Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 23. Full Story


Citizens can apply to serve on Lake of the Woods input group

Citizens interested in volunteering to discuss Lake of the Woods fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Teach a kid to hunt small game during Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

Frozen mid-step in the woods, trying to remain undetected in pursuit of squirrels or rabbits – while the pose may seem like yoga, it’s often part of hunting small game. Full Story


Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 13, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A $10 license is needed to sport gillnet tullibee or whitefish. The season is open to Minnesota residents only. Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. Full Story


DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet dam safety and public waters work permits

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story


Shakopee artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a white-winged scoter by Shakopee artist Mark Thone will be featured on the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

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DNR seeks citizens to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spends game and fish fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Sept. 25.

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Program evaluation finds efficiencies for walleye stocking

A new review has found that greater efficiencies can be realized in a walleye stocking program that doubled the amount of young walleye called fingerlings released into Minnesota lakes starting in the late 1990s.

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Lance Morgan of North Branch named DNR firearms safety instructor of the year

Lance Morgan of North Branch has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Firearms Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016. Morgan recently received his award at Game Fair, held in Anoka.

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Zebra mussels confirmed in North Star Lake in Itasca County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed zebra mussels in North Star Lake in northern Minnesota’s Itasca County.

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Ten Mile Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Ten Mile Lake in west-central Minnesota’s Otter Tail County. Full Story


DNR honors 2 youths for their conservation efforts

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 1, at the DNR volunteer outdoor stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Full Story


Smartphones are a smart tool to start hunting

The first step is the hardest.

That exercise adage often applies to hunting, too.

Yet, not the case, if hunters have a smartphone. For if they do, they can simply flick their fingers to mndnr.gov and do the following: 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


Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can send samples

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can again this year voluntarily submit samples for study by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Visitors to Tettegouche State Park advised to watch credit card accounts following August malware incident

State IT security specialists discovered malware (malicious software) on state computers at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, Minnesota, Aug. 25. Full Story


Expect a near perfect fall leaf season in Minnesota state parks and trails

Adequate rainfall nearly statewide combined with lots of summer sunshine point to a beautiful fall leaf season.

Starting Sept. 7 and on every Thursday throughout fall, people can consult the Fall Color Finder to learn more about peak fall color (www.mndnr.gov/fallcolors). Full Story


State pheasant index down 26 percent from last year

It’s habitat that matters and loss of habitat in the farmland regions has contributed to a 26 percent decline in Minnesota’s pheasant index compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Angler breaks catch-and-release record for flathead catfish

An angler has broken the state record for flathead catfish in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release length category.  Full Story


Input wanted on proposed late antlerless-only deer season and regulations

People are encouraged to provide input online through Monday, Sept. 11, about a proposed antlerless-only deer season in far southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


Maplewood State Park celebrates Sugar Shack grand opening

A special event at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, will celebrate the grand opening of the Friends of Maplewood Sugar Shack at Maplewood State Park, located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids in northwestern Minnesota.  Full Story


888-MINNDNR first best stop for general natural resource questions

The DNR Information Center in St. Paul takes about 75,000 calls every year. Until recently, calls were only answered during state business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. But now callers can talk to an information consultant 21.5 more hours a week, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.   Full Story


Reminder: Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begin again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on James L. Oberstar State Trail

Open house scheduled for Sept. 19

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment – either in person or online – on a draft master plan for the James L. Oberstar State Trail.  Full Story


Roadside wildlife counts to be released Sept. 5

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will release its annual roadside wildlife survey on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  Full Story


DNR fisheries seeks input on northern pike regulation proposals for Sand Lake in northern Itasca County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house to gather input on northern pike regulations that have been in place on Sand Lake in northern Itasca County. Full Story


DNR seeks comment on stream trout and smallmouth bass special regulations in Cook County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a review of stream trout management and special stream trout regulations on Kraut, North Shady, Peanut, Squash, Thompson, Thrush, Tomato and Turnip lakes.  Public input is also sought on a review of smallmouth bass special regulations on Flour, Hungry Jack and Two Island lakes.  In both cases, reviews will consider whether existing special regulations should be continued, dropped or modified.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Sissabagamah and Long lakes in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting open houses this fall to gather input on the future of northern pike regulations on Sissabagamah Lake and Long Lake. Full Story


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

Captive deer infected with CWD in Crow Wing, Meeker counties trigger DNR disease response

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


CWD found on deer farms prompts new feeding ban in 11 Minnesota counties

Southeastern Minnesota ban continues for 5 counties and includes attractants

A new deer feeding ban is in place until 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two farms where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease.  Full Story


Mille Lacs Lake open water walleye season to close

Live bait restriction lifted during daytime hours for people fishing from shore, dock or pier

Walleye season closes on Mille Lacs Lake after fishing hours conclude on Monday, Sept. 4. Anglers fishing for all other species from shore, dock or pier may use live bait during daylight hours through Thursday, Nov. 30.  Full Story


2017 fall duck and goose seasons approaching

Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the Minnesota waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept. 23.  Full Story


DNR designates new wildlife lands for public use

Up to now, relatively few people had the privilege of wading through the remnant native prairie within 167 acres that Jerry Bue and his family owned near Marshall.  Full Story


Hunters should note errors in printed hunting regulations handbook and map

Hunters should be aware of several errors in printed copies of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and in the fold-out deer season map that accompanies the regulations booklet. Full Story


DNR to open 2 new campgrounds

First sites at Minneiska Campground at Whitewater State Park open Friday, Aug. 25

The new Minneiska campground at Whitewater State Park—featuring 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps—is ready to welcome its first visitors.  Full Story


Sustainable timber harvest analysis is under way

Draft anticipated for public review this fall

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources earlier this year began a project to determine the sustainable timber harvest level from DNR-administered forest lands, with consideration of implications for the greater forest ecosystem and economy. The initial phase of the project focused on gathering data and developing preliminary models, and the project has now moved into a phase of in-depth modeling and analysis. Full Story


DNR asks hunters to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears

With the bear hunting season opening on Friday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks hunters to avoid shooting research bears that are marked with large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.  Full Story


Final open house for BWCAW – School Trust Land exchange DEIS is Sept. 7

The third and final open house for the U.S. Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposed land exchange with the state of Minnesota is Thursday, Sept. 7. The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., in the lobby at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters located at 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul.  Full Story


Eurasian watermilfoil in Hubbard County’s Bad Axe Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County’s first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake near Emmaville. Full Story


City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fifth season, Applications due Sept. 7

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fifth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season dates for those hunts. Full Story


Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begins again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 7

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.  Full Story


More lands to hunt through Walk-In Access program

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 26,700 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program.  Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pope County’s Lake Minnewaska

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  Full Story