Minnesota DNR Reports

In Minnesota, when school is out this week, youth deer hunting season is in

With many school kids in Minnesota on fall break, youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Minnesota DNR. Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105,…

CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts

Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Monday, Oct. 16. The antlerless-only and…

A few birds taken during Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses media and guests during the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt on Saturday. The Marshall area hosted Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and hundreds of guests for the weekend festivities, with 153 hunters harvesting 28 roosters during…

Early Minnesota antlerless-only deer hunting season approaches

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the DNR. “This hunt aims to reduce the deer population because of high deer densities that damage agricultural crops…

Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener kicks off Minnesota season

Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. It is the second time in the event’s seven-year history that Marshall, in southwestern Minnesota, has hosted the event. Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will lead the festivities. Among those festivities: On Friday afternoon, a dedication of the James…

DNR on the lookout for rare bumble bee

(Minnesota DNR)Most people try to avoid bumble bees. Erica Hoaglund goes looking for them. A biologist with the Minnesota DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program, Hoaglund is on the lookout for the increasingly rare rusty-patched bumble bee. Earlier this year, it became the first bumble bee to be placed on the federal list of endangered species. In response, states within the bee’s…

Dedication of WMA part of Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

(Minnesota DNR)The public is invited to attend the dedication of Minnesota’s newest public hunting land, the James Meger Memorial Wildlife Management Area, near Marshall, at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. The ceremony will include comments from Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, among other…

Wright County white-tailed deer herd tests negative for CWD

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has lifted a quarantine in place since May 15 following the depopulation and testing of a chronic wasting disease-exposed Wright County white-tailed deer herd. CWD was not detected in any of the 30 white-tailed deer samples collected. The herd was initially placed under quarantine because the Board traced animal movements from…

Rushford’s Michael Sieve wins Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest

Michael Sieve’s winning entry. (Minnesota DNR)Rushford artist Michael Sieve won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. Sieve is a first-time winner of the pheasant stamp contest and his painting will be featured on the 2018 pheasant habitat stamp. The pheasant stamp…

Survey: Wildlife management area users want more public lands

A new survey indicates that 86 percent of Minnesota wildlife management area (WMA) users support ongoing acquisition of these public lands that provide wildlife habitat and access to hunters, wildlife watchers and countless others, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release Thursday, Sept. 28. According to the survey, 63 percent of users also say that WMAs provide high-quality hunting…

DNR to appeal White Bear Lake water management ruling

The Minnesota DNR will appeal a Ramsey County District Court ruling regarding water management of White Bear Lake and its surrounding groundwater, the agency announced in a news release Tuesday, Sept. 26. In the release, the DNR said that without appeal, the court’s ruling would place unnecessary burdens on more than 500,000 White Bear Lake area residents, and immediately halt important…

DNR seeks designs for 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp

A walleye painted by Timothy Turenne of Richfield is on the 2017 walleye stamp. (Minnesota DNR)Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the…

Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 13, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota DNR. A $10 license is needed to sport gillnet tullibee or whitefish. The season is open to Minnesota residents only. These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following…

Emerald ash borer moves to Martin County

A purple prism EAB trap near Welcome. (Photo by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture)In August, four emerald ash borers (EAB) were captured on a purple prism trap near Welcome, in southern Minnesota. According to the Minnesota DNR, this discovery is important as it is at least 60 miles from previous finds in Fillmore and Dodge counties, and Martin County does…

DNR: Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

“The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we’re optimistic that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the DNR. “Wetland habitat conditions and wild rice lakes are in pretty good shape. Canada goose populations remain high as well, so there’s lots of opportunity to hunt geese this fall.”  

North Branch’s Lance Morgan named DNR firearms safety instructor of the year

Lance Morgan with DNR conservation officer Phil Mohs, who nominated Morgan for the award.Lance Morgan of North Branch has been named the Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2016. Morgan recently received his award at Game Fair, held near Anoka last month. Morgan has been a firearms safety instructor for 10 years and has worked to…

DNR honors 2 youths for conservation efforts

The Minnesota DNR honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Sept. 1, at the DNR volunteer outdoor stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Lawrence Mettler from Burtrum, Minn., in Todd County, received the 4-H award, and Gunnar Frahm from Silver Bay, Minn., in Lake County, received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award. The DNR commissioner’s…