Gov. Dayton proposes to bolster Minnesota’s natural resources and outdoor recreation

Minnesota’s world-class natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities would be maintained and improved under a budget being proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR announces appointments to committee on natural heritage

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed four new members to the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage. The committee advises the department on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, wetlands, and their native plants and animals. Full Story


Invasive java water dropwort found in Le Sueur County 

The recent discovery of a non-native aquatic plant in Minnesota is a reminder that people should always dispose of aquarium or water garden plants or animals appropriately – not by releasing them into the environment.  Full Story


Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse. Full Story


Special deer hunt ends; CWD found in 1 more deer

A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.  Full Story


Financial assistance available to woodland owners

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family forest owners to take advantage of cost-share funds available in 2017 to improve their woods. Full Story


DNR Walk-In Access sign-ups for landowners begin Jan. 23

Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources’ Walk-In Access program. Sign-ups are open Monday, Jan. 23, to Friday, April 28.  Full Story


Register snowmobiles to keep Minnesota trails well marked and maintained

Minnesota snowmobilers can help protect and preserve their sport by registering their snowmobiles.The revenue from snowmobile registration helps funds local clubs that maintain and groom state trails. Full Story


DNR hosting 12 public engagement meetings to discuss deer management goals

Meetings run from Jan. 31 to March 2

People interested in deer will have a chance to discuss goals and values that could define Minnesota’s first-ever deer management plan in a series of 12 public engagement meetings the Department of Natural Resources will host throughout the state between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, March 2.  Full Story


Public input sought on Border to Border ORV trail

A series of listening sessions in January and February will provide an opportunity for public input on the Border to Border (B2B) off-road vehicle (ORV) trail across northern Minnesota. Individuals with suggestions about suitable and unsuitable routes for the trail can provide feedback in person at any of these listening sessionsFull Story


DNR uses fish work groups to gain advice, input  

Each year, groups of volunteers that together total 79 people gather two to three times a year to discuss topics like fisheries research, fish population and harvest trends, fishing regulations and stocking – all important to how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish.  Full Story


CWD found in 2 more deer; 5-county feeding ban now in place

272 of 430 deer tested so far; bird feed must be at least 6 feet above the ground

Two more deer suspected of being infected with chronic wasting disease have been found near Preston.  The DNR received preliminary results of the positive tests late on Jan 6. Final results confirming the two suspected cases are expected later this week. The two adult female deer were killed within a mile of the first two positive deer. Full Story


Lot of pout: Burbot state record is on the books

It’s official – a Minnesota resident holds the state record for a fish species with a much maligned appearance and many names including freshwater ling, lawyer, eelpout and burbot.

Brent Getzler of Roosevelt is the new record holder of a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot taken from the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods. Full Story


DNR announces new special angling regulations

Trout anglers have all the more reason to visit Chatfield, Lanesboro, Preston and Spring Valley in southeastern Minnesota thanks to a change that effectively allows trout fishing all year long in these cities.  Full Story


Vermilion walleye regulation to change

Anglers on Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota will be able to keep walleye up to 20 inches long, with one allowed over 26 inches, starting with the May fishing opener, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR seeks to join lawsuit over project to divert Red River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said today it is asking a federal judge to allow the agency to join a lawsuit seeking to delay action on a flood diversion project on the Red River.  Full Story


Stillwater resident wins 2018 turkey stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell won the 2018 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among eight submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Southeast trout streams offer alternative to ice fishing

If sitting around and staring at a hole in the ice doesn’t fit with your idea of fishing, take heart – there’s an open-water alternative even in the coldest part of the year.  Full Story


DNR completes milestone in protecting Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today published development rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA), an important milestone toward protecting the river’s 72-mile stretch through the Twin Cities metropolitan area.   Full Story


3rd CWD-infected deer identified in southeastern Minnesota

A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR considers removing trout stream designation on East Swan River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering removing the trout stream designation on the East Swan River and its tributaries, including East Swan Creek and Little Swan Creek in St. Louis County. The DNR considered changes to about 90 waters in 30 Minnesota counties that included adding trout designations in some waters, and removing the designations in others. Full Story


