Minnesota DNR Reports

Boundaries, rules set for late-season deer hunt in CWD zone

For the late-season hunt, there is no bag limit, the antler point restriction will be eliminated in this area and cross-tagging (party hunting) will be allowed.Boundaries for a special late-season deer hunt to help control chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota’s Fillmore County have been expanded to include portions of three surrounding deer permit areas, the DNR said in a…

Archery hunting, bow fishing added to mix for Becoming an Outdoors Woman winter workshop

(Minnesota DNR/Becoming an Outdoors Woman photo)A supportive environment of fellow women is the backdrop for a workshop that embraces cold and snow this January with classes about sled-dog mushing, dark-house fishing, birding, archery hunting and other ways to get outdoors, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Monday, Dec. 4. The winter workshop is Friday, Jan. 26, to Sunday,…

CWD testing continues for 3B season

Mandatory testing will continue in area 603 throughout all 2017 Minnesota deer seasons, including the 3B season and a late hunt in area 603 from Jan. 6-14, 2018, the DNR said in a news release Thursday, Nov. 16. The 3B season in southeast Minnesota opens Saturday, Nov. 18, and concludes Sunday, Nov. 26. Throughout this entire 3B season, hunters must…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Hennepin County’s Medicine Lake

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Plymouth in Hennepin County. A lakeshore property owner notified the DNR and Three Rivers Park District staff, when a lake service provider business found one adult zebra mussel on a dock they were removing from the lake. DNR invasive species staff confirmed two more adult zebra…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Stearns County’s Knaus Lake

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Knaus Lake, southwest of St. Cloud in Stearns County, the agency said in a news release Thursday, Nov. 2. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels on a dock and an adjacent water intake pipe in Knaus Lake, and three more attached to docks at the Lions Park public access…

Hunters, outdoors types asked to report bear dens near Grand Rapids

Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are being asked by the Minnesota DNR to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the DNR are studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to…

Zebra mussels confirmed in lakes in Crow Wing, Itasca counties

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Serpent Lake in Crow Wing County and in Dora Lake and connected waters in Itasca County. A lake service provider business removing a dock from Serpent Lake contacted the DNR after finding several suspected zebra mussels. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed zebra mussels attached to vegetation hanging from a removed dock at…

Final countdown for highly anticipated Minnesota firearms deer opener [video]

According to the Minnesota DNR, deer numbers are up following three years of conservative harvest regulations designed to rebuild the population, coupled with three relatively mild winters. The DNR anticipates the 2017 deer harvest will be in the 200,000 range, similar to the most recent 20-year average of nearly 206,000.

Duluth artist Dean Kegler wins walleye stamp contest

2018 Walleye Stamp competition First Place: Dean KeglerDuluth artist Dean Kegler won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest, the Minnesota DNR announced in a news release Monday, Oct. 30. His painting was selected by judges from among 11 entries for the annual contest sponsored by the DNR. Kegler’s painting of a walleye about to strike a crankbait will be featured on…

Hunters asked to report banded roosters as part of pheasant research project

Pheasant hunters can voluntarily report roosters that were banded as part of a study being conducted by the Minnesota DNR. DNR Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Group workers captured and banded roosters during a research project. The two study areas involved in the project are the Lamberton Wildlife Management Area complex in Redwood County and the Worthington Wells Project Area…