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With meetings across the north, Hunters For Hunters seeks to amplify voices of people who believe Minnesota's wolf population is a problem going unaddressed.
With some data echoing Minnesota's plight, hunters in Wisconsin took nearly 18% fewer deer than last year, DNR says.
The primary firearms hunt yielded fewer deer than desired by DNR wildlife managers, who also pointed out declining license sales.
Tales of big walleyes after Halloween rang true on a November joyride in Garrison Bay, and a good bite is expected through winter.
Wolf complaints and vacant deer camps were widespread up north, where hunting was the worst.
A 13-year-old Hastings boy was among Minnesota's thousands in pursuit of success on opening day.
The former Vikings defensive back is making a splash in western Wisconsin as a hunting outfitter offering a curated whitetail deer experience. "I knew I didn't want to play football forever," he says.
The cases in Sherburne and Hubbard counties over MEA weekend involved mistakes by young hunters. The statewide deer season opens Nov. 4.
Rep. Larry Kraft, DFL-St. Louis Park, has introduced a bill to make producers of the film responsible for its collection and recycling.
A roadside billboard along Hwy. 53 on the Iron Range has caused a controversy by suggesting that legalized hunting of wolves could save tens of thousands of baby deer.
The Fish and Wildlife Service had halted the funding over concerns the DNR was failing to consider wildlife when logging on hunting lands.
The DNR's waterfowl specialist graded opening weekend as "very good to excellent," and some records were set.
Fall hunting is almost in full swing, with duck and goose hunters joining on Saturday with the opening of their primary season.
Spring counts were called "so-so at best," but production of ducklings and goslings seemed to go well, DNR said.
A survey was sent to wildlife section employees about the agency's handling of logging on lands where wildlife considerations are required to come first.
Gull Lake could see an upgrade of its northern pike population if the Minnesota DNR finalizes a proposed experimental fishing regulation. The northerns are often an accidental catch for anglers.
But a DNR summary of this year's survey said pheasant indices remain well below their long-term averages in most other regions of Minnesota.
Connor Halsa of Moorhead returned every penny and gained a friend for life when connected with Iowa livestock hauler Jim Denney.
The federal wildlife program in the news this month for being violated by the Minnesota DNR has given more than $400 million into the state over the past 20 years
Ricers on the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake reservations won't have to share water with duck hunters during the five-day teal season starting Sept. 2
The pause is the latest development in the ongoing conflict over efforts to make sure the DNR's timber sales are mainly for wildlife purposes — not to satisfy relentless timber quotas.
Until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is satisfied that its policies are no longer being violated, it will withhold the grant money that was scheduled to go to the state.
The policy coincides with statewide rule changes, including expanded use of crossbows during archery season.
Overall demand hasn't grown over the years. But today's trappers face a shrinking universe of wild lakes, ponds, rivers and streams suitable for state-approved harvesting.
Parts of Minnesota have been largely unaffected, yet some outfitters, resort owners and others still have fielded a lot of questions.
The company's president says it's a precursor to a possible broader ban after a directive affecting 56 Scientific and Natural Areas and some state park hunts.
The tournaments, including one set for next month in Minneapolis, are designed for people who fish from kayaks but want more intensity than fun-centered lake outings.
Harmful to wildlife and habitat, lead ammo is now illegal in 56 Scientific and Natural Areas in Minnesota where hunting is allowed.
A command center in Grand Rapids monitors weather, tracks fuel loads — and stays at the ready.
"The Dutchman" howls like a wolf and likens himself to "Barbara Walters with a fishing pole." He'll teach you how to catch "dinos" on the Rainy River.
A DNR official confirmed that collection limits are under consideration out of concern over unchecked increases in mushroom harvesting. Berry picking limits at state parks could also be proposed.
University researchers in Minnesota and Wisconsin have identified a possible infection point for healthy deer during social grooming.
Minnesota Deer Farmers Association president says owners are being unfairly crushed by new state legislation.
U.S. Forest Service officials are working on a plan to suppress the blaze and close travel routes to keep paddlers safe.
The U.S. Forest Service and a group of outfitters are pushing back against a lawsuit that seeks to ban the long-established shuttles to protect the solitude cherished by BWCA visitors.
A towboat usage limit of some kind could still result as the litigation continues. Outfitters have decried the lawsuit as elitist.
The event's original partner, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, is disgruntled over the governor's leadership on gun control and wolf hunting.
