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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"Unfortunately for northern Minnesota, down in the sandbox, the climate always stays the same"

Points North: In the Sandbox of Minnesota Politics, the Climate Hasn’t Changed

Driving home from work on Tuesday, March 13, I suddenly realized spring advanced a week in a day. Steady rain on the previous day left the snow saturated and poised for a rapid thaw.


This week on Points North, Shawn takes a closer look at his bookshelf

Points North: Bookshelf Adventure Leads to Grim Discovery

As part of a late winter painting project, I spent last weekend removing and cleaning books from one of two floor-to-ceiling bookcases in our home.


 
Rainbow Trout

Points North: Let’s Hear It for Hatcheries

When you catch a fish, do you ever think about its origins? It might have been naturally spawned where you caught it or reared in a hatchery hundreds of miles away.


Rep. Kurt Zellers (second from left) with (left to right) Majority Leader Matt Dean, Gov. Mark Dayton & Rep. Joe Hoppe

Points North: Outdoor Banquet Serves Political Indigestion

The old saw “never turn down a free lunch” is good advice, even if it takes some effort to reach the table. Recently, I took an afternoon off and drove to St. Paul for a free dinner.


 
"Tovar's doctor and his wife suggested adding animal products to his diet might help him feel better"

Points North: When A Vegan Goes Hunting

Tovar Cerulli has AOH, an increasingly common syndrome. The symptoms appeared in his 30s and were somewhat of a surprise. AOH is the acronym for what Cerulli terms Adult Onset Hunting.


Gray Wolf (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-Midwest Region)

Points North: Do Wolves Have Longer Memories Than People?

Abby, the old dog, found a headless grouse in the yard on a cold, clear morning last week.


 
Kate Watson is an outdoor writer and communications manager for North House Folk School based and Grand Marais, MN

Points North: Young women bring new perspectives to outdoor writing

We often hear young people are losing interest in the Great Outdoors, but plenty of 20-somethings enjoy activities ranging from cross-country skiing to hunting.


The Minnesota deer harvest has declined in the past two years.

Points North: On Deer Deficits and Dead Dogs

When it came to northern Minnesota deer hunting, my father believed you took the good and the bad when it came to deer abundance.


 
Forest (Travis Novitsky)

Points North: Come on up, the winter is fine

On a recent morning I stepped out with the dogs at daybreak. Beneath a clear dawn sky, the air was crisp and calm. When we came inside 20 minutes later, I thought it was pretty nice outside.


To permit the common man to derive enjoyment, if not sustenance, from a public resource, we limit angling to catch and release"

Points North: New Hunter-Gatherers Need to Know the Conservation Story

Recently, a chef who wrote a book about hunting and cooking was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio. She talked about making a recent trip to Colorado to do a cooking demonstration.