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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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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.


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…


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