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State Asks Hunters To Help With Bird Flu Surveillance

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to arm itself with turkey hunters in the fight against bird flu. The state asked hunters in five counties — Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns — to help figure out if the virus has spread to wild turkeys.

04/17/2015

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DNR Offers Turkey Hunting Tips For Areas Near Bird Flu

Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a few precautionary tips for areas near turkey farms struck by the bird flu.

04/13/2015

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Under Bill, 84-Year-Old Could Get Another Shot At A Deer

An 84-year-old hunter who asked Minnesota lawmakers for help bagging another deer may get his wish. A provision tucked in House Republicans’ budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit.

04/13/2015

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Sportsmen & ‘Lumberjills’ Galore At The Northwest Sportshow

It’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about getting outdoors. And to help you get ready for the summer fun, this weekend is the 83rd Northwest Sportshow. It features deals on boats, RVs, ATVs, fishing and hunting gear.

03/28/2015

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Dayton Calls For Felony-Level Penalties Against Poachers

Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations. The governor on Friday proposed a new felony-level penalty for poaching, and revoking game-and-fish privileges for up to 10 years. Current law only goes up to a gross misdemeanor penalty for poaching, and license revocations of up to only five years.

03/27/2015

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Pet Blog: Turn Your Dog Into An Antler Hunter!

Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.

03/09/2015

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Effort To Restore Pheasants Gets Boost From Lines’ Return

A retired official of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources began spearheading what ringneck enthusiasts hope is an ambitious public-private effort to restore Minnesota’s pheasants on Monday.

02/27/2015

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Hunters Challenge DNR Deer Management Practices

A group of Minnesota hunters say the deer population is in worse shape than the state is letting on. Minnesota Bowhunters president Brooks Johnson talked about the changing landscape of the deer population as he walked through the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Big Lake.

02/20/2015

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Dayton Unsure of Minnesota’s Next Step On Wolf Hunting

Gov. Mark Dayton is consulting with his Department of Natural Resources chief on how the state should respond to a federal ruling that outlaws hunting of gray wolves.

12/29/2014

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Hunter Asks For More Trapping Regulations After Dog Dies In Conibear

A Minnesota hunter is pushing for change after his dog was caught and killed in a trap. Mark Johnson’s 7-year-old lab, Bronco, was killed in a body grip trap while they were grouse hunting near Bemidji in October.

12/18/2014

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Mike Max Goes Pheasant Hunting In S. Dakota

A “Pheasant Summit” was held Saturday n Marshall with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss ways Minnesota can keep birds in play. Earlier this week, I took “Maxi Cam” to South Dakota. And with the help of guide Ryan Sauter, I found out that they know how to keep the pheasant population up.

12/13/2014

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Man Recounts Horrific Bear Attack In Pine County

Brandon Johnson and Craig Lindstrom have gone an annual hunting trip for 12 years. But this last one in September was different. “Everybody kids about things, but nobody thinks something like that’s going to happen,” Brandon said. His group shot a black bear on the trip near Duxbury.

12/10/2014

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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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Another Wolf Hunting Season To Start Sunday

Another season of wolf hunting is set to begin Sunday. Late season hunting and trapping runs through Jan. 31 in all zones. They can close earlier, though, if the harvest target is reached.

11/29/2014

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Hunters Register 111K Deer Through 3rd Weekend

Minnesota hunters have registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of the firearms deer season, a drop of 31,000 from the same period a year ago. But the lower harvest is by design. Regulations were put in place to make more deer — especially does — off-limits to increase Minnesota’s deer herd.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Firearms Hunters Register 102,000 Deer

Minnesota hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s down 31,000 through the same period last year. Adding in special hunts and archery, the DNR says the total harvest so far this season is 115,000 deer, down 32,500 from the same point last season.

11/18/2014

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Minnesota Hunters Kill Fewer Deer In 1st Weekend

Hunters in Minnesota killed fewer deer during this year’s opening weekend of the firearms deer season than they did last year, the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. Final numbers show that hunters registered 54,000 deer killed during the first three days of the firearms season, which is 30,000 fewer than last year’s opening weekend, the agency said.

11/12/2014

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Laporte Man Dies In Deer Hunting Accident

A 50-year-old man has died in an accident on the opening day of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. The Mahnomen County sheriff’s office says Paul Scholl, of Laporte, was shot while coming out of his deer hunting area about 16 miles southeast of Mahnomen in northwestern Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.

11/09/2014

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For Deer Hunters, ‘Orange Friday’ Bags Early Deals

For Minnesota’s 500,000 firearms deer hunters the Friday before opening day is much like the day after Thanksgiving. The day has become such a popular shopping day for hunters that one major sporting goods retailer trademarked the name, “Orange Friday.”

11/06/2014

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Report: Wolf Population Growing In Midwest

Even though more states in the upper Midwest have started wolf hunts, there is a slight increase in the population. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife report shows the number of wolves living in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan has grown slightly. It found more than 3,700 wolves in the area in the past year.

10/21/2014

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Deer Harvest Expected To Be Lowest In Decades

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects this year’s deer harvest will be one of the lowest in decades. But, that’s by design.

10/21/2014

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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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Hunters Flock To Game Fair!

Every hunter loves their gadgets. And at this year’s Game Fair in Ramsey, Minn., there are gadgets galore! WCCO’s David McCoy gives us a look at some of the newest and coolest gear for your hunt.

08/16/2014

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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 Ups Licenses For 2014 Wolf Season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is increasing the number of licenses available for the 2014 wolf hunting season. The DNR announced they would be making 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available, which is an increase of 500 from last year’s seasons.

07/24/2014

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