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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 24, 2020

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


Camp Ripley archery hunt permits available Aug. 28

Published on August 24, 2020

Hunters can purchase permits for the archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls starting at noon on Friday, Aug. 28.


DNR maintains aggressive response to chronic wasting disease, while adjusting for COVID-19 considerations and new detections

Published on August 24, 2020

Changes for 2020 include voluntary sampling in affected areas, a new management zone and new surveillance areas


DNR sets 2 confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auctions for this fall

Published on August 24, 2020

Sept. 19 and Oct. 24 auctions will be held online


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Watab Lake in Stearns County

Published on August 20, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Big Watab Lake, near Avon in Stearns County.


13 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Published on August 19, 2020

Thirteen people have graduated from the 20th Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy, having trained since early May in all aspects of their new careers as conservation officers.


City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters eighth season

Published on August 18, 2020

City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters eighth season Applications for firearm and muzzleloader permits due Sept. 10


DNR invites public input on recreational trails within parts of Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest

Published on August 17, 2020

DNR invites public input on recreational trails within parts of Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest


Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged and radio-collared research bears

Published on August 17, 2020

The Minnesota bear hunting season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid shooting marked research bears. These bears are marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio collars.


DNR urges people to take precautions to keep bears away

Published on August 17, 2020

A shortage of natural foods is causing more bear-human conflicts in northeastern and north-central Minnesota as bears gravitate toward food sources at homes, cabins and campsites.


DNR holds online fleet auctions

Published on August 13, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has canceled three live fleet auctions in Bemidji and Grand Rapids scheduled for later this year. Instead, auctions are now taking place online via MinnBid, the state’s online auction website.


DNR proposes to return 4 Renville County watercourses to Public Waters Inventory

Published on August 10, 2020

Action would correct errors while protecting public waters


DNR proposes to return Polk County watercourse to Public Waters Inventory

Published on August 10, 2020

Action would correct error while protecting public water


Well sampling planned in Rock County for groundwater atlas

Published on August 10, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples this summer from about 50 wells in Rock County for use in the county’s groundwater atlas.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 10, 2020

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


Eyota man is 2019 snowmobile safety instructor of the year

Published on August 10, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Todd Sanden of Eyota the 2019 snowmobile safety instructor of the year.


Wild rice season opens soon, but harvesters must ensure rice is ripe

Published on August 10, 2020

DNR offers tips for those new to harvesting or considering taking up the activity


Ruffed grouse counts similar to last year

Published on August 10, 2020

71st year of counts continues, and second year of West Nile virus sampling shows similar results


2020 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Postponed

Published on August 4, 2020

The 10th annual Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener will be postponed to Oct. 8-9, 2021 in Fairmont.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 3, 2020

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


Campground at Whitewater State Park getting upgrade

Published on August 3, 2020

One of Minnesota’s most popular state parks is getting an upgrade this summer to better serve campers, thanks to state bonds and dedicated funds from the Parks and Trails Legacy Amendment.


DNR fisheries crews use technology to learn more about Minnesota River’s flathead catfish population

Published on August 3, 2020

Catfish are hard fighters and catching them can be an adventure for anglers, some of whom spend evening and night hours plying major rivers with sturdy rods and reels loaded with heavy line.


Owatonna man is 2019 firearms safety instructor of the year

Published on July 30, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Dave Olson of Owatonna as the 2019 firearms safety instructor of the year.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bowstring Lake in Itasca County

Published on July 29, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Bowstring Lake, located mostly within the Leech Lake Reservation in Itasca County.


Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on July 28, 2020

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