Tag: DNR

Weekly Conservation Officer Reports – District 10 (Mille Lacs area)

District 10 – Mille Lacs area Last updated: 2022-12-05 CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) reports most local lakes froze over during the week. Anglers were checked and some were starting to use ATVs out on the ice. Small-game hunters and trappers were also making use of walkable ice. CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) checked anglers and small-game hunters…
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December 7, 2022 0

Cross country ski in Minnesota state parks, forests with Great Minnesota Ski Pass

RELEASE FROM MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds Minnesotans that the Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which allows cross-country skiers of all levels to enjoy the extensive state ski trail system, is available for purchase. “Many Minnesotans love to embrace winter, and cross-country skiing is a wonderful opportunity to explore…
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December 6, 2022 0

DNR Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

Release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) checked deer and grouse hunters this past week, as well as trappers and anglers. Ice conditions vary from open water to 5 inches, at the most. Best also gave two snowmobile safety talks for classes held in Pequot Lakes and Emily. CO…
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December 6, 2022 0

Most snowmobile trails need more snow and cold temperatures

By statute, the opening date for Minnesota’s snowmobile trails is Dec. 1 but most of the state’s trails need more snow before they can be groomed for use, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Several conditions must be met before trails are groomed and safe: “It’s a big job for local volunteers and…
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December 5, 2022 0

Lake Ice Safety Tips

Going out on the ice for fishing or snowmobiling can be a fun winter activity.  But not if the ice isn’t thick enough to support your vehicle’s weight or your weight.  Polk County Sheriff Jim Tadman talks about factors that can make ice thickness vary from one place to another. Tadman points out that the…
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December 5, 2022 0

Bidding now open for DNR’s December land sale online auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has 11 parcels for sale including rural and lakeshore properties. Properties in Itasca, St. Louis, and Wadena counties are available for online bidding from Thursday, Dec. 1, through Wednesday, Dec. 14. Anyone interested in bidding on a property needs to register for an account on MinnBid. Visit the DNR land sale webpage to obtain…
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December 5, 2022 0

DNR Conservation Officer Reports – District 10 (Mille Lacs area)

CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) spent time doing equipment maintenance and following up on big-game cases. Litter complaints were followed up on. Griffith would like to give a reminder to keep safety in mind now that ice is beginning to form on waters across the state. CO Nate Benkofske (McGregor) investigated post-deer-season reports from the public.…
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November 30, 2022 0

DNR Conservation Officer Reports for District 9 (Brainerd area)

District 9 – Brainerd area Last updated: 2022-11-28 CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) spent time on outstanding deer-season complaints. Anglers were testing the ice and found some panfish-fishing success. CO Tony Flerlage (Crosby) saw a low number of hunters for the weekend muzzleloader opener. Grouse hunters were more common, as were squirrel hunters. The weather has…
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November 29, 2022 0

MN Firearms Deer Season Posts Below Average Harvest Results

Minnesota — The final numbers are in from this year’s Minnesota Firearms Deer Harvest and the results are some of the poorest they’ve been in years, especially in Northwest Minnesota. In fact Firearms Harvests in Deer Permit Areas 258 and 298 are the lowest they have been more than 10 years and Statewide Firearms harvest…
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November 28, 2022 0

Reminder about Mille Lacs, Upper Red lake winter season walleye regulations

Ice anglers can harvest walleye on both Mille Lacs and Upper Red lakes this winter season. On Upper Red Lake, a three-walleye bag limit, with one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed in possession, went into effect Nov. 1. On Mille Lacs Lake, a one-walleye bag limit, with one walleye between 21-23 inches or one…
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November 24, 2022 0