Minnesota DNR

DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota DNR created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public. The DNR established this deer advisory committee as part of the 2019-2028 Minnesota White-tailed Deer Management Plan to enhance two-way dialogue with interest groups on specific deer management…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 14, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a fire near Badger. Enforcement action taken for an angler using too many lines. CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) reminds anglers fishing Lake of the Woods: You may not possess more than your Minnesota limit of fish when fishing the lake regardless if you have an Ontario or Manitoba angling…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 7, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. A calf depredation was investigated near Lake Bronson.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, AIS, boat and water, and angling enforcement. Benjamin strongly suggests people read the regulations booklet before heading out onto public lands with their ATVs. This will help ensure good memories…

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 7-9

(Minnesota DNR)Kids will rarely be able to tell you their best day of watching TV but take them fishing and moments of angling excitement can make lifelong memories – it’s an often expressed sentiment and this weekend is a chance to put it into practice. During Take a Kid Fishing weekend Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9, Minnesota residents…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 31, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River, and the Warroad River. A meeting was attended with stakeholders at the Northwest Angle. A busy weekend was worked on Lake of the Woods during Memorial Day weekend. One boat owner was cited for the second time for denying inspection of his watercraft…

Fight over wolf hunting in Minnesota is heating up again

MINNEAPOLIS — The last time the federal government removed endangered species protections for wolves in Minnesota, the state held recreational hunts aimed in part at culling the population. The open seasons between 2012 and 2014 were controversial, yet backed by both Democratic and Republican leaders, including DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Now, as the federal government prepares to cut gray wolves…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 24, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked boaters, anglers, and campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with CO Anthony Bermel on a detail. Violations encountered included possession of marijuana and possession of glass and aluminum in the BWCA.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad North) worked OHV, boat and water, and angling enforcement. High winds kept most…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 17, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated a fire near Viking. A meeting was attended at the Warroad Customs office with other departments from Minnesota and Ontario. Assistance was given in searching for a missing 2-year-old near Swift.  CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) worked the walleye opener with CO Mishler on the Rainy River and Lake…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 10, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored trapping, sturgeon angling, turkey hunting, and ATVing activity. A hunter turned over an accidental turkey overlimit. Two birds were killed with one shot.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, solid waste, and angling enforcement. Annual spring burning restrictions are in effect as of April 29; this will be lifted once…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 3, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) spoke at the Greenbush firearms safety class. Area ATV activity was monitored in the Roseau, Warroad, and Northwest Angle areas. A series of grass fires were investigated in the Warroad area.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked OHV, boat and water safety, AIS, and angling enforcement. For those of you bringing your…

DNR CO Eugene Wynn laid to rest [videos]

Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn, who died in the line of duty last week, was laid to rest Friday, April 26 in Pine City. The service included the ringing of the bells (18 chimes for 18 years of service by Wynn to the DNR) and a pipe band, both captured in videos here by Minnesota Outdoor News Editor Tim…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 26, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked turkey hunters and sturgeon anglers. Arson training was attended at Camp Ripley. Violations for the week included hunting turkeys in the wrong zone and boat registration violations. CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATV, snowmobile, boat and water, AIS and angling enforcement. Sturgeon anglers had a great week on the Rainy…

DNR conservation officer dies in line of duty

A Minnesota DNR conservation officer has died in the line of duty following an incident Friday, April 19, on Cross Lake in Pine City. CO Eugene Wynn, who patrolled the Pine City station, and a deputy with the Pine County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a report of a possible body in the water. The two officers launched Wynn’s boat…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 19, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATV, boat and water, AIS, and angling enforcement. Just getting a bite was the highlight of some anglers’ days for most of the week on the Rainy River, as fishing was tough at best. Poor water clarity, floating and submerged debris, fast current, rain, freezing rain and snow, all mixed…

Cold weather causing winterkill on some southern Minnesota lakes

(Minnesota DNR file photo)As ice comes off of southern Minnesota lakes, evidence of this year’s harsh winter is washing up along the shorelines. While dead and dying fish washing ashore can be discouraging to see, it’s the result of a natural process called “winterkill,” according to biologists with the Minnesota DNR. “Shallow lakes like we have in southern Minnesota are…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 12, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on the Rainy River. Fishing reports were spotty, but a good number of sturgeon and walleye anglers reported success. Boating safety violations were encountered, as was a group of anglers in possession of marijuana.  CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATV, snowmobile, AIS and angling enforcement. The majority of Benjamin’s…

Trashing Minnesota’s lakes: COs seeing ‘fallout’ from hard-water season

With fish-house removal deadlines in the rearview mirror and melting snow revealing what once was hidden, conservation officers throughout the state are finding the trash people left behind, the Minnesota DNR noted in a Facebook post recently. A reminder from the DNR: Anything but an impression left on the ice is litter and will be investigated. Categories: Ice Fishing Tags:…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 5, 2019

District 1 – Baudette area CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked ATV, snowmobile, AIS, and angling enforcement. The Rainy River is now open west of the Frontier public access, and anglers are trying their hand at the newly regulated catch-and-release season for walleyes and sauger through April 14. Before hitting the water, anglers should check their boat registration, ensure they have…