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  • By Scott Rall
    September 27, 2023
    This is the final installment of a public land acquisition process. We have covered a lot in the last three columns, and this will get us to the end zone. Last week we left off at the appraisal review process.  I have never had an appraisal review that ended up changing the value of a parcel, although the purchase agreement signed earlier does openly state that the PA is subject to an appraisal…
  • By Scott Rall
    September 20, 2023
    In the first two columns about public land acquisition, we covered how a parcel is selected and how these sales originate. Appraisals are then completed and surveys finished and then reviewed by a second party. After these are finalized, you can actually get close to having the seller and buyer sign a purchase agreement. But there are still a few more steps until that takes place. Once the…
  • By Scot Rall, Outdoor Columnist
    September 13, 2023
    Last week I started a multi-part column on what it takes to create a new public land. A quick review of last week. We start only with a willing seller who has reached out to a resource agency or a non-profit like Pheasants Forever and indicate they would like to sell their property for a conservation purpose. The parcel is initially reviewed, and if it fits a specific conservation mission, it is…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    September 06, 2023
    I was asked a while back about what goes into the decisions made when land is purchased for habitat restoration. This is a topic many folks are curious about so I thought I would explain in a multi-week column just what happens when new public lands are added in your county. When you see a new Wildlife Management Area pop up in your area, it’s hard to believe that many of them have been in the…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    August 15, 2023
    Finally, some rain showed up across much of southwest Minnesota and everyone was more than happy to see it. I certainly didn’t need it to make a living like many others, but it was still a welcome sight to me for a different reason. The first two weeks of August is the timeframe when the Minnesota DNR conducts their annual roadside counts for a variety of species, but the king in all this is the…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    July 18, 2023
    A few weeks back I spent some time in this column running through the basics of shooting at long-range targets. I am no expert on this subject matter but certainly have gotten bit by the long-range-shooting bug. What prompted my entry into this discipline was an introduction to a gentleman by the name of Todd VanLangen. Todd is a 25-year veteran of the Army Special Forces unit where he spent 13…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    June 27, 2023
    I was driving to work today in my small-town USA and saw a sight that is so common, one that just causes me pain. It is one of those pains that I don’t actually suffer from but feel it when I see someone else suffering from it. My route parallels a walking path that weaves its way through my town. The sight I saw was a lady of smaller stature walking her dog down this path. About 50 yards ahead…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    May 23, 2023
    The biggest outdoor day of the year in Minnesota was May 13. The fishing opener, to many, is better than any of the other holidays when you don’t have to go to work. Minnesota sells more fishing licenses than any other state per capita. There will have been long lines at many boat ramps across the state and especially at the most popular walleye lakes in the state. There will be a larger than…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    May 09, 2023
    Which way is the wind going to blow today? There is little doubt why southwest Minnesota is covered up with wind towers. Worthington has been the site for the National Wind Surfing Regatta several times over the past 10 years with Lake Okabena, considered the second windiest place over water in the state, right in the town of Worthington. Almost everything I do in April and May is affected by the…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    April 25, 2023
    When you read about the conservation efforts of the current-day participants, there are many great stories to read about. I was able to meet five very unique people back in 2014. These were the finalists in the Field and Stream Heroes of Conservation contest. I was fortunate enough to be among them. They hailed from all over the United States. There were folks who were cleaning up rivers in the…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    February 21, 2023
    The 2023 legislative session in Minnesota is underway. They have many items on their plate this session, and the one that will get the most attention is what to do with the many billion-dollar surplus the state has from the Recovering America Act that sent billions to the states. Unfortunately, this multi-billion dollars of federal money was borrowed and was added to the national debt of over 34…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    February 07, 2023
    I just got back from a few days in northeast South Dakota from a pike spearing trip. I had been to the location last year, and the group I was with had probably the best spearing trip they will ever have. There were large numbers of pike, and the average size was very good. I am not the kind of spear anger may other folks are. I think that once you have speared a pike in the 40–42-inch range,…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    January 17, 2023
    There is nothing better than a great photo of an outdoor experience. As an old-school kind of guy, the new current trend of everything being digital makes my life a little harder. I actually have a wall of fame in my garage. I have a collection of printed pictures from years of different experiences printed and stapled to this wall. It seems today an actual print is kind of like a dinosaur.…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    January 10, 2023
    Whenever I am out and about with my Labrador pack, I often get asked which of the four of them is my favorite? My normal response is in what category? This causes a puzzled look on the questioner’s face. I go on to explain if you are looking for a riding companion, then my youngest dog, Ghost, is the winner hands down. You can go for a 300-mile ride and he will sit on the front seat for days. He…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    January 03, 2023
    Why is it that everything ends up happening on the same day or days?  I have a possible wedding, a retirement party for a great friend, and a decoy show all happening on the same weekend.  I want to be at all three events, but we all know you can’t be two places or even three places at the same time. In the end, it is the first commitment I made that is going to win this tug of war. Twenty-four…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    December 27, 2022
    At this very moment, the town I live in is pretty much shut down. Snow in amounts I don’t like along with winds I hate even worse are arriving later today. The pheasants are getting a huge reprieve from hunters that would normally be chasing them until the very end. The snow depths, on the other hand, are giving them a different kind of challenge. It is amazing how wildlife can survive in…
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