DNR announces process to revisit deer population goals in 2015

Preliminary details of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ upcoming 2015 deer population goal-setting process now are available on the DNR website. Full Story

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DNR seedlings sales are in full swing

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Forest Nursery is accepting seedling orders for April and May pickup or delivery in 2015. Full Story

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Hunting and fishing equipment auction set

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will auction confiscated hunting equipment on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The auction’s items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. Full Story

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Baby turtles are hatching and adults are getting ready for winter

Help turtles safely cross roads
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking people to share the road with hatchling and adult turtles this fall.
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Basil Irwin Warden’s Jug stays in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources pistol team won its 12th consecutive Basil Irwin Memorial Pistol Shoot during completion held Aug. 14-15 in Elkader, Iowa against game wardens from the Iowa DNR. Full Story

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DNR auction in Grand Rapids features wide variety of items

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Sept. 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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Reminder: Apply for deer and wolf lotteries by Thursday, Sept. 4

Those who want to harvest antlerless deer throughout much of Minnesota this hunting season must apply by Thursday, Sept. 4, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use

Hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife populations now have 4,254 more acres of state wildlife management areas (WMA) available in an expansion that includes 31 existing WMAs and eight new ones in 24 counties. Full Story

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Small game hunter survey results released

Fewer game bird hunters took to Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. Full Story

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Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 16 lakes and two river segments. Full Story

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DNR asks hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears

Hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season, which opens Monday, Sept. 1, are asked to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, some of which are marked with large colorful ear tags. Full Story

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2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations book available

Minnesota’s 2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations handbook is available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online and in Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife offices across the state. Hunters should familiarize themselves with the regulations book before the hunting season begins. Full Story

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Roadside wildlife counts to be released Sept. 8

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release its annual roadside wildlife survey on Monday, Sept. 8. The report summarizes roadside counts of pheasants, gray (Hungarian) partridge, cottontail rabbits, white-tailed jackrabbits and other wildlife observed in the early morning hours during the first two weeks of August. Full Story

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DNR seeks applications for parks and trails grants

The Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program is seeking applications by Friday, Sept. 26, for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Full Story

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Learn basics of hunting birds like pheasant, grouse at DNR clinic

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of hunting birds like pheasants or grouse is invited to attend a program for those who have limited or no experience hunting upland birds, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Hennepin County’s Christmas Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that zebra mussels were found in Christmas Lake in Shorewood, just south of Lake Minnetonka.  Full Story

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DNR drops most proposals to allow more recreational activities at state’s SNAs

The Department of Natural Resources has decided to not implement most of its proposals to expand recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, and dog walking at 10 of Minnesota’s 159 scientific and natural areas (SNAs). The decisions were based on the results of a legislatively prescribed process for obtaining and considering public input prior to modifying allowed uses on existing SNAs. Full Story

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DNR fisheries to hold public input meeting for Mukooda, Little Trout lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an open house to provide information and receive public input on the proposed special regulation to close Mukooda and Little Trout lakes to lake trout harvest. The open house will be held Wednesday, September 24, from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Crane Lake Fire Hall, at 7400 Handberg Road, Crane Lake, Minn. Full Story

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McCarthy Beach State Park campground closed temporarily as building construction begins

The Side Lake Campground at McCarthy Beach State Park is closed temporarily as construction of a new campground sanitation building began on Monday, Aug. 18. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment on proposed experimental walleye regulations in northern Cook County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on experimental walleye regulations being considered for Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes, and the Sea Gull River. All are located in Cook County, on or near the Minnesota-Ontario border. Regulations may include a 17-inch minimum size requirement and a limit of three fish, with only one fish over 20 inches allowed. Full Story

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Legacy funds enhancing wildlife habitat near Orr

Legacy money from the Outdoor Heritage Fund dedicated to enhancing and restoring forest habitats are funding a series of projects to enhance rock outcrop habitats in the Lost River area near Orr. Full Story

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In search of nature’s undertakers

by Harland Hiemstra, DNR information officer

Chris Smith is on a hunt for buried treasure.  Full Story

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Applications open for $8 million in Conservation Partners grants

 Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands, or on habitat for fish and wildlife. Full Story

