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		<title>New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/new-maps-make-it-easier-to-visit-minnesota-state-forests-2/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:22:07 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced six new, state-of-the-art maps that will make it easier and safer for people to explore, hunt, and recreate in state forests.   “The DNR has updated six state forests with 53 more to &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/new-maps-make-it-easier-to-visit-minnesota-state-forests-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced six new, state-of-the-art maps that will make it easier and safer for people to explore, hunt, and recreate in state forests.  <span id="more-20104"></span></p>
<p>“The DNR has updated six state forests with 53 more to go,” said Forrest Boe, director of the DNR Forestry Division. “This five-year effort will include updating maps for all of Minnesota’s state forests.”</p>
<p>State forest users now have two maps options. A geoPDF map will allow users to download a map onto a mobile device using a variety of map apps and then track their location as a blue dot on the screen. The new user-friendly, paper maps highlight the unique recreation features of each forest and include pop-out maps for popular campgrounds and day-use areas.</p>
<p>“The little blue dot that appears on the map on my phone goes with me whether I’m on or off-trail,” said Laura Duffey, DNR state forest map project coordinator. “This feature lets people know exactly where they are in a state forest—no more getting lost.”</p>
<p>The maps are also more detailed than previous versions and highlight the endless recreation opportunities in state forests, such as hiking, mountain biking, birding, berry picking, cross-country skiing, hunting, and horseback, ATV and snowmobile riding. Many state forests also offer campgrounds, fishing piers, boat launches, swimming beaches, and picnic areas.</p>
<p>The six new maps are available in time for fall hunting and cover more than 240,000 acres of state forest land and thousands of miles of trails.</p>
<p>New geoPDF and paper maps are now available for:</p>
<ul>
<li>Paul Bunyan State Forest in Cass and Hubbard counties</li>
<li>Badoura State Forest in Cass and Hubbard counties</li>
<li>Croix State Forest in Pine County</li>
<li>Huntersville State Forest in Cass, Hubbard and Wadena counties</li>
<li>Lyons State Forest in Wadena County.</li>
<li>Chengwatana State Forest in Pine and Chisago counties</li>
</ul>
<p>The Paul Bunyan and Badoura state forests are popular spots for hunters. Combined, they contain two campgrounds and day-use areas, four off-highway vehicle trails, five wildlife management areas (WMA), two ruffed grouse management areas, and four state game refuges. They also have hiking, biking, snowmobiling and skiing trails.</p>
<p>The Huntersville and Lyons state forests are popular with hunters. Each state forest contains four WMAs and several miles of trails and roads for off-highway vehicles. Additionally, the Huntersville State Forest offers two campgrounds, a horse campground, and 24 miles of designated horse trails.</p>
<p>The St. Croix State Forest offers a variety of year-round recreation opportunities. It has 20 miles of horseback trails and a horse campground with 56 campsites. In the winter snowmobilers can enjoy 42 miles of trails while in the summer mountain bikers can cruise 25 miles of trails. The Boulder Campground and day-use area has 22 secluded campsites and access to Rock Lake for swimming, fishing and boating.</p>
<p>The Chengwatana State Forest contains the Snake River Campground and several miles of off-highway motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle trails. Three state water trails run through the forest: Kettle River, Snake River, and St. Croix River. Snowmobilers also use the Matthew Lourey State Trail, which runs through the forest. The new maps also shows locations of National Park Service campsites along the St. Croix River.Digital, geoPDF maps are available on the state forest’s webpage at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/stateforests">www.mndnr.gov/stateforests</a>.</p>
<p>People can get a free paper map at a local DNR office or the DNR Info Center by sending an email to <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or calling 888-646-6367, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.</p>
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		<title>Learn the rules for portable stands on wildlife management areas</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/learn-the-rules-for-portable-stands-on-wildlife-management-areas/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:04:49 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters planning to use portable stands on wildlife management areas this season are reminded to check regulations to learn when they need to remove stands after hunting.  “In most of the state, leaving stands overnight on WMAs is not allowed &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/learn-the-rules-for-portable-stands-on-wildlife-management-areas/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters planning to use portable stands on wildlife management areas this season are reminded to check regulations to learn when they need to remove stands after hunting. <span id="more-20099"></span></p>
<p>“In most of the state, leaving stands overnight on WMAs is not allowed and they must be removed at the end of the day,” said Bob Welsh, Department of Natural Resources wildlife operations manager. “Users of most WMAs will not see a change in stand regulations this year, but there is a change in an area of northwestern Minnesota.”</p>
<p>In a specific portion of northwestern Minnesota, new legislation allows portable stands to be left out on WMAs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.</p>
