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August 4, 2017

Famed tournament angler, entrepreneur Ted Capra dies

Ted Capra was an accomplished Minnesota angler who won tournaments in each of the past five decades.
July 21, 2017

Mille Lacs walleye quota already exceeded; reopening of lake delayed

The unexpected announcement means walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs can't resume until August 11, two weeks later than originally planned.
July 11, 2017

State mallard numbers drop 15 percent; bluewings down also

Canada goose numbers rise
July 11, 2017

Ruffed grouse numbers up; near population cycle peak, DNR says

Sharptail numbers steady
July 6, 2017

Gov. Dayton to fish bass on Mille Lacs Saturday with Vikings' Joseph

Gov. Mark Dayton will travel to Mille Lacs to fish for bass and promote the lake's status as the best bass fishing lake in the country. The governor will be joined by Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph as well as a group of young anglers and other guests.
July 6, 2017

DNR to upgrade, modernize its licensing system

New model won't be available for a couple of years
June 12, 2017

Minnesota angler ties own record for catching flathead catfish

Jake Robinson of Shakopee has tied his own state record flathead catfish in the catch-and-release length category with a 49-inch monster taken from the Minnesota River near Savage.
May 13, 2017

Walleyes cooperate on Crane Lake on first day of fishing opener

The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday. Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows
February 7, 2017

Mille Lacs again to host big B.A.S.S. tourney

Followup contest set for Pokegama for first time.
January 25, 2017

Dayton proposes fishing, deer-hunting license fee increases

Other hikes in outdoors user fees also proposed by governor, DNR
November 14, 2016

DNR sets Upper Red Lake winter walleye limit at three

The DNR said Monday that winter anglers on Upper Red Lake can keep three walleyes, one of which may be longer than 17 inches.
September 6, 2016

Minnesota pheasant count jumps 29 percent

Mild winter benefits birds, despite ongoing habitat loss.
August 1, 2016

DNR to prohibit Minn. entry of some big-game carcasses from other states

Concern is over chronic wasting disease.
August 1, 2016

Somewhat higher deer harvest likely this fall; licenses on sale

After two "conservative'' whitetail harvest strategies, DNR to allow more antlerless permits this fall.
April 7, 2016

Minnesota DNR reverses Mille Lacs live bait ban

The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday morning it is reversing its earlier decision to ban live bait for most Mille Lacs anglers beginning with the May 14 opener.
April 4, 2016

Three walleye limit will continue on Upper Red Lake with May 14 opener

DNR says lake's walleye population is healthy.
March 21, 2016
A walleye is netted on the Twin Pines Resort boat at sunset last July during an evening excursion on Lake Mille Lacs.

Mille Lacs to be catch-and-release only for walleye anglers

Anglers targeting walleye must use only artificial bait and immediately release all walleye caught. The DNR's rules are intended to conserve walleyes, while providing some action for anglers.
February 24, 2016

Bighead carp found in Minnesota River near New Ulm

The DNR is concerned about the potential impacts of invasive carp in the Minnesota River watershed and has several projects in the works.
January 6, 2016

DNR names Rodmen Smith new enforcement chief

Smith, 44, will oversee a $38 million annual budget and a staff of 250, including more than 200 conservation officers.
December 14, 2015

DNR announces new rules for spring turkey hunting

Upshot of the changes is that most state hunters will have more time to chase toms in the spring.
September 14, 2015

Dayton announces plan to restore Minnesota pheasants

Effort to increase populations could cost up to $100M.
August 27, 2015

S.D. pheasants increase 42 percent

South Dakota will welcome thousands of non-resident hunters again this year.
July 28, 2015

DNR: More deer, but another "conservative'' season in offing

Mild winter helped boost deer numbers.
April 8, 2015

DNR cuts Mille Lacs walleye limit to one for the first time

For the first time in history, Mille Lacs anglers will be restricted to one walleye, due to the lake's record-low walleye population, the DNR said Wednesday. There also will be a night fishing ban, with the exception of muskie and bow fishing.
April 2, 2015

Dayton's DNR budget includes new programs, officers

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to accelerate fish and wildlife programs, while also adding nearly a dozen conservation officers in the coming biennium..