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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.
In a slow start, hunters in Minnesota took 23% fewer whitetails than during 2021 opener.
On public land, two Twin Cities families continue 50 years of tradition on the opening of the firearms deer season.
Exceeding other parts of the state, the deer harvest has been growing based on a population that is stable to increasing.
A native Minnesotan involved in environmental education in Colorado has been chosen as the new executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
CWD testing will be mandatory on opening weekend in eight disease management zones, including two new ones.
Pollution fighters are trying to steer human biowaste and trash off the ice.
Current and retired managers criticize some of the "cords and boards" practices of tree harvesting. The DNR commissioner says changes will be made if needed.
Geese were wary and hard to find, but a number of teal hunters were delighted by ample flocks.
The herd owner, whose brother heads the Minnesota Senate, responded with an anti-government rant.
Craig Engwall is leaving the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association to return to state government.
The DNR dodged a legislative push to intensify efforts to protect native rough fish, but the movement to protect them lives on.
Sam Sobieck has developed a growing fan base by mixing friendship and fun into a series of four-season outdoors adventures.
The Republican state senator from Breezy Point talks about sour politics and success in her fights for conservation, hunting, fishing, parks and trails.
There aren't any tryouts and kids sign up as early as sixth grade for their school teams, where they compete for high-gun and all-state honors, as well as spots in next week's state tournament in Prior Lake.
In limited areas of canoe country, small motorboats can jet you to the edge of the back country. But those days may be numbered by a long-simmering legal push to crack down on motorized towboats.
Minnesota's collective impulse to fish over the past two years has faded as travel and leisure choices have multiplied, returning closer to normal.
Leave South St. Paul at 6 a.m. and be fishing on the Northwest Angle three hours later? Road closures during the pandemic led to a flight service that has proven popular with metro-area anglers.
If you could tuck away from the Rainy River's fast-flowing current on Saturday, the walleyes were biting.
This Minnesota Fishing Opener, here is a look at the life cycle of a stocked walleye, so key to a healthy population of the state's signature fish.
First-ever fishing summit by anglers' group pushes for hatchery upgrades and boat launch fixes.
Aiming to protect fish in Lake Superior, teams race to understand a messy invader previously foreign to trout streams Up North.
Also: Minnesota loses an original Lessard-Sams council member, and the walleye bag is raised on Upper Red Lake.
As the activity soars in popularity, discarding human waste adds to complexity of garbage problem on Red Lake and Lake of the Woods.
Many to the south, the new Wildlife Management Areas total almost 5,300 acres.
Gov. Tim Walz will fish on opening day, but the state's celebration of fishing and tourism will steer attention elsewhere.
The decision ends more than two years of angst for active and retired resource managers who opposed the idea of unifying leadership jobs that now run in pairs.
The move was prompted by the detection of the lethal disease in a whitetail deer for the first time in Grand Rapids.
One DNR official said there was no "oomph'' among potential host communities to take on the challenge.
$26 million distribution includes acquisition and preservation of big woods in city of Rogers.
Misery for deer is arriving after two months of energy-sapping snow depths and unrelenting stretches of subzero temperatures. Some are starving, others have lost their wariness of people.
Wheels are turning at the Legislature for the return of full funding to a dedicated account for hunting, fishing, parks and trails.
The DNR's enforcement chief quickly informed the local sheriff that he was involved in the crash, then was startled when the sheriff's news release didn't disclose it.
An agency insider, Ann Pierce was a deputy director in the ecological and water resources division.
Rodmen Smith reported that Sen. John Jasinski's snowmobile struck his snowmobile from behind, starting a collision that ended with Jasinski under another sled.
A group of local peewees took time to explore the nexus between hockey and ice fishing on a trip to the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods.
A report to lawmakers said inspections of 50 deer farms turned up 17 violations of existing rules meant to thwart lethal chronic wasting disease.
When the Legislature convenes next week, DNR commissioner Sarah Strommen will advocate for a major investment in fishing, wetlands, better access to recreation areas and more.
