Minnesota Hunting News

Minnesota Black Bear Researchers Asking Public for Information

Minnesota black bear researchers are interested in any information the public may have about presently occupied bear dens in northwestern Minnesota. Since 2007, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the University of Minnesota have been conducting a cooperative bear study in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington and Red Lake counties.

Minnesota Spring Turkey Hunting Applications Accepted Through Jan. 13

Twelve expanded permit areas will offer wild turkey hunters more flexibility and opportunity when they apply for the 2012 spring wild turkey hunt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

“Wild turkey permit areas have been consolidated into 12 new, larger areas from 77 smaller ones,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife population and regulation program manager. “While Minnesota’s overall turkey range remains the same, larger geographic areas in which to hunt provide more choice within a single permit area.”

Cougars Are Rare but Confirmed Visitors to Minnesota

Confirmed cougar sightings are becoming more frequent in Minnesota, but evidence suggests the large cats are most likely rare visitors to the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The recent shooting of a cougar in southwestern Minnesota, along with verified observations of the big cats in the state, are raising awareness of cougars in the public and media.

Minnesota DNR Offers Tips for Safer Snowmobiling

With another snowmobile season fast approaching, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging snowmobilers to get the season off to a smooth, safe start.

“I want people to take advantage of the snowmobiling opportunities that exist in Minnesota, so now is the time to prepare sleds and learn how to avoid the possible dangers that are present when snowmobiling,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator.

Opening Weekend Deer Harvest Off Slightly From Last Year in Minnesota

High winds. Low harvest.

That’s that story at the start of this year’s firearms deer hunting season, which opened Saturday, Nov. 5.

Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said hunters registered approximately 73,000 deer after three full days of hunting. That compares with about 91,000 last year, or a 19 percent decline.

Generous Donation Helps Minnesota DNR Improve Wildlife Habitat

A new tool made possible by a major private donation is enhancing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ability to create and improve habitat for wildlife, especially ruffed grouse.

The tool consists of a tracked vehicle with a variety of attachments for cutting and shearing, which can make quick work of clearing brushlands, mowing hunter walking trails, creating fire breaks and other tasks associated with vegetative management for habitat.

Minnesota St. Croix State Park to Close During Special Deer Hunt Nov. 11-14

During a special deer hunt in St. Croix State Park Nov. 11-14, the park will be closed to all visitors except for permitted hunters.

Hunts will also take place at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this fall, and access to the parks during hunts will vary. Some will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited public access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits.

DNR Reminds Southeastern Minnesota Hunters of Antler Point and Cross-tagging Restrictions

Deer hunters in southeastern Minnesota need to be aware that bucks must have at least one four-point antler in order to be legal for harvest and hunters no longer are allowed to tag bucks shot by other hunters.

These regulations were first implemented in 2010 and remain unchanged in 2011.

Changes are in effect only in deer permit areas 338-349, which comprise southeastern Minnesota. They are not effective in the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone, deer permit area 602.

Minnesota: Enjoy Hunting? Then Share the Fun with Someone New

When Minnesota’s firearms deer hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 5, many people who would like to hunt won’t.

Why?

No one invited them.

DNR Expects Good Season for Minnesota Deer Hunters

Hunters who venture into fields and forests for Minnesota’s firearms deer season can expect a good deer season and ample hunting opportunities, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“We can’t guarantee harvest success,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife programs manager. “But we can assure hunters that good deer hunting opportunities exist throughout Minnesota.”

Nearly 500,000 people are expected to participate in the firearms deer season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 5, throughout Minnesota.