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

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Changes greet hunters at Lac qui Parle controlled goose hunt

A number of new changes will greet goose hunters at the Lac qui Parle Refuge controlled hunt this year, including elimination of the need to register for blinds in advance, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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High interest in latest round of Conservation Partners Legacy grants

 Seventy-one applications totaling more than $8.9 million were received for the first round of the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Compared to last year’s Round 1 application cycle, this is nearly twice the amount requested and twice the number of applications received. Full Story

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DNR seeks citizen volunteers to join fish species work groups

Volunteers are being sought to join five citizen-agency work groups that will discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. There will be individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one that will focus on both northern pike and muskellunge. Full Story

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DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2015 walleye stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2015 Minnesota walleye stamp from Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 17, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced. Full Story

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DNR urges motorists to be alert for deer in the fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be especially alert this autumn to avoid vehicle/deer accidents. Full Story

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Savanna Portage State Park will have limited public access during deer hunt Oct. 25- 26

During the special resource management deer hunt Oct. 25 – 26, Savanna Portage State Park near McGregor, Minn. will be partially closed. Visitors are advised to wear blaze orange or brightly colored clothing if they will be in the park while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 metro lakes

Two metro lakes will be designated as infested after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in them this week, underscoring the need for ongoing vigilance against aquatic invasive species in the state’s waters.  Full Story

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Cook County trout lakes to be chemically rehabilitated

Three designated stream trout lakes in Cook County will be chemically rehabilitated to remove undesirable fish species and may be temporarily closed during treatment applications. Full Story

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DNR acquires new forest lands for wildlife habitat and public use

Hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, and wildlife populations now have 304 more acres of state forest land available in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, in three southeastern Minnesota counties.  Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Whitewater State Park campground project

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments from Sept. 29 to Oct. 29 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Whitewater State Park campground development project, 20 miles west of Winona in southeastern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR urges hunters to think safety 24/7

Another season of hunting is here, and along with it comes all the responsibilities to ensure a safe hunt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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Remember water safety during waterfowl season

With many duck hunters anxiously preparing for the Sept. 27 Minnesota opener, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to think safety on the water, especially during waterfowl season.  Full Story

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DNR to host celebration of paved trail at Glendalough State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, Otter Tail County and the city of Battle Lake will celebrate the completion of the Glendalough Trail on Friday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m., at the Glendalough State Park Trail Center. Full Story

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Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

When Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, hunting is likely to be good, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Who is Minnesota’s typical grouse hunter?

A hunter with a blaze orange cap and a shotgun keeps an eye on a dog bounding through the underbrush, trailing the scent of grouse. Bright yellow aspen leaves frame the trail. It’s a common autumn scene in Minnesota, a fitting postcard for much of the central and northern reaches of the state. Full Story

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Lake Winnibigoshish fishing regulations to be discussed

Anglers who fish for walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish and connected waters will have an opportunity to discuss proposed regulations that would narrow the protected slot and allow for the potential of increased harvest. Full Story

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DNR reminds anglers of extended southeastern Minnesota trout season

Anglers who fish trout streams in southeastern Minnesota can take advantage of a longer catch-and-release season this fall, will not be required to use barbless hooks, and will have a longer winter catch-and-release season too. Full Story

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DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for short-term action request (STAR) projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 17. Full Story

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Changes to Big, Little Rice lakes benefitting waterfowl

It’s been about two years since the Department of Natural Resources designated Little Rice Lake in St. Louis County as a state game refuge, and more recently made Big Rice Lake nonmotorized for part of the year, but already the changes appear to be improving the number and diversity of waterfowl species using the two lakes. Full Story

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Islands in Pigeon Lake in Meeker County closed due to bird virus

Islands in Pigeon Lake in Meeker County have been closed to public access following the discovery of virulent Newcastle Disease Virus (vNDV) in double-crested cormorants. Full Story

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‘Cabin close-up’ a time to inspect boats and water equipment for invasive species

