People interested in being more actively involved in fisheries management on Mille Lacs Lake can apply to serve on a newly formed Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee.
DNR seeks applications for Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee
R.D. Offutt reduces number of irrigation applications
DNR announces new study
R.D. Offutt Co. (RDO), a North Dakota-based agriculture company, has voluntarily reduced the number of new water appropriation permit applications on file with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story
DNR predicts spectacular fall color season
To help travelers plan their fall hikes, bike rides, paddling trips and scenic drives to coincide as closely as possible with peak color, staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will update an online fall color finder every Thursday, starting Sept. 10. 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 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Full Story
Roseville artist wins 2016 duck stamp contest
Roseville artist Edward DuRose won the 2016 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest with a painting of an American wigeon. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest that started in 1977, the Department of Natural Resources said. Full Story
Reminder: Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR
Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy Minnesota Twins tickets through a special offer online. Full Story
DNR considers changes to Rainy Lake walleye regulations
Walleye fishing regulations on Rainy Lake will be the topic of a public meeting that 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
DNR seeking citizen input on Leech Lake management plan update
Leech Lake – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on the plan beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Full Story
State pheasant index rebounds 33 percent; habitat loss continues
Favorable weather conditions led to a 33 percent increase in the number of Minnesota pheasants compared to last year at this time. However, the 2015 pheasant index is 39 percent below the 10-year average and 59 percent below the long-term average. Habitat loss continues to be the main factor in a long-term decline of the state’s pheasant population, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story
DNR partners with local governments for record number of watercraft inspectors
The Department of Natural Resources has been partnering with local governments such as counties and cities to increase the number of watercraft inspectors at public water accesses in Minnesota. Inspectors are an important component in the effort to protect state waters from aquatic invasive species.
DNR schedules regional meetings to explore improving spring wild turkey season
How to increase hunter opportunity and satisfaction during the spring wild turkey season will be the focus of four public discussion meetings the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host in late September and October.
Conservation officer set to call it a career
An individual’s career can be the result of the best laid plans, or, following a passion. Steve Walter, a conservation officer with the DNR, has such a passion: a love of the outdoors and desire to protect it.
DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use
Outdoor enthusiasts now have an additional 5,041 acres of land spread in more than 22 counties where there are opportunities to hunt, trap, hike, cross-country ski and watch wildlife in areas known as state wildlife management areas (WMA). Full Story
Surplus prairie chicken licenses on sale
Minnesota residents who applied in the lottery to hunt prairie chickens and did not get picked to receive a permit can purchase one of four surplus prairie chicken licenses for permit area 813 starting at noon Monday, Sept. 14. The licenses will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Full Story
Minnesota fishing licenses made easy
“Hey, let’s go fishing!” No license, no problem if you visit www.mndnr.gov/fishmn. No smart phone, also no problem, just call instant license at 888-665-4236. That’s right, you can purchase your license online or via phone call and start fishing today, and it’s that easy. Full Story
Share a passion for deer hunting during youth deer season Oct. 15-18
Youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Oct. 18, in 27 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including the 601 Twin Cities metro permit area. Full Story
Invasive species starry stonewort confirmed in Stearns, Meeker county lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) in Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, connected to Koronis, in Stearns and Meeker counties. This is the first confirmed case of this invasive species in Minnesota. Full Story
DNR redoubles Mille Lacs Lake walleye management efforts
The DNR announced today that it has begun implementing several concrete steps aimed at improving the Mille Lacs Lake walleye population, while building a closer working relationship with the Mille Lacs community.
DNR conservation officer receives top awards
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Bret Grundmeier its 2015 conservation officer of the year. He works out of the Hinckley station.
Roadside wildlife counts to be released Sept. 8
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release its annual roadside wildlife survey on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Duluth artist wins 2016 trout and salmon stamp contest
Duluth artist Dean Kegler has won the 2016 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 12 submissions for the annual contest.
Anglers caught poaching fish in Ely area
A group of anglers from Indiana and Illinois were recently charged with poaching fish near Ely, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The case stems from a June investigation, and it marks a busy season for DNR conservation officers who have logged numerous angling violations since the May 9 fishing opener.