<p>Minnesota has 1.3 million acres of land in WMAs, and an estimated 500,000 hunters are expected to hit the woods and fields during firearms deer season in hopes of harvesting a deer.</p>
<p><strong>New in northwestern Minnesota </strong><br />
The new regulation allows WMA users to leave up to two portable stands overnight in any WMA in the northwestern corner of the state roughly north of Thief River Falls and west of Warroad. The area also is described as north of Highway 1 where it exits the Red Lake Indian Reservation to the western edge of the state, and west of a line from Highway 89 where it exits the Red Lake Indian Reservation to Fourtown, then north on the west side of Dick’s Parkway Forest Road, then north to Highway 5 to the northern edge of the state.</p>
<p>The DNR defines a portable stand as a stationary platform or blind designed and capable of being readily moved by hand by a single person in a single trip without the aid of a motorized vehicle, is secured in position and does no permanent damage to the natural environment.</p>
<p>Hunters leaving a stand overnight must label the stand with the hunter’s name and address; the hunter’s driver’s license number; or simply with the hunter’s MDNR number. The label must be readable from the ground.</p>
<p><strong>WMAs elsewhere in Minnesota</strong><br />
In WMAs in the remainder of the state, stands cannot be left overnight.</p>
<p>“Every year we have people leaving stands overnight on WMAs, so it’s a common violation,” said Greg Salo, assistant director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “We have this regulation in place to prevent some users from preempting others from the opportunity to use WMAs on a first-come, first-served basis.”</p>
<p>Portable stands may be used on WMAs if they are removed each day at the close of shooting hours and do no permanent damage. Spikes or nails driven into trees are not allowed, but screwing or clamping devices are allowed if removed each day at the close of shooting hours.</p>
<p>“In addition to WMAs, there are a variety of other public land types and hunters should be aware that regulations governing the use of portable stands can differ depending on the type of public land they’re hunting,” Salo said.</p>
<p>Hunters should always wear a safety harness if using an elevated stand, added Salo.</p>
<p>“In addition to wearing a safety harness, check climbing sticks, steps or ladders for damage and always wait to load a firearm until safely in the stand,” Salo said.</p>
<p>Hunters need to be familiar with hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting</a>. Hunting questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.</p>
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		<title>Minnesota deer facts</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:03:36 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Deer: The animal Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170 lbs. The biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck. A whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile. Deer hunting There &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/minnesota-deer-facts-7/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Deer: The animal </strong></p>
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<li>Adult female white-tailed deer weigh about 145 lbs., and males weigh about 170 lbs.</li>
<li>The biggest white-tailed deer recorded in Minnesota was a 500-pound buck.</li>
<li>A whitetail’s home range is about 1 square mile.</li>
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<p><strong>Deer hunting</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>There are nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in Minnesota.</li>
<li>Last year, 32 percent of Minnesota firearm hunters successfully harvested a deer. About 61 percent were antlered bucks.</li>
<li>70 percent of Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest typically occurs during the first three or four days of the season.</li>
<li>The average hunter spends five days afield during Minnesota’s firearms deer season.</li>
<li>The highest deer harvests occurred during the early to mid-1990s and from 2000 to 2008. From 2000 to 2008 the harvest topped 200,000 deer each year. The high harvests in the early 2000s occurred at a time when the overriding philosophy was to reduce the deer population so it wouldn’t grow out of control and to address certain environmental, economic and social concerns. Harvests in the 1970s never topped 100,000, while harvests in the 1980s were under 150,000. In 2016, the harvest was just over 173,000.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Deer licenses</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>In total, about 604,000 deer hunting licenses and permits (all types) were sold in 2016.</li>
<li>The three primary types of deer hunting seasons are firearms, muzzleloader and archery. Firearms season opens on Saturday, Nov. 4; muzzleloader on Saturday, Nov. 25; and archery season opened on Sept. 16.</li>
<li>The DNR Information Center last year extended hours until 8 p.m. and received nearly 1,300 inquiries the day before last year’s firearms deer opener. Most questions were related to the upcoming deer season.</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>Hunting economics* </strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Deer are the number-one hunted species in Minnesota and deer hunters along with other hunters and wildlife watchers together contribute more than $1.3 billion each year to the economy.</li>
<li>All hunting-related expenditures in Minnesota totaled $725 million.</li>
<li>Trip-related expenses such as food, lodging and transportation were $235 million.</li>
<li>Hunters spent $400 million on equipment.</li>
<li>Hunters spent $90 million on other items such as magazines, membership dues, licenses, permits, land leasing and ownership.</li>
</ul>
