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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 8, 2021

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


DNR certifies new catch-and-release state record northern pike and tie for muskie

Published on September 8, 2021

Anglers over the summer caught and released a new Minnesota state record northern pike and tied the record for muskellunge.


Safety on the water a prerequisite for successful boating as summer turns to fall

Published on September 3, 2021

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the recreational boating season for many Minnesotans, but it is imperative they don’t let their guard down as the season draws to a close.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Horseshoe Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on September 3, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Horseshoe Lake, near the city of Crosslake in Crow Wing County.


Rain allows for easing of some wildfire-related restrictions in Minnesota

Published on September 2, 2021

With cautious optimism, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adjusting some wildfire-related restrictions in Minnesota due to improved field conditions. While a large portion of the state remains in drought conditions, recent rain events have decreased, though not eliminated, wildfire risk in northern and central Minnesota


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Rainy Lake in St. Louis County

Published on September 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Rainy Lake, near International Falls in St. Louis County. Rainy Lake straddles the Minnesota and Canada border. Around one-third of Rainy Lake is located within Voyageurs National Park. The zebra mussel larvae were found in waters outside the park boundary.


DNR reminds off-highway vehicle riders to prioritize their safety

Published on August 30, 2021

As the busy fall season for riding off-highway vehicles (OHV) approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds all riders to prioritize safety.


Watch for wild ricers when new early teal season opens

Published on August 30, 2021

Minnesota waterfowl hunters will have a new opportunity to hunt teal during an experimental early season from Saturday, Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8.


Low water conditions await duck hunters

Published on August 30, 2021

Waterfowl hunters need to be aware of low water on Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes and waterways when hunting seasons begin, starting with the experimental early teal season from Saturday. Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8, and the early goose season from Sept. 4 through Sept. 19.


Longtime safety advocate named 2020 DNR firearms safety instructor of year

Published on August 30, 2021

Shelly Boser, of Pierz, is the 2020 DNR firearms safety volunteer instructor of the year. She received the award during the recent Game Fair in Ramsey.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 30, 2021

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


Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Published on August 30, 2021

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 10. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.


DNR continues webinars on hunting and fishing skills

Published on August 30, 2021

Anyone interested in hunting, fishing and the outdoors can learn about activities like how to hunt pheasants, catch bass in the fall or get ready for deer seasons by joining webinars hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Intense wildfire year prompts additional restrictions in northeast Minnesota

Published on August 27, 2021

Wildfire conditions in Minnesota continue to worsen and are now prompting restrictions on mechanized operations and dispersed camping, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 23, 2021

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


Apply now for fish and wildlife budget oversight committees

Published on August 23, 2021

Do you purchase hunting or fishing licenses and wonder how the money is spent? Now is your opportunity to play an active oversight role in how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spends license dollars from the Game and Fish Fund.


Return to mandatory testing in chronic wasting disease zones this season

Published on August 23, 2021

Chronic wasting disease testing for deer harvested in certain deer permit areas will once again be mandatory for specified weekends of the 2021 deer hunting season. This year hunters will also find additional deer permit areas have been added to disease zones due to detections of CWD in both wild and farmed deer in the past year.


Portions of Minnesota enter drought restrictive phase

Published on August 18, 2021

With 36% of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought, 35% experiencing extreme drought and 7% experiencing exceptional drought, three major watersheds have entered the drought restrictive phase.


Well sampling planned in Steele County for Groundwater Atlas

Published on August 16, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Steele County for use in the development of a Groundwater Atlas of Steele County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on August 16, 2021

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.


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

Published on August 16, 2021

The Minnesota bear hunting season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and the Minnesota 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.


Sunfish central to proposed special fishing regulations

Published on August 16, 2021

Anglers can weigh in on proposed special fishing regulations that, if adopted, would become effective next year. Most of the changes proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are aimed at protecting and improving sunfish sizes by lowering daily limits on 52 lakes.


DNR invites public to testify at Jennie Lake Waterfowl Refuge hearing Aug. 25

Published on August 16, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a public hearing to consider a petition to reestablish the Jennie Lake Waterfowl Refuge in Douglas County through the end of the 2024 waterfowl hunting season.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend “Office Hours”

Published on August 16, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering a unique monthly opportunity for the public to connect with agency leaders. The Commissioners’ Office Hours is an hour-long, online conversation in which Minnesotans can discuss a topic of interest, ask questions, and share ideas with DNR leadership.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Pursues Future Funding Framework for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Published on August 16, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is embarking on a transformational effort, in collaboration with Minnesotans, to identify a new funding framework for outdoor recreation and conservation. The goal is to ensure the DNR can serve new, returning, and long-time outdoor enthusiasts, and sustainably manage the state’s natural resources for generations to come.