Adult learn-to-hunt program furthers Minnesota’s hunting heritage

Continuing Minnesota’s hunting heritage is the aim of an all-inclusive, multi-session learn-to-hunt program for adults who are new to hunting, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR considers changes to Rainy Lake walleye regulations

Walleye fishing regulations on Rainy Lake will be the topic of a public meeting where Department of Natural Resources staff will present several options to modify or maintain the current walleye regulations for the lake. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Rainy River Community College theater, 1501 US-71 in International Falls. Full Story

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Ripe wild rice harvesting allowed in late August

Harvest of ripe wild rice is allowed between Saturday, Aug. 15, and Tuesday, Sept. 30. Harvesters must first make sure the rice is ripe before launching their canoes because it is illegal to harvest “green” or unripe rice, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Mourning dove hunting season opens Sept. 1

Minnesota’s mourning dove hunting season begins Tuesday, Sept. 1, and continues through Monday, Nov. 9, with hunters allowed to shoot 15 doves each day and have 45 in possession. Full Story

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DNR to offer another round of shooting range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer another round of small and large shooting range grants beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Full Story

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DNR makes additional changes to attract national bass fishing tournaments to Mille Lacs Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced an additional rule change that will help attract national bass fishing tournaments to Mille Lacs Lake – one of the top 10 bass fishing lakes in the country. National bass fishing tournaments could draw thousands of anglers to the region, benefiting resorts and businesses across the Mille Lacs Lake region. Full Story

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DNR auction in Grand Rapids set for August 29

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. Full Story

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Catching poachers helps anglers catch fish

A DNR conservation officer found two people with nearly double their daily limit of sunfish on a Winona area lake this summer.

A DNR conservation officer found two people with nearly double their daily limit of sunfish on a Winona area lake this summer.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to work with citizens to ensure sustainable and equitable fishing opportunities. Helping conservation officers catch poachers – individuals that exceed legal limits of fish and game – will help to protect the quality of the state’s fishing. Full Story

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Mille Lacs area could land more bass tournaments with rule change

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced a change in fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake that will help attract more national bass tournaments to the area. Full Story

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Zebra mussels reported in Lake Stella in Meeker County

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

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DNR receives $974,000 to protect coastal resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a $974,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The DNR will use the funding to support Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program and its ongoing work to protect and enhance coastal resources. Full Story

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Several youth hunting opportunities offered this fall

Youth can hunt with adult mentors during several organized youth hunting opportunities this fall.  Full Story

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Learn camping basics at Lake Bemidji State Park

Learn to camp or refresh rusty outdoor skills at Lake Bemidji State Park by attending a two-night I Can Camp! event from 2:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. Full Story

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Deadline to apply for mentored youth waterfowl hunts is Aug. 10

The deadline is Monday, Aug. 10, for youth ages 12 to 15 to apply for the chance to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day, Saturday, Sept. 12, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Reminder: Apply by Aug. 14 for 2015 Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply now for the 2015 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

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Last day to fish for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake is Monday, Aug. 3

Mille Lacs is one of the nation’s top destinations for
smallmouth bass fishing, ranked 10th nationally

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. A recent angler survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found the walleye harvest by anglers has exceeded the state’s allotment for 2015 by more than 2,000 pounds. Other fish species including smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskellunge remain abundant in the lake. Fishing for these species will remain open with loosened regulations that allow anglers to keep more of what they catch. Full Story

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‘Think Zero’ aims for no violations of aquatic invasive species laws

Boaters and anglers are encouraged to “Think Zero” this weekend: Zero spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and zero violations. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources holds Think Zero weekend annually to raise awareness of efforts to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species in the state. Full Story

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DNR mid-summer report: More deer seen after milder winter

Reports of good white-tailed fawn numbers are coming in from around Minnesota as a milder winter and a conservative approach to the 2014 hunting season are already starting to show results.  Full Story

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Another conservative deer season set to rebuild population

Licenses on sale Aug. 1

Hunters can expect another conservative deer season in 2015 as management continues to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Cormorant Lake in Becker County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Cormorant Lake in northwestern Minnesota’s Becker County. Full Story

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Fewer barriers for fish means better fishing in Red River basin

Concrete and steel dams once served to generate electricity and provide water for domestic use and irrigation in the Red River basin, but they took their toll on fish populations by preventing fish migrations, a problem that contributed to wiping out lake sturgeon from the basin and reduced fishing opportunities in many streams. Full Story

