Rob Drieslein

Minnesota bear hunt application deadline is Friday, May 7

Applications for the 2010 Minnesota black bear hunt are due Friday, May 7. The Minnesota DNR will conduct a lottery for 9,500 permits spread throughout 11 permit areas. This fall’s bear hunt begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 17. Individuals must apply for the lottery at a license agent or the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road…

Minnesota DNR’s Smalley inducted into National Boating Safety Hall of Fame

Minnesota DNR boating and water safety specialist Tim Smalley has been inducted in the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame. Smalley was honored March 31 during the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Conference. “Our hall of fame honors individuals who have shown exemplary leadership and performed outstanding service on behalf of safe boating,” said NSBC Executive Director Virgil Chambers. “Tim…

Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award winners announced

The Minnesota DNR, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and Turn In Poachers (TIP) have announced winners of the 17th annual Deer Hunter Ethics Award. The award honors deer hunters who have exhibited conduct during the 2009 season that can serve as an example of admirable hunting practices, according to MDHA State President John Erlandson Sr. “The awards are designed…

Minnesota DNR habitat stamp contest dates set

Entry deadlines and contest dates to select the Minnesota DNR fish and wildlife 2011 habitat stamps have been established for the 2010 calendar year. All entries must be submitted to DNR, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 20, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. The contest entry dates and details: • Trout and Salmon Stamp entries will be accepted…

2010 bull moose hunting permit application deadline is May 7

Minnesota residents who wish to participate in the 2010 moose hunt this fall in northeastern Minnesota must apply by Friday, May 7. The Minnesota DNR will make 213 permits available in 30 zones. Hunt participants will be selected in a random drawing. Season dates will be Saturday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 17. Hunters may apply at any DNR license…

Winter fish kill at three Iowa lakes

Sioux City, Iowa — Bacon Creek Lake, and two ponds in Southwood Lake Park, all in Woodbury County, are experiencing natural winter fish kills after one of the snowiest winters on record. Don Herrig, fisheries technician with the DNR’s office in Lake View, investigated the fish kills and said each lake had low levels of dissolved oxygen. Natural winter fish…

Experimental sunfish regulations extended on portion of Mississippi River

An experimental regulation limiting anglers to 10 sunfish taken from the Mississippi River adjacent to Houston, Winona and Wabasha Counties will be extended another five years, the Minnesota DNR has announced. Continuing the special regulation, which has been in effect since 2001, was supported by 65 percent of anglers participating in a 2009 public input process. The regulation is aimed…

Bald eagle shot in Iowa’s Davis County

Bloomfield, Iowa – State conservation officials in Iowa are asking for help to catch the person or persons responsible for shooting a bald eagle in southwest Davis County. The eagle was shot from a gravel road while it was feeding on a deer that died during the winter. Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders including scavenging on dead fish or animals….

Ducks Unlimited issues statement on Pawlenty RIM program veto

St. Paul, Minn. — Funding for an important and landowner-friendly habitat conservation program was line-item vetoed this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the state’s bonding bill, a move Ducks Unlimited says may jeopardize millions in matching federal funds. “The veto of $25 million for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program is a real lost opportunity for Minnesota….

Surplus 2010 spring turkey permits on sale to lottery participants March 15

Turkey hunters who were unsuccessful in this year’s spring hunting season lottery may apply for surplus permits starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 15. The Minnesota DNR makes surplus permits available at all license agents and online at www.mndnr.gov/news. Online information also includes details on surplus license availability and the status of lottery applications. Hunters who did not enter…

Comment on bullheads for bait in Minnesota by April 1

The Minnesota DNR is asking for public comment on a proposed rule that would allow anglers to use bullheads up to 10 inches long as live bait. The fish could not be transported north of Minnesota Highway 210, to prevent non-native bullhead populations from establishing themselves in any more northern Minnesota lakes. Current law allows anglers to use bullheads up…

Mississippi River produces new Iowa record perch

Guttenberg, Iowa — A new Iowa state record for yellow perch was caught March 7, in Pool 11 of the Mississippi River. Angler Bob Ruff, of Garnavillo, Iowa, caught the 2-pound, 6-ounce, 15-inch perch while ice fishing with his daughter. The weight was recorded at the Guttenberg Fish Management Station and verified on a certified scale. The previous record for…

