Minnesota fish and wildlife

A doe and buck in a field during fall

Cooperating for conservation

The Fish and Wildlife Division works with Minnesotans to manage, conserve and enhance the state's wildlife, fishes and the habitats on which they depend.


Lottery deadline for three large WMAs

Signs at Carlos Avery WMA The lottery deadline is Friday, Jan. 24, for firearms turkey hunting in Mille Lacs, Carlos Avery or Whitewater WMAs in A-C season.


Deer goal setting workshops underway

Here's a map of goal blocks and dates. The following areas (in gray in the map) are not included in the goal-setting process: Twin Cities metro area, Duluth area, Red Lake Reservation, and disease management areas. Areas in blue are scheduled for 2020, purple for 2021, green for 2022 and gold for 20 DNR has started the next deer population goal-setting and you can be a part of it. The four-year process will assess and determine goals for blocks across the entire state.


You can provide input on deer in 2019

We'd like to hear from you! The DNR is seeking public input on deer populations and observations from 2019.


Get a rundown of CWD results

Map of CWD results During the 2019 hunting season and special hunts, chronic wasting disease was confirmed in 27 wild deer, all from southeastern Minnesota.


Great demand for outdoors grants

Kids out on a hike along a stream Schools, nonprofit organizations and public entities continue to show strong demand for resources to get more children outdoors.


When your ice shelter needs a license

A portable ice shelter Minnesota fishing regulations recognize two types of shelters: portable and nonportable.


Reminder about pike zone regulations

An angler on the ice holding a northern pike As you pack those tip-ups or spears in search of northern pike, a reminder: Northern pike zone regulations went into effect in May 2018.


College students: DNR has internships

flathead catfish with a DNR Fisheries tag and number The DNR has up to 200 paid summer internships in areas such as fisheries, wildlife, forestry, parks and more.


Walleye stamps help support fish stocking

The 2020 Minnesota walleye stamp You don’t need a Minnesota walleye stamp to fish for or keep walleye, but you can buy one to help support walleye stocking.


New year goal: Firearms safety training

firearms safety instruction The start of the new year is a great time to think about signing up for a firearms safety course.


Supporting archery in the schools

photo from the NASP national chapionship Schools and nonprofit organizations interested in introducing students to archery can apply for a DNR program.


Pheasant and duck action plans

The pheasant and duck plans outline short-term actions that can help fulfill long-term conservation goals. Conservation efforts for pheasants, ducks and their habitats are outlined in new DNR action plans.


Fisher, marten trapping season changes

Map showing the fisher, marten and bobcat zone north of interstates 94 and 10. Trappers are reminded that season dates have changed for several species.