Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
Before venturing into the woods of east-central Minnesota this fall, hunters and others are being encouraged to review changes to trail rules in Pine County. The Department of Natural Resources says the affected areas include the Nemadji, General Andrews, Chengwatana and St. Croix state forests.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced earlier this week that for the first time since 2008, the survival of younger walleyes in Mille Lacs Lake appears to be improving. Fishery officials will hold a presentation Wednesday night in Aitkin to discuss the walleye population.
Fisheries officials will give a presentation in Aitkin about a study of what fish eat in Mille Lacs Lake, and how much food is consumed by predator fish in the popular east-central Minnesota lake.
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.
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.
Ivy and Kelley in Mrs. Neppl’s class at Tremont Elementary are learning about rivers. They want to know: What is the longest river in the U.S.? The Missouri River, at 2,541 miles, beats out the mighty Mississippi at 2,230 miles. But here’s the thing: the Missouri is a tributary of the Mississippi.
Officials confirm that zebra mussels have been found in another lake in the western Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District say the invasive pest was found in Lake Virginia.
Minnesotans will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and other shades of autumn as leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show. The Department of Natural Resources fall color finder map has gone live for the season. Staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will update it every Thursday.
Wildlife managers say Minnesota pheasant hunters this fall should find similar conditions to last year, but that the long-term decline in the rooster harvest is expected to continue. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside survey shows a 6 percent increase in the pheasant population from 2013 despite a severe winter, a slow start to spring and heavy rains in June.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a land auction on Oct. 9. The DNR says plans to offer 30 parcels, all located in northern Minnesota. The parcels range in size from a half acre to 102 acres and offer opportunities for hunting and recreation, as well as cabin and residential development along prime lakeshore.
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.
The Department of Natural Resources hosts a public discussion Thursday about walleye reproduction in Mille Lacs Lake. The presentation and discussion will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center at 400 10th St. NW .
Disappointing news on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, Minn. won’t stop efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the destructive mussels on Monday. The invasive aquatic species was discovered at the public boat launch.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Paul Bunyan State Trail has now been extended to Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd.
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.