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Minnesotans fish free with kids Jan. 15-17

Published on January 10, 2022

Take proper precautions on the ice.


Management plan finalized for Heron Lake

Published on January 10, 2022

Significant public input contributed to waterfowl plan in Jackson County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on January 10, 2022

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


Itasca State Park features twinkling lit trail beneath night sky

Published on January 3, 2022

For a view of twinkling lights to match the starry night sky, consider a walk on Itasca State Park’s Twinkle Light Trail.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on January 3, 2022

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


Zebra mussels confirmed in Thunder Lake in Cass County

Published on December 27, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Thunder Lake, near Remer in Cass County.


Usher in the New Year on foot at a state park First Day Hike

Published on December 27, 2021

First Day Hikes will take place at six Minnesota state parks on Saturday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort to connect people with the outdoors. Individuals, families and groups in all 50 states will have an opportunity to enjoy guided hikes that vary in distance and difficulty. The event offers visitors an opportunity to celebrate the New Year amidst local nature and history.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 27, 2021

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


DNR cautions about uneven conditions as ice season gets underway

Published on December 21, 2021

Anglers in some parts of Minnesota have been venturing onto the ice for several weeks, while water remains open in other parts of the state. So far in December, weather in the state—which has included rain, snow and fluctuating temperatures—has affected ice-making and impacted ice that’s already formed.


Public has opportunity to comment on management of Lake Maria

Published on December 20, 2021

The management plan identifies new triggers that will guide when specific actions will be used, such as periodic drawdowns. The updated triggers are tied to water quality benchmarks, as well as abundance of aquatic plants, common carp, fathead minnows and bullhead. Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 20.


Take steps to protect trees and shrubs from deer

Published on December 20, 2021

In winter, property owners sometimes begin to notice broken branches or branches missing on tree and shrubs. This damage often is a result of deer browsing and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has tips to prevent it.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 20, 2021

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


Statewide snowmobile season here, but most trails not groomed yet

Published on December 20, 2021

While recent snow in parts of Minnesota has many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, most of the state’s trails are not yet groomed and ready to ride, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 13, 2021

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


DNR considers request for negotiated metallic mineral leases

Published on December 10, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has received a new request for negotiated nonferrous metallic minerals lease amendments from Vermillion Gold, Inc. (Vermillion).


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 the winter of 1985-1986. 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.