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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…


Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Closure

The Minnesota DNR has announced a new restriction for fishing this summer on Lake Mille Lacs. In July, there will be a 21 day walleye closure on the lake from July 7th-27th. Anglers will still…


U of M Researchers May Have Solution for Clean Water

University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources researchers may have found a way to remove mercury and other toxins from bodies of water. It’s called the ‘super sponge’ and it works exactly…


All the 2017 Fishing Dates You Need to Know

Get ready to spend a lot of time on the water. Here is a list of dates for all Minnesota fishing seasons.  


DNR Announces Additions for State Parks and Trails

Two campgrounds, more bison and a new water trail have all been added by the Minnesota State Parks and Trails for 2017. The new campgrounds will be located at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in NE Minnesota…


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.…


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