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The DNR is diligently screening carcasses for chronic wasting disease during an expanded deer hunt.
A 27-point trophy buck that escaped from an Olmsted County deer farm in April was killed by a bow hunter last week on public land near Elba, state officials confirmed Tuesday.
A DNR study, relying on hunters, will ascertain those rates in wild deer across the state
The drastic downturn in enthusiasm for wildlife art has led to more than one conversation at the state DNR over whether the tradition of stamps and contests is worth keeping.
"We hoped for a better opener,'' said Steve Cordts of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Bemidji. "I think it's going to be less than average statewide.''
Lab tests are underway will determine if a virus killed 20-plus wild deer in Stearns County
The step was taken so state anglers don't exceed the safe walleye harvest level set for 2019. Winter walleye regulations are expected to be announced in November.
Lake Superior trout anglers go deep — up to 200 feet. The trout season on Lake Superior closes Oct. 6 to safeguard spawning. This year, it starts back up on Dec. 1.
Even if lake sturgeon in Minnesota gain protected status under the Endangered Species Act, fishing for the ancient species in Minnesota has a strong chance to continue.
Casting off a rural bridge yields loads of sunnies, memories.
Clarifying details, recorded in the 911 command log kept by the Lake County Sheriff's Office and described by an official who helped field the original call, led a Scouts regional spokeswoman to apologize.
Greg Hoch, primary author of the Pheasant Plan, said the reader-friendly plans are meant to widen support for duck and pheasant conservation.
Two tribal conservation officers from northern Minnesota have died this summer in separate incidents.
West Nile virus has been confirmed in two dead loons, and is suspected in others.
A DNR spokeman said virtually all cold-water streams were at zero visibility 10 days or so ago. But a dry period over the long July 4th weekend helped clear things up.
Change considered by DNR would affect the winter season.
On a first-ever trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, chores don't seem like work and simple pleasures don't go unnoticed.
Minnesota teams pursue $2 million in scholarships.
Some closures, restrictions will remain in place while levels drop.
Zero fanfare surrounded the opening day of Minnesota's bass harvest Saturday, but smallmouth and largemouth anglers are carrying on in larger numbers year after year.
The summer touring mission of the colorful 8-by-12 shack and summer tour, open again this weekend at Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun, is to create surprise moments to introduce urban youth and young adults to fishing.
Minnesota is wasting millions of dollars on trout habitat projects in the Driftless Area by forcing contractors to use woody debris instead of rock to protect stream banks that are washing out in spectacular fashion, a pair of rehabbers say.
In many areas, the bite is expected to pick up with a warm week of weather.
Animal health officials found 13 decomposed deer at Trophy Woods Ranch in Crow Wing County last month, the Board of Animal Health said today.
Mille Lacs is relatively shallow despite its massive surface area, which can cause problems when the water gets clearer, according to a university researcher.
Even though the pilot project is not funded by the DNR, it requires the agency's approval if changes are made from year to year.
In the weeks leading up to the walleye opener, beast of a fish is main attraction on the Rainy River
Bills allowing young hunters to use lighter guns to hunt wild turkeys are moving ahead
USDA paid owner of deer farm an undisclosed sum.
This year's May 11 fishing opener is still four weeks away, and the eight- to 14-day weather outlook is calling for normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
Originally, the bill's language seemed to apply to all firearms transfers, even exchanges between family members and hunting companions.
The broad-backed fish broke Billy King's line, but remained wedged in the hole.
Next DNR fish and wildlife boss needs wisdom, experience, passion, savvy, vision, etc.
Longer freeze let anglers enjoy a "unique flash fishery."
The year-round, $10 million center in Crosslake would open in 2022 if remaining fundraising and land acquisition barriers can be successfully overcome.
The first shots of the seven-day "A" season will be fired April 17. The "B" season harvest runs April 24-30.
Warrior is gearing up for spring, its first new model release in three years.
Wolves currently are hunted in the northern Rockies, but ended in Minnesota ended after the 2014 season after a decision by the courts.
Outfitters, resort owners, guides and residents of canoe country say the online computer system still has flaws.