Wild River State Park will host 5K run/walk
The Friends of Wild River State Park invite individuals and families seeking fresh air, exercise and fall color to sign up for the Otter Trotter 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 10.
DNR asks bear hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears
The Department of Natural Resources asks hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season that opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears. The animals are marked with colorful ear tags.
Statement from DNR commissioner’s office
This morning, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued the 1855 Authority a special permit that allows certain individuals to harvest wild rice on Aug. 27 without state wild rice harvesting licenses. The permit was issued in response to the 1855 Authority’s stated intention to harvest wild rice at Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Crow Wing County in remembrance of Chief Hole-in-the-Day and to bring attention to clean water issues. Full Story
New DNR forestry exhibit to debut at State Fair
The forestry exhibit in the historic Department of Natural Resources building at the State Fair has been updated this year. New interactive displays convey how Minnesota’s forests provide a wide range of natural, cultural, economic and recreational opportunities. Full Story
Hunter pleads guilty to deer poaching in Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
A Zimmerman, Minnesota man recently pled guilty to a 2014 case of illegally taking multiple deer in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
On Nov. 1, 2014, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek of Big Lake observed a woman and her daughter bypass a locked gate and enter the refuge pulling a two-wheel deer cart. Full Story
Oak wilt confirmed in Morrison County for the first time
Oak wilt, an invasive fatal disease affecting all oak species, was confirmed for the first time in Morrison County by Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota staff in late July. The location is near Little Falls. The nearest known oak wilt confirmation previously was about 20 miles southeast in Benton County.
DNR reaching out to livestock operations regarding water use
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to feedlot operators and owners of livestock operations to help them determine their needs and comply with water use requirements.
DNR names 2014 volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year
Paulette Pappenfus, 65, the third-generation owner of Pap’s Sports Shop in Little Falls, is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2014 volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year. She received the honor at this year’s Minnesota Game Fair in Anoka.
New wetland map data available
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released updated wetland map data for 36 counties in southern Minnesota. The newly-released data are the first updates to the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) for southern Minnesota.
Campers in Minnesota urged to help prevent wildfires
With conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assisting with California wildfires, attention was recently paid to preventing wildfires in Minnesota.
Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations
Anglers and others can give their opinions about Minnesota fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 18 lakes and one river.
DNR: ATVs are always in season
Back to school sales and State Fair advertisements are the first signs of a waning summer, and with Labor Day just around the corner, there’s an uptick in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) recreation as adults and teens try to squeeze in a few more rides before the snow flies.
DNR asks sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters for wing and tissue samples
Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit samples from birds they harvest in Minnesota for two Department of Natural Resources studies.
Small game hunter survey results released
With the exception of ruffed grouse hunters, fewer game bird hunters took to Minnesota’s fields and forests in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey.
Applications open for nearly $8 million in Legacy grants
Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife.
DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2016 pheasant stamp
Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2016 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 7, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.
DNR Enforcement retrofits existing aircraft for work on state waters
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added amphibious floats to a second Cessna 185 airplane in its Enforcement aviation section thanks to funding for aquatic invasive species prevention.
Straight River Groundwater Management Area public meetings slated for Aug. 25
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting two public meetings in August to present and take comments on the Straight River Groundwater Management Area draft plan. The plan describes actions the DNR will take over the next five years in the proposed groundwater management area. Full Story
Walk-In Access program extended with $1.67 million USDA grant
A $1.67 million, three-year federal grant that funds Minnesota’s Walk-In Access (WIA) program has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant means that hunters in western and south-central Minnesota will continue to have access to more than 22,000 acres of existing WIA hunting land, and will get at least 8,000 additional WIA acres over the next three years.
New displays featured at DNR’s State Fair exhibit
Several new displays and exhibits, along with a wide range of free educational exhibits, presentations, music and entertainment will be part of the Department of Natural Resources exhibit at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 27 through Labor Day.
Deer lottery application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 10
Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer throughout much of Minnesota this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 10, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
Good planning helps hunters avoid trespassing
The August Canada goose hunt is underway in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to respect landowners and not trespass.
DNR nursery seedlings now on sale
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources state forest nursery is accepting orders for April and May seedling pickup or delivery in 2016.