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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.  


Input sought on Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters fishing regulation changes

Published on September 9, 2019

For the first time in nearly 70 years, Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing notable changes to border waters fishing regulations – and the Minnesota DNR wants the public to weigh in on them. 


Minnesotans asked to serve on fish and wildlife budget oversight committees

Published on September 9, 2019

Interested in helping the Department of Natural Resources determine how Game and Fish Fund dollars are spent? Submit an application to serve on a review committee by Friday, Sept. 20. 


Zebra mussel confirmed in East Battle Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on September 9, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in East Battle Lake in Otter Tail County. 


DNR seeks input on walleye and smallmouth bass regulation proposals in Itasca County

Published on September 5, 2019

Anglers and others interested in fisheries management are invited to attend three public open-house meetings hosted by the Department of Natural Resources to provide input on fishing regulation changes proposed for lakes in Itasca County.


Pheasant index shows varied opportunities across the state

Published on September 4, 2019

When the Minnesota pheasant season opens on Oct. 12, hunters are likely to find some areas with plenty of pheasants and other areas where the birds will be tougher to find, judging by results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual roadside pheasant survey.    


14 officers join state conservation officer ranks

Published on September 4, 2019

Fourteen people who’ve spent the past 15 weeks at Camp Ripley immersed in their new careers as Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have graduated from the CO Academy and are set to begin patrolling Minnesota’s fields, waters and woods. They’ll spend the next several months in the field working with experienced officers before assuming their assigned stations all across the state. 


DNR honors 2 youths for their conservation efforts

Published on August 30, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen presented the awards. 


State Fair event highlights new state bee designation

Published on August 29, 2019

State officials, bee experts and a free limited edition commemorative poster highlighted a special state bee event Aug. 29 at the Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. 


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

Published on August 29, 2019

The Minnesota bear hunting season opens 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. 


Hunters reminded to avoid inadvertent migratory waterfowl baiting

Published on August 29, 2019

With the early Canada goose season opening Sept. 1 – and the regular duck and goose seasons on the horizon – hunters must know what’s occurring in the fields they plan to hunt to avoid a situation in which they’d be hunting over bait. 


Granada man is 2018 DNR volunteer firearms safety instructor of the year

Published on August 29, 2019

Brad Wells, of Granada in southern Minnesota, has been named the 2018 firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year, by the Department of Natural Resources. A retired teacher and the assistant coach of his local high school clay target league team, Wells has been the lead firearms safety instructor in his area for the past 18 years. He’s been a firearms safety instructor for more than 20 years. 


More lands to hunt are available through Walk-In Access program

Published on August 29, 2019

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, hunters can access nearly 30,000 acres of private land across 47 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program.


Deer feeding and attractant bans expand this weekend as part of CWD prevention efforts

Published on August 27, 2019

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bans the feeding of deer and the use of attractants in certain parts of the state to prevent the concentrations of wild deer in areas with a higher risk for disease. 


DNR targets CWD by expanding hunting, limiting deer-to-deer contact

Published on August 27, 2019

Minnesota is taking a three-pronged approach to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease and keep Minnesota’s wild deer population healthy. 


2 of 3 Whitewater State Park campgrounds closing for construction

Published on August 26, 2019

After the Labor Day weekend, Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota will close its Upper and Lower Cedar Campgrounds for a building construction and road reconfiguration project. The campgrounds, which contain 75 of Whitewater’s 126 campsites, will close Sept. 3 and remain closed through 2020.


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Upper Post Flats at Fort Snelling State Park

Published on August 26, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Upper Post Flats at Fort Snelling State Park in Hennepin County. 


DNR seeks input on master plan for Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area

Published on August 26, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as it revises plans for the Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area, a popular destination for hunters located about two hours north of the Twin Cities in Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties in east-central Minnesota. 


Financial assistance available for northern Minnesota woodland owners

Published on August 26, 2019

For people who own woods in northern Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources has cost-share funds available to help improve their woodlands.