Minnesota Hunting News

Minnesota DNR to Offer Limited Moose Hunt this Fall

Consistent with the state’s moose management plan, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that it will offer a limited bulls-only hunting season this fall.

DNR Takes Aim at Southeastern Minnesota Deer Issues

Just as all politics are local, so too are deer issues.

Recognizing this, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created a new position to better manage deer and deer hunter-landowner relations in southeastern Minnesota.

Clint Luedtke, a former wildlife biologist from Arizona, has been hired to work with farmers, recreational land owners and others to reduce deer-related crop damage and increase effective deer management strategies.

In Ten Years, NSSF® Has Awarded $4.7 Million to State Agencies to Promote Hunting

$392,185 in Hunting Heritage Partnership® Grants Go to 12 Projects

Minnesota DNR to Reassess Deer Population Goals

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin reassessing deer population goals this spring.

From 2005 through 2007 the DNR used an extensive public input process to establish deer population goals for all of the state’s approximately 130 deer permit areas. Now that those goal populations have been achieved in most areas, the DNR will use a similar process to reevaluate population goals in 23 permit areas in southwestern and north-central Minnesota.

Minnesota DNR, NWTF Mentored Women’s Turkey Applications Due April 2

First-time adult women turkey hunters have the chance to go afield and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer during mentored hunts being offered this spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Time To Sign Up for Minnesota DNR Hunter Education Class

Now is prime time to sign for a Firearms Safety Hunter Education Class offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), according to Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division education program coordinator.

“Now is the time for people to register for a class if they want to hunt this fall and need to complete a Firearms Safety Hunter Education class to be eligible to hunt,” Hammer said. “There are lots of dates and locations around the state to choose from this spring.”

Minnesota's Moose Population Continues to Decline; Hunting Season to Be Evaluated

Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, dropping from an estimate of 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012, according to the annual aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Estimates from the survey and results from research using radio-collared moose both indicate that the population has been declining in recent years,” said Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader.

Minnesota’s moose population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has trended downward since then.

Minnesota 2011 Spring Light Goose Action Begins March 1

Interested participants are reminded that the spring conservation action on “light” geese (snow geese, blue-phased snow geese, and the smaller Ross’s goose) will open Thursday, March 1, and run through Monday, April 30.

The action is allowed under a federal conservation order that permits the take of “light” geese during the spring.

Minnesota DNR Seeks Input on Three Proposed Hunting Regulations Changes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will seek citizen input on three hunting and trapping issues at a series of public meetings this winter.

Minnesota DNR, NWTF Mentored Youth Turkey Applications Due Soon

The application deadline is midnight Monday, Feb. 13 for first-time youth turkey hunters, ages 12 to 17, who are looking to go afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).