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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on April 13, 2020

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


Turkey hunting begins this week

Published on April 13, 2020

When turkey hunting season opens April 15, hunters who want to bag a tom turkey are encouraged to stay close to home.


DNR temporarily closes Grand Portage State Park amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Published on April 10, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed Grand Portage State Park along the Canadian Border on the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Flooding from spring thaw closes parts of Fort Snelling State Park

Published on April 9, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has closed significant areas of Fort Snelling State Park due to flooding. The park—one of Minnesota’s busiest, and a popular local destination for hikers, bikers, and birders—is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which are both experiencing rising waters from the spring thaw.


Minnesota’s new Outdoor Recreation Task Force members chosen

Published on April 6, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota have named members to the new Outdoor Recreation Task Force. The 20-person task force, which is set to meet via WebEx for the first time on April 28 to begin discussing the state of outdoor recreation in Minnesota, represents a broad swath of outdoor recreation interests in the state.


CWD management: USDA targeted culling complete in southeastern Minnesota

Published on April 6, 2020

The DNR has completed its work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to perform targeted culling of deer in localized areas where chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota.


Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 1

Published on April 6, 2020

Prospective bear hunters have until Friday, May 1, to apply for a bear hunting license. Applications for the 2020 season should be submitted online or via telephone at 888-665-4236.


Be aware of bears this spring: DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Published on April 6, 2020

As bears emerge from hibernation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to check their property for food sources that could attract bears.


DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment for Nolte Family Irrigation Project in Wadena County

Published on April 6, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through May 6 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Nolte Family Irrigation Project in Wadena County. The project is located within the Pineland Sands Area of central Minnesota.


Keep drones grounded this spring wildfire season

Published on April 2, 2020

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.


Springtime temporary road and trail closures on state lands

Published on April 2, 2020

Spring thaw and saturated soils from heavy rainfall last fall are negatively impacting road and trail conditions on state lands, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This may affect Minnesotans who live near these areas and use these roads for essential travel or to get outdoors near their homes.


Safety is paramount around late ice and open water

Published on April 2, 2020

As the winter-to-spring transition unfolds, the way people experience the change in seasons will be a little different this year. But while we stay close to home for our outdoors time and practice social distancing, one thing remains the same. People must put their safety first, especially around lakes and rivers where the ice conditions vary around the state.


Rainfall monitoring network seeks volunteer members

Published on March 31, 2020

The State Climatology Office is looking for volunteer rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The network includes more than 20,000 volunteers nationwide who measure precipitation in their backyards using a standard 4-inch rain gauge.


Career pathway program seeking applicants for second cohort

Published on March 31, 2020

Applications are being accepted until May 15 for the second cohort of the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program, a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, the Pollution Control Agency and the Board of Water and Soil Resources.


More counties added to spring burn restrictions

Published on March 30, 2020

As fire season expands, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added more counties to the burn restriction list.


Counties added to spring burn restrictions

Published on March 27, 2020

As warmer and drier weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added more counties to the burn restriction list.


Spring burning restrictions begin in Minnesota

Published on March 26, 2020

Warm temperatures and dry conditions in central and east-central Minnesota mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning in some counties effective immediately.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on March 23, 2020

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management that can be used in full, as separate short stories, or to jump-start a longer article.


DNR issues open water regulations to protect Mille Lacs walleye

Published on March 17, 2020

Walleye angling on Mille Lacs Lake will be catch-and-release only for this year’s open water season, with the exception of the month of July, when walleye fishing will be closed.


DNR adjusting and canceling some public events, open houses and meetings

Published on March 16, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in accordance with guidance from state health officials, is postponing, adjusting, and canceling a variety of public events, including open houses, safety education training, naturalist programs and other meetings.


Wild deer in Dakota County confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease

Published on March 13, 2020

A wild deer in Dakota County was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.


DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Published on March 13, 2020

Comments on Tower area lake management plans accepted through March 30th


More than 50 invasive carp captured on Mississippi River

Published on March 13, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is conducting an immediate response to the capture of 51 invasive carp on the Mississippi River. The invasive carp were caught by two commercial fishing operators near La Crosse and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting last weekend.


DNR seeks applicants for $100,000 in shooting range grants

Published on March 12, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering $100,000 in shooting range grants as part of an effort to increase opportunities for people to have safe places to practice shooting sports.


DNR: Warm weather taking toll on ice in parts of state

Published on March 12, 2020

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers urge people to exercise extreme caution on and around lake ice, as conditions in some parts of the state have deteriorated rapidly. Several people and vehicles have fallen through the ice in recent days, continuing a trend that has played out for much of this winter.