<p><em>* From the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service (<a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/www/fishing.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">census.gov/prod/www/fishing.html</a>).</em></p>
<p><strong>Deer management in Minnesota </strong></p>
<ul>
<li>The DNR is entrusted to manage the deer herd on behalf of, and for, the benefit of all Minnesotans.</li>
<li>Hunters help manage deer populations, and hunting also is a tool used to control deer diseases, including chronic wasting disease.</li>
<li>Opinions on how deer should be managed are diverse, and the DNR values all opinions. Deer population management affects many other natural resources.</li>
</ul>
<p>More information on deer and deer management can be found at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deer</a>.</p>
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		<title>Deer hunters encouraged to buy license early</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/deer-hunters-encouraged-to-buy-license-early-8/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:02:11 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume.  The 2017 Minnesota &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/deer-hunters-encouraged-to-buy-license-early-8/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. <span id="more-20095"></span></p>
<p>The 2017 Minnesota firearms deer season begins a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 4.</p>
<p>“Buying a deer license early gives you more time to pack that tater tot hotdish for deer camp, and do everything else associated with your deer hunting tradition,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “Every year people do wait until the last minute and last year we sold more than 140,000 licenses the Thursday and Friday before opener.”</p>
<p>Deer licenses can be purchased at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/buyalicense</a>. There are additional fees for telephone and internet transactions. Deer licenses and tags ordered by phone and internet take three to five business days to arrive, so hunters who choose these options should allow enough time for delivery. Hunters must have a valid deer license in their possession when hunting deer.</p>
<p>Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting</a>. Hunting questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.</p>
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		<title>Reminder: Apply to serve on DNR fish work groups</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:55:40 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Volunteers have through October to apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish.  There are individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one focused on &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/reminder-apply-to-serve-on-dnr-fish-work-groups/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Volunteers have through October to apply to join one of the citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish. <span id="more-20093"></span></p>
<p>There are individual work groups for bass, catfish, panfish and walleye, and one focused on both northern pike and muskellunge. New members are needed for all of these work groups except the panfish group.</p>
<p>“We still need more applicants for the bass and catfish groups. Otherwise, we have been getting decent interest since we started taking applications in early October,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries chief.</p>
<p>Volunteers can apply to one of the groups through Monday, Oct. 30. Each group of about 15 people will include volunteers and DNR staff who meet two or three times per year to discuss new research, population, harvest trends and fisheries management.</p>
<p>Meetings average three to four hours, not including travel time. Applicants must be Minnesota residents age 18 or older.</p>
<p>Participants will be selected by the DNR and can serve a term of either two or three years. The groups are advisory and do not make decisions on policy or fish management. For more information or an application form, visit <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishgroups/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/fishgroups</a> or call 651-259-5182.</p>
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		<title>CWD testing required in deer permit area 603 for early antlerless, youth hunts</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/cwd-testing-required-in-deer-permit-area-603-for-early-antlerless-youth-hunts/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:54:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/cwd-testing-required-in-deer-permit-area-603-for-early-antlerless-youth-hunts/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters in permit area 603 taking part in the early antlerless-only or youth deer hunting seasons are required to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move an adult deer carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. <span id="more-20091"></span></p>
<p>The antlerless-only and youth deer hunts take place from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in several permit areas including permit area 603, southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone.</p>
<p>“The CWD management zone is included in these antlerless-only hunting opportunities as a way to reduce the deer population in the zone and limit the spread of CWD,” said Erik Hildebrand, CWD project coordinator.</p>
<p>All hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for CWD and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached.</p>
<p>Head collection boxes will be located in:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Chatfield:</strong> Magnum Sports, 1 1st St., 507-867-4399.</li>
<li><strong>Preston:</strong> DNR area forestry office, 912 Houston St., 507-765-2740.</li>
<li><strong>Lanesboro:</strong> DNR area fisheries office, 23789 Grosbeak Road, 507-467-2442.</li>
