News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, June 12

June 12, 2023

Apply through June 16 to hunt elk in Minnesota

Elk hunters have through Friday, June 16, to apply for one of 17 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Seasons will run from early September to mid-October. Hunters can choose from two license options. One license is for an antlerless elk, which can be a female or a young male. The other license option is for either a bull or antlerless elk. Hunters should review the elk season structure on the DNR website prior to entering the lottery to ensure they apply for the license they want.

New this season, the DNR expanded the boundaries of Elk Zone 20 near Lancaster to better encompass areas where elk have been during elk hunting seasons. The zone expanded by about 6 miles to the west and 3 miles to the south.

DNR webinars cover lake trout, off-highway vehicles

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in fish, wildlife and outdoor skills to check out the summer program schedule for the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. Live webinar presentations at noon on Wednesdays the next two weeks feature discussions about lake trout and off-highway vehicles.

The first webinar is Wednesday, June 14. Josh Blankenheim, DNR large lake specialist for the Lake Superior area fisheries office, will discuss how lake trout were nearly lost from Lake Superior and the efforts that led to the successful rehabilitation of the species in the lake. Blankenheim also will share tactics and tips on how to catch lake trout in Lake Superior.

The second webinar is Wednesday, June 21. Joe Unger, off-highway vehicle program consultant, will discuss where to go, how to stay safe and other helpful information to know while exploring Minnesota’s public off-highway vehicle trails.

The Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series webinars are offered year-round and are free, though registration is required. Visit the Outdoor Skills and Stewardship webpage of the DNR website for the registration portal, more information about upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars.

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