Initial searches indicate a three-step treatment of Christmas Lake in Shorewood for zebra mussels has been effective, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The results show the successful treatment of a small, isolated infestation of zebra mussels that was detected early. Full Story
Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels
For pure fishing fun, go after panfish
You won’t find a listing for Minnesota’s most harvested variety of fish in a zoological reference book. It doesn’t have a fancy two-part Latin name. And a 2- or 3-pounder is worthy of admiration. Full Story
Minnesotans encouraged to conserve water for Earth Day
Everyone can act locally to protect the planet by taking simple steps to conserve water resources. The 45th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, is a reminder of the many ways to make a difference. Full Story
Wild turkey hunters asked to help with avian influenza surveillance
Successful wild turkey hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties can help determine if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present in Minnesota wildlife by allowing a sample to be collected from their turkeys.
“HPAI has not yet been found in wild turkeys, but it has been found in domestic turkeys in these and other Minnesota counties,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We chose those five counties to enlist the help of hunters because they have sufficient wild turkey populations.”
Starting Monday, April 20, the DNR is asking successful hunters in these counties to call to schedule an appointment at one of the participating wildlife offices and allow a sample to be collected from their turkey. Samples will include a swab of the trachea and, if the bird has not yet been field dressed, a swab of the cloaca as well. Successful turkey hunters in these counties must call the following offices beginning April 20 to schedule an appointment:
- Sauk Rapids, 320-223-7840
- New London, 320-354-2154
- Glenwood, 320-634-0342
- Carlos Avery, 651-296-5290
- Little Falls, 320-223-7869
Sampling only takes a few minutes and the hunter will retain the bird. Hunters are asked to keep wild turkeys in their vehicles, and DNR staff will come out to take the samples at the vehicles. Hunters also will be asked to provide their contact information, harvest information and approximate harvest location.
The 2015 spring wild turkey season is open until Thursday, May 28. The DNR hopes to collect 300 total samples from turkeys to test for HPAI. At this time, the DNR will not be sampling wild turkeys harvested in other counties. Unless their bird is found positive, individual hunters will not be notified of results.
The DNR recommends turkey hunters practice good hygiene while field dressing their birds and cook the meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any viruses and bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people from HPAI infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected.
More information about safe handling of wild turkeys and other information on avian influenza in Minnesota is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/ai.
Find more topics related to avian influenza on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website at www.bah.state.mn.us/avian-influenza.
Prepare now for a safe boating season
For trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota, these are the good old days
If waiting until Saturday, May 9, for the walleye opener seems like an exercise in extreme patience, an entirely different type of fishing can be found after a short hike to the bank of a southeastern Minnesota trout stream. Full Story
DNR awards more trap range grants
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued $823,359 in a second round of trap range grants to 29 facilities across the state as part of a statewide effort to promote the development and enhancement of trap-shooting facilities. Full Story
Minnesota state parks — they’re for the birds!
New book highlights where to see feathered friends
As far as Bob Janssen is concerned, Minnesota state parks are for the birds. Full Story
Fishing questions answered at Fish Minnesota
Where on Lake Vermilion is Wakemup Bay? When can I fish for bass? How can I buy a license? Find answers to these and other questions at Fish Minnesota, the easy-to-use Department of Natural Resources fishing website. Full Story
Horseback riding proposed at Lake Bronson State Park
The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is holding an open house and seeking public input on a proposal to add horseback riding at Lake Bronson State Park in the northwestern corner of Minnesota. The proposal would allow horseback riders to use existing areas of the park and its trails. Full Story
Hike or bike at the annual ‘Walk for Glendalough’
The pasque flowers are blooming, the ice is off the lakes, and the loons and bluebirds have returned — all signs that it is time for the annual Walk for Glendalough. For the 19th year, this popular event for visitors of all ages will take place at Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake. Hosted by Glendalough Park Partners and staff from Minnesota state parks and trails, the event will start at the park’s trail center at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25. Full Story
Wildfire Prevention Week April 19-25
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Full Story
DNR to begin reforesting state land in northeastern Minnesota
Spring is a busy time for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry staff. As timber harvesting activities wind down, attention turns to regeneration of recently harvested forest stands. Full Story
Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge
Butterball Lake (aka Long Lake), along with Butterball Creek, in east-central St. Louis County is being proposed as a state game refuge by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The proposal would close Butterball Lake and creek to hunting and trapping from Sept. 1 to Nov. 25, annually. Full Story
Cook County fishing closures will protect spawning fish
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wishes to inform anglers of several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2015 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning walleye. Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border. Full Story
Frog kills reported after spring ice-out
As the ice thaws across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has received reports of dead frogs along the shoreline of several lakes and ponds. This is a natural occurrence, according to the DNR. Full Story
DNR invites public input on Invasive Carp Action Plan
The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a statewide plan to combat invasive carp threatening Minnesota rivers and lakes. Full Story
DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu
While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially spreading the virus. Full Story
DNR firefighters need cooperation from drone operators
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requests that operators of unmanned aircraft (drones) stay at least 5 miles away from wildfires to create a safe environment for firefighting aircraft and crew. Full Story
Want to go fishing? DNR has a license to fit
A lone angler casts a lure into a glassy lake on a warm spring day, surrounded by the sounds of nature. What’s missing? A friend or family member could be sharing the scene. Full Story
Lake Bemidji State Park opens first-of-its-kind group camp for tents and RVs
Up to 50 people can soon stay at the new Lavinia Group Camp at Lake Bemidji State Park. With five 50-amp electric hookups for RVs and a large tenting area, the facility is the first of its kind in Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story
Mille Lacs walleye limit to 1; night muskie and bow fishing allowed
Mille Lacs Lake anglers will be able to keep one walleye 19- to 21-inches long or one over 28 inches when fishing opens on Saturday, May 9, and an extended night fishing closure will again be in effect beginning the Monday after the opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story
Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 1
Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 1, at any Department of Natural Resources license agent, online and by telephone at 888-665-4236. Full Story
DNR offers free decontamination trainings for lake service provider businesses
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering two trainings in June for lake service provider businesses interested in learning hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS). Participants will receive hands-on practice cleaning boats using the specialized equipment. Full Story
New state record fish shows records were meant to be broken
Eleven-year-old Austin Stoll heard the six-pound line scorching off his reel. Nearby, his dad Chris Stoll heard it, too, and both knew Austin had a big fish to battle. Full Story
Time to try for trout: Opener coming up
Conditions are ripe to give trout fishing a try anywhere on Minnesota’s 3,800 miles of trout streams after fishing opens Saturday, April 18, on inland trout streams statewide. Full Story
Segment of Willard Munger State Trail near Duluth closed temporarily
A short segment of the Willard Munger State Trail is closed temporarily to accommodate expansion and realignment of the Canadian National Railroad, where it crosses under the trail between Duluth and Carlton, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The project will run through mid- to late summer. Full Story
Spring burning restrictions to begin in northeastern Minnesota
The Department of Natural Resources will extend burning restrictions to Lake, Cook, and northern St. Louis counties starting Wednesday, April 8. Under these restrictions the state will not allow open burning of brush and yard debris. Full Story
State tournament shows robust interest in high school archery
Archers formed a long line over the length of an indoor athletic facility to shoot arrows at targets during the 11th state high school archery tournament in Minnesota. Yet this long line of competitors represented only a fraction of everyone in the tournament. Full Story
Minnesota fishing facts
The DNR compiled these Minnesota fishing facts in preparation for the 2015 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 9.
Small fires can be destructive
Fire managers with the Department of Natural Resources urge caution with all fires. As of April 1 there have been 309 wildfires in Minnesota that have burned 2,362 acres.
Reminder for final lake service provider trainings before ice-out
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.
Tightened walleye regulations continue on Upper Red Lake
Beginning Saturday, May 9, walleye regulations on Upper Red Lake will be more restrictive than past open water seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Experts’ review of Mille Lacs management is presentation topic
Results from an independent review of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Mille Lacs Lake management, and DNR comments on those findings, will be the topic of a presentation from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Garrison City Hall, 27069 Central St. in Garrison.
Watch the skies for pelicans migrating to Minnesota
Flocks of giant white birds are catching the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts across Minnesota, as once-rare American white pelicans migrate north to their nesting grounds across the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
DNR announces temporary, seasonal fishing closures
To protect fish spawning areas, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters to fishing. The closings are routine and based on local conditions.
Gov. Dayton’s proposals to bolster Minnesota’s outdoors
Minnesota’s outdoors enthusiasts would see significant improvements to the state’s management of fish and wildlife, and to other outdoor recreation programs, under a budget being proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Full Story
Littlefork area seasonal road and trail closures take effect April 3
As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on state forest land. Full Story
Groundwater sampling planned for Clay County
Water samples from about 90 wells in Clay County will be collected and analyzed for water chemistry this spring by hydrogeologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Samples will also be tested to learn how long the water has been underground.
Women can learn how to catch bass, muskie from a pro
Women who want to take their fishing beyond the basics can learn from pro angler Mandy Uhrich in a class called Learn to Sport Fish, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Cabela’s in Rogers.
Be bear-aware this spring as bears begin emerging from dens
Wildlife managers remind homeowners who live near bear habitat to be bear-aware and check their property for food sources that could attract bears this spring.
Burning restrictions extend to more northern Minnesota counties
The Department of Natural Resources will extend burning restrictions in parts of north-central and northeastern Minnesota beginning April 1. Under these restrictions, open burning of brush or yard waste is prohibited.
Hutchinson man named 2014 Youth ATV Safety Instructor of the Year
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Paul Kruse of Hutchinson the 2014 Youth ATV Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year. Full Story
DNR seeks volunteers for frog and toad calling survey
The Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species. Frogs and toads are one of the best indicators of wetland health. Full Story
DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures
With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily. Full Story