<li><strong>Wykoff:</strong> Goodies and Gas, 104 E Front St., 507-352-2421.</li>
<li><strong>Harmony:</strong> Oak Meadow Meats, 50 9th St., 507-886-6328.</li>
</ul>
<p>Hunters should do the following:</p>
<ol>
<li>Field dress (gut) deer as normal.</li>
<li>Register deer via phone, internet or walk-in big game registration station. If harvest occurs late in the day, sample (head) submission and registration do not have to occur on the same day.</li>
<li>If the deer will be mounted, a video showing how to properly cape your deer is available at <a href="https://vimeo.com/188542058?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">bitly.com/capeadeer</a>.</li>
<li>Remove the head, leaving at least 4 inches of neck attached.</li>
<li>Hunters can take meat out of the zone immediately but the carcass (head with brain and spinal column) cannot be moved outside deer permit area 603 until a negative test result is received so hunters must:</li>
</ol>
<ul>
<li> Make arrangements to refrigerate the carcass before the deer is processed.</li>
<li>Cut deer into quarters or other pieces; or</li>
<li>Bone-out the meat.</li>
</ul>
<ol start="6">
<li>Ensure no spinal column or brain matter is included with the meat or on the antlers.</li>
<li>Properly dispose of carcass remains by keeping these away from scavengers until test negative results are received. There will be a dumpster at the DNR forestry office in Preston for hunters who don’t have a way to dispose of remains.</li>
<li>The Preston dumpster is being provided as a courtesy for deer carcass disposal only. It will be removed if people attempt to process deer there or use the dumpster for trash disposal.</li>
<li>Bring the entire head of the deer to one of five head box collection sites. Each collection box has specific instructions on how to properly submit the head for sampling.</li>
<li>Put heads in the plastic bags provided. Use the maps provided at each box to mark an “X” where the deer was harvested. Submit this map with sample.</li>
<li>Samples during the archery, youth deer and antlerless only seasons will be submitted for testing on Mondays and Thursdays. It may take up to four business days for test results to be available. CWD test results can be searched using a nine-digit MDNR number online at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/cwdcheck?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwdcheck</a>.</li>
</ol>
<p>Deer hunters should regularly check the DNR’s CWD webpage at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a> for the most recent information.</p>
<p>More information about youth and antlerless-only hunts can be found in the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting</a>.</p>
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		<title>Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:53:07 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.  This restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease to become established in &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/hunters-reminded-about-whole-carcass-importation-ban-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state. <span id="more-20089"></span></p>
<p>This restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease to become established in Minnesota.</p>
<p>Only the following cervid parts may be brought into Minnesota:</p>
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<li>Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;</li>
<li>Meat that is boned-out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);</li>
<li>Hides and teeth;</li>
<li>Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached; and</li>
<li>Finished taxidermy mounts.</li>
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<p>Meat and trophy handling already are part of the trip planning process so taking the additional steps to minimize CWD risk can be added to that process. Another item to consider is the mount itself, and hunters should make those arrangements in the destination state and have the animal caped before leaving.</p>
<p>Alternatively, hunters can view a video at <a href="https://vimeo.com/188542058?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">http://bit.ly/capeyourdeer</a> on how to cape a deer. The same technique can be used on elk or moose. The video also includes helpful information on the carcass importation ban.</p>
<p>Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction.</p>
<p>Carcass import information is available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deerimports?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deerimports</a>, in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook on page 65 and the questions and answers section on the back cover.</p>
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		<title>Reminder: CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central and southeast</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/reminder-cwd-tests-mandatory-for-deer-harvested-in-central-north-central-and-southeast/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:50:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters are reminded that precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota.  “Wild deer in these areas &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/reminder-cwd-tests-mandatory-for-deer-harvested-in-central-north-central-and-southeast/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters are reminded that precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota. <span id="more-20087"></span></p>
<p>“Wild deer in these areas are not known to have CWD. Mandatory testing of hunter-harvested wild deer is a proactive way to protect Minnesota’s wild deer herd,” said Erik Hildebrand, CWD project coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.</p>
<p>All hunters in affected deer permit areas will be required to have their harvested deer tested on Saturday, Nov. 4, or Sunday, Nov. 5. After field dressing their deer, hunters must take them to a sampling station. DNR staff will remove lymph nodes, which will be submitted for laboratory testing.</p>
