DNR reminder: Avoid early ice, wear life jackets on cold water

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With daytime temperatures still climbing above freezing even in the northern parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to stay clear of early ice and use extreme caution when recreating on dangerously cold water. Full Story

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DNR offers grants to improve community forests using volunteers

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant proposals to use volunteers to improve community forests through work such as planting, pruning and watering trees. Full Story

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Correction on party fishing on Mille Lacs Lake

Anglers and dark-house spearers are advised to closely read the regulations regarding party fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. A previous Department of Natural Resources news release and online material describing this regulation was inaccurate. Full Story

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DNR awards $5.7 million in habitat grants to conservation groups

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has awarded 44 conservation grants to various organizations and entities for restoring, enhancing and protecting habitat in Minnesota. Full Story

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Minnesota state parks gift cards now on sale for 2015 holiday season

State Parks gift card (2)Unforgettable experiences are the real gifts to give with Minnesota state parks gift cards. Give the card with a promise to take a child or grandchild snowshoeing this winter, fishing this spring or camping next summer and create priceless memories together in the great outdoors. Full Story

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Minnesota state forests a big source for holiday wreath industry

Minnesota state forests are one of the primary sources of balsam fir boughs and branches used to make holiday wreaths and swags, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR receives leadership award from Forest Stewardship Council

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Leadership Award for excellence for its commitment to responsible forest management. Responsibly-managed forests store carbon, protect water quality, provide wildlife habitat and support local economies. Full Story

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DNR funds shooting range projects

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announces awards of nearly $371,000 to 22 shooting range projects across the state through a shooting range grants initiative approved by the 2014 Legislature. Full Story

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Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1, more snow is needed

As snowmobilers eagerly await the first significant snowfall, most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More snow is needed before trails can be ridden. Full Story

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Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeking applications for Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment for Goose Prairie Marsh Enhancement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for a proposal to improve management of surface waters near Goose Prairie Marsh in Clay County. Full Story

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Information meetings planned to discuss elk management plan for Minnesota

People interested in learning more about the elk herds of northwestern Minnesota, and elk management and research, can attend one of three information meetings to discuss the draft Strategic Management Plan for Elk in Minnesota for 2016-2020. This draft plan replaces the five-year plan in effect from 2009-2015. Meetings are scheduled: Full Story

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Conditions look good for late-season pheasant hunting

Plenty of roosters in the fields and light hunting pressure are two good reasons why Minnesotans should keep their pheasant hunting gear handy, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Legacy funding proposals support pheasant action plan

Pheasants and pheasant habitat will benefit from approximately $60 million of more than $111 million in habitat programs and projects recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council for funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund next year. Full Story

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New Mille Lacs northern pike winter regulations begin Dec. 1

Anglers and dark-house spearers on Mille Lacs Lake this winter will have northern pike regulations that continue to allow plentiful harvest of smaller pike from the lake, while continuing to protect large fish. Full Story

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DNR approves groundwater area plan for north and east metro

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this week approved a plan designed to ensure adequate supplies of groundwater within the state’s first designated groundwater management area. The designated area includes all of Washington and Ramsey counties, along with portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties. Full Story

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Hunters register nearly 120,000 deer through second weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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DNR seeks comment, announces meetings about potential muskie lakes

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input to help determine if new muskellunge lakes spread geographically throughout Minnesota should be established in 2016. Full Story

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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announces free admission to state parks on Black Friday

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced today that entrance fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, Nov. 27 for “Free Park Friday,” encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving. Full Story

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Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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Less restrictive Red Lake winter walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep three walleye – one more than last winter’s limit – and those fish can be from a broader size range. Full Story

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Overall Camp Ripley hunt harvest up 41 percent

In a sign that deer populations are rebounding, archers this year harvested 41 percent more deer in two hunts at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls. Full Story

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Mille Lacs area lands major bass tournament after DNR rule changes

The Mille Lacs Lake area has scored a world-premiere bass tournament following fishing regulation changes made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that aim to attract larger bass tournaments to the lake.  Full Story

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Final EIS for PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine released

Public invited to provide comments by Dec. 14

State and federal agencies have released a final, comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine. A 30-day public review period begins next week. Full Story

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DNR offers sneak peek at interactive deer map, seeks feedback

Hunters now can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on the deer map page Full Story

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Help yard trees survive the winter

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends taking steps to help yard trees survive the winter. Full Story

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Anticipation builds for Saturday’s deer opener

deer image - gov delivDeer hunters will soon head out to the fields and forests in anticipation of the firearms deer opener that gets underway a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7. Full Story

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Hunters: Firewood restriction in effect on DNR-administered lands

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that only DNR-approved firewood may be brought onto any DNR-administered lands, including state forests and wildlife management areas. Full Story

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3 men charged with illegal taking and possession of snapping turtles

The Becker County Attorney has charged three men with wildlife violations following an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources related to the illegal taking and possession of snapping turtles during the closed season. Full Story

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DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Minnesotans with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and the plants and animals living in them are invited by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to apply by Nov. 16 for a seat on a key advisory board. Full Story

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Comment period extended for 2 northern Minnesota forest plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has extended the comment period on alternative harvest scenarios for two northern Minnesota forest management plans. Full Story

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Plan safe backyard campfires this fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with backyard campfires this fall. Full Story

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DNR receives award for providing job opportunities to individuals with disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received the Large Employer of the Year award from the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association during a banquet held Oct. 22 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter. Full Story

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DNR provides buffer mapping project details

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing a timeline and other details about its production of maps for the state’s new law requiring vegetative buffers around bodies of water. The information is available at the DNR’s buffer law Web page. Full Story

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Whitefish, cisco sport netting dates announced for Shagawa, Ojibway and Bear Island lakes

Additional opening dates have been set for whitefish and cisco (tullibee) sport netting on area lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Tower area fisheries office. Full Story

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Hunters and other recreationists asked to report bear den locations in select areas

Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are asked to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are starting a new bear study in the summer of 2016 and hope to fit a number of bears with GPS tracking collars. Full Story

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Regulation change in 2015 affects when deer licenses are valid

Deer hunters are reminded about changes in 2015 that affect when licenses purchased after a season is open are valid.  Full Story

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Input sought on changes proposed to spring turkey hunting season

Spring turkey hunters would get simplified season options and expanded hunting opportunities under a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to make several changes to the turkey season in time for spring hunting in 2016. Input can be given on the proposal at the wild turkey management page. Full Story

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Mille Lacs ice anglers allowed to keep 1 walleye, 5 northern

Anglers may keep one walleye between 18 and 20 inches or one longer than 28 inches when ice fishing begins on Mille Lacs Lake this winter.  Full Story

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DNR officers receive lifesaving award

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has presented two conservation officers with the DNR Lifesaving Award for a rescue operation in northeastern Minnesota involving an ATV operator who was thrown from his vehicle and became incapacitated. Full Story

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Markell wins 2016 walleye stamp contest

Hugo artist Nicholas Markell won the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among eight entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

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Groups can request trap release demonstration

Staff members from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are available to demonstrate commonly-used traps to groups of hunters or pet owners who contact a DNR regional headquarters office. Full Story

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Despite treatment, 16 zebra mussels confirmed in Christmas Lake

Agencies learning about management options  Full Story

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Results of first Camp Ripley archery hunt announced

Archers took a two-day total of 89 deer, up 19 percent from last year, during the first two-day bow hunt at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls on Oct. 15-16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

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