The online reservation system used by the Forest Service failed this season when it first went live on Jan. 30. The crash prompted an outpouring of complaints from resorts, outfitters, wilderness guides and other business people who rely on BWCA traffic for business.
The denials have come from Fillmore County and the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston. A cemetery spokeswoman and the county board's chairman said the woods are off limits to federal wildlife sharpshooters.
State legislators are working on a plan to improve hatcheries.
Popular lottery was ended in process of building new online system.
DNR and tribal biologists say the lake's walleye population is showing signs of recovery.
Likely to go down as Minnesota's largest record fish of any kind, the ancient-looking sturgeon was 6 feet 6 inches long, 29 inches around and weighed about 120 pounds.
The special enforcement this winter resulted in 146 citations and 213 warnings, the DNR said. Twenty percent of the writeups dealt with keeping fish illegally.
Many groups plan to gather Thursday at State Capitol in support of protecting BWCA, wilderness
Outfitters had complained loudly about changes to the system this year and warned supervisors at the U.S. Forest Service about some potential pitfalls.
At the annual DNR Roundtable held in Bloomington earlier this month, the new commissioner announced that Bob Meier and Barb Naramore will continue to have roles in the commissioner's office.
Sea-Doo's jet-powered craft is fast, nimble and meant for solo outings; it sells for $14,799.
Finding the right firearm for a young hunter is a key step in boosting overall participation in Upper Midwest hunting seasons. Choosing a gun with the right fit, low recoil and high impact will make the experience a lasting draw to the outdoors.
Amid mixed success, 4-year-old statewide action plan comes up for renewal with aim to improve
Mature aspen must go, but the DNR is afraid other interests will suffer.
A Q&A with Barbara Keller, who will start Feb. 1 at the Department of Natural Resources as the state's new big game program supervisor.
Sarah Strommen, the former mayor of Ramsey, is a lake cabin-owning fishing enthusiast and the first woman to hold the post of Minnesota DNR Commissioner.
A popular Minnesota ice fishing page on Facebook clung to an edgy, fearless style. But 13 months ago, two key members of the group drowned during a November outing on Upper Red Lake
Unbeknown to Ihrke's family, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was lurking in their woods. Hunting on 320 acres, the clan shot a dozen deer. Along the way, they treated themselves to meals of fresh tenderloins.
A sustained period of freezing temperatures jump-started Minnesota's ice fishing season this year, but the weekend deaths of two fishermen northwest of Little Falls underscored observations from around the state that ice conditions are tricky.
Minnesota's muzzleloader deer season surpassed low expectations with a harvest of nearly 6,000 deer through Wednesday, up 11.5 percent from the same period last year.
The discovery was announced a day after stepped-up program to curtail the disease.
Two special hunts were announced for later this month, and the DNR said federal sharpshooters will be hired to supplement the extra harvest.
Two conservation officers were forced into a marathon tag-team wrestling match with a deer that broke through a window and got trapped in the basement.
Ten new cases of chronic wasting disease and another "suspected'' case have cropped up this year, including in two male deer located outside the designated outbreak zone that encompasses Fillmore County.
A nature photographer's gem — part of a larger prairie preservation plan — is a priority for public land managers.
The disease-troubled captive deer facility in Crow Wing County that poses a threat to the area's wild deer population has once again tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced late last week.
The two-day harvest of 62,957 deer was 14.5 percent below last year's opening weekend total of 73,759.
Projections call for at least a 10 percent increase in the deer harvest over last season.
Ever wonder why Minnesota's firearms deer season coincides with the rut? Friends of the late Ed Chilgren — a state politician who championed the outdoors starting with his first election in 1926 — can explain.
Its water level is being gradually lowered, increasing vegetation that attracts waterfowl
Rock County, where farming has crowded out birds, gains some land dedicated to them
Luverne basks in success of the Governor's Opener, this time without the governor.
Hunters each fall gauge prospects for success against time and cost required.
Farms are not offering as much cover for game birds as they once did, and Conservation Reserve Program acreage is falling.
The finding, announced Monday, renewed public attention on the state's ongoing, multifaceted fight against the spread of CWD. Thousands of more deer will be sampled.
He once received the state's forest stewardship award.