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Rattle baits have been around for decades and personally they are not my favorite during the open water months as I believe most gamefish are conditioned to avoid them because they are used so encountering them on a regular basis. However, rattle baits through the ice seem to work really wel…

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Not a track in sight in the fresh deep snow this morning. The critters seem intent upon enjoying their snug nests and letting the weather settle a bit before they venture out.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Jan. 7, 2019. 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 invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20, to review proposals that include changes to trail sy…

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Minnesotans interested in being more actively involved in deer management can apply to serve on a Deer Advisory Committee that will help foster dialogue between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Have you ever been curious to know how the fishing rods, tents, life jackets and guns got on the shelves of your favorite retail store? Or, have you just assumed that the store needed some stuff, called someone, and it was magically delivered to the store?

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Minnesota’s new big game program supervisor will be Barbara Keller, an experienced wildlife researcher and manager who begins Feb. 1 overseeing the state’s deer, elk and moose populations with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Dec. 31, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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We have all heard the saying, “spot on the spot” when it comes to finding and catching fish, but does it really matter. Yes, it does matter so much, especially in the winter, that when placing either my portable or permanent house I spend extra time using both my depth finder and my hand-hel…

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Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones.

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The delight of a new snowfall! It give us the opportunity to note the travel of animals near us within hours of when they pass by, without actually seeing them. None of the other three seasons offers us this gift.

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Perch fishing is one of the most exciting and rewarding winter sports we have in the Midwest. The issue is that we have plenty of waterways with smaller fish and just a handful of excellent lakes to choose from.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Dec. 24, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources constructed and opened a new state park campground, reached out to new diverse audiences, and signed an agreement that makes way for restoration of historic buildings at the Fort Snelling Upper Post into affordable housing for military v…

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Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have through Friday, Jan. 25, to apply for a lottery permit, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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 Fisheries managers across the state are concerned about dwindling perch numbers in Minnesota lakes and have scientific evidence backing up those concerns. However, this fall still provided some great perch fishing for anglers willing to go out and get their hands cold!

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Dec. 17, 2018. 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 issued its annual ice safety warning for lakes with winter aeration systems.

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Two degrees above zero greets the day this morning. A bright sun just tops the horizon across the Red River,  offering a day flooded in sunshine under a cloudless sky.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Dec. 10, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Patches of grass in the snow. These patches are visible here and there, everywhere.

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Bear hunters who are successful in 2019 and after would be required to submit a bear tooth sample to be eligible for the upcoming year’s bear hunting license lottery under a new rule proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Every angler knows that “first ice” is the best time of the season to get on the fish. Gamefish tend to really put on the feedbag as the ice is thickening and they instinctively feed heavily. Safety is also a concern on early ice as most anglers have a tough time being patient.

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Scott Seifert and Shelly Holland, both members of the Clam Company’s Ice Fishing Team, have learned to squeeze every free moment of time into the outdoors. For Scott and Shelly, who are also team members in their private lives, have found ways to expand their love of the outdoors into a very…

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There is a certain blind man’s bluff in the deep woods winter. We humans tend to walk as blindfolded visitors in surroundings that were very familiar to us in the summer months.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Dec. 3, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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We’ve reached the end of the migration season, according to those who calculate such things. It is time for us woodsy types to settle in for the duration with the winter birds.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Nov. 26, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Nov. 29 that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges.

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Instead of December being a very cold month and many find it tough to get motivated to hunt pheasants here in Minnesota, this December could be unprecedented in terms of late season success.

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Fourteen wild turkey saunter into view 30 feet to my left. They seem well aware of my presence but appear not to be disturbed by it as long as I remain still.

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Here are highlights from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer (CO) reports for the week ending Nov. 19, 2018. The complete report is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/co_report/index.html

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Fall fishing for muskies can be magical!  It is the time of the year where the temperature can be super warm or absolutely freezing. One day you’re in shorts, the next day you’re wrapped in heavy duty winter clothes. It is also the time of the year when real serious muskie anglers can be fou…

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Minnesota anglers who want to catch a state record northern pike now have a new mark to beat after angler Matthew Swanson of Woodbury has claimed the record with a 45.25 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River.