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Under legislation that Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign into law this week, kids of any age will be allowed to hunt deer and carry their own gun when accompanied by an adult.
The harvest surged after a slow start, reaching a mark 10 percent higher than last year's showing.
A party of 10 bagged only 30 roosters on managed farmland in South Dakota
Since 1959, the Minnesota firearms deer season has opened on the Saturday nearest Nov. 6, linking it to the short window of time when bucks make themselves most vulnerable to ambush.
The Department of Natural Resources has officially kicked off the process for finding a location to potentially build a world-class shooting range and clubhouse to be used by state high school trapshooters and to attract other statewide, regional, national or international events.
Hunting over bait was the single most common bust during last year's Minnesota deer season. Nearly 200 citations were issued and another 56 hunters received warnings.
New evidence about chronic wasting disease leads health officials to reconsider their advice
Birds are even scarce in the hotbed of Mobridge, but state still boasts it has more birds than anyplace else.
Game wardens across the state's pheasant range reported strong participation in many areas, but sparse results.
Nicole Davros, a DNR wildlife researcher, is looking for ways to increase pheasant populations. "I know our numbers look down," Davros said. "But I'm optimistic for the next five years."
Terry Krahn's passion for bowhunting deer started early, and hasn't waned
Three projects are underway to improve habitat for grouse, woodcock.
Leslie McInenly named to take the plan to the finish.
Fall fishing with lead-core line proves a worthy alternative.
But veterans of the pursuit lament the shortage of birds in Minnesota — 'It's just a shame'
Game wardens across Minnesota's grouse-hunting range witnessed a decent effort but scant success last weekend during the season opener for ruffed grouse, spruce grouse and Northwest Zone sharptailed grouse.
Fish and Wildlife officials looking to reverse ruling to allow culling of birds deemed destructive.
Indication that public wasn't supposed to know details of walleye deal causes a stir.
Shortage of natural foods causes the animals to make themselves obvious.
The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded a ban on deer feeding to 11 central and north-central counties to guard against the spread of…
Ringneck estimates are down 45 percent.
Fearing spread of CWD, agency pushing animal health board to suspend farmer's license.
Walleyes were biting on big lake for those anglers going out.
Minnesota's Lake Bemidji this week will host 90 of the nation's best collegiate angler teams for three days of bass competition in a series that will determine a national Bassmaster college champion.
Mille Lacs and Gull Lake will be proving grounds for students this week.
As the zebra mussel continues its destructive march across Minnesota's waterways, researchers are counterattacking with sophisticated chemical and genetic weapons.
Zebra mussels are invading more of Minnesota's lakes and rivers than ever — and their relentless advance poses a growing threat to our state's way of life.
More than 200 major bodies of water in Minnesota have tested positive for the presence of zebra mussels so far. Use the search tool to see which lakes and rivers have been affected.
Growth of catch-and-release fishing keeps crafters of the next-best thing busy
Catch-and-release will resume on Aug. 11.
The DNR is closely monitoring lake, eyeing smallmouth numbers.
Mille Lacs has been losing its identity as a leading walleye lake in the Upper Midwest, but it keeps gaining attention for great bass fishing.
Earlier this month, Gary Gilbert and his wife stumbled upon a decaying 59½-inch muskie. Death blanched its coloring, but its body was fully intact.
Walleyes are biting on Upper Red, when the wind doesn't stop anglers.
DNR gets funding to fill posts opened by retirees.
Crowds already are flocking to the fishing pier and its surrounding day-use area at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. A few boat-in campsites have opened and crews are working toward a late-summer opening of the park's first campground.
Those familiar with Lake Vermilion said Saturday was the best all-around opening day of fishing that they can recall.
Year-over-year changes are shaped by issues tackled by DNR fisheries personnel.
Judy Randall, deputy legislative auditor, said concerns about the possible spread of CWD from privately owned deer and elk to the state's wild herd sparked interest in an evaluation.
