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USDA paid owner of deer farm an undisclosed sum.
Bills allowing young hunters to use lighter guns to hunt wild turkeys are moving ahead
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.
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,