Upper Red Lake walleye regulations continue for winter season

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will continue to have a four walleye bag limit, with only one walleye allowed longer than 17 inches.  Full Story


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors as temperatures drop

Pheasant hunters should have plenty of harvest opportunities during the late season hunt.

“The hunting forecast looks really good for the latter part of the pheasant season,” said Nicole Davros, farmland wildlife research supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Our August roadside survey counts were up in most areas of the pheasant range this year, and early hunting season field reports have confirmed our suspicion that we may have under-detected birds due to a late hatch.”  Full Story


Angler sets new benchmark for northern pike state record

Minnesota anglers who want to catch a state record northern pike now have a new mark to beat after angler Matthew Swanson of Woodbury has claimed the record with a 45 1/4 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River.  Full Story


Governor’s Residence Christmas tree harvested from Nemadji State Forest

The holidays are coming to the Governor’s Residence!

Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota harvested the official state Christmas tree Nov. 16 from the Nemadji State Forest. The tree, which is approximately 60 years old, will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. Full Story


DNR issues Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Nov. 29
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management project. The DNR is accepting public comments on the Final SEIS until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Full Story


Stressed out? Visit a state park on Veterans Day and unwind with nature

It’s no secret that nature helps sooth a troubled mind. Consider spending an afternoon at a state park with a veteran this Veterans Day where the “awe” factor increases as the stress level decreases. Full Story


Lakeville artist wins walleye stamp contest

Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. Judges selected his painting from among 11 entries for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  Full Story


Archers take 237 deer at Camp Ripley

Mild, windy and wet weather greeted archers at this year’s Camp Ripley bow hunts near Little Falls, and hunters took 237 deer during the four-day event from Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 27-28.  Full Story


Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Applications due by Friday, Nov. 30

The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County.  Full Story


DNR issues permits for NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that it has issued permits for Poly Met Mining, Inc.’s (PolyMet’s) proposed NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota.  Full Story


Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1

Surveys show walleye population increasing, but some year classes remain below normal

Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Riley, Carver County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Riley in Carver County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in several central Minnesota lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Koetter Lake in Stearns County, Mound Lake in Todd County and Crookneck Lake in Morrison County.  Full Story


Deer season opens this weekend

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sarah in Murray County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Sarah in Murray County.  Full Story


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR names Cynthia Osmundson to lead Nongame Wildlife Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that regional wildlife manager Cynthia Osmundson will become the supervisor of the agency’s Nongame Wildlife Program, effective next month. Osmundson will replace the recently retired Carrol Henderson.  Full Story


Angler sets first catch-and-release record for northern pike

A 43 1/2 inch pike caught by a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota on Mille Lacs Lake sets the first northern pike state record in the Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category.  Full Story


CWD tests mandatory in central, north-central and southeast

Hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota need to bring their harvested deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4.  Full Story


Temporary off-highway vehicle trail closures begin in November

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and registered off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as four-wheel drive trucks that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter.  Full Story


Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Live to hunt another day by wearing a life jacket or float coat

Hunters hitting the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other waterfowl are reminded to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist.  Full Story


Groundwater use in White Bear Lake area meets state standard

Analysis shows groundwater use is sustainable, but does affect lake  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Pomme de Terre lakes and Perkins Lake in Grant and Stevens counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in additional locations in a chain of lakes across Otter Tail, Grant and Stevens counties. Perkins Lake in Stevens County, Middle Pomme de Terre Lake and North Pomme de Terre Lake in Stevens County, and Pomme de Terre Lake in Grant County will be added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sugar Lake in Wright County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Sugar Lake in Wright County, after more than a dozen lake property owners reported finding zebra mussels on equipment being removed from the lake for the season.  Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will occur this fall at several Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Minnesota deer facts

Deer: The animal

  • Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170 lbs.
  • The biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck.
  • A whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile.

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DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment in Hennepin County. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County.  Full Story


Luverne wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Hunters reported excellent weather for hunting in the Luverne area during the eighth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Full Story


Austin named host community of 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The city of Austin will be the host community for the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr made the announcement Oct. 12 on behalf of Gov. Mark Dayton, who was unable to attend due to surgery. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Walker Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Walker Lake, connected and navigable to Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County. Zebra mussels were confirmed in Otter Tail Lake in August 2016. Full Story


Workshops for aeration system operators offered in Windom, Hutchinson and Waterville

Workshops are available this month for operators of lake aeration systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR: Hunters must keep firearms safety in mind while in the field

With the pheasant season opening Saturday and the firearms deer season on the horizon, Enforcement Division officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to keep firearms safety at the top of their minds. Full Story


DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Citizens with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests and wetlands and the wildlife in them are invited to apply by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for a key advisory board. Full Story


DNR seeks input on Big Sandy Lake experimental walleye regulations

Anglers and other lake users are invited to provide input on experimental walleye regulations in the Big Sandy Lake system near McGregor. The Aitkin DNR fisheries staff will hold an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the DNR area office at 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Bde Maka Ska, part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.  Full Story


DNR recognizes firearms safety instructors for decades of volunteer service

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division recently recognized two volunteers who between them have taught firearms safety in the state for 110 years. Carl Ireland, of Apple Valley, has been an instructor for 60 years, while Del Haverly, of New London, has been an instructor for 50 years. Minnesota has offered firearms safety training since 1955. Full Story


2017 small game hunter survey results released

Small game license sales were down about four percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. Full Story


Deer tests positive for CWD in disease management zone

Test result highlights importance of continuing mandatory tests for harvested deer

A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Videos explain CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer

Videos about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes from a deer are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwd/videos.html. Full Story


Scarves up! Minnesota United and DNR offer tickets for water habitat

Minnesota United, the professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, is teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources to support the state’s water habitat through a special ticket offer online for a home match 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, against the L.A. Galaxy. Full Story


Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, will be open this fall on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden temperature changes.

Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year. Full Story


Anglers can give input on continuous season for South Dakota border waters

Anglers are encouraged to comment on a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous angling for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019.  Full Story