DNR names Rodmen Smith new enforcement chief

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.

DNR hires new big game leader

January 4
The DNR announced Monday it has hired Adam Murkowski as the new big game manager for Minnesota's deer, elk and moose populations.

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January 4
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December 16, 2015

Best of the Best: Top 5 Travel Destinations of 2015

In 2015, I was fortunate to add many thrilling chapters to my travel adventures. The experiences were remarkable and diverse. Driving an authentic, circa-1851 stagecoach in the Western frontier. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean while the sun rises over South Beach. Boating alongside a bull moose swimming across a lake in Canada's boreal forest. Catching an elusive tarpon from the banks of a tropical island.
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.
December 10, 2015

A Mountain Hideaway: Part 3

My wife and I live in suburban America working corporate jobs surrounded by modern conveniences. But at our core we still possess the desire for wild things and wild places. Our craving for that wilderness experience drove us West this year, to a hideaway in the mountains of Montana called Triple Creek Ranch (TCR).
November 25, 2015

A Mountain Hideaway: Part 1

The No. 1 hotel in the world is not in Hawaii, Europe or some island in the South Pacific. It's in the middle of rural Montana. Triple Creek Ranch (TCR) is tucked away in Western Montana's Rocky Mountains, and despite its remote location it received the top honor from Travel & Leisure in the magazine's 2014 reader vote.
November 20, 2015

A Mountain Hideaway: Part 2

"I see it!" I exclaim to my wife before scurrying up the final ridge of slab-like boulders. She follows quickly, and together we take in our reward for climbing to 8,000 feet elevation along the highest peak in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains: a panoramic view of Baker Lake.
October 27, 2015

Video Blog: Adventures at The Ranch at Rock Creek

If a picture's worth a thousand words, what's a video worth? This fall, my wife and I took the trip of a lifetime to The Ranch at Rock Creek in Western Montana.
October 13, 2015

Photo Essay: A Day at the Ranch

If there's a prettier place in the lower 48 than Montana, I have yet to see it. My travels have taken me to all four corners of the continental U.S., and many places in between, but I must say Western Montana stands out. One of the best places to marvel at Mother Nature and also interact with her is The Ranch at Rock Creek, near Philipsburg, Montana.
October 6, 2015

Seventeen appointed to new Lake Mille Lacs advisory group

The DNR says members of the committee will contribute to the broader understanding of biological, social and economic aspects of the lake
September 29, 2015

Lake Sturgeon Brings Old Friends Together

It was in the early 80's when I last saw this snot nosed girl and her family.
September 25, 2015

Some hunters this weekend will be asked to have ducks tested for avian flu

The Department of Natural Resources will have field testing stations in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Swift and Todd counties.
September 14, 2015

Dayton announces plan to restore Minnesota pheasants

Effort to increase populations could cost up to $100M.
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September 14, 2015

North Dakota pheasants are up 30 percent

Results mirror results in Minnesota, South Dakota.
September 10, 2015

Dayton says they'll be a walleye season this winter on Mille Lacs

Previously, the DNR said it would wait until an annual fall walleye survey was complete on Mille Lacs before determing whether winter walleye fishing could begin Dec. 1.
September 10, 2015

DNR seeks applicants for new Mille Lacs advisory group

Deadline to apply is Sept. 24
September 9, 2015

State Wide Lake Sturgeon Fishing~Nice Job MN DNR!

This last June most waters in Minnesota were opened for the first time to catch and release Lake Sturgeon fishing. Good fishing for the States largest fish might be closer then you think!
Go camp! A guide to all that Minnesota has to offer
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New to camping or is your second home a Eureka tent? Various parks experts have helped us assemble a guide into the wide possibilities Minnesota has to offer.
September 8, 2015

DNR: Minnesota pheasant index up 33 percent over last year

However, the 2015 pheasant index is 39 percent below the 10-year average and 59 percent below the long-term average. Loss of habitat remains a concern.
September 3, 2015

DNR to consider changes to spring turkey hunting season

Officials say it's time to reconsider current structure
September 2, 2015

Dining in Style in South Beach

South Beach is famous for its nightlife, ocean views, glitz and glamorous. It also happens to be home to one of the finest dining hotspots in the U.S., at the Ritz-Cartlon, South Beach. The five-star hotel has acquired a supremely talented crew of elite chefs, a wonderfully skilled bartender and a hard-working, diverse support staff who collectively succeed in giving foodies one of the best all-around culinary experiences money can buy.
August 31, 2015

Pheasant count up 42 percent in South Dakota

Good news for the thousands of Minnesota pheasant hunters who head west each fall to chase roosters in South Dakota: pheasant numbers there are up.
August 28, 2015

Running to Survive, and to Honor Those Who Didn't

Running to Survive and to Honor Those Who Didn't
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