Points North

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.


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Political Forecast in the North...Not Looking So Good   Photo by Antti Nannimus on Flickr

Points North: Will the Budget Be Better than the Fish and Game Bill?

Last week, Outdoor News columnist Rob Kimm pointed out that Governor Dayton's recent veto of the Omnibus Game and Fish Bill was an echo of then Governor Pawlenty's veto of the 2010 game and fish bill.

Photo by Laura Gibb on Flickr

Points North: For Some, the Garden Path Leads to Hunting and Fishing

Gardening on the North Shore is a perpetual test of endurance.

Shawn's fished the wild trout streams of the North Shore for years, but there are always new places to explore

Points North: On a whim and a cast

You can only go so far on a couple of chocolate chip cookies. Tossing two cookies in your pocket, skipping breakfast and then hiking and fishing along a remote north country trout stream until 4 p.m.

It's important to protect our lakes, but should we have to sacrifice our right to refuse inspection to do it?

Points North: Should One Invasion Lead to Another?

Years ago, when 20,000 latter day hippies known as the Rainbow Family traveled to the North Shore for their annual Independence Day campout, I was the editor of the Grand Marais newspaper and learned

Poplar River

Points North: Not fishing on the opener and other musings

Most Minnesota anglers celebrated the May 14 fishing opener by going after walleyes, but a friend and I headed for alternative waters.

It can be relatively easy to catch lots of steelhead during their spring spawning runs in rivers and creeks

Points North: It’s Not The Trout That Counts

It’s not about numbers. So says my friend about steelhead fishing.

Hiking in the hills at sunset

Points North: A Minnesota Mountain-Climbing Adventure

The other night, I decided to climb a mountain.  Out for a walk with the dog, I drove inland from Lake Superior with no plan other than a whim to go a-wandering in the woods.  However, while

Knife River, Minnesota

Points North: On The North Shore, A Ripple Of Discontent Begins

The next best thing to spending a fine April afternoon fishing a trout stream is to go for a walk beside one.


Points North: Seeking Answers To Moose Decline—Before It’s Too Late

Gonzo journalism is when the journalist becomes a participant in the story. I'm not sure it applies to clipping samples of moose browse along the Gunflint Trail. Researcher Dr.

Environmental Protest

Points North: Whatever Happened To Activism?

In a time when politicians seem to view the natural world with attitudes ranging from indifference to abhorrence, in separate conversations I recently asked three prominent environmentalists the same