If you care about fishing, final legislation heading to the desk of Gov. Tim Walz might be considered a record catch. Hunters and visitors to state parks also will see improvements.
Reports were upbeat in the north, but bad weather fouled the celebration on southern lakes. License sales were the lowest since 2014.
Relentless rain, strong winds and a flood watch gave walleye chasers in southern Minnesota a morning to remember on a lake that showed a few glimpses of its star power.
The agreement would strengthen fencing requirements around captive whitetail herds and place new restrictions on importing captive deer from areas where CWD is a problem.
A plan introduced by the superintendent at Voyageurs National Park would end free-ranging access to ice fishing by trucks, cars, all-terrain vehicles and other non-snowmobiles.
An environmental group has sought to stop the longstanding practice, which is strongly supported by the U.S. Forest Service.
An over-abundance of 15-inch walleyes triggered the move — the biggest bag limit since the lake was depleted of walleyes in the late 1990s.
The agency is exploring ways to lift harvest barriers for trappers who keep losing access to minnow ponds.
This week's blowtorch of warmth has eased some anxiety felt by anglers and resort owners. But there could be some photo finishes on lakes well north of the Twin Cities.
Minnesota's moose population estimate, arrived at each winter by aerial survey, dropped 30% this year but didn't raise alarms at the DNR.
The driver, 20, told police he intended to slam into the deer, who were trapped on a local road, for laughs. "In 30 years of law enforcement, I never came across something this senseless," the city's former police chief said.
Anticipating another season, Mike Foster has pursued wild turkeys for more than 40 years and still loves to hunt them.
Community members are watching closely because the stakes are high, but there's a realization that any challenge would take years to unfold.
Red Lake Nation tribal leaders say they are going to the U.S. Department of Interior with a longstanding grievance over boundary lines in hopes of bringing the entire northern Minnesota lake under their control.
House and Senate proposals push need for speed and greater attention to human health.
Thinking about predictions for ice-out, new rough fish rules, Northwest Sportshow's arrival, raptors on the wing, muskies, and more. March is a busy month for things to do, follow and learn about.
The southeast city's defiant shift sets up a new chapter of conflict over moto-trails first proposed more than 14 years ago on a hilly, ecologically sensitive site.
The decision reflects signs of progress in lake's walleye population.
Hunting has become an all-consuming passion for Keng Yang after years of rejecting his father for hunting in the tradition of his Hmong culture.
Complaint says lax enforcement by Forest Service led to a "freeway'' of motorized towboats.
People always will like to go fast, as Hunter S. Thompson wrote. But speedy snowmobiles don't injure and kill people. In many cases, foolishness does.
Former Twins star Justin Morneau says the fishing event strikes a chord with him because it helps families afford sports for their kids, a situation he experienced growing up.
The bonding portion of the agency's budget proposal brings the overall funding request to $553 million — mostly one-time money.
The higher fee requests to the Legislature are part of a sweeping DNR budget proposal that seeks more than $200 million in one-time funding.
Weather-related drop in ice fishing pressure bodes well for spring and summer walleye anglers.
From remote hunting to rugged backpacking to angling through ice, Minnesotans file their dreamed-of adventures in the year ahead.
Raised in North Dakota and living in western Wisconsin, Marilyn Vetter wants to focus on partnerships and membership.
After a 53-year run, promoter foresees attendance declining from fears of downtown crime.
Developing new wildlife management area, moose habitat restoration, and focus on elk reintroduction are ahead.
From an updated wolf plan and BWCA crowd control to camping's (and a campground's) wild popularity, we look back on the hot topics and cool stories of 2022.
Scientist Glenn Del Giudice helped produce foundational knowledge about deer and moose ecologies.
Seventy years ago in the mountains of Norway, Odd Oslund and his friends would gather on Sundays to ski to a peak overlooking the North Sea. Now, the Apple Valley resident travels the world to ski competitively.
Letter states "action item" agreement between DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn't meet compliance requirements.
Industry cheers the agreement between the DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but a retired wildlife manager calls it a nothing-burger.
A new five-point agreement will give the federal agency a role in training state staff and monitoring forest management and relieving acrimony over logging on public hunting lands.
Sen. Foung Hawj's committee will deal heavily with legislation and funding around hunting, fishing, conservation and recreation.
A pair of private investors is betting a cool $20 million after buying four distinct resorts on Wheelers Point.
DNR says adverse weather contributed to the markedly lower harvest across Minnesota.