A wildly expanding population doesn't mean it's an easy hunt in the unpredictable late season
Turkey enthusiasts lead habitat restoration project.
Ice anglers this winter harvested 109,000 pounds of walleyes under a three-fish bag limit, but the DNR announced this week that there's ample room for a spring bag limit of four walleyes.
The discovery was made recently when the animal was shot during a culling exercise to reduce chances the disease will spread to other whitetails.
Restrictions needed to protect dwindling fish numbers, DNR says.
The annual gathering for hunting, fishing and camping enthusiasts has been a familiar launchpad for innovative gear for 85 years.
March is peak month to view them and to visit eagle center in Wabasha
There's discord between the Department of Natural Resources and Chippewa bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin over how many walleyes to allocate for state and tribal anglers
A draft letter addressed to legislative leaders has been signed by Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, The Izaak Walton League and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy along with more than 35 other sportsmen's clubs and natural resources groups.
Broad benefits to both habitat conservation, hunting touted.
With 23 openings expected by May, the DNR is seeking a $2.78 million budget hike from the Legislature to fill jobs.
Alliance questions animal health board's priorities.
The DNR has yet to publish regulations for the coming open-water season. But the DNR's Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee was told last week to expect a second catch-and-release season.
Anglers and resorters are pulling back from an ice season that never produced the wild bite that has taken place in recent years
At risk is the state's 1-million-animal deer herd, more than $500 million annually in economic activity tied to deer hunting and the state's legacy of family and friends bonding over whitetails in the fall.
"Dr. Deer" throws water on DNR, calling CWD overblown and eradication measures excessive.
At most of Ontario's 450 lodges, fishing trips were up from at least 10 percent to 30 percent last year.
Officials credited sudden diplomacy by ATV riders for helping to build compromise.
Gatherings like the one by the St. Paul Fly Tiers at Summit Brewing have become more regular.
For some lakes, such as Lake of the Woods, committees have formed to clean up abandoned garbage
Lou Cornicelli, the DNR's top big game researcher, said Tuesday the sharpshooters could go to work in the area by the third week in February to help eliminate a vexing outbreak of CWD.
Unlike many other states, Minnesota has never required diggers of wild ginseng to buy a license. That could change.
Minnesota game wardens have been writing numerous tickets for overharvesting, Conservation Officer Nicholas Prachar said Tuesday.
As the bird population recovers, hunters are returning — a good sign for February's event in Minneapolis.
Terry Brisk's loved ones are seeking answers after his death on the opening Monday of deer hunting as authorities vow not to "give up."
From a backyard workshop in Oakdale comes a pontoon boat that is the standard width of 8.5 feet on a trailer, but when it's on the water it unfolds to 11.5 feet.
Lower DNR limits would be an unpopular next step.
With two more likely infected deer found, hunt may get bigger.
Minnesota's standard walleye limit of six fish per license holder could shrink for the first time in 60 years under a review that's in its infancy at the state DNR.
Christmas rain was actually a boost, and hopes are for a long ice fishing season.
A coalition to protect the BWCA that finally includes hunters and anglers, Minnesota's battles against Chronic Wasting Disease and invasive species, the state's first deer management plan ever and the latest walleye drama from Mille Lacs make up a diverse slate of outdoors stories that bear watching in 2017.
2 animals in the private herd recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
The DNR said a hunter killed the infected deer in mid-November about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer, which were killed about 4 miles west of Lanesboro. A taxidermist provided the DNR with a sample for testing, which led to the discovery.
Three members of a family-operated outfitting business in Ely allegedly netted large quantities of baitfish just inside Canada in apparent violation of the Lacey Act, a century-old anti-trafficking law to protect wildlife.
The disease's fallout: dread, suspicion and blame.
Park Rapids' fish house, a heated eight-hole trailer, is in constant demand by all walks of life in the community.
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