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Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Brian Mozey

Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band reflect on elk law that limits how big herd can grow

An issue that emerged from the 2024 legislative session focused on elk management in northwest Minnesota.
The Minnesota DNR sought more authority to grow the region’s elk population, while agricultural producers remained concerned that more elk could lead to potential crop damage in the Kittson area.

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Minnesota anglers, boaters encounter high water, with more in forecast

They say, “April showers bring May flowers.” In 2024, it’s been: “May showers bring June high waters.”
State boaters and anglers have seen access closures, high water levels, and safety concerns on specific rivers, streams, and lakes after several weeks of rain across Minnesota. The Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix rivers are experiencing dangerous water levels, prompting warnings for anglers to wait until conditions improve.

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Minnesota DNR seeking public sightings of turkeys, pheasants to better gauge population trends

The Minnesota DNR has announced a new initiative that allows people to report sightings of turkeys and pheasants during the summer. The hope is for the DNR to use these reports to determine population trends and help with future regulations.
From May to October, citizens can go on the DNR website via their phone or computer to report a sighting of turkeys and pheasants. The reporting takes only a few minutes to complete.

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New statute language doesn’t affect Voyageur’s frozen lake surface plan in Minnesota

The Minnesota legislative session ended in May with changes to state laws regarding frozen waters. Currently, there’s a Frozen Lake Surface Plan being considered for Voyageurs National Park (VNP) in International Falls.
Bob DeGross, superintendent at Voyageurs National Park, said the new state law does not affect the planning. The process continues, including several meetings for public comments.

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DNR launches 3-year deer research project in northeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota DNR is starting a three-year research project to study whitetail populations in the northeastern part of the state. The project will use trail cameras on public and private land to determine deer density in specific areas.
The deer permit areas (DPAs) included in the study are 169, 176, 177, 178, 197, and 679, and they’re located in Cass, Beltrami, Itasca, Hubbard, and St. Louis counties. This month, the DNR will reach out to private landowners to request access to their property to set up trail cameras.

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Invasive sea lamprey numbers increasing in Lake Superior

If anglers are heading to Lake Superior or nearby streams and rivers, they might pull out a fish sporting a circular wound, or there even might be a parasite fish connected to the larger sportfish.
The small fish that resemble mini-eels are called sea lamprey, and they cause the circular wounds on larger gamefish. Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes in the 1920s and ’30s via the St. Lawrence Seaway, and they’ve been killing gamefish ever since.

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Minnesota turkey hunters shatter previous record harvest as spring season concludes

The spring wild turkey season ended May 31, and a record-breaking year is on the books. The total harvest reached 16,660 turkeys, according to a preliminary report from Nate Huck, Minnesota DNR resident game bird specialist.
While a few birds might still be reported, most of the harvest officially is wrapped up. The 16,660-harvest count surpasses the 2020 record of 13,996 by 2,664 turkeys.

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New laws in Minnesota aim to ease burden on imports for deer hunters, taxidermists

The 2024 legislative session introduced several new laws and statutes related to hunting and fishing for the upcoming year and beyond. One notable change involves taxidermists and the handling of deer and other big-game harvested outside of Minnesota.

Lt. Col. Robert Gorecki, of the Minnesota DNR’s Enforcement Division, said the development of the new laws has been a years-long process involving taxidermists and wildlife organizations. The complexity stemmed from factors including chronic wasting disease, taxidermy business operations, wildlife conservation, and DNR enforcement.

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A state sharp-tailed grouse plan: Will it happen in Minnesota?

Minnesota’s sharp-tailed grouse population has been declining, prompting the Minnesota DNR to close the hunting season in the east-central region in 2021, while maintaining a season in the northwest area.
The 2023 sharp-tailed grouse survey indicated a decrease in the mean, 95% confidence interval, and number of leks statewide, with similar trends in both the northwest and east-central regions of the state. There was, however, a notable increase in the number of leks in the east-central region.

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