It was two decades ago — maybe more — when Mike Shelden knocked on the door of a fish house, identified himself as a conservation officer, and let himself in. The angler inside sat with his back to the door, tending more lines than the two that were allowed. The man didn't even bother turning around. "So, are you the big one or the little one?" he asked, not as a swipe at Shelden's size but as a legitimate question.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health received Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test results from the depopulation of a Crow Wing County deer farm near Brainerd on April 16. A total of 102 deer were removed from the farm and all viable samples were sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory for CWD testing. The results are as follows:
Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are confident they will have the majority of DNR public water accesses ready in time for the May 11 fishing opener. "DNR crews statewide are making good progress preparing public water accesses for the upcoming fishing season,” said Nancy Stewart, the DNR’s water recreation program consultant. “Once the ice is off, they inspect boat ramps, repair them if needed, and put the docks in the water.”
Hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners and interested groups can provide their thoughts about deer populations, proposed hunting and trapping season changes, including expanding the youth deer hunting season across the state, allowing smaller-gauged shotguns for wild turkey hunting, and various changes related to the harvest of fisher, pine marten and bobcat.
Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting a substantial but expected decline in the number of bats in Minnesota. The decline is due to the effects of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats.
Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, Mar. 28, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Traverse County Sportsmen's Building, 504 Broadway. This meeting hosted by the Glenwood Area DNR staff was originally announced in a DNR release as being hosted in Glenwood. That Glenwood meeting the night of March 28 will not be taking place.
Anyone interested in deer can talk with area wildlife managers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on MarCH 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the DNR Glenwood Office at 23070 N. Lakeshore Drive. This local, open-house-style meeting is a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public. The DNR began the meetings last year with the release of its statewide deer management plan.
In the southern two-thirds of the state, ice-shelter structures must be off lakes by the end of the day Monday, March 4. This includes lakes in the Alexandria area. For structures on lakes in the northern third of the state, the deadline is by the end of the day Monday, March 18. If shelters are not removed by the deadline, owners may be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.
Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21. During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing. "This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to take a kid fishing," said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter."
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.