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Thousands of anglers across Minnesota and Wisconsin are having to decide whether to travel or stay home.
In places such as Red Wing, where spring walleye fishing already is booming on the Mississippi River, the mental health benefits already are obvious.
Closures are attempt to keep coronavirus out of the border region.
A plan 20 years in the works is bringing life and wildlife back to the lake in far western Minnesota.
The hunting privileges on 28,000 acres of private land would have expired without an infusion of cash to extend the state's agreements with landowners.
Even worse this year for state-licensed anglers is that catch-and-release opportunities will cease in July under a one-month closure.
Fly Fishing Expo, Northwest Sportshow canceled; Turkey Classic started, stopped.
$129,000 in Minnesota last year eclipsed prior two years combined.
New limits are more restrictive to protect populations of walleyes, crappie and others.
Sam Erickson, a 25-year-old University of Minnesota researcher, plans to produce batches of male carp that would destroy the eggs of female carp during spawning season.
Backed by outdoors people and groups, the surcharge for nonresidents would raise nearly $6 million per year.
Expansion is related to discoveries last year of chronic wasting disease at captive deer facilities.
Landowner who wants to sell is suing Lac qui Parle County.
Legislator says rules are obsolete, were created for herd-control in scarce areas.
Federal dollars for the public awareness effort derive from the U.S. settlement with British Petroleum over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Minnesota's conservation officers will be spot-checked by supervisors for compliance with new life jacket mandates as a result of policy changes stemming from last year's on-duty drowning of a game warden.
Latest case is from bird found dead Feb. 3, DNR biologist says
As hot as ever, RVing has taken Minnesota duo 103,000 miles – and counting.
Field Report: The goal is to raise money at Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic to help acquire state land.
Oxygen-limiting layers covering shallow lakes north of the metro area could cause some fish deaths a third straight year.
Dumpsters alone can't ensure CWD containment.
The four-day event has 700+ boats, 230 exhibitors and draws 38,000 to Convention Center
Weekend events are geared to getting young people into the action.
The spanking new program recently announced its first 59 awards, including $5,000 for Pillager Public Schools to buy enough Nordic ski equipment to outfit a classroom.
State lawmakers attuned to hunting and fishing will revisit chronic wasting disease (CWD) next month when they return to St. Paul
Minnesota deer farmer Steve Porter plans to bring his monster bucks to the Sportsmen's Show in defiance of an emergency rule against moving such deer.
December snowfalls that dumped 15 to 40 inches of snow across the state have magnified snowmobiling's safety hazards and harms while land damage and vehicle violations are mounting in eager snowmobilers' wake.
Under a new statewide timber-cutting plan about to be implemented by the DNR, stately forests favored by fishers and other wild creatures will become choice "stands" for sale to Minnesota's wood products industry.
DNR wants to help ducks and pheasants to thrive.
No disease spike was seen, despite increased testing.
The announcement by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health didn't specify the location of the farm, but the finding is certain to introduce state-funded disease surveillance of the area's wild deer herd.
Preliminary results from the nine-day gun season that ended Sunday indicate a whopping 25% drop in the state's overall deer harvest compared to a year ago.
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Fenced hunting preserves have become a flash point over who is to blame for the spread of chronic wasting disease.
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.