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Continued habitat restoration project prompts temporary liberalized fishing on Lake Wakanda

Published on December 6, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is liberalizing fishing regulations on Lake Wakanda in Kandiyohi County from Dec. 18 through Feb. 27, 2022. The liberalized fishing rules are in response to a lake rehabilitation project that will temporarily draw down water levels.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 6, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR certifies new state record for muskie

Published on December 6, 2021

An angler caught a muskellunge weighing 55 pounds, 14 ounces, from Mille Lacs Lake that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified as a weight-based state record. The previous record was a 54-pound muskie caught from Lake Winnibigoshish in 1957. Although news of the fish has spread quickly in the news and social media, a record is not official until the certification process is complete.


Lake Vermilion creel survey begins

Published on December 6, 2021

Ice anglers fishing Lake Vermilion this winter may be asked to participate in the lake’s first winter creel survey since 1984. Creel clerks from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be traveling the lake on foot or on snowmobile to interview ice anglers about their harvest through Feb. 27.


Positive test on 1 Brainerd Lakes area deer extends CWD management to 2024

Published on December 6, 2021

A newly discovered instance of chronic wasting disease in the Brainerd Lakes area will result in three more years of sampling and other disease management efforts for that area.


DNR to rescind rule temporarily banning farmed deer movement into and within Minnesota

Published on December 2, 2021

An emergency rule temporarily prohibiting the importation and movement of farmed white-tailed deer into and within Minnesota will be rescinded on Monday, Dec. 6. The temporary rule, which has been in effect since Oct. 11, is one tool the Department of Natural Resources has used to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect the health of Minnesota’s wild deer.


DNR License Center in St. Paul resumes in-person services

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will resume in-person services at its St. Paul License Center on Dec. 1.


$2.4 million available in local grants for emerald ash borer management

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages local and tribal governments to apply for grants to help manage and reduce the impacts of emerald ash borer on their community forests. The DNR will be accepting grant applications from Monday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.


DNR seeks input on license system

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for input on how Minnesotans currently access the electronic license system, and what they want in the future as systems are modernized.


December CWD hunts offer deer hunters additional harvest opportunities

Published on November 29, 2021

Deer hunters seeking additional opportunities can harvest deer in late season chronic wasting disease management hunts in the southeast, south metropolitan area and along the Minnesota-North Dakota border.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 29, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR: Caution vital as open water begins to freeze

Published on November 23, 2021

With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to stay safe around the water or ice, according to the DNR.


Free entrance to Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this Friday

Published on November 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving entrance fees to all 75 state parks and recreation areas on the day after Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov. 26.


Hunters encouraged to submit spruce grouse feathers for genetics study

Published on November 22, 2021

Late-season spruce grouse hunters in northern Minnesota’s boreal forests are asked to voluntarily submit feather samples for the final year of a genetics research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the University of Minnesota.


DNR hunting and fishing skills webinars continue this winter

Published on November 22, 2021

Anyone interested in hunting, fishing and the outdoors can learn about activities like ice fishing, darkhouse spearing, winter camping, tying flies for fly fishing, learning to hunt as an adult, and high school clay target shooting by joining webinars hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 22, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


DNR seeking applicants to serve on Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Published on November 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites Minnesotans interested in serving on the department’s Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee to apply by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.


Archers have good success at Camp Ripley hunt

Published on November 15, 2021

Archery hunters who participated in the Camp Ripley hunt near Little Falls Oct. 29 through Oct. 31 had a strong harvest, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 15, 2021

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Leven in Pope County

Published on November 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Lake Leven, near the city of Villard in Pope County.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Henderson Lake in Kandiyohi County

Published on November 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Henderson Lake, near Spicer, in Kandiyohi County.


Zebra mussel confirmed in Waverly Lake in Wright County

Published on November 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in Waverly Lake, in the city of Waverly, in Wright County. Little Waverly Lake, connected to Waverly Lake, will also be listed for zebra mussels.


Public comment period opens today on DNR review of siting rule for nonferrous mines

Published on November 9, 2021

Today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin accepting public comments regarding parts of the nonferrous mine siting rule. Public comments will be accepted from Nov. 9, through Dec. 8.


Public hearing scheduled on proposed management for Indian Lake

Published on November 4, 2021

A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16 regarding a proposed management plan for Indian Lake in Sibley County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Leek Lake and Trowbridge Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on November 4, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Leek Lake and Trowbridge Lake in Otter Tail County. Leek and Trowbridge are directly connected lakes.