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Mississippi River cleanup was largest and best in 12 years

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Adopt-a-River program removed 12,780 pounds of trash from the Mississippi River on June 17 near the Wakota Bridge in Newport and South St. Paul. Full Story

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DNR to hold October sale of state park land

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering seven parcels of land for sale located within the boundaries of Lake Bronson State Park, Kittson County. All are developable cabin site properties in the Lakeside Subdivision. State park land and private residential lots are in the immediate area.   Full Story

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Lt. governor, DNR announce plans for affordable housing at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Plan would rehabilitate 26 historic buildings, create 190 affordable housing units
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Public invited to join DNR Commissioner’s Prairie Pedal, July 29-31

The public is invited to join Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr at stops along a 122-mile “prairie pedal” bicycle ride from Luverne to Marshall, July 29-31.

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Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Fishery Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 7/21/15

Q:  What’s the status of the state’s allocation of the walleye quota?

A:  As of July 15th, when the last angler survey was conducted, the state was within just 3,000 pounds of reaching the State’s 28,600-pound limit for this twelve-month period. Full Story

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Strong catch, warm weather push Mille Lacs walleye fishery toward state quota

Other fishing on Mille Lacs unaffected, remains strong and near record highs Full Story

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Spiny waterflea confirmed in Lake Vermilion

Spiny waterflea has been confirmed in Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota. Full Story

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DNR offers advice for dealing with storm damaged trees

Cleanup following a windstorm can be an overwhelming task for homeowners. Knowing which trees to save and which to remove can impact safety and the survival of remaining trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Free permanent card for small game, deer licenses available to disabled vets

Minnesota resident veterans with 100 percent service-connected permanent disability can apply for a free permanent card that allows them to receive a free small game and either-sex deer hunting license each year. Full Story

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Lost game warden history found

As part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week in May, conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources placed wreaths at cemeteries across the state to honor the 14 Minnesota conservation officers who have died in the line of duty since 1922.  Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Clearwater Lake, Ruth Lake; Red River also added to infested waters list

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will list three water bodies as infested with zebra mussels: Clearwater Lake in Wright and Stearns counties, Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County, and the Red River bordering northwestern Minnesota. Zebra mussels likely found their way into these water bodies one of two ways, either overland or downstream spread.

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DNR conservation officers assist in Boundary Waters rescue

Two conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were among the first responders to an emergency call July 7 inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They joined other first responders from St. Louis and Lake counties after a teenage canoeist from Rochester became trapped in rapids after going over Basswood Falls near the Minnesota-Canadian border.

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Windstorm prompts road, trail and campground closures in Pillsbury State Forest

All roads and recreational facilities in the Pillsbury State Forest, which is located just west of Brainerd, have been closed until further notice following a heavy rain and windstorm on Sunday, July 12, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division.

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Apply by Aug. 14 for youth deer hunts at state parks and refuges

Minnesota youth have from now until Friday, Aug. 14, to apply for one of 18 special deer hunts in October and November. Full Story

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15 candidates train to join conservation officer ranks

Fifteen Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer candidates will begin training on July 15 as protectors of the state’s natural resources. 
 
Among the 15 are five candidates that participated in the DNR’s first CO Prep program. Full Story

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DNR promotes officer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Adam Block has accepted the position of District 14 supervisor for the Enforcement Division. District 14 includes four Twin Cities metro area counties.  Full Story

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Second confirmed case of avian influenza reported in wild birds

A second confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in a wild bird. A chickadee recovered in Ramsey County and delivered on June 10 to a wildlife rehabilitation center later tested positive for avian influenza.  Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Forest Lake in Washington County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Forest Lake, which will be designated as a zebra mussel infested water to limit further spread of the invasive species. Full Story

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Learn mountain-biking basics at Cuyuna Country SRA

Experience the fun of mountain biking during introductory programs on Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, Aug. 29, at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Fish Trap Lake in Morrison County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Fish Trap Lake near the city of Motley in Morrison County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Fish Trap Lake will be designated as zebra mussel infested.  Full Story

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Wildlife Drive opening July 18 at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel July 18-26 and the following weekends through Aug. 16.  The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to see wildlife.
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Apply for mentored youth waterfowl hunts by Aug. 10

Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply for the chance to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day, Saturday, Sept. 12. Full Story

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DNR reminds visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands administered by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions are needed to help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Full Story

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Eunice in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Eunice in Becker County in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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