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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.


DNR reminds off-highway vehicle riders to prioritize their safety

Published on August 30, 2021

As the busy fall season for riding off-highway vehicles (OHV) approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds all riders to prioritize safety.


Watch for wild ricers when new early teal season opens

Published on August 30, 2021

Minnesota waterfowl hunters will have a new opportunity to hunt teal during an experimental early season from Saturday, Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8.


Low water conditions await duck hunters

Published on August 30, 2021

Waterfowl hunters need to be aware of low water on Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes and waterways when hunting seasons begin, starting with the experimental early teal season from Saturday. Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8, and the early goose season from Sept. 4 through Sept. 19.


Longtime safety advocate named 2020 DNR firearms safety instructor of year

Published on August 30, 2021

Shelly Boser, of Pierz, is the 2020 DNR firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year. She received the award during the recent Game Fair in Ramsey.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 30, 2021

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


Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Published on August 30, 2021

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 10. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.


DNR continues webinars on hunting and fishing skills

Published on August 30, 2021

Anyone interested in hunting, fishing and the outdoors can learn about activities like how to hunt pheasants, catch bass in the fall or get ready for deer seasons by joining webinars hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Intense wildfire year prompts additional restrictions in northeast Minnesota

Published on August 27, 2021

Wildfire conditions in Minnesota continue to worsen and are now prompting restrictions on mechanized operations and dispersed camping, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 23, 2021

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


Apply now for fish and wildlife budget oversight committees

Published on August 23, 2021

Do you purchase hunting or fishing licenses and wonder how the money is spent? Now is your opportunity to play an active oversight role in how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spends license dollars from the Game and Fish Fund.