A new DNR management plan for the historic duck hunting area emphasizes stocking of game fish to control carp and bullheads.
Guides and others say recent decisions were made without seeking their opinions and that most of the damage to the wilderness last year was done by a small number of visitors.
Fred Pritzker, a trial lawyer who became a formidable adversary to Fortune 500 companies across the nation in matters of food poisoning, natural gas explosions…
Make Middle River your home and perks include a free lot, a Sportsmen's Club membership and a $100 gift certificate to a tavern in town.
About 23,000 fewer people will be allowed to enter the wilderness area this year under a reduction in the availability of entry permits.
Regulators demand he maintain and pay for a fence to protect wild deer against chronic wasting disease.
Changes in the hopper for wolf management, walleye limits, BWCA access, deer farms and outdoors funding.
There is no record of the DNR following federal environmental protocol early on in the development of a Driftless Area off-roading park in the southeastern Minnesota city.
Ice fishing, the winter solstice and a last chance for hunters who are up for braving the December chill make are among the outdoor themes as 2021 winds down.
There were surprising new cases, some good news and continued persistence of chronic wasting disease in southeast Minnesota.
Testing in the Brainerd area will continue for several more hunting seasons because a whitetail recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Outfitters were notified this week that the availability of permits required for overnight paddling trips will be reduced at select entry points.
Now 20 years old and with his father as wingman, Josh Peterson of Woodbury has been on an epic harvest of whitetails — taking five deer on outings in Minnesota and Iowa.
Cellphones and GPS have undoubtedly boosted hunter safety during Minnesota's deer seasons, but getting lost in the woods isn't a thing of the past.
Three Twin Cities area men who went fishing instead of hunting during opening weekend of the deer season were caught poaching from Rainy River and Lake of the Woods, according to charges.
Darla Fisher, a kindhearted 82-year-old great-grandmother in western Wisconsin, would rather hunt than quilt.
Wildlife managers still hoping to match 2020 harvest of nearly 200,000 whitetails.
Bloomington's Kevin Hinrichs takes the buck of his lifetime.
Youth hunters at Afton State Park saw lots of movement while similar success was fount at CWD checkpoints near Hastings.
Far more deer will be tested on opening weekend than ever before.
Federal officials want to know if the DNR upheld review standards while shepherding a project meant to attract off-roaders to the blufflands town of Houston.
Madelia is the self-proclaimed "Pheasant Capital of Minnesota'' and Saturday it delivered an impressive supply of ringnecks
The DNR is banning movement of farmed whitetail deer once again to protect against spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, which threatens to ruin the state's $1.3 billion deer hunting economy
Conditions placed on outdoors grant money to ensure wildlife, hunting and other recreation receives proper priority.
Wildlife artist Jim Hautman won his sixth federal duck stamp contest, adding to the painting fame he shares with two brothers.
Hunters, tribes, conservation groups and St. Louis County call on state to get rid of deer farms.
Elk relocation project exemplifies long-range forest wildlife planning in the era of climate change.
Spring drumming counts were down, but good nesting conditions bode well for the harvest.
As the Greenwood fire threatened to spread to historic proportions this week, people who manage the forest couldn't help but think of a vivid silver lining.
The Klassen family embodies a sporting movement that has swept 11,000 Minnesota high school kids into team shootouts at local gun clubs and larger tournament venues.
The scarcity of rounds is changing sporting behaviors, impinging on the youth movement in competitive target shooting and greatly inflating the price of going afield.
Henry Drewes ascended inside the DNR for 35 years while constantly urging his peers to make fishing better.
Reflecting the activity's popularity, DNR allocation will speed work on motorized trails in the northeast.
Kelly Straka, an expert in wildlife health who has worked for natural resource agencies in Michigan and Missouri, has been hired as the new wildlife section manager at the Department of Natural Resources.
Some entry points and lakes were closed Thursday, and that complicates plans for those intending to paddle.