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The rapid whistling of the downy woodpecker greets me this early morning as I settle in by the slowly-receding flooded Red River. Papa downy is calling for a mama downy to fit in with fast-approaching Mother’s Day.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending xxx 2014. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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  As we enter the beginning stages of the open water season in Minnesota, there are a series of techniques I like to use no matter what lake or river I am fishing. These techniques are basically universal in success.

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Seven deer from a Merrifield deer farm herd have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

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Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, June 7-9.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending May 6, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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I use the word “hunting” because looking for and finding walleyes is much like hunting big game animals. You think you know where they are going to be but some days, they aren’t anywhere you think they should be.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending April 29, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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I am so ready to cast a line and feel the tug of a walleye, I can hardly wait for opener. This anticipation and excitement for open water fishing may have something to do with a hopefully soon forgotten polar vortex, and the record February snowfall.

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American crow sails across my line of vision above the oaks and elms here by the Red River to greet the morning. He promptly sails out of sight beyond the treetops, finding no business in this spot at the moment.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending April 22, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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It is spring and time once again to run the ruffed grouse drumming routes on Chippewa National Forest. The route begins about sunrise, which means you will arrive just in time to catch the sun play on the tree tops, bringing that lovely, rosy glow to the red pine.

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As we head into the waning days of April, our thoughts turn to the fishing opener just over a week away. The ice has left our lakes much earlier than anticipated, meaning most of our deep, clear lakes of the north will be ice-free as will the western and southern, shallower lakes.

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The America white pelican is making a comeback in Minnesota, not only for the season, but also in terms of its population.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending April 15, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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I was fishing last fall and early winter when I ran into a couple of groups of anglers who, to my amazement, did not know the fishing limits for walleye and northern pike on one of Minnesota’s prime fishing lakes.  Both groups were over their limit.

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The river has broken free. The Red River has taken possession of the land around it, and there is virtually nothing the human can do about it except sigh and wait and get out of the way, until Old Man River gets good and ready to retire within his banks again.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending April 8, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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As we enter into the open water season of 2019, there are a host of new innovations that are new for the year and as always, some are righteous and others, not so much.

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Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, and by telephone at (888) 665-4236.

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Hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners and interested groups can provide their thoughts about deer populations, proposed hunting and trapping season changes, including expanding the youth deer hunting season across the state, allowing smaller-gauged shotguns for wild turkey hunting, and vari…

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending April 1, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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The sun has set to work on the snow. At first, seeing the snow in the bright sun this early morning by the still-frozen Red River is deceiving.

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Last year more than 20,000 Minnesotans volunteered their services to assist the Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission.

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My wife and I live in the central part of Minnesota surrounded by water and woods. We have lived in the same house on the same property for over 40 years.

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Warm weather and significant rainfall in parts of the state have resulted in slush and standing water on many water bodies, leading to rapid ice deterioration and making travel over the ice difficult and extremely unsafe, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

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The calendar reminds me that we are in the early part of the migration season. The robins, bluebirds and grackles, that intrepid advance guard, would be arriving in small numbers.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending March 25, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending March 18, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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The deep cold hangs like a silver screen upon the woodlands on the banks of the Red River. A brilliant sun burns through the morning air, challenging the cold.