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DNR invites public comments, announces meeting on recreational trail revisions within the Foot Hills State Forest

Published on April 13, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people to learn about and comment on potential trail revisions within the Foot Hills State Forest in Cass County during an online public meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26. Comments and ideas may also be submitted through Friday, May 14.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on April 12, 2021

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


Spring turkey hunting begins this week

Published on April 12, 2021

When Minnesota’s turkey hunting season begins Wednesday, April 14, hunters hoping to bag a tom turkey will see similar regulations as last year.


DNR invites public comments on FireFrost ATV Trail proposal

Published on April 12, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Norman County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for an all-terrain vehicle trail. Grant-in-aid is a cost-share program that relies on partnership between the DNR, a local government sponsor and an off-highway vehicle organization to facilitate trail development and maintenance.


Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 17

Published on April 12, 2021

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 17, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also open April 17 on Lake Superior and its tributary streams.


High-risk oak wilt season is now: Do not prune oaks

Published on April 8, 2021

April marks the beginning of the high-risk season for oak wilt, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people not to prune oaks from April through July. This is the best way Minnesotans can prevent the spread of the deadly oak wilt disease.


Mountain bike trail expansion happening at Cuyuna Country SRA

Published on April 8, 2021

Mountain bike enthusiasts will have 27 miles of new trails to ride at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area by the spring of 2023. New trail construction at the area’s Sagamore Unit is scheduled to begin in late April and last through the fall of 2022.


Richmond man is snowmobile safety instructor of the year

Published on April 8, 2021

Charles Reichert, of Richmond, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2020.


More counties added to spring burn restrictions

Published on April 5, 2021

As fire season deepens and expands, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added the following counties to the burn restriction list: Cass (south) and Crow Wing.


DNR: Play it safe as early boating season gets underway

Published on April 5, 2021

Many lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota are now ice-free, and those where ice remains likely will be open in the near future. People are understandably eager to hit the water, but it remains dangerously cold. That means it’s vital for people to exercise extreme caution whenever they’re on or around the water.


Observation of walleye egg take operations closed to public

Published on April 5, 2021

Biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect walleye eggs this spring; however, social distancing requirements mean this popular springtime activity will not be open for public viewing this year.


Minnesota’s fishing opener is May 15 this year

Published on April 5, 2021

Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike on Saturday, May 15, with this year’s date taking the prize for the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completes sand and gravel resource map for Kandiyohi County

Published on March 30, 2021

Geologists in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Aggregate Resource Mapping Program recently completed a new resource map showing the potential for sand and gravel deposits in Kandiyohi County. Aggregate resource maps are an important tool to assist in local land use planning and identifying local resources needed to construct roads, bridges, trails and buildings.


DNR seeking public comment on proposed waterfowl regulations through April 11

Published on March 29, 2021

People have through Sunday, April 11, to submit comments on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ proposed waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons. Comments may be submitted by completing on online comment form through Sunday, April 11.


Counties added to spring burn restrictions

Published on March 29, 2021

As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added the following counties today to the burn restriction list: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Norman, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.


DNR seeks comments on Tower area fisheries management plans

Published on March 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anglers and others interested in fisheries management in the Tower area to comment on management plans for several lakes through April 10.


DNR and partner agencies to conduct innovative search for invasive carp

Published on March 25, 2021

Beginning April 5, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lead an intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. The innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM) combines netting and herding techniques to drive and concentrate invasive carp from a large area of water into a small zone for removal.


Early and late season walleye harvest to be allowed on Mille Lacs in 2021

Published on March 23, 2021

Early-season walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep one walleye 21-23 inches long or one longer than 28 inches. Summer will bring catch-and-release walleye fishing, with a mid-season closure, before the potential for a one-fish limit returns in the fall.


Spring burning restrictions begin in Minnesota

Published on March 22, 2021

Warm temperatures and dry conditions in northwest Minnesota mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning in the following counties effective immediately: Beltrami (north), Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau.


Prevent conflicts with bears with these spring tips

Published on March 22, 2021

With bears emerging from hibernation in the coming weeks, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to check their property for food sources that could attract bears.


Spring thaw brings temporary closure of state forest roads and trails

Published on March 18, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close some state forest roads and trails because they are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without causing damage. Depending on weather conditions, the temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May.


DNR reminds Minnesotans to not import live crayfish

Published on March 15, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding Minnesotans that it is illegal to import any species of live crayfish into the state. Some people import live crayfish for dining, for aquariums or for fishing bait, without realizing Minnesota is one of at least nine states that prohibit live crayfish imports.


Ice deteriorating quickly with recent warm weather

Published on March 11, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges people to be extremely cautious on and around the ice, as recent warm weather has deteriorated ice conditions across the state. Some lakes already have large areas of open water and there have been reports of vehicles breaking through.


Deadline to remove fish houses in northern Minnesota quickly approaching

Published on March 8, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers the deadline to remove fish houses from lakes in the northern one-third of the state is coming up. Recent and forecasted warm weather means conditions on the ice may be challenging, so the DNR urges anglers to plan ahead to ensure they’re able to meet the deadline.


Public input sought for redevelopment of Eagle Rock Vista Trailhead at Blue Mounds State Park

Published on March 8, 2021

Minnesotans can review and provide comments through April 5 on three designs under consideration by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the redevelopment of a trailhead and day-use area at the south end of Blue Mounds State Park.