Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park March 4

The third annual Northland Fat Bike Rally will once again hit the trails of Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Full Story


Wet conditions force temporary road and trail closures

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close many roads and trails temporarily in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas due to wet conditions.  Full Story


Women can learn to bowfish through DNR classes 

Women can learn the fast-growing pursuit of bowfishing through classes taught by the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association, as part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Moose population remains low, but survey suggests 6-year population stability

Population statistically unchanged from last year’s estimate

Minnesota’s moose population shows signs of stability when comparing this year’s population estimate of 3,710 northeastern Minnesota moose with estimates since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR urges caution on rapidly deteriorating ice

As unseasonably warm weather quickly deteriorates ice conditions on lakes across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges lake recreationists to take caution.  Full Story


Reminder: Give input on topics to be covered in state deer management plan

People interested in deer still have time to contribute ideas and feedback about possible deer management topics that will shape Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Possible deer plan topics and an online comment form can be found on the deer plan page. Comments also can be submitted by email to DeerPlan.DNR@state.mn.us and people can attend public engagement meetings that will wrap up Thursday, March 2.

Online and email comments can be submitted through Sunday, March 5, and people can both comment electronically and attend meetings in person if they wish.

The DNR strives to maintain a healthy wild deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities, while addressing conflicts between deer, people and other natural resources. Habitat management, hunting, research and monitoring are several primary tools used to manage the Minnesota deer population. More information on deer management is on the DNR website on the deer management page.

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Tap into a springtime tradition; learn how to make maple syrup

Ever wonder how pure maple syrup gets from trees to the table? Visitors who come to one of the free programs at Minnesota state parks will find out everything they need to know to make a batch of syrup in their own backyard, using basic tools from around their house. Full Story


2016 fish, game and trapping licenses expire Feb. 28

Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2016 expire Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Full Story


Women new to archery or bow hunting can learn basics in DNR classes

Women new to archery or women who want to take their shooting to the next level and start bow hunting can register for classes this spring that will help them hit the mark, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state.  Full Story


Public meeting will highlight proposed boundary changes to Cloquet area deer permit areas

The Department of Natural Resources will present a proposed boundary change for deer permit areas 181 and 182 near Cloquet at a public meeting Monday, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cloquet High School cafeteria, 1000 18th St., Cloquet. Full Story


Hunting for springs is important and enjoyable

by Greg Brick,
DNR research analyst

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors can help with important groundwater research by reporting springs to the Department of Natural Resources. A spring is any natural flow of water from an aquifer—an underground layer of rock– to the Earth’s surface. I’ve been hunting for springs for years, and I think you would also find it worthwhile and enjoyable. A new app makes it easy to report springs for this needed research.  Full Story


New DNR app gives people chance to help with groundwater research

A new web-based app developed by the Department of Natural Resources gives people the ability to submit reports on the location of springs in Minnesota. Full Story


Minnesota welcomes back bass tournament that wowed the pros    

Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship to Return to Mille Lacs Lake Sept. 14-17

The 2016 tournament put Mille Lacs Lake in the spotlight: fishing pro after pro raving about hauling in multiple four-pound-plus smallmouth bass, a rainbow extending down to the water and the crowds turning out in force to see Minnesota’s own Seth Feider win the 2016 championship. millelacs_angler Full Story


Reminder: Apply to learn how to hunt turkeys with a mentor

Youth and adults can apply through Monday, Feb. 13, to hunt turkeys for the first time under the guidance of experienced National Wild Turkey Federation volunteers.  Full Story


Lack of snow means burning restrictions will happen soon

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds woodland owners to take care of vegetative debris such as dry branches now, as annual open burning restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt.  Full Story


Removal of diseased oaks at Myre-Big Island State Park will create rare savanna habitat

The removal of more than 100 diseased oak trees at Myre-Big Island State Park will allow restoration of rare prairie oak savanna, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


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

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes and streams have until Friday, March 10, to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


Mille Lacs Lake bass limit goes from 4 to 3 in May

Change will protect large fish and harvest opportunity

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep three bass starting Saturday, May 27, when the bass harvest season begins. Catch-and-release bass fishing opens the same day as the walleye and northern pike fishing opener on Saturday, May 13.  Full Story


DNR EagleCam captures eagle pair’s first eggs of season

The first eggs of the year for a perennially nesting pair of eagles can be seen on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources EagleCam at mndnr.gov/eaglecam. Full Story


Minnesotans invited to help pick design for new pollinator critical habitat license plate

