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 to host employment seminar for military veterans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a veteran employment seminar Jan. 3 in St. Paul. Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions.  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


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 turkey stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 4, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. 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


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Stearns County’s Knaus Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Knaus Lake, southwest of St. Cloud in Stearns County.  Full Story


DNR names acting big game program coordinator

Erik Thorson, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Park Rapids area wildlife supervisor, has accepted a temporary assignment to oversee the agency’s while-tailed deer and other big game programs.  Full Story


Celebrate National Bison Day at Blue Mounds and Minneopa state parks

The public is invited to participate in National Bison Day events on Nov. 4 at two Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Minnesota carbon monoxide law receives national recognition

Fueled by the tragic loss of a young girl’s life, Minnesota now sets new standards when it comes to carbon monoxide safety while boating. Sophia’s Law requires marine carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers to be on motorboats with specific features, while boating on Minnesota waters. The Minnesota law, passed last year, has been receiving national attention for its innovation and multi-agency craftsmanship. Full Story


Excellent conditions and record hunter success at Camp Ripley

Archers took 263 deer during this year’s archery hunts in October at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls, representing a 132 percent increase from last year’s total harvest.  Full Story


Hunters and other recreationists asked to report bear den locations near Grand Rapids

Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are asked to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to the study, to replace those killed in the hunt. Full Story


Popular expanded service hours make DNR info just a phone call away: 888-MINNDNR

Have a question for the Department of Natural Resources in the evening or on Saturday? Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in lakes in Crow Wing, Itasca counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Serpent Lake in Crow Wing County, and in Dora Lake and connected waters in Itasca County.  Full Story


Duluth artist wins walleye stamp contest

Duluth artist Dean Kegler won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. His painting was selected by judges from among 11 entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Deer hunters take to the woods, fields and forests this weekend

Half a million hunters are expected to take part in Minnesota’s firearms deer season that begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 4.  Full Story


DNR seeks applications for OHV grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals. Full Story


DNR announces December land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels in three public oral bid auctions in December. Two parcels will be auctioned Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Fergus Falls DNR Office, seven parcels will be auctioned at the County Administration building in Bemidji on Dec. 15 and eight parcels will be auctioned at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul on Dec. 18.  Full Story


Minneopa bison range hours changing for shorter daylight hours

Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the winter due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Nov. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Full Story


Proposed late season deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota will not occur  

A late-season antlerless only deer hunt proposed for three southeastern Minnesota permit areas with deer populations significantly above goal levels will not be conducted in January 2018.  Full Story


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Tower area lakes

Recreational netting dates for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) have been set on several Schedule I Lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Full Story


Hunters reminded about importance of registering deer

Hunters are reminded to register deer before processing, before antlers are removed and within 48 hours after taking the animal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Hunters asked to report banded roosters as part of pheasant research project

Pheasants banded in Nobles and Redwood counties

Pheasant hunters can voluntarily report roosters that were banded as part of a study being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR to take questions about Forest Bat Habitat Conservation Plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Michigan and Wisconsin natural resources departments, will take questions about the Lake States Forest Bat Habitat Conservation Plan at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31. The phone conference is for anyone interested in the integration of forest practices with conservation measures to support bat populations.  Full Story


Video explains mandatory CWD testing in central, north central and southeast

A video about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease is available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwdFull Story


Higher deer harvest predicted; hunter expectations up, too

State wildlife chief addresses upcoming season and future challenges

By Paul Telander, DNR wildlife chief

When Minnesota’s deer season ends Sunday, Dec. 31, it is quite likely the harvest will be in the 200,000 range.  Full Story


DNR regional wildlife managers give rundown of what deer hunters can expect

Hunters looking forward to higher deer numbers this season

Hunters will have additional opportunities to harvest deer this season thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR urges caution while burning fall yard debris

Northwestern and central Minnesota have elevated fire danger due to sparse rain, high winds and lack of humidity. This means that open burning may be restricted in certain counties. The Department of Natural Resources urges Minnesotans to use caution while burning yard waste or leaf piles outdoors and to check the burning permit website for information.  Full Story


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on select Grand Rapids area lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


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


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


Marshall wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and hundreds of guests.  Full Story