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Grand Rapids area waterfowl hunters had mixed success on opening day

Published on September 26, 2019

On a rainy waterfowl season opening day Sept. 21, the number of hunters at bag check stations in the Grand Rapids area dropped 24 percent from the five year average, and hunter success was mixed.


Minnesota state forest drives offer 'travel-worthy' fall color

Published on September 26, 2019

A scenic drive through Minnesota’s state forests is a great way to view beautiful fall color. 


DNR reminds out-of-state hunters about carcass import restrictions

Published on September 23, 2019

Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose out of state cannot bring the entire animal back to Minnesota. 


DNR finds wild deer infected with EHD in southeastern Minnesota

Published on September 23, 2019

Tests initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a wild deer near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota’s Houston County died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection to which members of the deer family are susceptible. 


DNR highlights science and management actions during Climate Week

Published on September 23, 2019

Minnesota’s climate is becoming warmer and wetter, and the Department of Natural Resources is taking action to identify climate-related changes, understand the impacts of these changes on the state’s natural resources and recreation, mitigate the impacts as much as possible, and adapt to those impacts that cannot be avoided. 


History comes to life at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Published on September 19, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources invites visitors to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to join members of the Minnesota Archaeological Society on Sept. 28 for Archaeology Day.


Deadline extended to apply to serve on fish and wildlife budget oversight committees

Published on September 19, 2019

Minnesotans interested in helping the Department of Natural Resources determine how Game and Fish Fund dollars are spent now have through Friday, Oct. 11, to apply to serve on a review committee. 


Minnesota counties and residents benefit from PILT payments

Published on September 19, 2019

Minnesota’s 87 counties are the beneficiaries of $35.9 million in state payments that help support public lands. 


Check for invasive species when removing docks and equipment for seasonal storage

Published on September 19, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. 


Waterfowl hunters: Make safety the priority before and during the hunt

Published on September 19, 2019

Watching the sun rise over a marsh is an awe-inspiring experience, a memory bank deposit that for many duck hunters is as valuable as the number of birds they bag. Yet, every year some duck hunters find themselves in bad situations, the result of falls into cold water, mishaps with their firearms, or other incidents that may forever cloud what’s supposed to be an enjoyable experience. 


Zebra mussel confirmed in Long Lake, Ramsey County

Published on September 19, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel found by a contractor conducting an early detection survey in Long Lake in Ramsey County. 


Zebra mussels confirmed in Eagle Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on September 19, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed multiple adult and juvenile zebra mussels in Eagle Lake in Otter Tail County. 


50 years of shoreland protection and land management

Published on September 18, 2019

Fifty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature ensured better land management and conservation through three key conservation measures. The Shoreland Protection Act, Floodplain Management Act, and legislation authorizing scientific and natural areas were all signed into law in 1969 by Gov. Harold LeVander. 


Fort Snelling State Park reopens after historic flooding

Published on September 17, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reopening Fort Snelling State Park today, Sept. 17, after persistent spring flooding caused extensive damage that forced the park to close in March. 


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

Published on September 16, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 11 for the 9th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Austin.


Inaugural statewide youth deer season opens Oct. 17

Published on September 16, 2019

Minnesota offers mentors an ideal way to share hunting knowledge and traditions with youth ages 10-17 during its inaugural statewide youth deer season. 


Rushford artist wins Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest

Published on September 16, 2019

The 2020 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp will feature a painting of a pair of snow geese by Rushford artist Michael Sieve, who won the annual waterfowl stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. It was Sieve’s first time winning this contest. 


DNR announces fall 2019 land sale

Published on September 16, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels of land at three public oral bid auctions in October. The auctions will be held in Virginia, Wadena and St. Paul. 


Teach a kid to hunt small game during Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

Published on September 16, 2019

Getting youth outdoors in pursuit of squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22. 


Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Published on September 16, 2019

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 21. 


DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Mitchell Lake, Crow Wing County

Published on September 13, 2019

Anglers and others interested in proposed changes to northern pike regulations on Mitchell Lake, north of Fifty Lakes in Crow Wing County, are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources.


DNR seeks comments on northern pike regulations for Prairie Lake, St. Louis County

Published on September 12, 2019

Anglers and others interested in proposed changes to northern pike regulations on Prairie Lake, near Floodwood in St. Louis County, are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources this fall.


Grants available to help Minnesota communities fight emerald ash borer

Published on September 12, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has grant money available to help communities combat emerald ash borer and manage city-owned ash trees. Grants can help pay for tree inventories, management plans, ash removal and tree planting. 


DNR captures and tags silver carp in St. Croix River

Published on September 12, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has implanted a small tracking device in a silver carp captured on the St. Croix River Tuesday. This is the first time the DNR has tagged a silver carp, an invasive species that competes with native species for food.


Midge-borne virus causes death of wild deer in Stearns County  

Published on September 11, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease that is spread by a biting insect called a midge.