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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.
Steve Cordts, waterfowl staff specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said the dip in participation is in keeping with an overall languishing trend in the sport throughout the Upper Midwest.
These ducks are a highly sought game because they are so tasty and challenging to shoot.
The DNR hopes a shift to cooler weather will contribute to a set of conditions that's already favorable in many areas.
The state's ruffed grouse season opens Saturday. But birds were scarce in 2017 with an assortment of theories about what went wrong.
Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesotans to join him Oct. 12.
More than 1 million anglers will look to new fisheries chief for results
The last installment of this season's fish catches shows off a variety of memories.
Geese, bears, doves, crows, snipe and rail are fair game, and more is ahead.
From decking to puller, work boat is cutting edge.
"Why they chose to take their trunks off, I have no idea,'' a state conservation officer said.
The retiring DNR supervisor sums up a career he is about to end.
Texas trick shot artist makes a life of entertaining crowds with his mastery of the shotgun.
They were caught with 273 crappies in their possession after exploiting a hot bite on Fairmont's Lake Sisseton.
Job protections as a DNR political appointee are next to nil, but Lori Dowling-Hanson believes her ouster was fallout from trying to protect a child — something supporters say she was mandated to do.
Through the weekend after July 4th, the DNR sold 805,242 fishing licenses of all kinds. That was down about 41,000 licenses, or 4.8 percent, from the same period a year ago.
Jack Ohman's experiences learning fly fishing in Minnesota have become a fountain of outdoors satire for the political cartoonist.
Anglers should be out in force this holiday week.
"Something needs to get done here,'' said Phil Talmage, Lake of the Woods area fisheries supervisor for the DNR. "These changes are being considered to maintain long-term sustainability.''
DNR promotes "Fishing in the Neighborhood."
DNR considers sustainability plan for walleye and sauger.
Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and Red Lake each have physical features that should make their walleye populations more resilient.
Bob Sanderson, 83, insists trout fishing is better than it ever was.
The turnaround — 50 years in the making — was capped less than a year ago when the Department of Natural Resources fully reopened the native species to commercial fishing.
Pereira turns 60 in August, but he has 35 years of experience at the DNR. He wants to spend more time with his wife, Lyn, and son, Leo.
The last-minute ice-outs on Leech Lake, Kabetogama, Winnibigoshish, Pokegama, Upper Red Lake and Lake Vermilion provide a boost, as does the latest forecast.
Removing them to improve water quality is the name of the game for this upstart business.
The report recommended that the Board of Animal Health should more closely oversee deer and elk farmers, as well as strengthen consequences for those who don't comply with state rules,
The DNR has complained that the Board of Animal Health is too cozy with deer farmers to ideally protect the state's invaluable wild deer herd from infected game farm deer.
Simple precautions, awareness outdoors can thwart diseases.
Study of 473 lakes finds alarming trend of decline in fish productivity over past few decades
Whether you hunt, birdwatch, hike or fish, there are Wildlife Management Areas in Minnesota to check out. Here are seven.
Hunters may take as many snow geese as they can shoot, but wary birds keep harvest to a minimum.
Rainy Lake fishing guide Bill Dougherty, lure maker Mark Fisher and outdoor media specialist Mark Strand were inducted this month into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame along with two private companies.
After years of stocking, the trout species will soon vanish from Lake Superior
The DNR has hired a helicopter to help collar deer in the race to limit chronic wasting disease before it's too late.
Farmers, environmentalists and legislators struggle to solve roadside upkeep.
Grassland needs the room, but concept evades many.
Winona County CWD case marred by regulatory failures, with fallout expected for deer hunters.
Critics calling Wright County plan inconvenient, inefficient.
The expansive Sax-Zim Bog, located an hour northwest of Duluth, would anchor a proposed corridor of at least six northern Minnesota communities.
DNR's Loren Miller's research on walleyes, other fish steers stocking choices
Officer Timothy Michael Bennett pleaded not guilty earlier this month and is positioned to fight the DNR's charge, a misdemeanor.
Landowners in affected hunting areas aren't taking Chronic Wasting Disease seriously, a state official with the DNR warns.
The Forest Service will take BWCA applications on a first-come basis in 2019, irking some.
But outside experts' review criticized as "superficial" by walleye community leader.
Study shows wolf population dwindles when area lacks moose calves as prey
Compact camper sales are powering fast-growing RV segment.
Program that makes private hunting land public is gaining traction, nearing its original goal
More people, including families, are using them for longer ice fishing stays.
The large lake specialist who helped cover Lake of the Woods in his previous DNR assignment is the first person to hold that newly created position.
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