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January 3, 2018
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd West) reports that he worked on fishing enforcement. The ice anglers were out trying their luck. Ice conditions vary from open water areas to 14 inches of ice. Violations CO Posner observed were unattended lines and extra hooks. The ice conditions have improved, however slush and large pressure ridges have developed on Gull Lake and other area lakes. DNR file photo.
Regional C.O. Reports - Week of Jan. 2
January 3, 2018 - 9:00am
December 19, 2017
“Wheeled fish houses, which formerly were considered portable – and thus excluded from licensing requirements for shelters – will now need to be licensed,” said Al Stevens, fisheries survey and systems consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In the past, anglers using wheelhouses could use them without shelter licenses as long as they were occupied, including overnight.”
Wheeled fish houses now require license purchase for use when ice fishing
December 19, 2017 - 5:00am
September 29, 2017
Minnesota DNR employees Kris Nissen (right) and Greg Berg haul in a net used for catching a fish sample on Mille Lacs Lake. Photo by Paul Middlestaedt for MPR News
Under locals' scrutiny, DNR nets for Mille Lacs walleye health
September 29, 2017 - 7:00am
July 16, 2017
Conservation officer reports for July 16
July 16, 2017 - 10:00am
March 21, 2017
The tendency for caught fish to die after being released is called hooking mortality, which increases as water temperatures warm. During the last two weeks of July 2016 alone, hooking mortality accounted for more than half of the state’s walleye harvest allocation for the entire open water season. Illustration
Catch-and-release walleye season for Mille Lacs Lake again this year
March 21, 2017 - 10:26am
March 9, 2017
Cass Co. Sheriff Tom Burch opened his annual report to the county board Tuesday by stating his department spent less than budgeted in 2016. The dispatch center took 22,038 initial calls for service in 2016, the most in the last 16 years and up from 21,390 in 2015.
Cass County Board: 2016 record year for calls for service for Sheriff's Dept.
March 9, 2017 - 12:13am
February 25, 2017
Outdoor Notes
February 25, 2017 - 7:06pm
February 5, 2017
Cold temperatures create ideal tree pruning conditions
February 5, 2017 - 5:15pm
February 3, 2017
Outdoor Notes
February 3, 2017 - 7:58pm
February 1, 2017
A Chevy Cavalier broke through the ice near an ice heave not far from the Birchdale access on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd. The vehicle was discovered by a cross-country skier, who believed the vehicle had just gone through the ice Wednesday.
Car that breaks through ice - gets away
February 1, 2017 - 9:24pm
January 20, 2017
Outdoor Notes
January 20, 2017 - 8:37pm
December 16, 2016
Be Safe: Ice should be 4 inches thick for walking on lakes
December 16, 2016 - 11:07pm
December 9, 2016
Outdoor Notes
December 9, 2016 - 9:27pm
November 22, 2016
One deer has been confirmed as CWD-positive. Confirmation of the second is expected later this week. The deer, both male, were killed near Lanesboro in Fillmore County during the first firearms deer season. The two deer were harvested approximately 1 mile apart. These are the only deer to test positive from 2,493 samples collected Nov. 5-13. Mn DNR Map Graphic
Mn DNR initiates disease response plan after tests confirm 2 CWD-positive deer
November 22, 2016 - 10:34am
November 18, 2016
Tyler LaPorte, a seventh-grader from Baxter, shot this buck during the opener. His mom, Mary, said while he missed on his first shot, he made the second shot count. Submitted photo
Mixed reviews during warm deer season
November 18, 2016 - 7:37pm