Simon Lake to be considered for wildlife management designation

Citizens will have the opportunity Thursday, March 25, to learn about the Minnesota DNR proposal to designate western Minnesota’s Simon Lake as the state’s 45th wildlife management lake. The special designation allows the DNR to conduct work designed to improve the quality of habitat and increase the quantity of ducks. The informational meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lakeside…

Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

The Minnesota DNR will hold six open houses in March and April to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota. Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of southeastern Minnesota are an angler’s paradise, with more than 700 miles of trout streams. Ecologically sensitive, and popular with anglers from…

Mille Lacs walleye regulation unchanged

Anglers who fish Lake Mille Lacs during the 2010 fishing season will again be able to keep four walleye up to 18 inches in length. The bag limit of four may include one trophy more than 28 inches. The regulation, which begins May 15 and is identical to the current regulation, requires anglers to release all walleye from 18-to 28-inches….

Winterkill conditions open lakes to liberalized fishing

Snow and frigid temperatures have combined to make some shallow lakes susceptible to winterkill conditions, prompting the Minnesota DNR to open them to liberalized fishing. Lakes opened to liberalized fishing in the West Metro Fisheries Management Area are: • Rice Marsh* (10-1) T 116 R22, 23 Sec 18, 13 Carver County Posted: 02/23/10 • Rutz (10-8) T 116 R25 Sec…

2010 spring light goose hunting begins March 1

Hunting for light geese during spring 2010 in Minnesota will open this Monday, March 1, and the season runs through Friday, April 30. Minnesota hunters can harvest snow geese this spring – including blue-phased and the smaller Ross’ geese – under the provisions of a federal conservation order. This conservation order is part of an international effort to reduce populations…

National Pheasant Fest is this weekend

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced that the organization’s premiere event, National Pheasant Fest, will be returning to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2010. National Pheasant Fest 2010 will be held at the Iowa Events Center on February 26, 27 & 28, 2010. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever President & CEO Howard Vincent made the announcement from National Pheasant Fest…

Minnesota conservation legend Harvey Nelson passes away

Visiting my parents with the boys this weekend in southeast Minnesota and planning to take them ice fishing today. Woke up too early and checked my email. There, with a time of 10:32 p.m. Friday was a sad note from a friend in conservation, Brad Nylin, the executive director of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association. He had some bad news: A…

State senator calls for Minnesota walk-in access program

State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation this session that creates walk-in hunting access in Minnesota. He said he’ll invite sportsmen to a series of planning sessions to determine the new program’s content. Walk-in access programs pay private land owners to voluntarily allow hunters access to their property. “The time has come for a…

Orion-The Hunter’s Institute announces newest board member

Congratulations to conservation communications professional Tammy Sapp, who became Orion–The Hunter’s Institute newest board member this week. Sapp is an award-winning writer with 24 years of experience in the outdoor communications field with a focus on hunting and target shooting. She possesses project management and team development know-how through her work at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the…

New state record certified for nontypical bull elk in Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. — Kentucky has a new state record for a bull elk with non-typical antlers. Harrodsburg resident Terrell Royalty’s 7×7 elk scored 372 6/8 in the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, besting the old record of 367 7/8 taken in Harlan County in 2008. Royalty took his record elk from a wildlife management area in Knott County on…

Minnesota DNR releases final 2009 deer kill numbers

The Minnesota DNR reported on Tuesday that state hunters officially harvested 194,178 deer during the 2009 season. The decline reflects the fact that fewer permits were available to hunters to harvest antlerless deer because the deer population has been reduced to desired levels in many permit areas. “We regulate deer populations by allocating antlerless deer harvest,” Cornicelli said. “In 2008,…

First fish-house removal deadlines approaching

The first Minnesota fish-house removal deadline of 2010 kicks in next weekend, then those deadlines come rapid-fire for the next five weeks. All shelters must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the following categories. Inland waters: Dates or removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east…