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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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Wis. Court: Hunters Can Train Dogs On Wolves

A state appeals court ruled Thursday that hunters can train dogs to chase down wolves, rejecting arguments from a group of humane societies that wildlife officials are allowing deadly wolf-dog clashes and cementing one of the most contentious elements of Wisconsin wolf hunting.

07/10/2014

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DNR Sets New Deer Goals For Southeastern Minnesota

Wildlife managers plan to boost the whitetail deer population in several parts of southeastern Minnesota while holding deer numbers steady or bringing them down in certain other zones in the region. The Department of Natural Resources said the decision reflects input from the public and a stakeholder advisory team. Similar processes elsewhere are expected to affect deer hunting regulations over much of the state during the next several years.

05/30/2014

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St. Cloud Hunter Banned From Big Game Hunting For 5 Years

A Minnesota man who violated a federal hunting law has been banned from hunting big game anywhere in the U.S. for five years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 41-year-old William Robert Welsh of St. Cloud was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.

05/13/2014

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New 85,000-Square-Foot Cabela’s Opening Soon In Woodbury

If you love the outdoors and all the sports that go along with it, you’ve likely stepped inside a Cabela’s store. It’s known for its hunting, fishing and camping gear — plus, its elaborate displays.

05/01/2014

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DNR, MDHA Host Listening Sessions For Deer Hunters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will host a series of listening sessions for deer hunters to learn more about the state of deer after this year’s winter.

03/10/2014

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Minnesota’s Becoming An Outdoors Woman Program Turns 20

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is marking the 20th anniversary of its Becoming an Outdoors Woman program this year. The DNR has just released its 2014 catalog of events for the program, which offers a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities for women and their families who want to learn how to hunt, fish or develop other outdoor skills.

02/11/2014

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Hunters Flock To Waterfowl Symposium

An event Saturday afternoon brought hunters, outdoor lovers and natural resource managers to the Mall of America in Bloomington. The Waterfowl Symposium gives hunters and enthusiasts the chance to meet with waterfowl biologists and managers who represent conservation agencies. The focus of this year’s meeting was the blue-winged teal and wild rice, an important food for migrating waterfowl.

02/01/2014

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Minn. Waterfowl Symposium Set For Saturday

Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and natural resource managers will gather at the Mall of America Ramada Hotel to celebrate Minnesota’s waterfowl and wetland resources.

02/01/2014

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Minn. Sportsmen’s Show Returns To St. Paul

It may be bitterly cold outside, but fans of the outdoors can start dreaming of summer at the 44th annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Show. The event opens Thursday, Jan. 9, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 12, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

01/04/2014

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Wolf Hunt Wraps Up In Northwestern Minn.

The Department of Natural Resources is closing the wolf hunting season in northwestern Minnesota at the end of Friday’s hunting hours. The DNR reports that 86 wolves have been harvested so far in the northwest wolf zone, which is three wolves short of the harvest target number. The decision was made Thursday evening in anticipation of the target being met by late Friday.

12/27/2013

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Appeals Court: Man ‘Pursued’ Deer While In Blind

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a man who had a loaded weapon while he was concealed in a deer blind was “pursuing” deer under state law — and that he needed a hunting license.

12/23/2013

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14-Year-Old Hunting Accident Victim Making ‘Miracle’ Recovery

A North Dakota teen’s father calls it a miracle that his son survived — and is doing so well — after being shot in the eye in a hunting accident.

12/09/2013

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Minnesota Firearms Season Deer Harvest Down

Minnesota’s firearms deer hunters haven’t been as lucky as last year, according to preliminary figures released Monday. Firearms hunters killed about 148,400 deer from when the season opened Nov. 9 until a late season closed in southeastern Minnesota on Dec. 1, the Department of Natural Resources said.

12/09/2013

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Wis. Man, 45, Shot In Hunting Accident

A 45-year-old Wisconsin man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower waist area in a hunting accident Wednesday morning, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

11/27/2013

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Report Warns Of Climate Threat To Minn. Big Game

Climate change threatens the big game animals that call Minnesota home — from moose to deer to bears — and the state needs to plan for how protect those species and the outdoor recreation economy that depends on them, conservation groups warned Thursday.

11/14/2013

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