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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.


DNR invites conversation about deer topics

Published on March 8, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to talk with DNR staff about deer on Wednesday, March 31. From noon until 8 p.m. on that day, wildlife managers throughout the state will be available to discuss deer-related topics with anyone who gives them a call.


Perform burn-free brush cleanup to prevent spring wildfires

Published on March 8, 2021

Drought conditions across Minnesota have created the potential for an active and damaging spring wildfire season. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges woodland landowners and homeowners to help prevent wildfires by using burn-free options for spring brush and yard cleanup.


Landowner enrollment set to begin for Walk-In Access program

Published on March 8, 2021

Enrollment opens for Minnesota’s Walk-In Access program, which pays private landowners to allow public hunting on their lands, on Monday, March 15. This year, landowners can receive $18 per acre enrolled. And the program is expanding to include more counties.


Rainfall monitoring network seeks volunteer members

Published on March 8, 2021

The state climatology office in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources needs volunteer rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on March 8, 2021

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


Luce Line State Trail closed to horses until May 15

Published on March 5, 2021

The horse trail along the Luce Line State Trail, from Vicksburg Lane in Plymouth to the city of Winsted, will be closed until May 15.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on March 4, 2021

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


New sunfish regulations in effect on nearly 100 waters

Published on March 2, 2021

Sunfish anglers will need to closely check the 2021 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet and signs at water accesses for new sunfish limits that are now in effect on 94 waters.


Online meeting to focus on 2021 waterfowl season regulations and dates

Published on March 2, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a virtual town hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 for people to learn, comment and ask questions about the 2021 waterfowl hunting season and proposed regulatory changes that will be released for public comment on March 29.


DNR invites public review, announces meeting on Mille Lacs Lake fisheries management

Published on March 2, 2021

Minnesotans can learn about and comment on fisheries management goals and objectives proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Mille Lacs Lake.