Storm wins 2017 pheasant stamp competition

Sartell artist Scot Storm won the 2017 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


Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Live to hunt another day by wearing a life jacket or float coat
Hunters preparing to hit the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other wild game are reminded to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist. Full Story


DNR seeks applications for off-highway vehicle 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 to sell 40 northern Minnesota land parcels

The Department of Natural Resources will sell 40 northern Minnesota parcels in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Full Story


Early voting available to hunters away from home on Election Day

Minnesota’s absentee voting law makes it easy for hunters who plan to be in the field on Election Day to make their vote count on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Minnesota’s firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. Full Story


DNR to hold open house on state forest trails in northern St. Louis and Lake counties

State forest trail use and management in northern St. Louis and Lake counties will be the topic of an open house, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., at Vermillion Community College, Room NS111, 1900 East Camp St., Ely. Full Story


Visit Minnesota state forests for fall color driving tours

Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Enjoy fall, winter with Minnesota trout fishing opportunities

A southeastern Minnesota stream reflects brilliantly colored leaves in fall – until the splash of a trout on the end of an angler’s line breaks the surface. Anglers can enjoy scenes like these now through a variety of fall trout fishing opportunities.   Full Story


Surplus antlerless deer permits available in northwest corner of state

Hunters who were not chosen in the lottery to receive an antlerless deer permit can obtain one of 12 surplus antlerless permits for deer permit area 260, which covers the northwest corner of Minnesota and borders North Dakota and Manitoba.  Full Story


It doesn’t take much to gear up for pheasant hunting

Pheasant hunting can put food on the table, supports grassland conservation and is a fun sport that doesn’t require a lot of specialized or expensive equipment. Full Story


DNR seeks Minnesotans to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Monday, Oct. 10.  Full Story


Heavy rain causes dangerous river conditions and impacts state parks and trails in southeastern Minnesota

Heavy rains in southeastern Minnesota have created dangerous river conditions and impacted access to some state parks and trails, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR conducting aggressive treatment of Rice Lake starry stonewort

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources access on the south side of Rice Lake in Stearns County has been temporarily closed for aggressive treatment of an isolated infestation of the invasive algae starry stonewort.  Full Story


Scenic 5K at Wild River State Park in October

Fall color should be at or near its peak on Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Otter Trotter, a 5K run and walk at Wild River State Park near Center City. This is the fifth annual 5K planned and coordinated by the Friends of Wild River State Park to benefit the park.   Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in 4 Minnesota lakes

Time of year to carefully check docks and lifts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed four new reports of zebra mussels in Minnesota lakes: Lake Sallie in Becker County; Lake Andrew in Douglas County; Lac qui Parle in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties; and Big Birch Lake in Todd and Stearns counties.   Full Story


Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 14, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  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. 24.  Full Story


DNR seeks applications for statewide deer advisory committee    

People can apply to serve on a committee that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources develop the state’s first-ever deer management plan.  Full Story


Reminder: No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota

Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.   Full Story


Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Sept. 24-25

Small game hunting is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Archaeology Day highlights Minnesota’s heritage at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

People who have wondered what life was like in the days of flint knapping, spear throwing and birch bark canoes, can bring their cameras and curiosity to Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on Saturday, Sept. 24.   Full Story


Funds available to improve family forests

The Department of Natural Resources has over $500,000 available for cost-share practices to improve family-owned woodlands in Minnesota. The money will be available through June 30, 2017, or until it runs out.  Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2017 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 21.  Full Story


Access road at Roseau River WMA under construction

Hunters and other visitors to the west end of the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Minnesota are cautioned that the main access road from the west is under construction this fall.   Full Story


Bassmaster pros glowing over Mille Lacs fishing

Elite bass anglers from throughout the United States are experiencing first-hand this weekend what Minnesotans already should know: Mille Lacs Lake is one of the nation’s premier bass fishing destinations.  Full Story


Richfield artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a redhead duck by Richfield artist Timothy Turenne will be featured on the 2017 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after Turenne won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Invasive red swamp crayfish confirmed in Minnesota lake


Can be introduced from classroom or hobbyist aquariums, crayfish boils

Two red swamp crayfish have been found in Tilde Lake in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota. It is the first time the invasive species have been confirmed in a Minnesota lake, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Abundant Lake Vermilion walleye lead to possible regulation change

Lake Vermilion’s abundant, healthy walleye population is leading the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to consider a walleye regulation change starting in 2017. Full Story


Learn about grouse hunting spots with DNR online tools

Beyond a grouse hunter’s gear checklist – blaze-orange hat or vest, shotgun, pair of boots, small-game license – those with internet access who want to give grouse hunting a try have online tools available that can help make hunting plans a reality.  Full Story


Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery deer hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 16. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.  Full Story


Reminder: No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota

Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.   Full Story


Trip planning tools reveal the best places for fall color

It happens at about this time every year. The cause: Chlorophyll production in tree leaves slows down and stops and the leaves lose their green color. The effect: Minnesotans flock outside to behold the magnificent red, gold and orange color transformation.  Full Story


Youth Waterfowl Day is Saturday

Youth ages 15 and younger can go waterfowl hunting this Saturday, Sept. 10, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who is not hunting.  Full Story


State pheasant index up 29 percent from last year

Another mild winter, good nesting season conditions and a slight increase in grassland habitat in the pheasant range all combined to increase Minnesota’s roadside pheasant index by 29 percent compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Lake Winnibigoshish, Rice Lake, Moose Lake starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues

Starry stonewort, an invasive species of macro algae, has been confirmed in Lake Winnibigoshish in Itasca and Cass counties, Moose Lake in Beltrami County and Rice Lake in Stearns County.   Full Story


Tickets available for Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at the Montevideo American Legion, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Full Story


Surplus prairie chicken licenses on sale starting Sept. 12

Minnesota residents who applied in the lottery to hunt prairie chickens and did not get picked to receive a permit can purchase one of four surplus prairie chicken licenses for permit area 813 starting at noon Monday, Sept. 12. The licenses will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Full Story


Walk-In Access lands open to public hunting Sept. 1

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 23,500 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. Full Story


DNR offers a wide range of military benefits

A wide range of military benefits are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with details available in a new, easy-to-use webpage at www.mndnr.gov/military. Full Story


DNR awarded $993,000 to protect coastal resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a $993,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund ongoing work to protect and enhance coastal resources. Full Story


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 14 lakes and three rivers.  Full Story


Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can send samples

Study investigates whether grouse exposed to pesticide

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit samples for study by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


6 communities unite during ‘Trail in a Day’ event on Paul Bunyan State Trail

Expect big fun on Saturday, Sept. 10, when communities along the Paul Bunyan State Trail will welcome hikers, bikers and in-line skaters of all ages with food, music and other entertainment during a day-long group effort to travel the entire 115-mile length of the trail.  Full Story


Apply now for mentored upland bird hunts

Families and youth can apply now for an opportunity to hunt with experienced pheasant hunters on select days in October.  Full Story


Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 8

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8.  Full Story