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DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2015 pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2015 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 8, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Full Story

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Youth can get 3 free months of Outdoor News

Youth ages 11-17 who successfully complete their firearms safety certification can get a complimentary three-month subscription to Minnesota Outdoor News. Full Story

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Nice Ride Bemidji offers bike rentals at Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bemidji State Park has opened a Nice Ride station, located near the park office building. Full Story

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City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters second season; Applications due Sept. 4

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its second special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. Permit area 179 around Grand Rapids and much of northeastern Minnesota will follow a more conservative harvest with few antlerless permits, but high deer numbers have persisted within the city limits. Full Story

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Flowering rush removed from Spider Lake, Itasca County

Early detection of flowering rush and quick response to remove it from Spider Lake, have biologists cautiously optimistic about stemming its spread, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. First reported in Minnesota in 1968, flowering rush is an invasive aquatic plant known to be in 32 bodies of water in the state. Full Story

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Public invited to free guided prairie hike near Hayfield on Aug. 23

The public is invited to a free guided prairie hike at the Iron Horse Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) near Hayfield on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Full Story

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Star Watch programs at local state parks feature Mike Lynch

Learn the basics of stargazing, astronomy and lore of constellations during Star Watch programs at Lake Shetek State Park on Aug. 22 and Camden State Park on Aug. 23. Both programs begin at 8:30 p.m. Full Story

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Look for maintenance crews on hunter walking trails

Hundreds of miles of hunter walking trails will be mowed throughout northeastern Minnesota prior to the start of the Sept. 13 grouse season opener, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). People are advised to watch for crews operating large mowers and other equipment on the trails. Full Story

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Kouba moose on new critical habitat license plate

Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat license plate featuring moose art by renowned wildlife artist Les Kouba. Full Story

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Wild rice harvesting season opens Aug. 15; most areas not yet ready

Minnesota’s wild rice harvesting season is open from Friday, Aug. 15, to Tuesday, Sept. 30. Despite the season dates, harvesters must first ensure the rice is ripe before launching their canoes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Dove season opens Sept. 1

Minnesota’s mourning dove hunting season begins Monday, Sept. 1, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 9, with hunters allowed to shoot 15 doves each day, and have 45 in possession. Full Story

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Lakeville artist wins 2015 trout and salmon stamp contest

After finishing as runner up in the previous contest, Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick has won the 2015 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among five submissions for the annual contest. Full Story

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Deer and wolf lottery application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 4

Those who want to harvest antlerless deer throughout much of Minnesota this hunting season are reminded they must apply by Thursday, Sept. 4. Full Story

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DNR announces fall duck and goose seasons

Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 27, under a similar season structure to last year, with similar bag limits and with season dates that vary for north, central and southern zones, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Zebra mussels discovered in 2 Crow Wing County lakes

Adult zebra mussels have been found in Gilbert and North Long lakes in Crow Wing County, resulting in both lakes being designated as infested, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The lakes are located near Brainerd. Full Story

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DNR names new regional Enforcement manager

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources named Capt. Todd Kanieski its Region 3 Enforcement manager effective Aug. 13. Region 3 stretches from Camp Ripley and St. Cloud in central Minnesota through the metro area to portions of southeastern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR fisheries chief appointed to Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Don Pereira, fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, was appointed in July to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission by President Barack Obama. Full Story

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Groundwater sampling planned for Renville County

Water samples from about 90 wells in Renville County will be collected and analyzed for water chemistry over the next two months by hydrogeologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Samples will also be tested to learn how long the water has been underground. Full Story

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Sign up to receive Mille Lacs Lake news

Those interested in Mille Lacs Lake can view a Department of Natural Resources quarterly newsletter that will keep readers up to date on research, fish population assessments and general information. Full Story

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Start planning for 2015 fishing tournaments

Anglers and others who want to host fishing tournaments in 2015 can apply now, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story

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Invasive species reported in 2 Kandiyohi County lakes

New finds of aquatic invasive species have been reported in Green Lake near Spicer and Games Lake near Sunburg, both in Kandiyohi County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Youth can hunt with adult mentors during several organized youth hunting opportunities coming up this fall. For some hunts, application deadlines are approaching. Full Story

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