A buck in velvet. (Sam Cook photo)

Minnesota DNR Names Deer Advisory Committee Members

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has selected a 20-member advisory committee to provide the agency with feedback and advice on deer management as it develops a statewide deer plan. “These committee members represent a broad range of interests,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader. “We’ll use recommendations from the committee and broader…
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Dawson Sample of Barnum shot this nice buck Tuesday night near Barnum with his bow. (Dawson Sample photo)

Minnesota Firearms Deer License Sales On Good Pace

Through Monday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources had sold 224,678 firearms deer licenses.  That’s just ahead of last year’s pace, when over 221,000 firearms licenses had been sold by the same date. Minnesota’s firearms deer season opens Saturday and continues through Nov. 20. Meanwhile, bow hunters are starting to see some deer movement. Dawson…
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A black bear moves about in the spring after emerging from its den. News Tribune file photo

Minnesota Black Bear Harvest Unexpectedly High

Minnesota’s bear hunters enjoyed their most successful season in several years, shooting 2,632 bears, according to preliminary Department of Natural Resource figures. Minnesota’s bear season opened Sept. 1 and ended Oct. 16. This year’s bear harvest was up 35 percent over last year, when hunters took 1,972 bears. This season’s harvest is the highest since…
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Grouse hunters work through a young forest in northwestern Wisconsin hoping to flush a few birds. (Sam Cook photo)

Grouse Hunters Enjoying Modest Success So Far

  Early reviews of this fall’s ruffed grouse season, which opened Sept. 17 in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, are mixed at best, according to anecdotal reports. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports over the past three weeks reflect generally tough hunting for many hunters with a few hunters doing well away from main…
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A successful duck hunter returns to his blind during an early-season hunt. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota Duck Opener Slower Than Usual In Grand Rapids Area

Minnesota’s waterfowl season opener on Saturday came with gray and sometimes wet skies across much of northern Minnesota. Hunter success was below average on three popular waterfowl lakes on opening day in the Grand Rapids area, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager Perry Loegering reported. DNR wildlife staff conducted waterfowl bag checks at Big…
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