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DNR Closes Northwest Wolf Zone; 1 Zone Still Open

The Department of Natural Resources is closing the late wolf season in northwestern Minnesota, where hunters and trappers have exceeded the season target.

12/09/2014

(credit: Governor Dayton's office)

Northern Pike Spearing Returns To Mille Lacs Lake

The return of northern pike spearing to Mille Lacs Lake for the first time in 32 years is generating a buzz among long-time spearers.

12/08/2014

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Wolf Season To Close Friday In NE Minnesota

Wildlife managers are closing the wolf season in northeastern Minnesota at the end of shooting hours Friday. Hunters and trappers had registered 30 wolves when the Department of Natural Resources decided Thursday to close the northeast zone.

12/04/2014

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Early Snow Opens Minnesota’s Snowmobile Trails

Even though it’s not officially winter, it is officially snowmobile season in Minnesota.

12/01/2014

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St. Paul Council Considers Outdoor Archery Range

The St. Paul City Council is set to vote on a resolution this week that would set plans for a new outdoor archery range in motion.

11/30/2014

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More Trumpeter Swans Getting Shot In Minnesota

During this year’s open of waterfowl season, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center admitted more trumpeter swans for bullet wounds than ever before.

11/17/2014

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Hunters Kill 98 Wisconsin Wolves

It looks like Wisconsin’s third wolf season could be over soon. The season began on Oct. 15. It’s slated to run until Feb. 28 or until hunters reach the 150-animal statewide kill limit.

10/23/2014

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Special SE Antlerless Deer Season Opens Thursday

Hunters in parts of southeastern Minnesota can take up to five does during an early antlerless deer season that runs from Thursday through next Sunday.

10/12/2014

(credit: Minnesota Zoo)

Feds Not Worried About Wisconsin Wolf Decline

Federal wildlife officials say they’re not concerned about the decline in Wisconsin’s wolf population.

10/10/2014

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Dayton To Convene Minnesota Pheasant Summit

Lifelong pheasant hunter Gov. Mark Dayton plans to convene Minnesota’s first-ever Pheasant Summit later this year to discuss ways to grow the state’s pheasant population.

09/26/2014

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Minnesota Waterfowl Season Opens Saturday

With duck hunters anxiously preparing for Saturday’s waterfowl opener in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to think safety on the water.

09/26/2014

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DNR Rules Against Minnesota Bear Researcher

The state Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to for putting radio collars on black bears to a Minnesota researcher who has gained international attention for his work.

09/24/2014

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Minn. DNR Requests Compensation From BP Gulf Oil Spill

In a clear, blue autumn sky, hundreds of American white pelicans soar in a circulating pattern above the Mississippi River flyway. The majestic birds with the eight-foot wingspan are slowly meandering their way along the annual fall migration to the Gulf of Mexico.

09/16/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels Found In Cass Lake

The Department of Natural Resources say they have confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels for the first time in a Bemidji-area lake. Officials say they were found on one of Cass Lake’s most popular beaches.

09/12/2014

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Spiny Waterflea Found In Basswood Lake In BWCA

Officials have confirmed the presence of the invasive spiny waterflea in another popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Department of Natural Resources says Basswood Lake near Ely will be added to the list of infested waters, as well as three downstream lakes and two connected rivers.

09/05/2014

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This 8-Point Rack Would Have Been A Record

The Department of Natural Resources put a trophy-size rack of antlers on display at their offices in St. Paul on Tuesday, but they’re not exactly happy about it.

09/02/2014

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DNR Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Zebra Mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new, four-legged partner in fighting the spread of aquatic, invasive species. Highly-trained dogs can sniff out just about anything, from drugs to bombs. But these ones are detecting zebra mussels.

08/27/2014

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DNR Nixes Expanded Hunting In Natural Areas

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided against opening more of Minnesota’s scientific and natural areas to hunting and trapping. The agency announced Tuesday that it won’t loosen hunting restrictions in 10 of the 159 areas, which are known as SNAs. The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines.

08/19/2014

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Scientists Study Number Of Minnesota Bee Species

Minnesota has hundreds of bee species. And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home. The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.

08/04/2014

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DNR: Zebra Mussels, Milfoil Found In Kandiyohi Co. Lakes

The Department of Natural Resources says invasive species were reported in two Kandiyohi County lakes last month. In mid-July, the DNR confirmed that there was Eurasian watermilfoil in Games Lake, about 7 miles east of Sunburg, Minn. That confirmation came after a lakeshore owner reported the infestation to authorities.

08/04/2014

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Group Protests DNR Decision To Allow Expansion Of Body Grip Traps

Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas. The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.

08/02/2014

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DNR Announces Plans For ‘Conservative’ Deer Season

Minnesota wildlife managers have announced rules for a “conservative” deer season to rebuild the whitetail population across much of the state. The Department of Natural Resources says only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state, and the harvest of does will be further restricted.

07/23/2014

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Businesses Around Lake Mille Lacs Hope Night Fishing Reels In Customers

One of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations is missing its fishermen. The DNR says June was very slow on Lake Mille Lacs, with anglers spending half the time fishing that they did the previous year.

07/20/2014

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Outreach Helps Minnesota State Park Visits Grow

Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota’s state parks. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources credit the revenue stream from the Legacy Amendment sales tax increase.

07/18/2014

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DNR Warns Waters Are Dangerously High And Fast

Safety experts are urging Minnesota boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now.

06/19/2014

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