<p>Hunters must register their deer by phone, internet or in person. Harvest registration will not be available at CWD sampling stations.</p>
<p>Central Minnesota deer permit areas with mandatory testing are 218, 219, 229, 277, 283 and 285.</p>
<p>North-central Minnesota deer permit areas with mandatory testing are 155, 171, 172, 242, 246, 247, 248 and 249.</p>
<p>Deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota’s permit areas 343, 345, 346, 347, 348 and 349 also are subject to mandatory testing on Nov. 4-5 because of their proximity to CWD-infected wild deer in permit area 603.</p>
<p>Testing in north-central and central Minnesota became necessary after CWD was found in multiple captive deer on farms near Merrifield in Crow Wing County and Litchfield in Meeker County. Test results will determine whether CWD may have been passed from these captive deer to wild deer.</p>
<p>For sampling to accurately detect whether CWD exists in wild deer, the DNR wants to collect 3,600 samples in the north-central area, 1,800 in the central area and 1,800 in the southeast.</p>
<p>Proactive surveillance and precautionary testing for disease is a proven strategy that allows DNR to manage CWD by finding it early and reacting quickly and aggressively to control it. These actions, which were taken in 2005 to successfully combat bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota deer and in 2010 to eliminate a CWD infection in wild deer near Pine Island, provide the best opportunity to eliminate disease spread.</p>
<p>Complete information about mandatory CWD testing, sampling station locations and a related precautionary feeding ban are available now on the DNR website at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/cwd/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a>.</p>
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		<title>When school is out this week, youth deer hunting season is in</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/when-school-is-out-this-week-youth-deer-hunting-season-is-in/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:51 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/16/when-school-is-out-this-week-youth-deer-hunting-season-is-in/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-20085"></span></p>
<p>Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission.</p>
<p>Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received; more information is available at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/cwd/603/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd/603</a>.</p>
<p>Regulations and more information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/hunting/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting</a>.</p>
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		<title>Marshall wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor&#8217;s Pheasant Hunting Opener</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/14/marshall-wraps-up-successful-weekend-as-host-of-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener/</link>
		<pubDate>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:37:08 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/14/marshall-wraps-up-successful-weekend-as-host-of-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and hundreds of guests. <span id="more-20113"></span></p>
<p>153 hunters harvested 28 roosters during the morning hunt.  Gov. Dayton’s hunting party did not take any pheasants. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was part of the women’s hunt Saturday morning, and did not take any pheasants.</p>
<p>The weekend festivities included a youth clay target league competition as well as the dedication of the James Meger Memorial Wildlife Management Area, which had 220 people on hand.</p>
<p>The evening banquet had 384 people in attendance.</p>
<p>Next year’s Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will take place in Luverne. Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event.</p>
<p>Luverne has a population of 4,658 and is the county seat of Minnesota’s southwestern-most county, Rock County. Luverne is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 71.</p>
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		<title>Luverne named host community of 2018 Minnesota Governor&#8217;s Pheasant Hunting Opener</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/14/luverne-named-host-community-of-2018-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener/</link>
		<pubDate>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:53:03 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Gov. Mark Dayton announced tonight that the city of Luverne will be the host community for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  “I thank the people of Luverne for graciously offering to host the 2018 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener,” &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/14/luverne-named-host-community-of-2018-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Gov. Mark Dayton announced tonight that the city of Luverne will be the host community for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. <span id="more-20111"></span></p>
<p>“I thank the people of Luverne for graciously offering to host the 2018 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener,” said Governor Dayton. “The Pheasant Opener has become a special Minnesota tradition, made possible by our tremendous host communities. I look forward to another fantastic opener in Luverne next year.”</p>
<p>Dayton made the announcement during the Governor’s Banquet at the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener festivities in Marshall this evening.</p>
<p>Luverne was selected through an application process that considered available hunting land, event facilities, travel recreation opportunities and community support.</p>
