Former DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr compiles Minnesota hunting history book

When Tom Landwehr’s eight-year tenure as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ended in January, he suddenly found himself with time on his hands.

"Hunting Adventures on the Minnesota Frontier: Sportsmen's Tales from 1850-1900" takes readers on a journey through the early days of hunting in the state.

"Hunting Adventures on the Minnesota Frontier: Sportsmen's Tales from 1850-1900" takes readers on a journey through the early days of hunting in the state.

The lifelong conservationist and outdoors enthusiast put that time to good use, compiling a collection of Minnesota hunting stories that had been languishing for 30 years deep in the bowels of his computer.

The result is “Hunting Adventures on the Minnesota Frontier: Sportsmen’s Tales from 1850-1900,” a self-published book compiled from stories Landwehr gathered on microfiche files of Forest and Stream, a New York-based biweekly publication printed in a newspaper format and predecessor to Field and Stream magazine.

Charles Hallock, a wealthy businessman who founded Hallock, Minn., founded the magazine in 1873, and George Bird Grinnell, widely considered one of the founders of the modern conservation movement, became the magazine’s editor.

For Landwehr, the 30-year project started in 1989, when he was working as a wildlife biologist and field manager in Northfield, Minn., and came across an old Forest and Stream story about a long-ago duck hunting trip near Shakopee, Minn. 

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