DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet dam safety and public waters work permits

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story

Shakopee artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a white-winged scoter by Shakopee artist Mark Thone will be featured on the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

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DNR seeks citizens to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spends game and fish fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Sept. 25.

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Program evaluation finds efficiencies for walleye stocking

A new review has found that greater efficiencies can be realized in a walleye stocking program that doubled the amount of young walleye called fingerlings released into Minnesota lakes starting in the late 1990s.

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Lance Morgan of North Branch named DNR firearms safety instructor of the year

Lance Morgan of North Branch has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Firearms Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016. Morgan recently received his award at Game Fair, held in Anoka.

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Zebra mussels confirmed in North Star Lake in Itasca County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed zebra mussels in North Star Lake in northern Minnesota’s Itasca County.

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Ten Mile Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Ten Mile Lake in west-central Minnesota’s Otter Tail County. Full Story

DNR honors 2 youths for their conservation efforts

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 1, at the DNR volunteer outdoor stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Full Story

Smartphones are a smart tool to start hunting

The first step is the hardest.

That exercise adage often applies to hunting, too.

Yet, not the case, if hunters have a smartphone. For if they do, they can simply flick their fingers to mndnr.gov and do the following: 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

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can send samples

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

DNR seeks comments on experimental northern pike and bass regulations on Pelican Lake near Orr

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting open houses this fall to gather input on the future of northern pike and bass (smallmouth and largemouth) regulations on Pelican Lake near Orr, Minnesota. Full Story

Visitors to Tettegouche State Park advised to watch credit card accounts following August malware incident

State IT security specialists discovered malware (malicious software) on state computers at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, Minnesota, Aug. 25. Full Story

Expect a near perfect fall leaf season in Minnesota state parks and trails

Adequate rainfall nearly statewide combined with lots of summer sunshine point to a beautiful fall leaf season.

Starting Sept. 7 and on every Thursday throughout fall, people can consult the Fall Color Finder to learn more about peak fall color (www.mndnr.gov/fallcolors). Full Story

State pheasant index down 26 percent from last year

It’s habitat that matters and loss of habitat in the farmland regions has contributed to a 26 percent decline in Minnesota’s pheasant index compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Angler breaks catch-and-release record for flathead catfish

An angler has broken the state record for flathead catfish in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release length category.  Full Story

Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 7

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 by Thursday, Sept. 7.  Full Story

Input wanted on proposed late antlerless-only deer season and regulations

People are encouraged to provide input online through Monday, Sept. 11, about a proposed antlerless-only deer season in far southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story

Special deer hunt permits available for Cascade River, Judge C. R. Magney state parks

Cascade River and Judge C.R. Magney state parks will again hold a special firearms deer hunt this fall during regular firearms season Nov. 4-19. Full Story

Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 15. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit. Full Story

Maplewood State Park celebrates Sugar Shack grand opening

A special event at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, will celebrate the grand opening of the Friends of Maplewood Sugar Shack at Maplewood State Park, located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids in northwestern Minnesota.  Full Story

888-MINNDNR first best stop for general natural resource questions

The DNR Information Center in St. Paul takes about 75,000 calls every year. Until recently, calls were only answered during state business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. But now callers can talk to an information consultant 21.5 more hours a week, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.   Full Story

Reminder: Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begin again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story

DNR invites public input on James L. Oberstar State Trail

Open house scheduled for Sept. 19

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment – either in person or online – on a draft master plan for the James L. Oberstar State Trail.  Full Story

Deadline approaching to apply for $8.6 million in Legacy grants

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land have until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, to apply for Conservation Partners Legacy grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife.  Full Story

Minnesota Twins and DNR partner to offer free hat

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the next game in this offer coming up Saturday, Sept. 2.   Full Story

Roadside wildlife counts to be released Sept. 5

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release its annual roadside wildlife survey on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  Full Story

DNR fisheries seeks input on northern pike regulation proposals for Sand Lake in northern Itasca County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house to gather input on northern pike regulations that have been in place on Sand Lake in northern Itasca County. Full Story

DNR seeks comment on stream trout and smallmouth bass special regulations in Cook County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a review of stream trout management and special stream trout regulations on Kraut, North Shady, Peanut, Squash, Thompson, Thrush, Tomato and Turnip lakes.  Public input is also sought on a review of smallmouth bass special regulations on Flour, Hungry Jack and Two Island lakes.  In both cases, reviews will consider whether existing special regulations should be continued, dropped or modified.  Full Story

DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Sissabagamah and Long lakes in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting open houses this fall to gather input on the future of northern pike regulations on Sissabagamah Lake and Long Lake. Full Story

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

Captive deer infected with CWD in Crow Wing, Meeker counties trigger DNR disease response

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

CWD found on deer farms prompts new feeding ban in 11 Minnesota counties

Southeastern Minnesota ban continues for 5 counties and includes attractants

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

Mille Lacs Lake open water walleye season to close

Live bait restriction lifted during daytime hours for people fishing from shore, dock or pier

Walleye season closes on Mille Lacs Lake after fishing hours conclude on Monday, Sept. 4. Anglers fishing for all other species from shore, dock or pier may use live bait during daylight hours through Thursday, Nov. 30.  Full Story

2017 fall duck and goose seasons approaching

Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the Minnesota waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept. 23.  Full Story

DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use

Up to now, relatively few people had the privilege of wading through the remnant native prairie within 167 acres that Jerry Bue and his family owned near Marshall.  Full Story

DNR seeks input on County Road 89 ATV Trail Connection proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Clover Township to obtain grant-in-aid funding for 10.5 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in Arago and Clover townships in Hubbard County.  Full Story

Hunters should note errors in printed hunting regulations handbook and map

Hunters should be aware of several errors in printed copies of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and in the fold-out deer season map that accompanies the regulations booklet. Full Story

DNR to open 2 new campgrounds

First sites at Minneiska Campground at Whitewater State Park open Friday, Aug. 25

The new Minneiska campground at Whitewater State Park—featuring 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps—is ready to welcome its first visitors.  Full Story

Sustainable timber harvest analysis is under way

Draft anticipated for public review this fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources earlier this year began a project to determine the sustainable timber harvest level from DNR-administered forest lands, with consideration of implications for the greater forest ecosystem and economy. The initial phase of the project focused on gathering data and developing preliminary models, and the project has now moved into a phase of in-depth modeling and analysis. Full Story

DNR asks hunters to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears

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

Final open house for BWCAW – School Trust Land exchange DEIS is Sept. 7

The third and final open house for the U.S. Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed land exchange with the state of Minnesota is Thursday, Sept. 7. The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., in the lobby at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters located at 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul.  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 on 32 lakes, the Department of Natural Resources said.  Full Story

Eurasian watermilfoil in Hubbard County’s Bad Axe Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County’s first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake near Emmaville. Full Story

City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fifth season, Applications due Sept. 7

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fifth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season dates for those hunts. Full Story

Kadunce Creek habitat improvements to begin, trail spur closed

The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek. Full Story