Minnesota motorists will soon have another vehicle license plate option to choose from to show their support of natural resources conservation, this one featuring a native pollinator.  Full Story


Cold temperatures create ideal tree pruning conditions

Winter is the ideal time to prune trees and help prevent the spread of diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm, according to experts with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Reminder: Give input on topics to be covered in state deer management plan

People interested in deer are encouraged to contribute ideas and feedback about possible deer management topics that will shape Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan.  Full Story


DNR plans to sell nonferrous mineral leases

The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a sale of state-owned metallic mineral leases for sites in northern Minnesota. Full Story


Conference in Bloomington celebrates waterfowl and habitat

Waterfowl hunting, habitat management and biology – and the majesty of the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area – are among topics planned for the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium, a one-day conference open to outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and natural resource experts.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Finland area lake management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Finland area lakes and streams have until Tuesday, Feb. 28 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


Gov. Dayton proposes to bolster Minnesota’s natural resources and outdoor recreation

Minnesota’s world-class natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities would be maintained and improved under a budget being proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to committee on natural heritage

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed four new members to the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. The committee advises the department on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, wetlands, and their native plants and animals. Full Story


Invasive java water dropwort found in Le Sueur County 

The recent discovery of a non-native aquatic plant in Minnesota is a reminder that people should always dispose of aquarium or water garden plants or animals appropriately – not by releasing them into the environment.  Full Story


Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse. Full Story


Special deer hunt ends; CWD found in 1 more deer

A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.  Full Story


Financial assistance available to woodland owners

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family forest owners to take advantage of cost-share funds available in 2017 to improve their woods. Full Story


DNR Walk-In Access sign-ups for landowners begin Jan. 23

Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources’ Walk-In Access program. Sign-ups are open Monday, Jan. 23, to Friday, April 28.  Full Story


Register snowmobiles to keep Minnesota trails well marked and maintained

Minnesota snowmobilers can help protect and preserve their sport by registering their snowmobiles.The revenue from snowmobile registration helps funds local clubs that maintain and groom state trails. Full Story


DNR hosting 12 public engagement meetings to discuss deer management goals

Meetings run from Jan. 31 to March 2

People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, March 2.  Full Story


For an intro to winter fun, visit Fort Snelling State Park on Winter Trails Day

For an introduction to winter fun, stop by the annual Winter Trails Day extravaganza at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Full Story


Public input sought on Border to Border ORV trail

A series of listening sessions in January and February will provide an opportunity for public input on the Border to Border (B2B) off-road vehicle (ORV) trail across northern Minnesota. Individuals with suggestions about suitable and unsuitable routes for the trail can provide feedback in person at any of these listening sessionsFull Story


DNR seeks comments on Duluth area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Duluth area lakes and streams have until March 1 to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


Apply by Jan. 27 for spring wild turkey A and B season permits

Wild turkey hunters have through Friday, Jan. 27, to apply for early season spring hunting permits.  Full Story


DNR uses fish work groups to gain advice, input  

Each year, groups of volunteers that together total 79 people gather two to three times a year to discuss topics like fisheries research, fish population and harvest trends, fishing regulations and stocking – all important to how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish.  Full Story


CWD found in 2 more deer; 5-county feeding ban now in place

272 of 430 deer tested so far; bird feed must be at least 6 feet above the ground

Two more deer suspected of being infected with chronic wasting disease have been found near Preston.  The DNR received preliminary results of the positive tests late on Jan 6. Final results confirming the two suspected cases are expected later this week. The two adult female deer were killed within a mile of the first two positive deer. Full Story


Apply to learn how to hunt turkeys with a mentor in April

Until a wild turkey shows up, a novice hunter might not believe the scratchy, squeaky sound made with a turkey call will ever entice a bird into view. Full Story


Lot of pout: Burbot state record is on the books

It’s official – a Minnesota resident holds the state record for a fish species with a much maligned appearance and many names including freshwater ling, lawyer, eelpout and burbot.

Brent Getzler of Roosevelt is the new record holder of a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot taken from the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods. Full Story


DNR announces new special angling regulations

Trout anglers have all the more reason to visit Chatfield, Lanesboro, Preston and Spring Valley in southeastern Minnesota thanks to a change that effectively allows trout fishing all year long in these cities.  Full Story


Vermilion walleye regulation to change

Anglers on Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota will be able to keep walleye up to 20 inches long, with one allowed over 26 inches, starting with the May fishing opener, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story