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State Parks will be Free on Black Friday

If you’re looking for a way work off some of that Thanksgiving meal, you’re in luck. 75 of Minnesota’s State Parks and Recreation Areas will be free to visit this Friday. This is the third…


2017 Deer Numbers Are Up

The second weekend deer season has passed, and so far Minnesota hunters have registered 145,054 deer. That number is up 10% from 2016, and 54% of those were bucks. Read the full breakdown here.


Mille Lacs Walleye Regulations Set for this Winter

The DNR announced that anglers will be able to keep one walleye this upcoming season on Lake Mille Lacs. The season opens on December 1st, with no bait restrictions and the ability for fishermen to…


DNR Releasing Smartphone Maps for State Parks

Hikers should no longer have to worry about getting lost in a State Park. The DNR has released the first six State Park geoPDF maps for smartphones. Users are able to download these maps to…


2017 Deer Hunting Preview

Firearms season starts November 4th, and while you’re getting ready for it, check out what you can expect with this deer report.


DNR Implements CWD Testing and Ban on Deer Feeding

A deer feeding ban placed by the DNR on August 28th for 11 Minnesota counties will continue through February of 2019. The ban is part of the precautionary measures being taking regarding CWD. In addition,…


Crossbow Usage up in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Due to relaxed regulations in recent years, more and more hunters are beginning to use crossbows in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ease of use and evolving technology make it a popular choice among bow hunters. Currently…


Applications Now Being Accepted for DNR Fish Work Groups

The DNR is currently taking applications through October 30th for those interested in joining one of the DNR’s fish advisory committees. There are multiple groups that each focus on a species of fish,  all made up…


Bear Hunt Numbers Down, and the DNR is OK with it

Bear season began September 1st, and it is already off to a good start – even though numbers are down.  While the numbers are strong, the DNR estimates harvest is down about 25%, and they…


Minnesota State Parks Offer Free Fishing

Minnesota State Parks have taken another step to encourage fishing – people are now able to fish from the shore without a license. Other regulations still apply, such as size and number. Many state parks…


DNR Removes Public Access of 640 Miles of Streams

Due to an error made in the 1980s, the DNR has removed the Public Status of 640 miles of Minnesota waterways.  It was discovered the land was given public access without any notification to landowners. The…


Fisher Ties his Own State Catfish Record

On May 15th, Shakopee resident Jake Robinson caught a flathead catfish in the Minnesota River that ties the state record – a record he set back in June of 2016. The fish comes in at…


Minnesota Deer Population Rebounds

Thanks to relatively mild winters and hunting restrictions, Minnesota’s deer population is up – which could mean more hunting opportunities this fall. While no specific changes have been made, the DNR’s Big Game Program Leader…


This Weekend is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

This weekend, June 9th-11th, adults in Minnesota are encouraged to ‘Take a Kid Fishing.’ Anglers are able to fish without a license as long as they have a child 15 years or younger with them,…


Increase in State Record Fish Applications

The Minnesota DNR has seen a bump in record fish applications so far this season. The DNR said it has received five applications for four species – the most it’s seen in such a short period.…


Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Twins Team Up

The Minnesota DNR has announced a giveaway partnership with the Minnesota Twins. For the May 27th and June 18th Twins game, any one with a Minnesota Fishing or Hunting license can purchase a ticket offer…


Beaver Islands provide a unique canoe adventure in the heart of St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – From the shore, the current looks downright scary. Just a long punt downriver from St. Cloud’s city-owned dam, which is directly in front of St. Cloud State University’s football stadium, the…


Bear Hunt Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for bear hunting licenses through May 5th wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or online and by phone. There is a $5 application fee. Licenses will be awarded via lottery,…


Burning Restrictions Are In Effect

Spring burning restrictions for Minnesota began last Friday in central MN, and more counties will soon follow. During this ban, the DNR will not pass out burning permits. Campfires less than 3 feet in diameter…


Silver Carp Caught in St. Croix River

The DNR has confirmed that a silver carp was caught on the St. Croix River near Prescott on March 16th. While the DNR is concerned about the invasive species and the St. Croix, they note…


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