Monthly Archives: September 2016

DNR seeks Minnesotans to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Monday, Oct. 10. The DNR is seeking at least 12 people to serve on the Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will be responsible for [Continue]

DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2017 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 21. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is [Continue]

Seven standouts for fall color at Scientific and Natural Areas

Northeastern Minnesota comes alive with fall colors each year as chlorophyll retreats from leaves to reveal underlying bursts of yellow, orange and red. With abundant public land and so many options for great fall color viewing, Minnesota’s Scientific and Naturals Areas (SNAs) are sometimes overlooked as a place to enjoy fall colors.   SNAs are [Continue]

Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Sept. 24-25

Small game hunting is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth under age 16 can hunt small game without a license, but must comply with open seasons, limits [Continue]

DNR seeks citizens to serve on deer management plan advisory committee

People can apply to serve on a committee that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources develop the state’s first-ever deer management plan. The deer management plan advisory committee will meet throughout 2017 to review technical information and public input and make recommendations for the development of the plan. Overall goals of the deer [Continue]

Exciting news on the South Fowl/Tilbury Trail!

The U.S. Forest Service will be hiking in on the trail on Wednesday, September 21 to conduct blasting on the trail. The Forest Service has targeted 45 individual rocks and boulders that they intend to blast, so people in the vicinity may hear 45 different booms, up to a couple of miles away. There is [Continue]

Head to Virginia for opening of single-track trails at Lookout Mountain

Mountain bike enthusiasts have a new riding opportunity in northeast Minnesota thanks to a partnership between the Forest Service, the Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists (IROC), Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps, and Youth Conservation Corps. A new system of single-track mountain bike trails is located within the Lookout Mountain Multi-Use Trail system at the Laurentian Divide [Continue]

Find grouse hunting spots with DNR online tools

Beyond a grouse hunter’s gear checklist – blaze-orange hat or vest, shotgun, pair of boots, small-game license – those with internet access who want to give grouse hunting a try have online tools available that can help make hunting plans a reality. “Where can I hunt? That’s usually one of the first questions people ask [Continue]

Waterfowl season opens Sept. 24

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Saturday, Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “All signs point to this being a great year for duck and goose hunting,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “Many hunters look forward to [Continue]

Gunflint Ranger District hosts open house on prescribed burn plans

Superior National Forest managers plan to conduct an open house regarding prescribed fires that are planned for the fall season on the Gunflint Ranger District. These prescribed burns include the Lux Lake Unit and the Duncan Lake Unit, both within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). This open house will allow the public to [Continue]

Trout Lake Resort owner to speak at Gunflint Trail Historical Society

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is holding its last membership meeting of the season on Monday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the A. Paul & Carol Schaap Community Center (at the MidTrail Fire Hall). Nancy Waver will be the guest speaker. Nancy and her family has owned and operated Trout Lake Resort for the [Continue]

Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 8

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8. This season, antlerless deer permits are issued by lottery in 67 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas. [Continue]

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Trees

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the [Continue]

Prescribed fires planned in BWCAW during Sept. and Oct.

During September and October, the Superior National Forest plans to conduct up to four prescribed fires within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The prescribed fires are intended to reduce the risk of wildfires that could threaten people and property outside of the Wilderness.   In 1999, a massive windstorm affected nearly 500,000 acres [Continue]

Have fun at the Fair with the MN DNR!

If you are heading to the Fair, stop by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources building. About 500,000 people visit the DNR’s State Fair building. The theme for 2016 is “Nature Rocks…Fish, Fossils and Forests, Oh My!” Visit on Monday, September 5 and learn about: Minnesota boating fatalities update and life jacket safety At 11:30 [Continue]