Reminder: Apply through Jan. 26 for spring turkey A and B lottery permits

Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have until Friday, Jan. 26, to apply for a lottery permit.

The season runs from April 18 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods, A through F (see table below). Hunt A and B licenses for firearms hunters age 18 and older are limited in availability and assigned via lottery drawing. Full Story


DNR offers opportunities to learn how to hunt turkeys this spring

Youth and adults can learn to hunt turkeys this April with experienced volunteers who will cover safe hunting techniques, how to call-in turkeys, hunting tactics and field dressing a bird. Full Story


Snowmobile safety awareness week set for Jan. 20-28

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Jan. 20-28 as Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week in Minnesota.

This an opportunity for the Department of Natural Resources, volunteer safety instructors, the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA) and its 250 member snowmobile clubs to join together to recognize the importance of safe, responsible snowmobiling. Full Story


Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 13-15

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 15.

During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing. Full Story


Notice of Draft Permit to Mine for PolyMet NorthMet Project

Public Comment Period Open Through March 6, DNR to hold 2 Public Meetings in February

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has opened a public comment and objection period on a draft permit to mine for the proposed Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. Following review of PolyMet’s permit to mine application, the DNR has prepared draft special conditions for the NorthMet project. Together, the application and the draft special conditions are considered the draft permit to mine. The draft permit to mine and several related fact sheets are posted on the DNR’s permit to mine webpage for the NorthMet project: www.dnr.state.mn.us/polymet/permitting/ptm.htmlFull Story


Reminder: Late season deer hunt takes place in CWD zone

A special late-season deer hunt will be Saturday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 14, to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota.

The hunt is open to Minnesota residents and nonresidents and takes place in an area that includes all of deer permit area 603 as well as the portion of permit area 345 south of Interstate 90, the southern portion of permit area 347 and the northern portion of permit area 348. Full Story


St. Charles resident wins turkey stamp contest

St. Charles artist Micah Hanson won the 2019 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 12 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Star of The North Walking Trail

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released and is accepting comments on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed hunter walking trail in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.   Full Story


2017 was a great year for hunting, fishing and getting outdoors in Minnesota

The year 2017 saw an increase in the number of Minnesotans getting outdoors and enjoying the state’s abundant natural resources, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Start the new year with fresh air and physical activity on a First Day Hike

First day hikes will take place at 14 Minnesota state parks on Monday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort, led by America’s state parks, to promote starting the new year with fresh air and physical activity. More than 400 hikes are scheduled this year in all 50 states.

Minnesota’s events include five daytime hikes, four snowshoe hikes, three full moon hikes. First day hikes are free.

This year, for the first time, there’s an underground option too: Guided tours of the cave at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park will take place hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discovered in 1937, Mystery Cave is the longest cave in Minnesota, spanning more than 13 miles underground.  Typically, public cave tours are offered only between April and October. During the summer months, visitors often find the cave a cool and refreshing escape from the heat. In the winter, it will be the opposite. People will be able to come in from the cold weather to warm up, because the air temperature in Mystery Cave stays at a constant 48 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Reservations for the cave tours are recommended, but tours also will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, if space is available. For information about tour prices and to make reservations, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757.

People should dress for the weather, so ideally in layers that can shed when they warm up as they get moving. They may also want to bring a light backpack to store a water bottle, a nutritious snack, binoculars, a camera, and those extra layers of clothing.

A vehicle permit ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit) is also required to enter Minnesota state parks.

For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or
888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Candlelight events begin at Minnesota state parks and trails

Care to see winter soften before your very eyes? Candlelight has that effect. Each year staff at Minnesota state parks and trails place lanterns, candles and other luminaries along short trails and invite the public in for a candle-lit walk. Full Story


Nongame wildlife: 40 years, 40 reasons, $40

By Kristi Coughlon, DNR information officer

Minnesotans are a generous lot. For the past 40 years, they’ve made it possible for the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program to help thousands of native species survive and thrive – including animals that are threatened, endangered and rare.  Full Story


DNR announces new special angling regulations

Special fishing regulations will change March 1 on a number of Minnesota waters following an annual public input and review process, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Teaching kids the dangers of ice

Now is the time to talk to kids about the dangers of thin ice. As temperatures continue to dip below freezing, ice is forming on many lakes, ponds and rivers. But conditions vary across the state.  Full Story


