DNR intensifies CWD response efforts in southeastern Minnesota

Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits and post-season deer culling planned; public meeting scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR seeking applicants for $100,000 in shooting range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges. The application period opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 28. Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Red Lake Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota

The public can provide input on a master plan update to the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.  Full Story


Snowmobile trails still need more snow, cold temperatures

Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on Roseau County off-highway vehicle camping options

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in off-highway vehicle (OHV) camping facilities in Beltrami Island State Forest or Hayes Lake State Park area to two open houses in December.  Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2020 turkey stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2020 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 3, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21.  Full Story


DNR, Dominium sign agreement to renovate 26 historic buildings at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Dominium, an affordable housing development and management company, today signed a re-development agreement that will create an anticipated 176 units of affordable housing in the historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post, near the Fort Snelling Golf Course and Historic Fort Snelling.  Full Story


Upper Red Lake walleye regulations continue for winter season

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will continue to have a four walleye bag limit, with only one walleye allowed longer than 17 inches.  Full Story


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors as temperatures drop

Pheasant hunters should have plenty of harvest opportunities during the late season hunt.

“The hunting forecast looks really good for the latter part of the pheasant season,” said Nicole Davros, farmland wildlife research supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Our August roadside survey counts were up in most areas of the pheasant range this year, and early hunting season field reports have confirmed our suspicion that we may have under-detected birds due to a late hatch.”  Full Story


Angler sets new benchmark for northern pike state record

Minnesota anglers who want to catch a state record northern pike now have a new mark to beat after angler Matthew Swanson of Woodbury has claimed the record with a 45 1/4 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River.  Full Story


Governor’s Residence Christmas tree harvested from Nemadji State Forest

The holidays are coming to the Governor’s Residence!

Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota harvested the official state Christmas tree Nov. 16 from the Nemadji State Forest. The tree, which is approximately 60 years old, will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. Full Story


DNR issues Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Nov. 29
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management project. The DNR is accepting public comments on the Final SEIS until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Full Story


Stressed out? Visit a state park on Veterans Day and unwind with nature

It’s no secret that nature helps sooth a troubled mind. Consider spending an afternoon at a state park with a veteran this Veterans Day where the “awe” factor increases as the stress level decreases. Full Story


Lakeville artist wins walleye stamp contest

Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. Judges selected his painting from among 11 entries for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County.  Full Story


DNR issues permits for NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that it has issued permits for Poly Met Mining, Inc.’s (PolyMet’s) proposed NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota.  Full Story


Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1

Surveys show walleye population increasing, but some year classes remain below normal

Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Riley, Carver County

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

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Riley in Carver County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in several central Minnesota lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Koetter Lake in Stearns County, Mound Lake in Todd County and Crookneck Lake in Morrison County.  Full Story


Deer season opens this weekend

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects half a million hunters to participate.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County

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

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sarah in Murray County

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

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Sarah in Murray County.  Full Story


DNR names Cynthia Osmundson to lead Nongame Wildlife Program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that regional wildlife manager Cynthia Osmundson will become the supervisor of the agency’s Nongame Wildlife Program, effective next month. Osmundson will replace the recently retired Carrol Henderson.  Full Story


Angler sets first catch-and-release record for northern pike

A 43 1/2 inch pike caught by a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota on Mille Lacs Lake sets the first northern pike state record in the Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category.  Full Story


Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Live to hunt another day by wearing a life jacket or float coat

Hunters hitting the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other waterfowl are reminded to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist.  Full Story


Groundwater use in White Bear Lake area meets state standard

Analysis shows groundwater use is sustainable, but does affect lake  Full Story


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


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


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


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


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


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


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