Minnesota Hunting News

Minnesota Camp Ripley Bow Hunt a Success

Archers harvested 220 deer and took eight bucks weighing more than 200 pounds at the second two-day hunt held at Camp Ripley on Oct. 30-31, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Those deer, coupled with the 287 taken during the Oct. 21-22 hunt, represent the third highest harvest at the Camp Ripley bow hunts. The four-day total of 507 deer is about 64 percent above the long-term average harvest of 310 deer for the two hunts, and only nine fewer than the record 516 deer taken in 2008.

Minnesota Asks Bear Hunters to Avoid Shooting Collared Bears

Hunters participating in this fall's bear hunt, which opened Sept. 1, should avoid shooting radio-collared or ear-tagged animals, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Taking a bear with a radio collar is legal unless the bear is accompanied by a researcher who has identified the bear to the hunter as a research animal.

Minnesota to Auction Off Confiscated Equipment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will auction a select inventory of confiscated outdoors equipment on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman, Minn. The barn is located two miles east of the Highway 169 and the County Road 4 intersection in Zimmerman.

Minnesota "Wall of Shame" on Display at State Fair

The rack of a record-setting white-tailed buck taken by poachers will be on display at the Minnesota State Fair near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

Minnesota Youth Deer Hunt Applications Due Aug 20th

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 20, to apply for 15 mentored deer hunts in October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"With a relaxed pace, these hunts provide high-quality introductory experiences where the total focus of the adult is on mentoring the youth hunter" said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. "Youth deer hunts provide the ideal learn-by-doing experience."

Minnesota Elk Hunt Apps Due July 16th

Hunters have until Friday, July 16, to apply for one of 11 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Licenses for the 2010 hunts will be available in the traditional Grygla area and central Kittson County, which is a consolidation of the north and south Kittson zones from last year.

"Annual elk hunts help manage population size and provide a unique hunting experience for Minnesota hunters," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator.

Minnesota Announces SE Deer Hunting Season Changes
Southeastern Minnesota's firearms early and late deer seasons will remain at nine days this fall and bucks must have at least one four-point antler in order to be legal for harvest, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced. Deer hunters in the southeast also will no longer be allowed to tag bucks shot by other hunters.
Minnesota Offers Free Park Day
Along with other parks across the country, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging families to answer the call of the wild and participate in National Get Outdoors Day by offering a variety of free activities statewide on Saturday, June 12.
Minnesota Offers Summer Outdoors Extra Program
A new program series known as "Outdoors EXTRA!" will provide a lengthy list of things to see and do at Minnesota state parks, trails, and recreation areas this summer. More than 50 events, between June 6 and Sept. 5, will feature known entertainers, musicians, storytellers and outdoor skill-building experts.