Precautionary test results show no new outbreaks of CWD in wild deer

No chronic wasting disease was detected in more than 11,000 precautionary samples from deer that hunters harvested this fall in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Boundaries and rules for late season deer hunt in CWD zone announced

Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota’s Fillmore County have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas, the Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors in December

Pheasant hunters still have time to harvest roosters this December.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Wright Bog Horticultural Peat project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Wright Bog Horticultural Peat project in Carlton County, about 8 miles west of Cromwell.  Full Story


Applications open for spring wild turkey A and B season permits

The deadline for firearms wild turkey hunters to apply for early season spring hunting permits is Friday, Jan. 26, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


11 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has appointed 11 Minnesotans to three-year terms on citizen oversight committees that monitor the agency’s fish and wildlife spending.  Full Story


DNR awards $7.5 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

Conservation grants awarded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will help restore, enhance and protect habitat throughout the state.  Full Story


Sherburne County Geologic Atlas, Part B hydrogeology available

The Sherburne County Geologic Atlas-Part B was recently published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Part B covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey. The atlases are a valuable resource for groundwater management and land-use planning. Full Story


DNR solicits 2018 park and trail grant applications

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is accepting applications for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic areas, regional trails, local trail connections and federal recreational trails.  Full Story


Women can learn outdoor skills at DNR winter workshop

A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces cold and snow this January with classes about sled dog mushing, dark house fishing, birding, archery hunting and other ways to get outdoors.  Full Story


New northern pike fishing regulations coming in spring 2018

Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters.  Full Story


DNR opens public comment period on draft sustainable timber harvest analysis

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments by Dec. 30 on a draft sustainable timber harvest analysis that will be used to help determine the statewide timber harvest level on DNR-administered forest land.  Full Story


Early ice is not safe, wear life jackets on cold water

With daytime temperatures still climbing above freezing even in the northern parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to stay clear of early ice and use extreme caution when recreating on dangerously cold water.  Full Story


Want to give green gifts this holiday? Think wood from a Minnesota forest

This holiday season support Minnesota businesses that make and sell gifts made of wood from local forests. Thousands of items are made from wood harvested in Minnesota forests.  Full Story


Hunters register 161,057 deer through third weekend of season

Harvest climbs 16 percent from 2016

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


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

Anglers and others interested in Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Marias area lakes and streams are invited to review and comment on management plans scheduled for review this fall. This annual process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Comments on lakes within the BWCAW will be accepted until Dec. 20. The comment period for lakes and streams outside the BWCAW, will extend through Feb. 15. Full Story


DNR announces new operational plan for Sand Dunes State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released a new plan guiding management of the Sand Dunes State Forest near Zimmerman for the next five years. The revised operational plan arose from a series of meetings with local landowners, conservationists and others.  Full Story


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems.  Full Story


Fish houses and wheelhouses require license purchase for ice fishing

New definition of portable shelter expands types of structures needing to be licensed      

Beginning this ice fishing season, anglers using a wheelhouse type of ice or dark-house shelter are required to purchase a license to place the shelter on the ice, even when occupying it.  Full Story


DNR announces 17 parcels for December land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels for sale in three public oral bid auctions in December. Property information, auction instructions and a map of the parcels can be found on the DNR’s land sale webpageFull Story


State’s official Christmas tree harvested from General C.C. Andrews State Forest

A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down today in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River.  Full Story


DNR releases draft Little Rock Creek Area plan for public review

Comments accepted through Dec. 22

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a public review draft of a five-year action plan for the sustainable use of groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area, in central Minnesota, south of Little Falls.  Full Story


7 deer test presumptive positive in southeast’s CWD management zone

Final results for area 603 expected this week

Preliminary tests show that seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone during the first firearms deer season may be infected with chronic wasting disease.  Full Story


Hunters register 145,054 deer through second weekend of season

Harvest up 10 percent

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Hunters reminded of whole carcass importation ban

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Medicine Lake in Hennepin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.  Full Story


Hunters register 70,724 deer during first weekend of season

Harvest up by less than a percent

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks applications to serve on Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee. Full Story


New benefit helps military personnel, vets combat stress with nature therapy

Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States armed forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.  Full Story


Upper Red Lake winter walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this winter will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, the Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story


Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye

Annual fall surveys support conservative harvest decision

Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will open on Friday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye 20-22 inches or one longer than 28 inches.  Full Story