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Shawn Perich

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.


What's On:
Tom Melius talks with MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

Points North: DNR Roundtable Checks the Pulse of Outdoor Issues

For more than 20 years, the Minnesota DNR has kicked off the New Year by hosting a Roundtable for groups and individuals interested in fishing, hunting and conservation.


Points North: Wolf Hunting Makes An End Run Around Public Discourse

Last July, Minnesota's state government shut down when the Governor and Legislature couldn't agree on how to balance the budget. Our duly elected met in St.

View of Lake Superior, between Nipigon and Schreiber

Points North: Canadian North Shore Community Questions Nuclear Waste Storage

Will a nuclear waste storage facility be constructed in the Lake Superior Basin? The answer is: possibly.

Ford Ranger leaves St. Paul, Minnesota

Points North: So Long Ranger, Thanks for the Ride

The last Ford Ranger rolled off the St. Paul assembly line last week, marking the end of an era for manufacturing in Minnesota and for small, light-duty trucks.

Mike West

Points North: Canoe Country Trapper Traveled by Dog Team

About a year ago, veteran dog musher Tim White of Colvill graciously shared an interview he conducted with the late fur trapper Mike West, a patriarch of Minnesota mushing, which was published in Wint

Joe & Hod, with moose (Hod Bolinger)

Points North: After 40-Year Wait, Octogenarian Gets A Moose License

They say the best trait for any hunter is patience. Hod Bolinger of Albert Lea has plenty of it.

The Hunter

Points North: Is It a Deer Hunt or a Horse Race?

This year, it was hard to tell if Minnesota was holding a firearm deer season or a horse race.

Packaged Meat by Kate Watson, courtesy of North House Folk School

Points North: Locavore Students Cut Up During Class

The day began as a real drag. The previous afternoon, I’d killed a whitetail doe a long way from the truck. Too far, it turned out, to make it out with the deer before dark.

Governor Dayton talks about invasive species prevention at the Department of Natural Resources with Comm. Tom Landwehr

Points North: DNR Forestry Changes Ripple the Pond

The recent announcement that Dave Epperly will no longer serve as director of the Minnesota DNR’s forestry division is discussed in the current issue of the Timber Bulletin, the bimonthly magaz

Hunter with his dog

Points North: It’s All About the Dog

Back in the early 1980s, a Minnesota outdoor writer named Steve Grooms wrote a book with the somewhat presumptuous title of “Modern Pheasant Hunting.” While Midwesterners had been hunting