<p>“Representing the citizens of Luverne and Rock County, our Governor’s Pheasant Opener Committee is honored and humbled to have been selected as host for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener,” said Rick Peterson, chairman of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener committee in Luverne. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with the Governor’s Office, Explore Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to share the message that southwest Minnesota is a great destination for hunting, conservation, natural resources, and tourism.”</p>
<p>The 2018 event, scheduled for Oct. 12-13, will be the eighth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, which was initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Previous host communities have been Montevideo (2011 and 2016), Marshall (2012 and 2017), Madelia (2013), Worthington (2014) and Mankato (2015). The event features the many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.</p>
<p>Explore Minnesota and the DNR will assist local partners in planning the event.</p>
<p>Luverne has a population of 4,658 and is the county seat of Minnesota’s southwestern-most county, Rock County.</p>
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		<title>Check for invasive species when removing docks and equipment for seasonal storage</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/check-for-invasive-species-when-removing-docks-and-equipment-for-seasonal-storage/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:14:05 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. This is important as new zebra &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/check-for-invasive-species-when-removing-docks-and-equipment-for-seasonal-storage/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. This is important as new zebra mussel infestations were initially reported by people making end of season inspections of docks, boats and boat lifts. <span id="more-20081"></span></p>
<p>“These recent confirmations serve as a reminder of the importance of carefully examining all equipment when taking it out of the water,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor.</p>
<p>It’s especially important to follow Minnesota’s law and keep docks and boat lifts out of the water for at least 21 days before putting them into another body of water. This state law is central to the training DNR-permitted lake service provider businesses receive. Anyone transporting a dock or lift from the adjacent shoreline property to another location for storage or repair may need a <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais_transport.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">permit</a>, to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.</p>
<p>The DNR recommends these steps for lake property owners:</p>
<ul>
<li>Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.</li>
<li>Hire DNR-permitted lake service provider businesses to install or remove boats, docks, lifts and other water-related equipment. These businesses have attended training on Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws and many have experience identifying and removing invasive species.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Contact your area DNR aquatic invasive species</a> specialist if you think you have discovered an invasive species that has not already been confirmed in your lake.</li>
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<p>More information is available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/AIS?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov/AIS</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR accepting applications for coastal area grants</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:12:46 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program.  About $450,000 will be available for projects to begin after Sept. 1, 2018. Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 30. Funding for these &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/dnr-accepting-applications-for-coastal-area-grants-3/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Lake Superior Coastal Program. <span id="more-20079"></span></p>
<p>About $450,000 will be available for projects to begin after Sept. 1, 2018. Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 30. Funding for these grants is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management.</p>
<p>The priority in 2018 is on protecting lives and property across the entire coastal area by minimizing risk from natural hazards such as storms, flooding and erosion. The priority also includes addressing hazardous situations at coastal public access sites.</p>
<p>Projects that positively impact the natural, economic, recreational or cultural resources of Minnesota’s coastal area are also eligible for funding. The coastal area covers portions of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties and the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. Local, state and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, area-wide and regional planning agencies, colleges and universities, public school districts, port authorities, joint powers boards, and sanitary sewer districts are eligible to apply.</p>
<p>Grant requests can vary from $10,000 to $100,000. Applicants must provide 50 percent of the total project costs from a non-federal source.</p>
<p>“Minnesota’s coastal area is an economic driver, important natural resource and recreational draw for residents and visitors alike,” said Amber Westerbur, coastal program manager. “By focusing our efforts on protecting lives and property through hazard mitigation, we can engage our local partners in finding local solutions that fit shared needs.”</p>
