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DNR learns of 2 Minnesota deer farms that received deer from a CWD-positive farm in Wisconsin

Published on September 28, 2021

On Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources learned that deer farms in Minnesota were among those that received deer from a Wisconsin farm where chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered in August 2021. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the farm where CWD was detected sold nearly 400 deer to 40 farms in seven states during the past five years.


DNR to hold trapping season permit drawing for Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area

Published on September 28, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a drawing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, to issue permits for the 2021-22 Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area trapping season.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 27, 2021

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


Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Published on September 23, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.


Minnesota counties receive $36.3 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes in 2021

Published on September 23, 2021

This year, Minnesota’s 87 counties are the beneficiaries of $36.3 million in aid that helps support public lands and provide critical links within the state’s public recreation system.


DNR seeks comments on Environmental Assessment Worksheet for proposed Spruce Valley Sehlstrom gravel pit dewatering project

Published on September 21, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through Oct. 21 on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed Sehlstrom gravel pit dewatering project. The proposed project is located near Roseau in Spruce Township.


DNR proposing minor angling regulation changes on 3 Wright County lakes

Published on September 20, 2021

Fisheries staff with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting to gather public input on minor regulation changes proposed for Mink-Somers, Sugar and Crawford lakes in Wright County.


DNR proposes minor changes to sunfish regulations on Carnelian and Pleasant lakes in Stearns County

Published on September 20, 2021

Fisheries staff with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting to gather public input on regulation changes proposed for Carnelian and Pleasant lakes in Stearns County.


Wildfire-related burning restrictions lifted in Cook and Lake counties

Published on September 20, 2021

Recent rain and a return of near-normal temperatures and higher evening humidity have greatly reduced the chance of campfires or open burning causing a wildfire in Cook and Lake counties.


Hunters encouraged to submit spruce grouse feathers for genetics study

Published on September 20, 2021

Spruce grouse hunters in northern Minnesota’s boreal forests can voluntarily submit 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 Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 20, 2021

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


Wildfire-related burning restrictions lifted in 14 counties

Published on September 14, 2021

Continued favorable weather has improved wildfire risk for much of northern Minnesota. In response, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is removing fire restrictions in 14 counties.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Smith Lake and connected lakes in Crow Wing County

Published on September 13, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Smith Lake, near Garrison in Crow Wing County. Barbour Lake, Holt Lake and Seguchie Creek, connected to Smith Lake, will also be listed for zebra mussels. 


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 13, 2021

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


DNR invites deer hunters to share their wildlife observations

Published on September 13, 2021

Minnesota deer hunters are encouraged to report wildlife they see during their upcoming hunts using an online questionnaire from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Drought conditions prove challenging for pheasants, observers

Published on September 13, 2021

Pheasant numbers have declined by 25 percent from 2020, but numbers remained on par with the 10-year average, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside wildlife survey.


Archery deer hunt set for East Minnesota River Refuge

Published on September 9, 2021

The special hunt designation has been removed from the East Minnesota River Refuge. Regular archery hunting regulations apply in the refuge. Pre-registration no longer required.


Habitat project nearing completion at Chain-O-Sloughs Wildlife Management Area

Published on September 8, 2021

Contractors are removing undesirable trees and brush from a 40-acre area of the Wildlife Management Area in Lincoln County. Those trees and brush will be cut, stump treated, piled and burned once there is three inches of snow cover. The undesirable trees include non-native Russian olive along with native plum and cedar that have encroached on grasslands.


2 youths earn commissioner’s awards for conservation efforts

Published on September 8, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 3, at the Minnesota State Fair.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 8, 2021

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


DNR certifies new catch-and-release state record northern pike and tie for muskie

Published on September 8, 2021

Anglers over the summer caught and released a new Minnesota state record northern pike and tied the record for muskellunge.


Safety on the water a prerequisite for successful boating as summer turns to fall

Published on September 3, 2021

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the recreational boating season for many Minnesotans, but it is imperative they don’t let their guard down as the season draws to a close.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Horseshoe Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on September 3, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Horseshoe Lake, near the city of Crosslake in Crow Wing County.


Rain allows for easing of some wildfire-related restrictions in Minnesota

Published on September 2, 2021

With cautious optimism, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adjusting some wildfire-related restrictions in Minnesota due to improved field conditions. While a large portion of the state remains in drought conditions, recent rain events have decreased, though not eliminated, wildfire risk in northern and central Minnesota


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Rainy Lake in St. Louis County

Published on September 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Rainy Lake, near International Falls in St. Louis County. Rainy Lake straddles the Minnesota and Canada border. Around one-third of Rainy Lake is located within Voyageurs National Park. The zebra mussel larvae were found in waters outside the park boundary.