Tag: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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

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

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

Conservation Officer Reports – District 10 (Mille Lacs area)

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) continued checking deer hunters. There were complaints of baiting, trespassing, and hunting after the season closed. Some waterfowl hunters were still out despite shallow waters freezing over. CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) continued monitoring firearms deer season activities. Fewer hunters were observed throughout the week with the cooler weather. Griffith followed up…
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November 24, 2022 0

Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

CO Chelsey Best (Pequot Lakes) wrapped up investigations from the deer and bear seasons. Enforcement action was taken for deer- and waterfowl-related violations. CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) reports deer hunters and waterfowl hunters were in the area enjoying time outdoors as the firearms and waterfowl seasons come to a close. Hunters reported that deer movement…
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November 23, 2022 0