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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Nov. 12, 2019. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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After a very weird beginning of the duck season, we are now seeing a smattering of migrants working through the state. I have been hunting both ringneck ducks and redheads and have found a new decoy pattern that really works, especially on new birds in the area.

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Megan Innes of Akeley bagged her a buck on her first deer hunt. She shot the 10-pointer south of Akeley near Chamberlain.

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Hunters, media members and anyone interested in deer harvest data can find current deer harvest figures and harvest reports for past years available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources deer reports and statistics webpage.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Nov. 4. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Amazing how one week can make a change in the autumn leaves. A week ago we were admiring the fall colors in the leaves. Today we are walking on those same leaves that have fallen to the ground.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a petition Sept. 3 from a number of environmental and conservation groups requesting that the DNR ban lead ammunition and tackle.

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As the peak of the summer fishing ends around August, we look forward to the fall action that begins around mid-October.  The key to the fall action is what is called lake “turnover,” which means the lake water changes into basically the same temperature at all depths.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Oct. 27. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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During the annual firearms deer hunt Nov. 9-12, Lake Bemidji State Park will remain open to all visitors, but the DNR advises wearing blaze orange if visiting while the hunt is in progress.

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Test results are in from the first year of a multi-state study on West Nile virus in ruffed grouse in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin

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When Alec Stark and his duck-hunting buddies pushed off from shore in the predawn darkness of a brisk Saturday a couple weeks ago, they weren’t thinking about much beyond their collective hope the birds would be flying.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Oct. 21. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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October snow. Too early for this kind of weather, and the warm temperatures are quickly taking it away, but not before the heavy snow-load bent trees and bushes to the ground.

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The Minnesota DNR is implementing some significant rule changes for deer hunters during the 2019 deer hunting season in an effort to minimize chronic wasting disease. Most of the rules are new to Minnesota and represent a shift in how deer are going to be managed in some areas of the state.

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As the leaves fall and the air temperature drops, memories of years past serve as a constant reminder that winter may be only a day away.

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Jump shooting ducks is in my blood. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old and it is always exciting as every event is different than the previous one.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Oct. 7. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — Wildlife Forever’s 2020 State-Fish Art Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, is open and now accepting entries for all youth in grades K-12.

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The most recent small game hunter survey from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources revealed the fewest number of hunters pursuing species like grouse, waterfowl and squirrels since the DNR began keeping track of these figures in 1969. Small game license sales have been trending lowe…

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October is the month that calls the duck hunters, grouse hunters, pheasant hunters and muskie diehards. For me, it is just about the perch.

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Firearms deer season is right around the corner, but for many, the season began months ago.

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The red-tailed hawk sails into my line of vision 150 feet or so up in the  air over the Red River. He soars, seemingly effortlessly, capturing the updrafts of air that suspend him as he sails.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Sept. 30. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Lifelong lessons and care for Minnesota’s tremendous outdoor heritage start with quality time outdoors. The Department of Natural Resources is offering a new grant program called “No Child Left Inside” to help more children cast a fishing line, study animal tracks, hike or bike, or simply le…

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Minnesota’s climate is becoming warmer and wetter, and the Department of Natural Resources is taking action to identify climate-related changes, understand the impacts of these changes on the state’s natural resources and recreation, mitigate the impacts as much as possible, and adapt to tho…

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Here we go again, warm days and above normal water temperatures in September. The trend the past 15 years or so has been above average temperatures, which has no doubt affected the fall trolling bite.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Sept., 23. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Six turkey vultures soar back and forth above me along the Red River. They cross each other’s paths, circling in wide arcs, apparently in search of food refuse or prey.

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Tests initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a wild deer near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota’s Houston County died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection to which members of the deer family are susceptible.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels of land at three public oral bid auctions in October. The auctions will be held in Virginia, Wadena and St. Paul.

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The green heron! How about that? Saw him a few minutes ago high up near the top of a Norway pine, after hearing his kuck-kuck for some minutes and trying to spot him. It actually took his flying off to see him.