New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced six new, state-of-the-art maps that will make it easier and safer for people to explore, hunt, and recreate in state forests.   Full Story


Learn the rules for portable stands on wildlife management areas

Hunters planning to use portable stands on wildlife management areas this season are reminded to check regulations to learn when they need to remove stands after hunting.  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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Deer hunters encouraged to buy license early

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume.  Full Story


Reminder: Apply to serve on DNR fish work groups

Volunteers have through October to apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish.  Full Story


CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts

Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.  Full Story


Reminder: CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central and southeast

Hunters are reminded that precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota.  Full Story


When school is out this week, youth deer hunting season is in

Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Luverne named host community of 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton announced tonight that the city of Luverne will be the host community for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Check for invasive species when removing docks and equipment for seasonal storage

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. This is important as new zebra mussel infestations were initially reported by people making end of season inspections of docks, boats and boat lifts.  Full Story


DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program.  Full Story


Call of the Wildflowers geocaching program ends Oct. 31

As the wildflower season comes to an end, so will a popular high-tech treasure hunt at the DNR’s state parks and trails. Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall

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

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


DNR invites public input on recreational trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public input meeting about the future of motorized and nonmotorized trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests and other state forest lands in Wadena County.  Full Story


Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 19-22

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith set to open pheasant hunting season in Marshall this weekend

Marshall to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for second time

Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Kandiyohi County’s George Lake

Found on dock being removed from water

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in George Lake, near Spicer in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


Construction to begin at Camden State Park

Bridges to be replaced over Redwood River

Visitors at Camden State Park can expect parts of the park to be closed temporarily during upcoming bridge construction projects.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks and trails and HealthPartners celebrate new ‘park prescription’ partnership

Following a growing national trend, physicians at some Twin Cities HealthPartners hospitals and clinics are encouraging their patients to get active at Minnesota state parks and trails.  Full Story


Friends sponsor 5K to support programs at Wild River State Park

Get outdoors for a walk or a run amid fall color at the Wild River 5K Otter Trotter Run/Walk near North Branch on Saturday, Oct. 14.  Full Story


DNR on the lookout for rare bumble bee

Most people try to avoid bumble bees; Erica Hoaglund goes looking for them.

A biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program, Hoaglund is on the lookout for the increasingly rare rusty-patched bumble bee. Earlier this year, it became the first bumble bee to be placed on the federal list of endangered species. In response, states within the bee’s historic range, like Minnesota, have been conducting surveys to get a more detailed picture of its status.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on experimental northern pike and bass regulations on Pelican Lake near Orr

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting open houses this fall to gather input on the future of northern pike and bass (smallmouth and largemouth) regulations on Pelican Lake near Orr, Minnesota. Full Story


DNR makes progress on conservation and outdoor recreation goals

The Department of Natural Resources continues to make progress on its goals spanning many areas of conservation and outdoor recreation, from hunter recruitment and environmental permitting to fire management and wildlife monitoring.  Full Story


Apply now to serve on DNR fish work groups

Volunteers can apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. Full Story


The math behind the best upland bird hunting

Commentary by Paul Telander, Wildlife Section chief

Much has been written about this autumn’s upland bird hunting season, and a lot of it is numbers. Yet the numbers that are truly important are one and two. One, are you going to go bird hunting? And two, are you going to ask someone new to join you? Full Story


Public invited to James Meger Memorial WMA dedication Oct. 13

Dedication to be part of 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The public is invited to attend the dedication of Minnesota’s newest public hunting land, the James Meger Memorial Wildlife Management Area, near Marshall, at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Michael Sieve wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest

Rushford artist Michael Sieve won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Grant County’s Elk Lake

Numerous juvenile zebra mussels near public beach

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Elk Lake, in west-central Minnesota’s Grant County.  Full Story


Wildlife management area users support more public hunting land

Survey reflects importance of WMAs in Minnesota

With National Public Lands Day being celebrated Saturday, it comes as no surprise that there is strong public support for Minnesota’s wildlife management area (WMA) program. Full Story


DNR to appeal White Bear Lake ruling

Court ruling would place unnecessary burdens on more than 500,000 White Bear Lake area residents

Judge’s ruling would immediately halt important development within 5 miles of White Bear Lake, stalling road construction, utility improvements, and residential construction

Ruling not supported by scientific evidence, creating precedent that could restrict development and impose new burdens on residents across Minnesota  Full Story


Drive through a Minnesota State Forest to view fall color

With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Grand Rapids area waterfowl hunters successful despite wet weather

Hunter success was just slightly below average the five-year average on three popular waterfowl lakes for the 2017 waterfowl hunting opener in the Grand Rapids area. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks on opening day Sept. 23 on Big White Oak Lake, Mud Lake (both near Deer River) and Big Rice Lake near Remer. Full Story


Last chance for 2017: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the final game in this offer coming up Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. the Detroit Tigers.  Full Story


Minneopa bison range hours changing for shorter daylight hours

New fall hours take effect Oct. 1

Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the month of October due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Oct. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Full Story


School is out, youth deer hunting season is in

Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

Event to take place at Marshall’s Southwest State University

Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.  Full Story


Wolf population increases with rise in deer density

Results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2016-2017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the 2015-2016 survey.  Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Garfield Lake in Hubbard County

An independent laboratory has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Garfield Lake in Hubbard County.

The lab provided photos of two zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, found in a water sample taken from the lake. Property owners on Garfield Lake hired the lab as part of their own monitoring. Invasive species specialists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found no zebra mussels in the lake during a six-hour dive survey. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lakeville’s Lake Marion

City may apply for DNR pilot project treatment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Marion, in the city of Lakeville, in Dakota County. Full Story


Single zebra mussel confirmed in Lake Harriet

Extensive multi-agency search showed no other zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a single zebra mussel was removed from Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff reported one adult zebra mussel on a boat cover recovered from the bottom of the lake. Full Story


Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 23. Full Story


Citizens can apply to serve on Lake of the Woods input group

Citizens interested in volunteering to discuss Lake of the Woods fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Teach a kid to hunt small game during Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

Frozen mid-step in the woods, trying to remain undetected in pursuit of squirrels or rabbits – while the pose may seem like yoga, it’s often part of hunting small game. Full Story


Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 13, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A $10 license is needed to sport gillnet tullibee or whitefish. The season is open to Minnesota residents only. Full Story