News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, Sept. 12

September 12, 2022


DNR encourages deer hunters to make a plan for archery season 

Minnesota’s archery deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to make a plan for their season by considering safety, hunting regulations, chronic wasting disease and steps they need to take to process their deer. Hunters can use the DNR’s make a plan for deer season webpage to find comprehensive hunting and chronic wasting disease information they should review before going afield.

Anyone can register for an outdoor skills webinar on preparing for archery hunting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 21, on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

Grouse season opens Saturday, Sept. 17

Ruffed grouse and spruce grouse hunting season begins Saturday, Sept. 17, and lasts through Jan. 1, 2023. Woodcock season is from Saturday, Sept. 24, through Monday, Nov. 7. Hunters can find a variety of grouse and woodcock hunting information, including where and when to hunt, regulations, and safety and educational resources for those who want to learn to hunt these forest birds, at the Minnesota DNR’s grouse hunting webpage.

Additionally, hunters seeking sharp-tailed grouse need to know the hunting season in the east-central zone remains closed. The hunting season in the northwest sharp-tailed grouse zone will open Saturday, Sept. 17, and last through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Anyone can register for an outdoor skills webinar on ruffed grouse hunting basics at noon Wednesday, Sept. 14, on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

DNR webinars cover the basics of grouse hunting and preparing for archery deer season

The DNR invites Minnesotans interested in wildlife and outdoor skills to tune in to upcoming webinars that will discuss the basics of hunting ruffed grouse and preparing for archery deer season.

The first webinar is at noon Wednesday, Sept. 14. Charlie Tucker, DNR area wildlife manager, and Kraig Kiger, shooting sports program coordinator, will discuss the basics of hunting ruffed grouse, including equipment, where and when to hunt, and hunting methods.

The second webinar is at noon Wednesday, Sept. 21. Dana Keller, an archery coach at A-1 Archery in Hudson and a Level 3 USA Archery coach and bowhunter, will discuss how to prepare for the upcoming archery deer season and ways to have a more successful hunting season this year.

The webinars are part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. The webinars are free but registration is required. More information is available on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

Share your thoughts on special fishing regulations

Minnesotans can weigh in on proposed special fishing regulations that, if adopted, would become effective next year. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering experimental and special fishing regulations for the 2023 fishing season that address walleye in Big Sandy Lake (Aitkin County) and Island and Round lakes (Itasca County); panfish in Dyers Lake (Cook County) and Sand Lake (Lake County); brown trout in the Vermillion River (Dakota County); lake trout in Caribou Lake (Itasca County); and northern pike in West Battle, Otter Tail, and Turtle River Chain of Lakes (Fergus Falls and Bemidji area lakes in Otter Tail and Beltrami counties).

Anyone can provide input about these proposals via an online survey that is available through Monday, Oct. 17. For additional details or to comment directly by email, U.S. mail or phone about individual proposals, contact the appropriate area fisheries office. General input may also be submitted to Jon Hansen at [email protected] or 651-259-5239, or via U.S. mail to Fishing Regulations, c/o Jon Hansen, Box 20, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

The DNR also will be hosting in-person open houses on various dates between Sept. 1 and Oct. 5 in each county where the proposed changes would apply and one in the Twin Cities metro area to cover all proposals. For meeting information, visit the DNR website. Notice of the new regulation proposals are posted at public accesses.