New CWD-positive deer in Crow Wing County and southeastern Minnesota require additional disease monitoring and management

Gov. Walz proposes new funding to combat CWD; DNR plans disease response efforts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. This test result marks the first time in Minnesota the fatal neurological disease has been found in a wild deer outside of the southeastern part of the state.  Full Story


DNR considers drawdown of Swan Lake after discovery of common carp

 Discovery of common carp in Nicollet County’s Swan Lake is prompting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to consider a temporary lowering of the lake’s water level.  Full Story


Lake Mille Lacs open-water walleye harvest proposed for 2019

State and bands agree on safe harvest level   

Anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will have an opportunity to keep some walleye during the open-water fishing season this year. This follows several seasons of catch-and-release fishing on the lake.  Full Story


For longtime instructor, firearms safety runs in the family

Dave Olson wasn’t much different from other farm kids whose introduction to firearms occurred early in life. Despite his familiarity with guns, when his mom first heard about an organized firearms safety program in the 1950s, she insisted he and his brother complete it. Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting on Feb. 20 to review a set of proposals that include changes to the trail systems. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Menahga Public School, 216 Aspen Ave SE, Menahga, MN 56464. Full Story


DNR to begin accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started accepting reservations for Bert’s Cabins at Itasca State Park. These 12 cabins, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, had been privately owned and operated since 1939. In December 2018, the current owners retired and sold the cabins to the DNR.  Full Story


Regulations change March 1 on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Walleye fishing regulations are changing starting Friday, March 1, on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Duluth area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Duluth area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans up until the March 1 deadline. Full Story


DNR announces additional appointments to its leadership team

The Department of Natural Resources today announced its second round of leadership appointments.  Full Story


DNR names 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year

Mitch Boyum and others from Enforcement Division honored at annual awards day

Minnesota Department of Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an award presented to an officer each year for outstanding overall career performance. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award earlier this month at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training conference at Camp Ripley.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to Commissioner’s Office

The Department of Natural Resources today announced leadership appointments in its Commissioner’s Office.  Full Story


Discover winter fun at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12

Equipment and instruction for a range of activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Winter Trails Day

Outdoors experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to promote winter fun during Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park visitors will have an opportunity to try a variety of winter activities, with equipment and instruction provided. Full Story


DNR hires new big game program leader

Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Employment event for military veterans set for Jan. 8 at Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101.  Full Story


CWD discovery in Houston County prompts additional late-season deer hunts

Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for Jan. 15

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering additional late-season deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer taken in Houston County.  Full Story


Shakopee resident wins turkey stamp contest

Shakopee artist Mark Thone won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.  Full Story


Another year of successful elk hunts in northwestern Minnesota

Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones.  Full Story


DNR grants permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project ‘Plan B’

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project known as “Plan B.”  The permit approval followed the DNR’s completion of a supplemental environmental review that examined revisions to an earlier iteration of the project.  Full Story


In 2018, DNR worked to enhance outdoor opportunities for all Minnesotans

In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post into affordable housing for military veterans.  Full Story


DNR invites input on proposed trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, to review proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forests. The meeting will be held at the Menahga Public School building, 216 Aspen Ave. SE, Menahga.  Full Story


Early winter is the right time for woodland owners to plan improvements

Want to improve your wooded acreage for wildlife?  Early winter is a good time to begin planning woodland projects because there aren’t ticks, mosquitoes or deep snow. Full Story


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems.  Full Story


DNR reminds hunters to get permission to use private land during special deer hunts

First-come, first-served special permits for specific public lands sold out in 2 hours; other public lands available for hunting

Hunters must receive permission from landowners to hunt on private land for the upcoming special deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota, on Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Apply through Jan. 25 for spring wild turkey A and B permits

Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Full Story


Little Rice Lake re-established as state game refuge

The Department of Natural Resources will re-establish the Little Rice Lake State Game Refuge in 2019 following the recent public comment period in October showed support for the refuge. Full Story


DNR to enroll state-owned cropland in water quality effort

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has committed to pursuing certification of 15,000 acres of croplands it owns and manages as part of a statewide effort to protect water quality.  Full Story


DNR plans public meeting to discuss CWD response efforts on Dec. 18

The public can get more details about what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is doing to respond to chronic wasting disease found in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota at a meeting scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Preston.  Full Story


DNR proposes to strengthen bear hunting tooth sample requirement

Bear hunters who are successful in 2019 and after would be required to submit a bear tooth sample to be eligible for the upcoming year’s bear hunting license lottery under a new rule proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Fishing regulation changes effective in March on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Anglers will be able to keep fewer walleye and sauger beginning Friday, March 1, on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Leech Lake walleye regulations allow more chances for harvest starting in spring

Leech Lake anglers will be able to keep a wider size range of walleye starting on the 2019 fishing opener.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks and trails to be showcased at REI’s Bloomington store

Naturalists, park rangers, and other staff from the Department of Natural Resources will be stationed at REI’s flagship store in Bloomington on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the first Parks and Trails Takeover Day.  Full Story


Wild deer identified as presumptive positive for CWD outside of disease management zone; first in Houston County

A wild deer harvested in Houston County on Nov. 17 has been identified as presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease, the Department of Natural Resources said. Official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified and the DNR is making arrangements to pick up the meat and carcass.  Full Story


DNR announces 2 December deer hunts as part of intensified CWD management efforts

Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR’s newest conservation officers set to hit the field

18 new officers will assume their stations Dec. 5

They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement.  Full Story


Northern pike anglers and spearers gearing up for winter action, new regulations

As cold temperatures begin to make ice on Minnesota lakes, ice anglers and spearers are gearing up for winter fishing action. For many, winter is a time to seek out the eager-to-bite northern pike. This will be the first ice fishing season of new northern pike zone regulations throughout Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR intensifies CWD response efforts in southeastern Minnesota

Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits and post-season deer culling planned; public meeting scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR seeking applicants for $100,000 in shooting range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges. The application period opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 28. Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Red Lake Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota

The public can provide input on a master plan update to the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area.  Full Story


Snowmobile trails still need more snow, cold temperatures

Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on Roseau County off-highway vehicle camping options

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in off-highway vehicle (OHV) camping facilities in Beltrami Island State Forest or Hayes Lake State Park area to two open houses in December.  Full Story


DNR, Dominium sign agreement to renovate 26 historic buildings at Fort Snelling Upper Post

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Dominium, an affordable housing development and management company, today signed a re-development agreement that will create an anticipated 176 units of affordable housing in the historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post, near the Fort Snelling Golf Course and Historic Fort Snelling.  Full Story


Upper Red Lake walleye regulations continue for winter season

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will continue to have a four walleye bag limit, with only one walleye allowed longer than 17 inches.  Full Story


Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors as temperatures drop

Pheasant hunters should have plenty of harvest opportunities during the late season hunt.

“The hunting forecast looks really good for the latter part of the pheasant season,” said Nicole Davros, farmland wildlife research supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Our August roadside survey counts were up in most areas of the pheasant range this year, and early hunting season field reports have confirmed our suspicion that we may have under-detected birds due to a late hatch.”  Full Story


Governor’s Residence Christmas tree harvested from Nemadji State Forest

The holidays are coming to the Governor’s Residence!

Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota harvested the official state Christmas tree Nov. 16 from the Nemadji State Forest. The tree, which is approximately 60 years old, will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. Full Story