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Mother moose trotting in snow on a sunny winter day in Sweden
Minnesota Moose Population Stabilizing

The Minnesota DNR announced Monday that the moose population in the state is relatively stabilized, after years of  declining. There were an estimated 3,710 moose in a recent aerial survey, compared to 4,020 a year ago.…

Gray wolf (Canis lupus) in winter
Push for Open Wolf Season Being Made

Minnesota Congressmen Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan have started a push to allow an open hunting season on grey wolves in Minnesota. The bill proposed would remove federal regulations stating that wolves may only be killed…

DNR Releases New App to Help with Groundwater Research

The Minnesota DNR has released a new app for Andriod, iOS and Windows that will allow people to report locations of springs in the state. By allowing the public to report on where they’ve seen…

Fishing for large mouth bass
Mille Lacs Bass Limit to Drop

Beginning in May, the bass limit on Lake Mille Lacs will drop from 4 to 3. The DNR is doing this to aid in preserving the bass population on the lake. Read the article here.

Planning Begins on Border to Border Off-Road Trail

Public meetings have begun on Minnesota’s first Border to Border off-road vehicle trail. The 400 mile trail would run across the northern part of the state. The DNR is holding meetings in multiple counties for…

Hunter in camouflage with rifle. Winter hunting.
Increase in License and Park Fees Proposed

Governor Mark Dayton revealed his budget proposal early this week, and included was an increase in fishing & hunting licenses and park fees. In addition, an increase for boats, ATVs and snowmobiles are also being…

Walleye fish caught on wobbler bait
Potential Lowering of Walleye Limit

For the last 60 years Minnesota’s walleye limit has been 6, however, that could change. The DNR is looking into lowering the limit over concerns of how the growing use of electronic fishing devices is…

Herring Numbers in Lake Superior Decreasing

The herring numbers in Lake Superior have dropped, and the Minnesota DNR is concerned. In the last two years, the number of herring harvested has dipped below 250,000 lbs – in 2012 the number was…

Big wild brown trout just caught on fisherman's hands before rel
Winter Trout Season Has Begun

Winter trout season began this past Sunday in Southeastern Minnesota, and will run through April 7th. Due to being fed by groundwater, the streams remain relatively ice free and provide great opportunity for catching trout.…

people, winter sport and leisure concept.
The Best Outdoor Rinks in Minnesota

If there’s one thing Minnesotans know, it’s how to make the most of the winter weather. One way to do that? Ice skating. Here are the Top 5 Outdoor Rinks in the state.

Fishing on the river in the winter
New Record Setting Eelpout

Brent Getzler of Roosevelt, MN will soon be a record holder. Getzler caught a eelpout on Lake of the Woods that weighed in at 19 pounds 11 ounces – the current record is 19 pounds…

Working labrador retriever
Pheasant Season off to Slow Start, but Hunters Should Still be Optimistic

The pheasant season may be off to a slow start, but the DNR says that shouldn’t deter hunters from getting out there. According to the DNR, once the ground freezes, there will be great hunting…

White-tailed deer buck in the forest
Statewide Deer Advisory Panel Named

The Minnesota DNR announced that is has named its 20-person deer advisory panel. The Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee will spend the next year reviewing information and public input in order to make recommendations to…

Man fishing with reel and rod. One hand on the crank and reeling
Possible Record-Setting Muskie Caught on Black Friday

Instead of shopping with the crowds on Black Friday, Marshall Hopp slept in and stopped at Reed’s Sporting Goods in Onamia, MN for lures on his way to Lake Mille Lacs. That 13-inch Grandma crankbait would end…

Athlete on a snowmobile.
Snowmobile Trails Open December 1st

Snowmobile trails in Minnesota are set to open December 1st, despite the trail conditions. The warm November has meant that trails and lakes aren’t frozen, and the DNR hasn’t been able to clear debris. For…

Deer looking for who's coming in Quebec, Canada.
Wisconsin Hunter Bags 8-Point Doe (Yes, You Read That Right)

Wayne Douville now has a hunting story to tell for years to come. The Wisconsin native was hunting near Abrams, WI when shot what he thought was an eight point buck. However, when him and…

Whitetail Deer Buck
Two Southeastern Minnesota Deer Tested Positive for CWD

The DNR has confirmed that two deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota have Chronic Waste Disease. The two deer were shot within a mile of each other near Lanesboro during the first part of the season. This…

bull elk bugle
State’s Elk Hunt Successful

The Elk hunt season wrapped up on September 18th, and the results have now been released by the DNR – five out of the seven hunters got bulls. Two were harvested in Zone 30 and three…

Big Deer
68,958 Deer Registered in First Weekend

Numbers are out for the deer opener, and Minnesotans registered 68,958 deer in the first two days of the season. According to the DNR, that number is down 3% from 2015. The number of bucks…

Fishing boats at the wooden pier in Karelia
DNR Reminds Residents to Check for Invasive Species when Closing Cabins

The time has come to start closing cabins for the season, and the DNR is reminding people to check their properties for invasive species. The DNR says to check boats, docks and posts, and to…

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