears.


Flathead Catfish

Points North: In Minnesota Waters, Monsters Exist

Most television fishing shows are only marginally more exciting than watching paint dry.


 
Fishing

Points North: Sometimes, One Walleye is Enough

Distracted by gardens and other tasks, we saved our fishing opener for Sunday evening, when we headed to a small lake just inside the Boundary Waters wilderness.


Shawn shares his perspective on new AIS rules

Points North: Getting Dizzy Over AIS Rules

Sometimes the world spins so fast it just makes you dizzy.


 
Steelhead

Points North: On a Cold River, A Newcomer Pays His Dues

Soft rain sprinkles came to an end at bedtime. During the night, a strong wind blew in from the north. A dusting of snow and clear skies greeted us at daybreak.


Dave Zentner (Shawn Perich)

Points North: Outdoors, Age Doesn’t Matter

Sometimes, it’s not what you do so much as the company you keep. This spring, I had very different, but equally enjoyable, outdoor experiences.


 
Will Minnesota Fishing and Boating Stop Being Fun?

Points North: Will Minnesota Fishing and Boating Stop Being Fun?

Minnesota boaters are now required to stick a new decal on all watercraft from kayaks to sea planes under penalty of law.


Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, MN

Points North: An Elephant for Easter

On an Easter Sunday drive, we saw an elephant. Since this was our first Minnesota elephant sighting, we pulled off the highway to get a better look.


 
"When fighting a good-sized trout, “easy does it” is usually the best strategy"

Points North: Normal or not, Spring is here

In this most unusual of springs, the change of seasons progressed at such a rapid pace it’s been difficult to keep up. Nearly two feet of snow melted in a matter of days.


"The use of this land for activities ranging from hiking to hunting to logging is taken for granted"

Points North: Will We Pay for Access to Public Land?

The Minnesota Legislature wants to make more money from the state’s School Trust Lands.