Tag: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked lake activity where a heavy layer of snow was piled on top of a marginal ice sheet. The heavy snow made for slushy conditions. Snowmobiling activity was also monitored as conditions improved dramatically. CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) spent time checking snowmobile activity on area trails. The snowstorm made a mess…
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December 22, 2022 0

DNR Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

CO Jim Guida (Brainerd East) patrolled the station for angling activity, snowmobile operational contacts, and verification of cross-country ski passes as required. Heavy and wet snow has occurred, causing trees to become hazards along local public use trail systems. Guida continues to work with a conservation officer candidate within the field training program. The officers…
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December 21, 2022 0

Minnesota’s updated wolf plan strengthens
wolf conservation

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized an updated wolf management plan that incorporates the diverse views of Minnesotans and will guide the state’s approach to wolf conservation for the next 10 years. “We’re proud we brought people together to update Minnesota’s wolf plan,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. “We had great engagement from…
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December 21, 2022 0

5 easy ways to get outdoors this winter

Wondering how to get outside and enjoy the outdoors this winter? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has some great no- and low-cost activities open to everyone. “We know Minnesotans love being outdoors, and winter offers a whole different way to play outside,” said Ann Pierce, DNR parks and trails director. The DNR offers several…
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December 20, 2022 0

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

CO Gregory Verkuilen (Garrison) checked muzzleloader hunters who were taking advantage of additional snow cover. Ice anglers were checked and an increase in numbers of motorized vehicles was found on the lakes. Verkuilen also attended training and prepped gear for winter. CO Victoria Griffith (Isle) checked ice anglers on Mille Lacs Lake. Walleye-fishing success was…
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December 15, 2022 0

DNR Conservation Officer Reports – District 9 (Brainerd area)

Release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: CO Eric Sullivan (Brainerd) reports the ice fishing season is in full swing and area lakes are getting pressure from ice anglers. Sullivan also made contact with a few deer hunters who were successful muzzleloader hunting. CO Calie Cook (Crosslake) spent time checking anglers over the week.…
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December 14, 2022 0

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