Ruling classifies Minnesota wolves as threatened

Effective immediately, Minnesotans can no longer legally kill a wolf except in the defense of human life. Full Story

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DNR, partners working on 4-year plan to boost pheasant numbers

Citizen input from the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Summit soon will be converted into a four-year action plan to increase and enhance grassland habitat on public and private lands. Full Story

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New treatment aims to eradicate Christmas Lake zebra mussels

In an effort to eliminate any remaining zebra mussels from Christmas Lake in Shorewood, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has undertaken an experimental treatment that has been used only twice before in the U.S. Full Story

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Start a new tradition: Late-season pheasant hunting

An abundance of birds, lack of snow and higher late season bag limits are all good reasons why Minnesotans may want to try some late season pheasant hunting. Full Story

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Think twice before going out on the ice

With the recent weather fluctuation and inconsistent ice conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice. “Ice is never 100 percent safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, DNR enforcement operations manager.  Full Story

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State expands ‘fat bike’ riding opportunities

Minnesota state parks and trails has expanded the number of trails open for winter fat bike riding, including opportunities at five state parks and four state trails. These new riding opportunities are in addition to 20 miles of existing trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, a world-class mountain bike ride center, as rated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The winter fat bike riding opportunities in Minnesota state parks and trails now total 78 miles. Full Story

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Darkhouse spearing opens Dec. 22 on Dakota border waters

Darkhouse spearing becomes legal on Minnesota waters bordering North Dakota and South Dakota on Monday, Dec. 22, when a new law allowing spearing of northern pike takes effect. Full Story

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Citizens can apply to serve on Leech Lake Fisheries Input Group

Citizens interested in volunteering to discuss Leech Lake fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Leech Lake Fisheries Input Group. Applications must be completed by Wednesday, Dec. 31, and are available online. Full Story

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Prairie restoration underway at Minneopa State Park

A restoration of prairie and oak savanna habitat is taking place at Minneopa State Park near Mankato this winter, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Round 2 now open for metro conservation grant program

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, Dec. 15, for round two of a metro grant program that aims to restore, enhance and protect habitat in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Keep safety in mind when enjoying darkhouse spearing

After sawing a wide rectangle into the ice, a person holds a fish spear at the ready while looking through the water, past a small decoy meant to lure northern pike into range. A well-placed throw results in a pike on the ice and destined for the frying pan. Full Story

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Brothers plead guilty to deer hunting charges

Two brothers charged with illegal hunting violations in late 2013 recently pleaded guilty in a plea bargain agreement in Nobles County District Court, reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Ring in the new year on candle-lit trails at Minnesota state parks

Additional events in January and February provide more opportunities on candle-lit trails

Thousands of people are expected to ring in the new year by taking a walk along candle-lit trails at Minnesota state parks on Dec. 31. The festivities will take place from: Full Story

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Give Minnesota state parks gift cards this holiday season

This holiday season, the Department of Natural Resources encourages shoppers to give the gift of the outdoors with Minnesota state parks gift cards. The cards can be purchased for any dollar amount over $10, and they never expire. They can be used for: Full Story

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Agencies working together to increase safety and save money

At one time government agencies were territorial and didn’t welcome other organizations venturing into their area. Those days are over. Full Story

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Certain vehicles no longer allowed on snowmobile trails

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that only snowmobiles can operate on the state’s grant-in-aid trail system. Due to a change this year in the way a snowmobile is legally defined, certain vehicles are no longer allowed on the trail. Full Story

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DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups 

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded 46 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota. Full Story

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10 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has appointed 10 Minnesotans to three-year terms on citizen oversight committees that monitor the agency’s fish and wildlife spending.  Full Story

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Take steps to prevent deer from becoming winter pests

Deer are fun to watch, but can quickly become a nuisance when they are looking for an easy snack near houses. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers tips to discourage deer from becoming pests.  Full Story

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DNR closes wolf season in northeast Minnesota

Wolf hunting and trapping in the northeast zone will close for 2014 at the end of shooting and trapping hours on Friday, Dec. 5, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Completion of Gandy Dancer Trail bridge restores Minnesota-Wisconsin connection

Right on time for the snowmobile season, the Gandy Dancer Bridge across the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, east of Hinckley, has reopened, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Drive safely this snowmobile season

As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start. Full Story

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DNR settles lawsuit over White Bear Lake water levels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently settled a lawsuit through mediation with plaintiffs over White Bear Lake water levels. Full Story

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Wild turkey stamp contest entries accepted through Dec. 29

Artists can submit entries for the 2016 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp contest from Monday, Dec. 8, through 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Spring wild turkey hunters can apply for permits starting today

People can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story

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Get Wild hockey discounts with a hunting or fishing license

Minnesota hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to Minnesota Wild hockey games. Full Story

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DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children this Thanksgiving as they visit friends and family who live near bodies of water.  Full Story

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Hunters register 111,000 deer through third weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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State forest Christmas tree to grace governor’s residence

This year’s Christmas tree for the governor’s official residence in St. Paul is a 50-foot balsam fir from the Nemadji State Forest, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR auction in Grand Rapids set for Dec. 6

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. Full Story

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Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Applications due by Monday, Dec. 22

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

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Hunters register 102,000 deer through second weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Furbearer registration is Dec. 5 in Finland, Grand Marais, Two Harbors

Trappers in the Finland, Grand Marais and Two Harbors areas can register furbearers on Friday, Dec. 5, between noon and 7 p.m. at area DNR registration stations. A typo in the 2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook incorrectly lists the date as Dec. 6. Full Story

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Mille Lacs open to pike spearing; walleye regulation unchanged

Dark-house spearing of northern pike will be allowed at Mille Lacs Lake for the first time since the winter of 1982-83, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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Like outdoors media? DNR subscription deals run through November

Readers of outdoors media have until Sunday, Nov. 30, to take advantage of subscription deals on two publications that are partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Upper Red Lake walleye regulations more restrictive this winter season

Walleye regulations will be more restrictive on Upper Red Lake following record walleye harvests the past winter and summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR closes northeast Minnesota’s early wolf season

Wolf hunting in the northeast zone will close for the remainder of the 2014 early firearms season at the end of shooting hours on Friday, Nov. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeks applications for OHV grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Jan. 3 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story

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Hunters register 54,000 deer during first weekend

Minnesota hunters registered 54,000 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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10 new conservation officers begin their initial field assignments

Ten new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are in their field stations following 16 weeks of field training. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks offer benefits to military personnel and disabled veterans

Although Minnesota state offices will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, Minnesota state parks and recreations areas will be open, and free vehicle permits are available to many active military personnel and disabled veterans. Full Story

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Deer hunters in far southeastern Minnesota encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling

Southeastern Minnesota deer hunters who harvest a deer in permit areas 348 and 349 are encouraged to have their deer sampled for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season. Full Story

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Whitefish, cisco sport netting dates announced for Shagawa, Ojibway and Bear Island lakes

Additional opening dates have been set for whitefish and cisco (tullibee) sport netting on area lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Tower area fisheries office. Full Story

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