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The deep woods offer a kind of “at peace” quality to you as you sit down in the midst of them. That quality begins to seep into you and take you over within a very few minutes after you arrive in those woods and quiet yourself.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Sept. 9. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease that is spread by a biting insect called a midge.

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Fourteen people who’ve spent the past 15 weeks at Camp Ripley immersed in their new careers as Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have graduated from the CO Academy and are set to begin patrolling Minnesota’s fields, waters and woods.

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The darkness begins to settle down upon the deep woods. The frogs on nearby ponds begin their evening chorus.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Sept. 3, 2019 The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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With the early Canada goose season now open and the regular duck and goose seasons on the horizon, hunters must know what’s occurring in the fields they plan to hunt to avoid a situation in which they’d be hunting over bait.

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Preserving the water quality in our state is becoming increasingly urgent! It is widely agreed that the majority of Minnesota lakes and rivers south of Interstate 94 are now impaired. That does not mean they are all beyond improving but, for the most part, trying to reverse the water quality…

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Aug. 26. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can now purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.

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The goldenrod blooms gloriously wherever an open space in the deep woods allows the August sun to shine into it. They reach up nearly five feet tall and open their golden blossoms to that bright sun.

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As we approach the late summer, changes are in the works on our central Minnesota lakes. We have been dealing with water temperatures in the high 70’s for several months and now with the temperatures dropping into September, fishing will pick up as the fall turnover begins.

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As part of efforts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bans the feeding of deer and the use of attractants in certain parts of the state to prevent the concentrations of wild deer in areas with a higher risk for disease.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2.

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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 by Sept. 5.

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As I was sitting and contemplating writing my next outdoor article with Max, my black lab, and constant outdoor walking partner, it occurred to me that the world is just getting overwhelmed with so much negative news that something needs to be written about all the great things we have to be…

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Aug. 19. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Immediately as I am resigned to sitting alone in the deep woods in a steady rain, I am visited by some small bird life a dozen feet in front of me. My visitor appears to be a small finch, but she flits about too quickly among the flowering dogwood for me to identify her.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today announced the appointment of Grant Wilson to the central region director position.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments through Sept. 18 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed mountain bike trail development, consisting of two loops, in Crow Wing County.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2.

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A vigilant Washington County watercraft inspector prevented the introduction of zebra mussels to Big Marine Lake in Washington County, which is currently not known to be infested with the harmful invasive species.

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A big old Norway pine stands to my left as I settle down in the deep woods by Ham Lake this evening. Another old pine about the same size stands about 10 feet to the left of the first one.

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As we head into midsummer, there are lots of clues that gamefish can give you if you know what you are looking for. Walleyes especially have a multitude of food sources during the summer months and monitoring your livewell will tell you what they have been feeding on and will clue you in on …

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CASS LAKE –- Chippewa National Forest summer naturalists will be leading a tour of historic Camp Rabideau on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Visitors will meet in the parking area near the picnic shelter at this Civilian Conservation Corps site near Blackduck.

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Deer River – Forest visitors are encouraged to join Chippewa National Forest naturalist Maggie Petersen for a tour of the pollinator garden located at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center. The tour is scheduled Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. Both youth and adults are invited to attend this engaging tour.

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First-time winners took top honors at two habitat stamp contests that determined the artwork for the 2020 versions of the Minnesota trout and salmon stamp, and the walleye stamp.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a small population of the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Beltrami, near Bemidji in Beltrami County.

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The riparian area by the Red River has become a veritable jungle, which is all to my liking. This is no doubt a product of several years of no spring ice scraping the vegetation of the area.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Aug. 5. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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It wasn’t that long ago that the way we found the honey holes for fishing was to line up trees or shore sights and look for certain depths in the water with an anchor rope. It was a very primitive way of finding fish, but some anglers were really good at it.

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

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To combat chronic wasting disease and keep Minnesota’s wild deer healthy, the DNR has updated its surveillance and management plan for chronic wasting disease.

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Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease.

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Reality check. Summer is waning with every sunset, school will be starting soon, and before you know it in less than a month, the waterfowl season will be upon us. Are you ready?