Online harvest registration requires sign-in for better information security

Hunters who harvest deer, bear or turkey starting this season will need to sign into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources electronic license system when registering a harvest online.   Full Story


New spruce grouse survey gives DNR a window on tough-to-monitor birds

Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers. Full Story


Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Special archery deer hunt begins Saturday in East Minnesota River Refuge

Special hunt application and registration required

A special archery deer hunt opens Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR releases plan for sustainable groundwater use in Little Rock Creek area

Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at mndnr.gov/littlerockFull Story


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

8th Annual Event to take place at Luverne’s Grand Prairie Events

Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the community banquet at 6:00 p.m.  Full Story


Get out and hunt Minnesota’s most popular game bird – ruffed grouse

By Ted Dick, forest game bird coordinator

It’s September, the leaves are turning and there is a chill in the morning air and if you’re looking for a good excuse to get outdoors and out of town here is a perfect one: grouse hunting. Full Story


DNR seeks public input about walleye regulations on 5 St. Louis County lakes

Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the Namakan Reservoir.  Full Story


New tour at Soudan Underground Mine reveals geological wonders

A lesson in state mining history

See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.   Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19.  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, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


State pheasant index up 19 percent from last year

Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern

The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average. Full Story


Mandatory testing during archery deer season in southeast disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Gov. Dayton proclaims Aug. 31 Public Lands Day in Minnesota

In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day.  Full Story


‘Starry Trek’ volunteers search 187 Minnesota Lakes; find starry stonewort in 1

Invasive algae confirmed in Wolf Lake in Hubbard County

More than 225 trained volunteers searched 187 Minnesota lakes recently for the invasive algae starry stonewort during the University of Minnesota Extension’s annual “Starry Trek” event.  Full Story


Enjoy summer through its Labor Day end at a state park or trail

Bring the summer of 2018 to a happy close with a long weekend of fun at a Minnesota state park, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Construction begins soon on new route for Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail, Maplewood State Park

The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park, near Pelican Rapids, will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks public input on potential Minnesota River Valley State Recreation Area

SRA exploration stems from Minnesota River Valley Master Plan

Anyone who would like to provide input regarding a possible state recreation area in the Minnesota River Valley will be able to do so through an online survey, which will be available soon, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  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


Deer feeding ban continues in 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties

Southeastern Minnesota ban continues for 6 counties and includes attractants

A deer feeding ban is in place until at least 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two facilities where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease.  Full Story


CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central and southeast

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


More lands to hunt are available through Walk-In Access program

Lands open to the public starting Sept. 1

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, hunters can access nearly 30,000 acres of private land across 47 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. Full Story


DNR releases supplemental environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Sept. 27

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its draft supplemental environmental impact statement (Draft SEIS) describing the potential environmental and social effects of the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, known as Plan B.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in 3 metro-area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Johanna in Ramsey County and Lake Isabelle in Dakota County.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will be sharing protocols and results.  Full Story


DNR announces fall 2018 land sale

Save the dates for upcoming sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 16 parcels at three public oral bid auctions in October and November. The auctions will be held in Grand Rapids, Wadena and St. Paul.  Full Story


Hunters may face challenges getting on Pelican Lake this fall

A project to improve long-term water quality and wildlife habitat on Pelican Lake in Wright County may cause some short-term inconvenience for waterfowl hunters this fall, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Silent Lake in Otter Tail County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Eagle Lake in Kandiyohi County

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


Mandatory testing during archery deer season in southeast disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.  Full Story


Minnesota counties receive $35.7 million in PILT payments

Counties collect Payment in Lieu of Taxes for state-owned land not subject to property tax

Minnesota’s 87 counties are the beneficiaries of $35.7 million in aid that helps support public lands and provides a critical link in the state’s public recreation system, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Winona’s Charles Perry named DNR firearms safety instructor of the year

Charles Perry, of Winona, has been named the 2017 DNR firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year. He has been a longtime advocate for firearms safety and outdoors education and a certified instructor with the DNR since the early 2000s.  Full Story


18 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Following 15 weeks of intensive training at Camp Ripley, 18 cadets have graduated from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy and are set to begin patrolling the state’s fields, waters and woods. The officers will spend the next several months working with experienced officers before assuming their assigned stations in December. Full Story


DNR invites public to attend deer open houses

Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at meetings scheduled across the state meant to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication.  Full Story


Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season occurs annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say it’s shaping up to be a challenging harvest season. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pleasant Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Pleasant Lake, near Annandale in Wright County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in Minnesota in 2018. There are now 13 lakes in Minnesota where starry stonewort has been confirmed. Full Story


St. Louis Park artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

St. Louis Park artist Richard Goodkind has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among nine submissions for the annual contest, and will be featured on the 2019 stamp. Full Story


Clay County Geologic Atlas-Part B is available

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Clay County Geologic Atlas-Part B. Part B covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey.  Full Story


DNR finalizes Lake Vermilion management plan

A plan that covers how fish populations will be managed in Lake Vermilion through 2022 has been finalized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

During a series of public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed for 15 lakes and one trout stream, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Research project continues on nesting success factors for ring-necked pheasant

Southwest Minnesota study could help guide future grassland restoration projects

With the rain moving out of Redwood County, Lindsey Messinger and Greg Gehring hop out of the pickup truck and into the tall grass at the Lamberton Wildlife Management Area. Their mission: find nesting pheasant hens, document whether their eggs hatch successfully and relate that nest success back to the vegetation surrounding the nest. Full Story


Reminder: Apply by Aug. 17 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Apply online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold.  Full Story