DNR sets protective elevation for White Bear Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has established a protective elevation for White Bear Lake, located in Ramsey and Washington counties. The protective elevation is 922.0 feet above mean sea level.  The current level of White Bear Lake is 922.7 feet. A protective elevation is a regulatory measure used to trigger changes in water appropriations to prevent undue harm to a lake.  Full Story


DNR reminder: Avoid early ice

With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. The Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have a message – stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new, clear ice is present. Full Story


First breeding bull introduced to Minneopa bison herd

The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and spent a month quarantined at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Full Story


12 citizens appointed to Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has appointed 12 Minnesotans to three-year terms on citizen oversight committees that monitor the agency’s fish and wildlife spending.  Full Story


Waiting for ice to support you? You can support walleye fishing

Ice thick enough for fishing may be on the wish lists of many anglers heading into the holiday season, but there is another present anglers can give themselves that makes fishing better all around the state – a walleye stamp. Full Story


Chronic wasting disease management zone, 5-county deer feeding ban announced

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will focus actions to slow and hopefully eliminate the spread of chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota within about a 10-mile radius of Preston and include a deer feeding ban in the five adjoining area counties. Full Story


Experimental northern pike regs repealed on Bowstring, Round lakes

After reviewing public comments, the experimental northern pike regulations currently in place for Bowstring and Round lakes in Itasca County will be repealed March 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The experimental regulation currently in place for Sand Lake will remain in effect for now. Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VEL-uh-jers), indicate a reproducing population may be present.  Full Story


Chronic wasting disease information meeting in Preston Dec. 15

Information about chronic wasting disease and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management response to its discovery in two deer near Lanesboro will be the focus of a public meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Fillmore Central School Auditorium, 702 Chatfield St., in Preston.  Full Story


Get Wild hockey discounts with hunting or fishing license

Hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 11, Minnesota Wild hockey game vs. the St. Louis Blues, as the Wild and the Department of Natural Resources team up for this special ticket offer.   Full Story


No additional deer test positive for CWD in southeastern Minnesota

DNR asks deer hunters to use head boxes in Lanesboro, Preston, Chatfield, Harmony

No additional deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease from samples collected this fall in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR invites public input on Fort Ridgely State Park draft plan amendment

Open house scheduled for Dec.15

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to review a draft management plan amendment for Fort Ridgely State Park, located near Fairfax in southern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR seeks input on master plan for Thief Lake WMA in northwestern Minnesota

The public is invited to provide input on a master plan to guide management of the Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR selects members for statewide deer advisory committee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has selected a 20-member advisory committee to provide the agency with feedback and advice on deer management as it develops a statewide deer plan.  Full Story


Tests confirm 2 CWD-positive deer near Lanesboro

DNR initiates disease response plan; offers hunters information on field dressing

Test results show two deer harvested by hunters in southeastern Minnesota were infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Eagles on roadways; give them a brake

It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads. Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 turkey stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 5, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16.  Full Story


Grant aims to get more people hunting and fishing

Anglers still cast lines and hunters head to deer camp each year, but the percentage of Minnesotans who hunt or fish is shrinking. Full Story


DNR updates Minnesota buffer map; implementation continues

The Department of Natural Resources has released the first of two planned updates to Minnesota’s buffer map that was first released in July. The map shows public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices to help reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment. Full Story


Stream survey shows South Branch Whitewater River recovering

A southeastern Minnesota trout stream that suffered a major fish kill 15 months ago is bouncing back, according to a recent stream survey done by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Franklin Lake in Otter Tail County

Invasive species found on equipment being removed for season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Franklin Lake in Otter Tail County. This is one of several recent confirmations across the state as lake property owners and lake service provider businesses check equipment for invasive species at the end of the season.   Full Story


Red Lake winter walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep three walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR announces art contest for state’s first pollinator critical habitat license plate

Minnesota will release a new critical habitat license plate early next year with a design that will feature pollinators in native habitat, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The new design will be selected from a public contest among Minnesota artists and their original artwork.   Full Story


It’s not too late to identify, control invasive buckthorn

Common buckthorn and glossy buckthorn retain their leaves well into late fall, so now is a good time to identify and control this invasive shrub. Full Story