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks every cabin and lakeshore owner to watch for aquatic invasive species (AIS) when removing docks, boat lifts, swim rafts and other equipment from the water. Full Story

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New Ulm resident named DNR firearms instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently named Steve Rykhus of New Ulm as its 2014 firearms safety instructor of the year. Full Story

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DNR to celebrate reopening of the Itasca State Park bike trail Sept. 18

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will celebrate the completed Itasca State Park bike trail on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at the North Picnic Area. Full Story

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DNR seeks citizens to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Sept. 30. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Northshore Mining Co. mine expansion

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments during a 30-day public review period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for Northshore Mining Co.’s mine expansion near Babbitt, in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on EAW for floodwater storage project in west-central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments during a 30-day public review period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for a proposed floodwater project in Grant and Traverse counties near Norcross. Full Story

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Freeport artist wins 2015 duck stamp contest

Freeport artist Scot Storm has won the 2015 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest with his painting of a Harlequin duck. Full Story

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Make lifelong memories: Take a kid small-game hunting

By Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator

Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Saturday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 21, and as mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to make some memories and pass on your outdoor passion. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass Lake in Cass County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Cass Lake located in Cass County in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Deer hunts will take place at several Minnesota state parks this fall

DNR advises park visitors to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks that remain open during special hunts

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks, and access to the parks will vary during these hunts.

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Lake Alexander Woods SNA open to deer hunting this year by permit only

The scientific and natural area program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to clarify that only those people holding a special permit will be allowed to hunt deer at Lake Alexander Woods Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) in Morrison County this fall. Full Story

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DNR officer accepts promotion

Nearly a year after being named an acting enforcement district supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Officer Jackie Glaser has accepted the position permanently and has been promoted to first lieutenant. Her metro based enforcement district includes Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties. Full Story

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Youth Waterfowl Day is Saturday

Youth ages 15 and younger can go waterfowl hunting this Saturday, Sept. 13, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who isn’t hunting that day. Full Story

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DNR digital tools help plan hunting time

Hunters making plans for upcoming seasons can get scouting and other services from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources digital tools. Full Story

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2 youth honored by DNR for their conservation efforts

  Gov. Mark Dayton joined Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 29, at the Minnesota State Fair to recognize and award two Minnesota youth for their outstanding conservation efforts. Full Story

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DNR’s fall color finder will help travelers with trip planning

Minnesota state park and trail visitors will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and countless other shades of autumn as the leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show. Full Story

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Pheasant population up slightly; habitat loss still poses biggest threat

Despite a short-term increase in the number of Minnesota pheasants, habitat loss continues to be the primary factor in the long-term decline of the state’s pheasant population, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR land sale slated for October

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer land for sale at an auction in Virginia, Oct. 9.   Full Story

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Spiny waterflea confirmed in Basswood Lake in BWCA

Spiny waterflea has been confirmed in Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near the Canadian border.  Full Story

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Bison being reintroduced to Minneopa State Park by fall 2015

Bison will once again roam the prairie at Minneopa State Park near Mankato starting next year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Enjoy fall, hunt grouse this year; season opens Sept. 13 

Picture yourself walking on a trail through stands of young aspen trees with blazing yellow leaves overhead. The fall air is crisp. Shotgun in hand, you’re enjoying a hike while hunting grouse – Minnesota’s most popular game bird.   Full Story

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DNR asks sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters for wing samples

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit one wing from each bird they harvest in Minnesota for a Department of Natural Resources study that aims to better understand how these birds move through the landscape.  Full Story

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Minnesota DNR awarded $969,000 to protect coastal resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded $969,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).   Full Story

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DNR advises state forest visitors to respect Red Lake tribal land signs

Many area residents and Pine Island State Forest and Beltrami Island State Forest visitors may have noticed the new Red Lake Indian land boundary signs posted within the forests. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people using state lands adjacent to the Red Lake Reservation boundaries to abide by tribal laws and avoid trespassing on posted tribal lands.  Full Story

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