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DNR considers request for negotiated metallic mineral leases

Published on December 10, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has received a new request for negotiated nonferrous metallic minerals lease amendments from Vermillion Gold, Inc. (Vermillion).


Continued habitat restoration project prompts temporary liberalized fishing on Lake Wakanda

Published on December 6, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is liberalizing fishing regulations on Lake Wakanda in Kandiyohi County from Dec. 18 through Feb. 27, 2022. The liberalized fishing rules are in response to a lake rehabilitation project that will temporarily draw down water levels.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on December 6, 2021

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


DNR certifies new state record for muskie

Published on December 6, 2021

An angler caught a muskellunge weighing 55 pounds, 14 ounces, from Mille Lacs Lake that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified as a weight-based state record. The previous record was a 54-pound muskie caught from Lake Winnibigoshish in 1957. Although news of the fish has spread quickly in the news and social media, a record is not official until the certification process is complete.


Lake Vermilion creel survey begins

Published on December 6, 2021

Ice anglers fishing Lake Vermilion this winter may be asked to participate in the lake’s first winter creel survey since the winter of 1985-1986. Creel clerks from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be traveling the lake on foot or on snowmobile to interview ice anglers about their harvest through Feb. 27.


Positive test on 1 Brainerd Lakes area deer extends CWD management to 2024

Published on December 6, 2021

A newly discovered instance of chronic wasting disease in the Brainerd Lakes area will result in three more years of sampling and other disease management efforts for that area.


DNR to rescind rule temporarily banning farmed deer movement into and within Minnesota

Published on December 2, 2021

An emergency rule temporarily prohibiting the importation and movement of farmed white-tailed deer into and within Minnesota will be rescinded on Monday, Dec. 6. The temporary rule, which has been in effect since Oct. 11, is one tool the Department of Natural Resources has used to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect the health of Minnesota’s wild deer.


DNR License Center in St. Paul resumes in-person services

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will resume in-person services at its St. Paul License Center on Dec. 1.


$2.4 million available in local grants for emerald ash borer management

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages local and tribal governments to apply for grants to help manage and reduce the impacts of emerald ash borer on their community forests. The DNR will be accepting grant applications from Monday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.


DNR seeks input on license system

Published on November 29, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for input on how Minnesotans currently access the electronic license system, and what they want in the future as systems are modernized.


December CWD hunts offer deer hunters additional harvest opportunities

Published on November 29, 2021

Deer hunters seeking additional opportunities can harvest deer in late season chronic wasting disease management hunts in the southeast, south metropolitan area and along the Minnesota-North Dakota border.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 29, 2021

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


DNR: Caution vital as open water begins to freeze

Published on November 23, 2021

With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to stay safe around the water or ice, according to the DNR.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 15, 2021

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


Make a plan for deer hunting season

Published on November 1, 2021

As 400,000 hunters prepare for deer hunting this firearms opening weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds them to plan ahead for the 2021 hunting season.


DNR: It’s up to every hunter to ensure safe-hunting trend continues

Published on November 1, 2021

Minnesota has enjoyed two firearms deer seasons and nearly three years without a hunting-related firearms death—that’s the longest stretch since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been tracking these tragedies. And when the firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 6, every hunter needs to prioritize safety to keep the trend going.


DNR invites public comment on proposed master plan amendment for land added to Frontenac State Park

Published on November 1, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an open house for the public to review and comment on a proposed master plan amendment for Frontenac State Park. The open house will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, at the Frontenac Sportsman Club, 30301 Territorial Road, Lake City, MN  55041.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on November 1, 2021

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


Afton State Park to close during special hunt this weekend

Published on November 1, 2021

Afton State Park will be closed to all visitors beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 for a special deer hunt. The state park will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8. The purpose for the hunt is to prevent overpopulation of deer and to protect resources.


Temporary off-highway vehicle restrictions begin with firearms deer opener

Published on October 28, 2021

Recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) will be restricted in some areas where hunters may use rifles during the firearms deer hunting season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


DNR and partner agencies to continue innovative search for invasive carp

Published on October 22, 2021

Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lead a second intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Thirty-four silver carp were captured in Pool 8 during the first interagency carp removal operation in April.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Upper South Long Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on October 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Upper South Long Lake, near Brainerd in Crow Wing County. Five hundred feet of the Nokasippi River immediately upstream and downstream of South Long Lake will also be listed for zebra mussels.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Mahnomen Lake and East Mahnomen Lake in Crow Wing County

Published on October 22, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Mahnomen Lake and East Mahnomen Lake in Crow Wing County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 27, 2021

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


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on September 20, 2021

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