Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources
The state Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters in southeast Minnesota to submit deer for chronic wasting disease sampling. The DNR said Thursday it will collect 450 samples from deer at eight locations throughout the state’s southeast corner as firearms season begins this weekend.
Nearly 500,000 hunters wearing blaze orange are expected to be afield Saturday when Minnesota’s firearms deer season gets underway. But the Department of Natural Resources says those hunters are less likely to bag a deer than in recent years.
Five-hundred Minnesota hunters will head into the woods on Nov. 8 for the annual firearms deer hunting opener. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is already predicting one of the poorest success rates in recent decades. That’s because Minnesota’s whitetail deer numbers are down in many parts of the state, particularly in the heavily-forested northeastern region.
Dry conditions are expected to increase the danger of wildfires in Minnesota this weekend.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project so it can be heard on arguments about state regulation. A group representing upstream townships and counties in North Dakota and Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen Fort Snelling State Park after a three-week closure due to rains and flooding. The DNR will reopen the park Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The parked closed June 22 when the main park road flooded.
Night fishing is returning to one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lift the ban on fishing at night on Mille Lacs Lake next Monday.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne will reopen Monday after a monthlong shutdown caused by flood damage. The park in southwestern Minnesota was forced to close June 18. The campground, interpretive center, climbing area and all trails except the Mound Creek Trail will reopen Monday.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says too many boaters are breaking state laws intended to make it harder for invasive species to spread in lakes and rivers.
A man shot and killed a black bear in Albertville Tuesday night after it was spotted in his yard while his daughter was outside playing, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received a call at about 7:45 p.m. that a black bear had been seen on the 10000 block of 64th Street NE in Albertville. The caller, Lawrence Engstrom, told authorities the bear walked up to their sliding glass door in the back yard.