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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.
Hunt will begin Dec. 31 in area around Preston. People in the 370-square-mile zone will be banned from feeding deer.
A Litchfield company thinks its lighter, versatile icehouse can gain a big following.
The agency remains focused on creating a response plan to stop the disease in an area where two CWD-positive deer were harvested this fall near Lanesboro.
Buffalo County deer grow big because hunters 'Let 'em go' when still young
Electronic registration of deer has upended tradition of buck parades.
Minnesota hunters participating in the 2016 Wisconsin deer season are required for the first time to quarter the animals and not bring home whole carcasses, no matter where in the state they harvest a deer.
A partial review of the state's DNR conservation officer reports supported the notion that deer were somewhat immobilized by the temperatures, which were warm enough to spoil venison in some cases if the meat wasn't iced or refrigerated in a timely manner.
State parks lock out regular patrons and use land for two-day foray aimed at shrinking herd.
The DNR says the public has to get involved to put a relevant, broad, long-term plan together
Abrogation of Mille Lacs walleye agreement another wedge on management issues.
A three-year hunting reprieve for the state's struggling moose population has come to an end with the planned shooting of 38 bulls by three Chippewa tribes in northern Minnesota.
Called the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, the state-federal partnership is primarily aimed at addressing water quality concerns.
As agriculture chews up South Dakota grassland, bird numbers decline.
The U.S. and Canada are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty, the first international accord forged to protect wild birds. It also was among the first to protect any wildlife species.
The fishing was so enjoyable that a planned grouse hunt was skipped.
On Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources released a roundup of reports from state conservation officers. Viewed collectively, they illustrate a pretty good start to duck hunting in 2016 with exceptions in the southern tier.
About half would aid prairies and wetlands.
The group's numbers may be down, but it's still trying to increase bird numbers.
The decision reached before the duck opener was that limited seeding of shallow water is lawful.
Struggling Bloomington angler got final spot in national tournament on Lake Mille Lacs last weekend.
The grouse population is on the rise, though a wet summer could affect both numbers and tracking.
Minnesota's beloved loon population — the largest in the U.S. — is stable at about 12,000 breeding adults.
With white men dominating the industry, others must be courted.
Having built a Norse-inspired vessel, the two are testing it -- and themselves -- with a journey down the Mississippi River.
Local Ojibwe bands had expressed displeasure with Dayton's decision earlier this month to allow the season to continue even though a quota had been surpassed.
Secrets are freely shared at the longtime Apple Valley group that has been expanding by about six anglers a year.
Minnesota wants to turn the tide in the battle to get youths involved in the outdoors
At issue is Gov. Mark Dayton's move last week to break this year's joint management agreement governing the annual walleye harvest by band members and state-licensed anglers.
The goal is maintaining and improving the birds' habitat in hunting states.
The DNR has been doing more promotions and outreach work to combat a decline in fishing interest on a per capita basis. Attracting young people is a concern.
A bigger herd means a cautious easing of regulations by the DNR.
'Tourist camp' in Ontario offers a remote, no-frills fishing paradise
Pelican Lake property owner David Majkrzak, a retired mechanical engineer who lives in West Fargo, N.D., has been one of the loudest anti-muskie voices around Fergus Falls.
A Minnesota fish feud over muskie stocking has been settled — for now — with a decision by the DNR to introduce the big predators to the Gull Lake chain near Brainerd.
Fast-growing Hmong community fishing contest is rewarding on many levels
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