Minnesota Hunting News

Minnesota's Pine County Bear Hunters May Deal With Blowdown Changes

When bear hunters head to the woods to set baits in Pine County, they are likely to see changes in their usual hunting grounds. Two large storms in July led to blowdowns in St. Croix, Nemadji and Chengwatana state forests. Some areas have little change, but a large part of the forests have experienced high-impact blowdown, meaning 50 percent or more of the trees have been affected. Bear baiting began Aug. 12.

Minnesota 2011 Deer Licenses Available August 1st

Minnesota hunters will be able to purchase 2011 deer licenses starting Monday, Aug. 1, the same day the state's hunting regulation booklet is available online. Booklets will be available in mid-August.

Budget Issues Cause Minnesota DNR to Shutdown

As of midnight, June 30, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is shutdown due to a state budget impasse.

Minnesota Bear Hunt Lottery Results Available

New lottery results now are available for hunters who applied for a 2011 Minnesota bear hunting permit.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Minnesota Bear Hunt Applications Accepted Beginning April 1st

Applications for this fall's bear hunt will be accepted beginning Friday, April 1, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agent and online.

Minnesota Uses Landowner Permits and Deer Feeding Bans to Fight CWD

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking the next steps in implementing its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) incident response plan. They include inviting landowners to participate in a deer sampling process, and putting in place a deer feeding ban.

Landowners who obtain shooting permits from the DNR will be authorized to take deer in a portion of southeastern Minnesota within roughly 10 miles of where a CWD positive wild deer was found, as part of the agency's efforts to sample wild deer in the Pine Island area for CWD.

Minnesota Deer Harvest Climbs 8 percent in 2010

Ideal hunting weather during the opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season helped hunters harvest 207,000 deer during the 2010 season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).This is an 8 percent increase from the 2009 harvest of 194,186 and the 13th largest harvest on record. Minnesota's deer harvests have moderated in recent years because the deer herd is at or near population goals across much of Minnesota. Due to varying local population differences, some areas of the state may have experienced a lower harvest rate.

Four Minnesota Residents Face Poaching Charges

Three adults and a juvenile from the town of Beardsley, in Big Stone County in west-central Minnesota, face fines and restitution totaling nearly $13,000 for a variety of charges from a November deer poaching case, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Jason James Murphy, 22, is charged with gross misdemeanor shining, transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, discharge of a firearm at a deer from the road right of way, and open bottle of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Minnesota Spring Turkey Hunt Apps. Due Jan. 14th

Turkey hunters have more time this year than they have traditionally had in the past to apply for this spring's hunt, either electronically or by telephone. The deadline to apply for the 2011 spring season has been extended by about two weeks. Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Jan. 14, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, and online.