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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 4, 2019

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.


Partnership between Central Lakes College and DNR supports Camp Ripley deer hunts

Published on November 4, 2019

Variable weather greeted archers at this year’s Camp Ripley bow hunts near Little Falls, with hunters taking 278 deer during the event that took place Oct. 17-Oct. 18 and Oct. 26-27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Deer harvest numbers available online

Published on November 4, 2019

Hunters, media members and anyone interested in deer harvest data can find current deer harvest figures and harvest reports for past years available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources deer reports and statistics webpage.


Mille Lacs Lake winter anglers allowed one walleye starting Dec. 1

Published on November 4, 2019

Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fourth season in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Chronic wasting disease response efforts highlighted during deer season opener

Published on November 4, 2019

As deer hunters gear up for the firearms season that opens statewide this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is highlighting the importance of everyone’s compliance with regulations related to chronic wasting disease in wild deer.


Statement from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen about proposed out-of-state water transfer

Published on November 1, 2019

The DNR is aware of a proposal by Empire Builder Investments to supply groundwater from Minnesota to the western United States by railcar.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Lotus Lake in Carver County

Published on October 31, 2019

A water sample with zebra mussel larvae led to follow-up searches and confirmation of zebra mussels in Lotus Lake, located in the city of Chanhassen in Carver County.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on October 31, 2019

A report from a vigilant lake property owner led to the confirmation of zebra mussels in Big McDonald Lake in Otter Tail County.


Water sample reveals zebra mussel larvae in Lomond Lake in Clearwater County

Published on October 28, 2019

It’s the first lake in the county with zebra mussels


Water sample reveals zebra mussel larvae in Ten Mile Lake in Cass County

Published on October 28, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in a water sample taken from Ten Mile Lake near Hackensack in Cass County.


Inaugural youth deer season leads to record number of youth licenses sold

Published on October 28, 2019

More than 20,000 youth licenses sold prior to start of statewide youth deer hunting season


Significant rainfall creates difficult conditions on state forest trails and roads

Published on October 28, 2019

The fall’s heavy rains have made some forest roads and trails impassable. With firearms deer hunting season around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to check forest trail and road conditions before they head out.


Smart safety choices may have saved duck hunters’ lives

Published on October 24, 2019

When Alec Stark and his duck-hunting buddies pushed off from shore in the predawn darkness of a brisk Saturday a couple weeks ago, they weren’t thinking about much beyond their collective hope the birds would be flying. Their blind was tucked out of the wind, so they spent the next few hours in relative comfort, passing the time chatting and watching the sky over North Long Lake near Brainerd.


West Nile virus in ruffed grouse: Test results are in

Published on October 22, 2019

Test results are in from the first year of a multi-state study on West Nile virus in ruffed grouse in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. These first-year results are showing that, while the virus is present in the region, exposed grouse can survive.


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on select Tower area lakes

Published on October 21, 2019

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on seven lakes in the Tower fisheries work area.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Swan Lake in Otter Tail County

Published on October 21, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed individual zebra mussels in Swan Lake in Otter Tail County. Mineral Lake and several small, unnamed lakes connected to and downstream of Swan Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels. All of these lakes flow into North Ten Mile Lake, which was listed for zebra mussels in 2017.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 21, 2019

Stay informed! Here’s a weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife and habitat management.


Chronic wasting disease testing is mandatory in central, north-central and southeast

Published on October 21, 2019

Minnesota deer hunters must bring their harvested deer to sampling stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease in the central surveillance area; north-central and southeast management zones; and the southeast control zone on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10.


DNR certifies new catch-and-release state record muskie

Published on October 21, 2019

An angler on Lake Vermilion caught and released Minnesota’s new state record muskellunge, a 57 1/4 inch fish that he called a “true giant.”


Special deer hunt permits available for Cascade River, Judge C. R. Magney state parks

Published on October 17, 2019

Cascade River and Judge C R. Magney state parks will hold special firearms deer hunts again this fall during regular firearms season Nov. 9-24.


Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop Nov. 23-24

Published on October 17, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering a two-day snowshoe-lacing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23-Nov. 24 at the Lake Carlos State Park Visitor Center in Douglas County. During the workshop, an instructor will demonstrate how laces are strung on pre-built Ojibwe-style wood snowshoe frames, followed by a lesson on how to use the finished product.


Deer hunts are taking place at many Minnesota state parks this fall

Published on October 17, 2019

DNR advises park visitors to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks that remain open during special hunts


Fall is a great time to make your home and property 'Firewise'

Published on October 16, 2019

Fall is a good time to reduce the risks of wildfires to cabins and homes as property owners in rural and wooded areas clear woodlots, cut firewood or remove downed or dying trees.


DNR regional wildlife managers detail what deer hunters can expect

Published on October 14, 2019

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the season that opens Saturday, Nov. 9, and offers opportunity to spend time with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.


DNR seeking applications to serve on Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Published on October 14, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from Minnesota residents interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee.