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The agency's higher goal over the next five years is to maximize fishing opportunity, including catch-and-release.
Early season anglers on Mille Lacs will be allowed a one-walleye bag limit this year before the season shifts to catch-and-release regulations in June.
These Minnesotans went into the wild for different reasons, but all have experienced unmistakable awe.
A trip into the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a long weekend is a must. So, too, are gaining some skills and taking on a longer adventure.
Discussions already have begun with wildlife officials in North Dakota to collaborate on a research paper showing dispersal of the chemicals in deer from both states.
For the remainder of the year, walleye fishing would be limited to catch and release with a two-week closure in July
Stocking mishap on Cuyuna mine lake has started dedicated effort in Crosby area.
Of all that has changed over centuries along the Gunflint Trail, the greeting that pines whisper to old-timers and newcomers alike has been constant.
Consecutive years of high water during spawning have helped walleye, too.
Five young gear heads regale YouTube with daring thrills and spills.
DNR is pinpointing lakes for growing sunfish populations.
Research shows vulnerability; first bag limit possible in 2022.
Minnesota legislators who care about fish, wildlife and other natural resources are poised for a five-month session expected to be dominated by fiscal matters and COVID-19 precautions.
The outdoors lured new participants in 2020.
DNR and landowners search for answers for hot spot near La Crescent.
Benjamin Knutson achieved the inconceivable by landing two 50-inch muskies on the same outing on Mille Lacs.
The 7-by-8 rack with a gross score of 380 and a net score of a little more than 367 is now the second-largest Minnesota elk scored for the Boone and Crockett conservation club.
Lindner, of Brainerd, described himself as a daydreamer but worked obsessively as a salesman, fishing guide, inventor, educator, storyteller, outdoors pioneer and ambassador.
Harvest down nearly a third from last year; weather cited.
Forty-six Minnesota state parks were closed this weekend to hold deer hunts of one sort or another. Afton's hunt is one of 15 set aside for youths.
Many families will be altering their traditions this weekend as Minnesota's deep season starts."Everybody hates it, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do.''
Not enough hunters are volunteering their deer for testing, challenging disease researchers.
Conservation officers have turned up at least 15,000 pieces headed for back-channel selling.
Minnesota small game hunters enjoyed a higher rate of success for most species last year, including pheasants, according to the annual survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.
In an era when conservationists and wildlife managers are yearning for an injection of youth to reverse a decades-long decline in waterfowl hunting, Tyler, Trevor, Travis and 16-year-old Tanner Montez are bucking the trend.
Counter to recent years, stamp sales are up and reports are positive.
So far this year, an unprecedented surge in ATV ridership across Minnesota has led to 20 fatal accidents — more deaths than the state normally sees in a year.
Walleye harvest by state-licensed anglers totaled 64,339 pounds through August; the 2020 allotment was 87,800 pounds.
Ruffie group's push for trail upgrades comes as hunter numbers decline.
Walk-up sales at the nation's biggest provider of bulk bear bait are just a fraction of overall operations, but Jen Carlson and her husband, Cory, enjoy their customers' hunting tales and bear photos as much now as they did 21 years ago.
Founded by two conservation-minded anglers who wanted to bond with fishermen who would "take to the water like dogs," the old-school club is thriving after 38 years
Lou Cornicelli led the state's effort to stop chronic wasting disease in deer.
Someone stole the fishing gear of three 12-year-olds in St. Michael, but a pro fishing guide led an effort to replenish it.
Heading north to Canada likely is not an option, so Minnesota waterfowlers are expected, in large numbers, to try North Dakota instead.
Glen Gunderson, chief executive president of the nonprofit association, has successfully allayed some fears that the YMCA could be losing interest in camping. But his strong reassurances haven't ended the controversy.
Voyageurs Park Superintendent Bob DeGross said the blockbuster act raises hopes for restoration of many undeveloped historic sites inside the boundaries of Minnesota's leading national park property.
Illnesses affecting humans and animals drive many adjustments.
Even young trout survived as did most stream banks.
Ray Ruiz's job with the Department of Natural Resources is to work with diverse metro area community groups to increase participation in fishing.
The temporary closure of Canada's border has cut off the only land route to Angle Inlet. For now, nearly all traffic is by boat. The routes vary from 30 to 50 miles long and can be dangerous if ill-equipped or inexperienced.
Despite the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota's wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.
The head-spinning measurements of activity on the lake, as reported in the most recent DNR data, mesh with reports by fishing guides, bait store owners and conservation officers.
The teacher leverages his passion for fly fishing and drifting into a unique Minnesota guide service.
Previous outdoor recreation guidelines set by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health prohibited live weigh-ins.
Project taken up by DNR and Fond du Lac Band could include moving some elk to Hinckley area.
At least 85% of the daily catch at Mohn Fish Market is purchased by retailers along University Avenue in St. Paul and in other Asian enclaves in the metro area.
McEnroe developed an unrivaled trove of sources ranging from hotel bellhops to federal judges to strangers to break news around the world.
Researcher "Hawk Daddy" is part of restoration effort near southeast part of state.
The tournaments are going forward in Minnesota this season despite significant rule changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two-year case centered on a butcher who owns a Circle Pines meat shop.
"It's great to see and it could still be higher," said Jim Bedell of Hackensack, a longtime citizen volunteer member of the state walleye management committee.
Through Tuesday, the DNR had sold more than 13,000 fishing licenses for Minnesota youngsters who are 16 and 17. That's an increase of 99 percent for the same period in 2019.
Local bait shop owners are thinking that Minnesotans, including a lot of youngsters, are turning to fishing to fill a void left by the closure of organized sports.
Staying close for next week's Minnesota fishing opener? Plan for crowds and consider alternative spots and species.
Guided trips, charters and launches are shut down.
Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Friday expanding outdoor recreation in the state.
State fisheries officials have canceled all egg-taking operations this spring for all species of fish, a decision that will immediately affect walleye stocking on 330 lakes.
Already this spring, South Dakota, Michigan and Indiana have chosen not to conduct egg-take operations. In North Dakota and Wisconsin, operations will be reduced.
Even though the celebratory Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is canceled, the walleye and northern pike season is set to open as planned next month.
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.