Zebra mussels confirmed in Pomme de Terre lakes and Perkins Lake in Grant and Stevens counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in additional locations in a chain of lakes across Otter Tail, Grant and Stevens counties. Perkins Lake in Stevens County, Middle Pomme de Terre Lake and North Pomme de Terre Lake in Stevens County, and Pomme de Terre Lake in Grant County will be added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sugar Lake in Wright County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Sugar Lake in Wright County, after more than a dozen lake property owners reported finding zebra mussels on equipment being removed from the lake for the season.  Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will occur this fall at several Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 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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DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment in Hennepin County. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County

Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Fish Lake in Stearns County.  Full Story


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

Hunters reported excellent weather for hunting in the Luverne area during the eighth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Full Story


Austin named host community of 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The city of Austin will be the host community for the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr made the announcement Oct. 12 on behalf of Gov. Mark Dayton, who was unable to attend due to surgery. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Walker Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Walker Lake, connected and navigable to Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County. Zebra mussels were confirmed in Otter Tail Lake in August 2016. Full Story


Workshops for aeration system operators offered in Windom, Hutchinson and Waterville

Workshops are available this month for operators of lake aeration systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR: Hunters must keep firearms safety in mind while in the field

With the pheasant season opening Saturday and the firearms deer season on the horizon, Enforcement Division officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to keep firearms safety at the top of their minds. Full Story


DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Citizens with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests and wetlands and the wildlife in them are invited to apply by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for a key advisory board. Full Story


Celebrate Minnesota’s north shore at Sugarloaf annual open house

Celebrate Minnesota’s majestic north shore and learn about its unique geology, climate and more. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Sugarloaf North Shore Stewardship Association are holding an annual open house at the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full Story


DNR seeks input on Big Sandy Lake experimental walleye regulations

Anglers and other lake users are invited to provide input on experimental walleye regulations in the Big Sandy Lake system near McGregor. The Aitkin DNR fisheries staff will hold an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the DNR area office at 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin. Full Story


Governor Dayton set to open pheasant hunting season in Luverne this weekend

Eighth annual celebration has many events scheduled

With an optimistic outlook, Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Luverne this weekend as the city hosts the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Public invited to Rooster Ridge WMA dedication Oct. 12

Dedication to be part of 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The public is invited to attend the dedication of Minnesota’s newest public hunting land, Rooster Ridge Wildlife Management Area at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Another chance to get Minnesota United tickets that benefit water habitat

Fans of Minnesota United, the professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, have an additional chance to support the state’s water habitat through a special ticket offer online – this time for a 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, home match against the Colorado Rapids.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Bde Maka Ska, part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.  Full Story


Blue Mounds State Park Prairie and Bison Tours continue through Oct. 21

An autumn prairie view is stunning enough, but add a herd of Minnesota bison and that view becomes spectacular. Ninety-minute weekend-only prairie and bison tours continue through Oct. 21 at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota. A special tour truck will take visitors into the prairie to see the bison. Full Story


DNR recognizes firearms safety instructors for decades of volunteer service

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division recently recognized two volunteers who between them have taught firearms safety in the state for 110 years. Carl Ireland, of Apple Valley, has been an instructor for 60 years, while Del Haverly, of New London, has been an instructor for 50 years. Minnesota has offered firearms safety training since 1955. Full Story


2017 small game hunter survey results released

Small game license sales were down about four percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey. Full Story


Deer tests positive for CWD in disease management zone

Test result highlights importance of continuing mandatory tests for harvested deer

A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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Videos explain CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer

Videos about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes from a deer are available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwd/videos.html. Full Story


Scarves up! Minnesota United and DNR offer tickets for water habitat

Minnesota United, the professional soccer team nicknamed the Loons, is teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources to support the state’s water habitat through a special ticket offer online for a home match 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, against the L.A. Galaxy. Full Story


Whitefish sport netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and cisco, also referred to as tullibee, will be open this fall on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden temperature changes.

Whitefish and cisco sport netting is open to Minnesota residents only. About 700 Minnesotans participate each year. Full Story


Anglers can give input on continuous season for South Dakota border waters

Anglers are encouraged to comment on a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to open the South Dakota-Minnesota border waters to continuous angling for walleye, bass and northern pike beginning in the spring of 2019.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Round Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Round Lake, located just west of Rush Lake in Otter Tail County. Full Story


DNR announces 16 parcels for fall 2018 land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 16 parcels for sale in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Property information, auction instructions and a map of the parcels can be found on the DNR’s land sale webpageFull Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Blandin Reservoir near Grand Rapids

Several connected lakes also added to infested waters list

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Blandin Reservoir on the Mississippi River, abutting the city of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. Several lakes connected to the reservoir by a Mississippi River tributary are also being added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sauk Lake in Todd County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre in Todd County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Pine Lake in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Pine Lake, just northwest of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County.  Full Story


Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable

Population estimate statistically unchanged from last year

Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Richfield artist wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest for third time

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Away from desks, into the outdoors for youth deer season

Youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, 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


Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 18-21

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can once again harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, 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


DNR confirms zebra mussels in lakes downstream of West Battle Lake

A “heritage lake” with no motor boating is among the connected waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has identified zebra mussels in two Otter Tail County lakes downstream of West Battle Lake. Zebra mussels were confirmed in West Battle Lake in August of 2016.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Barrett Lake in Grant County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Barrett Lake in Grant County.  Full Story


Fall color in the forest

Minnesota’s state forests offer beautifully scenic drives

A drive through Minnesota’s state forests is an easy way to soak up fall color.

“Driving through our state forests in fall is like driving through a kaleidoscope—the range of color really is amazing,” said Val Cervenka, the DNR’s forest health program consultant and fall color predictor. “This is a great outing for families, and also a great time to take pictures for holiday cards.”  Full Story


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

Getting outdoors in pursuit of squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.  Full Story


Lake Christina drawdown underway in Douglas County

Wildlife managers have begun drawing down the water of Lake Christina in Douglas County to improve habitat and water quality on the popular destination for hunters and wildlife watchers.  Full Story


Beach area renovation begins at Sibley State Park

Improved accessibility is a goal

The Lake Andrew beach area at Sibley State Park in Kandiyohi County is undergoing significant renovations in conjunction with the park’s 100th birthday. While construction is underway, the swimming area, fishing pier, mooring docks, bathrooms and beach store will all be closed. Work started on Sept. 10 and is expected to be completed by spring 2019, when the park will celebrate its centennial.  Full Story


DNR honors 2 youths for outstanding conservation efforts

During a ceremony Friday, Aug. 31, at Minnesota State Fair

Madeline Kinziger from Duluth, St. Louis County, received the 4-H award and Calyn Rieger from Dassel, Meeker County, received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award during a ceremony held at the Department of Natural Resources stage at the Minnesota State Fair.  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. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes

Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Lake of the Woods School.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Leech Lake proposed walleye regulation change

A proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake would allow anglers more opportunities to keep walleye beginning when the 2019 open water fishing season opens. Full Story