Excellent conditions and record hunter success at Camp Ripley

Archers took 263 deer during this year’s archery hunts in October at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls, representing a 132 percent increase from last year’s total harvest.  Full Story


Hunters and other recreationists asked to report bear den locations near Grand Rapids

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 studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to the study, to replace those killed in the hunt. Full Story


Popular expanded service hours make DNR info just a phone call away: 888-MINNDNR

Have a question for the Department of Natural Resources in the evening or on Saturday? Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in lakes in Crow Wing, Itasca counties

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Serpent Lake in Crow Wing County, and in Dora Lake and connected waters in Itasca County.  Full Story


Duluth artist wins walleye stamp contest

Duluth artist Dean Kegler won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. His painting was selected by judges from among 11 entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Deer hunters take to the woods, fields and forests this weekend

Half a million hunters are expected to take part in Minnesota’s firearms deer season that begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 4.  Full Story


DNR seeks applications for OHV 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 announces December land sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels in three public oral bid auctions in December. Two parcels will be auctioned Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Fergus Falls DNR Office, seven parcels will be auctioned at the County Administration building in Bemidji on Dec. 15 and eight parcels will be auctioned at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul on Dec. 18.  Full Story


Minneopa bison range hours changing for shorter daylight hours

Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the winter due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Nov. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Full Story


Proposed late season deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota will not occur  

A late-season antlerless only deer hunt proposed for three southeastern Minnesota permit areas with deer populations significantly above goal levels will not be conducted in January 2018.  Full Story


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Tower area lakes

Recreational netting dates for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) have been set on several Schedule I Lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, 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. Full Story


Hunters reminded about importance of registering deer

Hunters are reminded to register deer before processing, before antlers are removed and within 48 hours after taking the animal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Hunters asked to report banded roosters as part of pheasant research project

Pheasants banded in Nobles and Redwood counties

Pheasant hunters can voluntarily report roosters that were banded as part of a study being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR to take questions about Forest Bat Habitat Conservation Plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Michigan and Wisconsin natural resources departments, will take questions about the Lake States Forest Bat Habitat Conservation Plan at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31. The phone conference is for anyone interested in the integration of forest practices with conservation measures to support bat populations.  Full Story


Video explains mandatory CWD testing in central, north central and southeast

A video about how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease is available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov/cwdFull Story


Higher deer harvest predicted; hunter expectations up, too

State wildlife chief addresses upcoming season and future challenges

By Paul Telander, DNR wildlife chief

When Minnesota’s deer season ends Sunday, Dec. 31, it is quite likely the harvest will be in the 200,000 range.  Full Story


DNR regional wildlife managers give rundown of what deer hunters can expect

Hunters looking forward to higher deer numbers this season

Hunters will have additional opportunities to harvest deer this season thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota.  Full Story


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

Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) 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. Full Story


New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced six new, state-of-the-art maps that will make it easier and safer for people to explore, hunt, and recreate in state forests.   Full Story


Learn the rules for portable stands on wildlife management areas

Hunters planning to use portable stands on wildlife management areas this season are reminded to check regulations to learn when they need to remove stands after hunting.  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.  Full Story


CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts

Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received.  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


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

Hunters are reminded that 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


Marshall wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and hundreds of guests.  Full Story


Luverne named host community of 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton announced tonight that the city of Luverne will be the host community for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program.  Full Story


Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall

DNR advises park visitors to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks during special hunts

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks. Access to the parks will vary during these hunts.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Kandiyohi County’s George Lake

Found on dock being removed from water

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in George Lake, near Spicer in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story


Construction to begin at Camden State Park

Bridges to be replaced over Redwood River

Visitors at Camden State Park can expect parts of the park to be closed temporarily during upcoming bridge construction projects.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks and trails and HealthPartners celebrate new ‘park prescription’ partnership

Following a growing national trend, physicians at some Twin Cities HealthPartners hospitals and clinics are encouraging their patients to get active at Minnesota state parks and trails.  Full Story


DNR on the lookout for rare bumble bee

Most people try to avoid bumble bees; Erica Hoaglund goes looking for them.

A biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program, Hoaglund is on the lookout for the increasingly rare rusty-patched bumble bee. Earlier this year, it became the first bumble bee to be placed on the federal list of endangered species. In response, states within the bee’s historic range, like Minnesota, have been conducting surveys to get a more detailed picture of its status.  Full Story


DNR makes progress on conservation and outdoor recreation goals

The Department of Natural Resources continues to make progress on its goals spanning many areas of conservation and outdoor recreation, from hunter recruitment and environmental permitting to fire management and wildlife monitoring.  Full Story


The math behind the best upland bird hunting

Commentary by Paul Telander, Wildlife Section chief

Much has been written about this autumn’s upland bird hunting season, and a lot of it is numbers. Yet the numbers that are truly important are one and two. One, are you going to go bird hunting? And two, are you going to ask someone new to join you? Full Story


Public invited to James Meger Memorial WMA dedication Oct. 13

Dedication to be part of 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The public is invited to attend the dedication of Minnesota’s newest public hunting land, the James Meger Memorial Wildlife Management Area, near Marshall, at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  Full Story


Michael Sieve wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest

Rushford artist Michael Sieve won the 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


Zebra mussels confirmed in Grant County’s Elk Lake

Numerous juvenile zebra mussels near public beach

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Elk Lake, in west-central Minnesota’s Grant County.  Full Story


Wildlife management area users support more public hunting land

Survey reflects importance of WMAs in Minnesota

With National Public Lands Day being celebrated Saturday, it comes as no surprise that there is strong public support for Minnesota’s wildlife management area (WMA) program. Full Story


DNR to appeal White Bear Lake ruling

Court ruling would place unnecessary burdens on more than 500,000 White Bear Lake area residents

Judge’s ruling would immediately halt important development within 5 miles of White Bear Lake, stalling road construction, utility improvements, and residential construction

Ruling not supported by scientific evidence, creating precedent that could restrict development and impose new burdens on residents across Minnesota  Full Story


Drive through a Minnesota State Forest to view fall color

With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Minneopa bison range hours changing for shorter daylight hours

New fall hours take effect Oct. 1

Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the month of October due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Oct. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Full Story


Wolf population increases with rise in deer density

Results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2016-2017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the 2015-2016 survey.  Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Garfield Lake in Hubbard County

An independent laboratory has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Garfield Lake in Hubbard County.

The lab provided photos of two zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, found in a water sample taken from the lake. Property owners on Garfield Lake hired the lab as part of their own monitoring. Invasive species specialists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found no zebra mussels in the lake during a six-hour dive survey. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lakeville’s Lake Marion

City may apply for DNR pilot project treatment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Marion, in the city of Lakeville, in Dakota County. Full Story