Minnesota fish & wildlife

A doe and buck in a field during fall

Cooperating for conservation

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


A ruffed grouse on a log

Grouse hunters can collect samples

The DNR is asking ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota to voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project.

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Wild rice

How DNR manages wild rice lakes

Wild rice harvesters are preparing to scout and harvest rice this year, and wildlife managers around the state are seeing highly variable rice conditions.

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Pelican Lake from the shore

New Pelican Lake access to open

Staff and contractors working for the DNR have been busy putting the finishing touches on a new Pelican Lake public water access that’s expected to be open in time for hunting season.

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Deer in a field in southeast Minnesota

Southeast deer hunter survey results

A survey of southeast Minnesota deer hunters helped inform the DNR before setting this year's regulations.

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Hunting or fishing license gets you a Twins cap

Your hunting or fishing license gets you access to a special Minnesota Twins ticket package and a free blaze orange Twins cap at two upcoming games.

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an open grassland and sky

Check out the Prairie Pod podcast

Interested in prairies and grasslands, and the wildlife that live there? The Minnesota DNR launched its Prairie Pod podcast – and Season 2 is underway.

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The DNR is inviting people to share their thoughts at deer open-house meetings.

Bring your deer-related questions

Local wildlife managers across the state are again inviting anyone interested in deer to open-house meetings to ask deer-related questions and offer thoughts on deer issues, including about hunting regulation changes that will be released in early August.

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A spruce grouse

Keeping an eye on spruce grouse

Minnesota researchers are into their second year of monitoring spruce grouse, a bird species that is notoriously difficult to count, through an annual spruce grouse survey that involves participation from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers.

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A group of hunters and mentors

Women can sign up for archery hunting series

Women who have archery experience and want to try archery deer hunting can sign up for a three-part series offered this fall through the DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.

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An archery hunter during a hunt

Bowhunter deer survey results available

Results are posted from the 2018 bowhunter survey, which gives the DNR a better look at deer populations in Minnesota.

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The 2020 trout stamp

First-time winner chosen in trout stamp contest

A first-time winner took top honors at the habitat stamp contest that determined the artwork for the 2020 version of the Minnesota trout and salmon stamp.

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The 2020 walleye stamp

First time winner takes walleye stamp contest

A first-time winner took top honors at the habitat stamp contest that determined the artwork for the 2020 version of the Minnesota walleye stamp.

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A deer on someone's trail camera

Deer harvest reports available

Ever wonder how many deer Minnesota hunters harvested last season? In 2018, hunters registered nearly 189,000 deer, a total that includes firearms, archery and muzzleloader hunting seasons.

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A northern pike

Comment on special fishing regulations

During a series of 17 public meetings, anglers and others can give their opinions about proposed 2020 changes to special fishing regulations for 30 lakes.

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The drawndown of Lilttle Rock Lake is expected to reduce algae growths such as this.

Drawdown begins at Little Rock Lake-Sartell Pool

The Little Rock Lake-Sartell Pool drawdown began Aug. 1.

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The 2019 Minnesota pheasant stamp

DNR seeks designs for turkey and pheasant stamps

Wildlife artists can submit entries for two wildlife habitat stamp contests that will decide the artwork to be featured on the 2020 pheasant stamp and the 2021 wild turkey stamp.

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A walleye in a net

Cass Lake draft plan available

Cass Lake, one of Minnesota's 10 large walleye lakes, has a new draft management plan and the DNR is seeking input on it.

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A large sunfish

DNR seeking to improve sunfish size quality

Local fisheries managers with the DNR are responding to angler desire for bigger sunfish by seeking out specific lakes that would be a good fit for improving sunfish size quality by reducing sunfish bag limits.

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A fishing license to Willy W Walleye

Begin at DNR site to buy a license

Don't get scammed! Anglers and hunters who buy their licenses online should do so only from the Minnesota DNR website.

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An antlerless deer

Deer season regulations available

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations including a youth deer season that's expanded statewide, updates related to managing chronic wasting disease, and expanded deer feeding and attractant bans.

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a gray wolf

DNR wolf comments posted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a rule in March 2019 that considers the delisting of gray wolves as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous United States.

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