The DNR is considering allowing the walleye harvest during the cool-water periods in the spring and fall. But the exact number of keepers won’t be announced until mid-March.
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A certified instructor since 1966, Dave Olson is one of the 4,000 volunteers across the state who are the backbone of the DNR Enforcement Division’s firearms safety program.
Starting March 1, the aggregate walleye and sauger limit will be reduced from eight to six, with no more than four walleye, on Lake of the Woods. On the Rainy River and in Four Mile Bay, a catch-and-release season will be in effect March 1 to April 14.
During the first special hunt weekend, 157 deer were harvested, with this the only positive.
The Minnesota DNR on Monday, Feb. 4 announced its second round of leadership appointments, the DNR said in a news release. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen announced the appointment of Shannon Lotthammer as assistant commissioner, overseeing the divisions of Forestry, Parks and Trails and Operations Services. Lotthammer comes to the DNR from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where she served as…
So, this year’s polar vortex is good news for ash in Minnesota.
CO Mitch Boyum (left) and Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith. (Minnesota DNR)Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an award presented to an officer each year for outstanding overall career performance. Enforcement Division Director Rodmen Smith presented the award earlier this month at the division’s annual awards ceremony and training…
The Minnesota DNR has announced leadership appointments in its Commissioner’s Office. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen named current Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore as deputy DNR commissioner. Since 2013, Naramore has overseen three divisions (Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Lands and Minerals) and worked frequently with other divisions on interdisciplinary efforts. Prior to joining the DNR, Naramore was executive director of the…
One was a yearling male found in the core of the disease management zone and two were adult males, one found near the Lanesboro hatchery and the other in the southern end of the zone.
Barbara Keller has over 12 years of experience in wildlife management, research and diseases.
Shakopee artist Mark Thone has won the 2020 turkey stamp contest. Judges selected the painting from among 12 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. The DNR will feature Thone’s painting on the 2020 turkey stamp. He also has won the Minnesota contest for the 2018 migratory waterfowl stamp. Judges selected three entries to advance as finalists…
Hunters filled 17 of the 22 permits by harvesting five bulls and 12 cows in two zones in Kittson County.
The winter regulations on Lake of the Woods will match the current summer regulations, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit from eight to six, with no more than four walleye. And catch-and-release only on the river and Fourmile Bay from March 1-April 14.
The new regulations, which will take effect May 11, will remove the 20- to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four-fish walleye limit, one of which can be over 20 inches.
It is the first detection of the disease in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If confirmed positive, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested and continue to collect samples as opportunities arise through deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest. The DNR also will consider special hunts in January or February, depending on results from additional samples.
Conservation Officer Jacqueline Hughes checks a deer hunter’s license. (Minnesota DNR) They’ve saved a hunter’s life, helped remove a deer running wild through the basement of a home and taught firearms safety classes. They’ve busted poachers, had lunch with kids and learned the ins and outs of natural resources law enforcement. Since their training began in May, the Minnesota DNR’s…
While not designed to manage for trophy pike, the new regulations, which went in to effect in May, are meant to move pike populations to a larger size more desired for table fare, particularly in the southern and north-central zones, the DNR says.
Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90.
Late-season hunts, landowner shooting permits, post-season deer culling and public meeting planned.
Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year, but several conditions must be met before trails are open, groomed and ready for travel.
The same regulation has been in place since the May 2017 fishing opener.
Matthew Swanson of Woodbury caught a 45-1/4-inch pike on the Rainy River, besting the first-ever C&R pike record, set recently, by nearly two inches.
Thanksgiving goose? Most waterfowl opportunities dwindling, but Canada goose field hunting still worthwhile
Canada goose numbers remain good in many areas and should provide some opportunity for goose hunters over the next week, especially in central and southern Minnesota.
But Canada goose numbers remain good in many areas and should provide some opportunity for goose hunters over the next week.
But Canada goose numbers continue to increase slightly each week in most areas. And while wetlands conditions remain good, hunting pressure is extremely low and will likely decline further with the deer opener this weekend.
An archer poses with a deer harvested at a past Camp Ripley hunt. (Minnesota DNR)Hunters shrugged off mild, windy and wet weather at this year’s Camp Ripley bow hunts near Little Falls, taking 237 deer in two hunts over a total of four days, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 27-28. The Minnesota DNR issued 2,883 permits, and the 2,365 participating hunters…