Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Grand Rapids area lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Schedule II Lakes, will open Nov. 4. Full Story


DNR coordinating new starry stonewort treatment method in West Lake Sylvia

Public access closed during treatment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Greater Lake Sylvia Association on an aggressive new treatment method for the invasive algae starry stonewort in West Lake Sylvia in Wright County. This week’s treatment is the first time the diver-assisted suction harvest, or DASH, method has been used in Minnesota.   Full Story


DNR updates Wildlife Action Plan to address emerging conservation concerns

The Department of Natural Resources and numerous partners have updated the Minnesota Wildlife Action Plan to better reflect conservation of the state’s native wildlife species in a changing climate.   Full Story


Minnesota state parks and trails specialty license plates to go on sale

A specialty license plate benefitting Minnesota state parks and trails will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 1, at Driver and Vehicle Services offices statewide.   Full Story


DNR designates Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources this week designated the state’s second groundwater management area. Designation of the central Minnesota Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area allows a more comprehensive and focused approach to ensuring that groundwater supplies will be adequate to meet human needs while protecting lakes, streams and wetlands.  Full Story


DNR launches updated performance and accountability webpage

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources launched a new version of its performance and accountability reporting webpage. The webpage on the DNR’s website tracks the DNR’s progress toward achieving conservation results through 88 performance measures and targets.  Full Story


For first-time deer hunter, big buck is only the beginning

Teresa Head always has loved hiking and being outside, even doing organized trail work when she lived in Alaska. The one-time vegetarian never had hunted or even held a gun until a few weeks ago.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lower Cullen Lake and nearby Lake Hubert in Crow Wing County

Invasive species found on boat, boat lift

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lower Cullen Lake and nearby Lake Hubert in Crow Wing County.   Full Story


Minnesota DNR celebrates National Forest Products Week

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, along with the nation, celebrates National Forest Products Week, Oct.16-22, by bringing attention to the vast array of products forests provide.  Full Story


Minnesota deer facts

Deer: The animal

  • Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170 lbs.
  • The biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck.
  • A whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile.

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Deer hunters encouraged to buy license early

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2016 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 5.  Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several Minnesota state parks this fall

Park visitors advised to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks that remain open during special hunts

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks, and access to the parks will vary during these hunts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR creates new online tool for finding public hunting land

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has created an improved search tool that makes it easier for people to find places to hunt or enjoy the outdoors at wildlife management areas (WMA). Full Story


Construction begins on new horse trail bridge at Fort Ridgely State Park

Equestrian enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy the horse trails to their fullest at Fort Ridgely State Park in Fairfax, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Special deer hunt permits now required at Cascade River and 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. 5-20. New for the 2016 season, hunters wishing to participate in the special hunt will need to obtain a free special deer hunt permit. Full Story


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

People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marias 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).
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Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith in Montevideo this weekend for pheasant hunting opener

Pheasants will be the focus in Montevideo this weekend, as the community hosts the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Full Story


Deer hunters in southeastern Minnesota encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling

Deer hunters in southeastern Minnesota who harvest a deer during the 3A and 3B firearms deer seasons are encouraged to have their deer sampled for chronic wasting disease (CWD) at one of 30 locations that will be staffed. Full Story


Early antlerless-only deer season to open in 2 southeastern permit areas

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 23, in deer permit areas 346 and 349 in Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Minneopa bison range hours changing for winter

Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park in Mankato will change for the winter due to decreasing daylight hours, according the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Boat lifts focus of 2 new zebra mussel reports

Docks and boat lifts must be out of water 21 days before use in another lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Sybil Lake in Otter Tail County and Maud Lake in adjacent Becker County in northwest Minnesota. In both cases, the zebra mussels were found on boat lifts when they were removed from the water. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in West Lake Sylvia

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in West Lake Sylvia in Wright County. Full Story


Youth can hunt with mentors for youth deer season Oct. 20-23

Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 23, in 27 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Get Wild hockey discounts with hunting or fishing license

Hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to select Minnesota Wild hockey games, as the Wild and the Department of Natural Resources again team up for this special ticket offer. Full Story


DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Citizens who have a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and the plants and animals in them are invited to apply to be part of a key advisory board with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Temporary off-highway vehicle trail closures begin in November

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) off-road vehicles (ORVs) and snowmobiles that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter. Full Story


Proposed rule changes would improve northern pike fishing

Comment period for new rules opens Oct 3
New regulations for those who want to help manage northern pike in Minnesota will get another look by the public over the next month, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This follows several years of public outreach that has returned broad support for the proposed changes. Full Story


Public invited to Mills Creek Gun Range dedication Oct. 14

The public is invited to attend the dedication of a new community-built gun range 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, as part of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Montevideo. Full Story


Apply now to serve on DNR fish work groups

Volunteers can apply to join one of five citizen-agency work groups that will discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. There will be individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one that will focus on both northern pike and muskellunge. Full Story


Apply by Oct. 13 for grant to help recruit and retain hunters, anglers

Groups that will help people start hunting or fishing, or continue these pursuits, are encouraged to apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Thursday, Oct. 13. Full Story


DNR denies permit for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied a permit application for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project. The decision to deny the permit means the Diversion Authority cannot proceed with the project as it is proposed. Full Story


DNR announces new wild turkey critical habitat license plate

Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat plate featuring a wild turkey.

The new plate displays a colorful tom turkey and is the ninth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display a moose, loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and two with white-tailed deer. There is also a specialty license plate for state parks and trails. Full Story


2 youths honored by DNR for their conservation efforts

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair. Full Story


Storm wins 2017 pheasant stamp competition

Sartell artist Scot Storm won the 2017 Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Live to hunt another day by wearing a life jacket or float coat
Hunters preparing to hit the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other wild game are reminded to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist. Full Story


DNR seeks applications for off-highway vehicle grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals. Full Story


DNR to sell 40 northern Minnesota land parcels

The Department of Natural Resources will sell 40 northern Minnesota parcels in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Full Story


Early voting available to hunters away from home on Election Day

Minnesota’s absentee voting law makes it easy for hunters who plan to be in the field on Election Day to make their vote count on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Minnesota’s firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 5. Full Story


DNR to hold open house on state forest trails in northern St. Louis and Lake counties

State forest trail use and management in northern St. Louis and Lake counties will be the topic of an open house, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., at Vermillion Community College, Room NS111, 1900 East Camp St., Ely. Full Story


3 Cook and Lake county trout lakes to be chemically rehabilitated

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be chemically rehabilitating three designated stream trout lakes in northeastern Minnesota next week to remove undesirable fish species. Full Story


Visit Minnesota state forests for fall color driving tours

Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Enjoy fall, winter with Minnesota trout fishing opportunities

A southeastern Minnesota stream reflects brilliantly colored leaves in fall – until the splash of a trout on the end of an angler’s line breaks the surface. Anglers can enjoy scenes like these now through a variety of fall trout fishing opportunities.   Full Story


Surplus antlerless deer permits available in northwest corner of state

Hunters who were not chosen in the lottery to receive an antlerless deer permit can obtain one of 12 surplus antlerless permits for deer permit area 260, which covers the northwest corner of Minnesota and borders North Dakota and Manitoba.  Full Story


It doesn’t take much to gear up for pheasant hunting

Pheasant hunting can put food on the table, supports grassland conservation and is a fun sport that doesn’t require a lot of specialized or expensive equipment. Full Story


DNR conducting aggressive treatment of Rice Lake starry stonewort

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources access on the south side of Rice Lake in Stearns County has been temporarily closed for aggressive treatment of an isolated infestation of the invasive algae starry stonewort.  Full Story