<p>Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program has dispersed more than $12 million in grants to more than 500 projects since 1999. Recent grant awards have funded projects such as updating community stormwater management plans and improving scientific understanding of coastal forest seeds for improved adaptive management.</p>
<p>Application materials and additional details are available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/mlscp?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov/mlscp</a>. Questions about the grant process can be directed to Amber Westerbur, program manager, at 218-834-1445 or <a href="mailto:mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us">mlscp.dnr@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
<p>For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/mlscp?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov/mlscp</a>.</p>
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		<title>Call of the Wildflowers geocaching program ends Oct. 31</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:11:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[As the wildflower season comes to an end, so will a popular high-tech treasure hunt at the DNR’s state parks and trails. For three years, park and trail visitors have been finding and collecting wildflower cards in camouflaged containers (aka &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/call-of-the-wildflowers-geocaching-program-ends-oct-31/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>As the wildflower season comes to an end, so will a popular high-tech treasure hunt at the DNR’s state parks and trails.<span id="more-20076"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-20077" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9-199x300." alt="" width="199" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9-199x300. 199w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9-50x75. 50w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9-768x1155. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9-399x600. 399w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-9 997w" sizes="(max-width: 199px) 100vw, 199px" />For three years, park and trail visitors have been finding and collecting wildflower cards in camouflaged containers (aka “geocaches”) hidden at 81 locations statewide as part of the Call of the Wildflowers geocaching program. Those hoping to complete their card collection have until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to find any last geocaches before the program ends.</p>
<p>A new geocaching program will be launched this spring.</p>
<p>Geocaching involves using a global positioning system (GPS) unit to hunt for the caches, which are typically water-tight containers camouflaged to make them challenging to find. Many state parks loan out GPS units and offer Geocaching 101 programs that provide hands-on instruction for first-time geocachers.</p>
<p>The Call of the Wildflowers is the fourth statewide geocaching program to be offered at state parks since 2008. Previous programs included the Geocaching History Challenge presented by Best Buy (for which the collectible cards featured historic facts and photos about each state park), the Geocaching Wildlife Safari (with cards featuring animals, reptiles and amphibians), the Avian Adventure (featuring bird cards), and the Call of the Wildflowers (featuring wildflower cards).</p>
<p>“Families have poured into the parks and trails to explore the outdoors while learning about plants and pollinators native to Minnesota,” said Jennifer Conrad, interpretive services coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “By getting out to find the geocaches hidden at Minnesota state parks and trails, people accumulate not just a collection of cards, but also a collection of memories about the time they spent together.”</p>
<p>While supplies last, pollinator award cards (for finding 10, 20, 40, 60 and 81 caches) will be available at the state parks designated as “<a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/geocaching/checkpoints.html">geocaching checkpoints</a>.” For more information, visit mndnr.gov/geocaching or contact the DNR Information Center at <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
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		<title>Deer hunts will take place at several state parks this fall</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:07:02 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[DNR advises park visitors to wear blaze orange or bright colors at parks during special hunts Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks. Access to the parks &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/deer-hunts-will-take-place-at-several-state-parks-this-fall/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks. Access to the parks will vary during these hunts. <span id="more-20074"></span></p>
<p>Some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits (closed to the general public). The deadlines for youth and adults to apply for a special permit to participate in the hunts—which include firearms, muzzleloader and archery options—have passed.</p>
<p>“Too many of one animal or plant species in an area can start to throw off the balance of other species in that area,” said Tavis Westbrook, Natural Resource Program coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “When there are too many deer in a park, they tend to feed too much on certain trees and native plant communities, so occasionally we allow deer hunts as a means of protecting natural resources.”</p>
<p>The DNR advises anyone planning to visit a state park between now and the end of December to go online or call ahead to check whether a hunt is planned and whether the park will be open. The DNR also advises wearing blaze orange when visiting parks where hunts are taking place. Visitors should check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive, look carefully for hunt-related signage and follow instructions.</p>
<p>“We do our best to minimize the disruption to park visitors, but in some cases safety concerns require us to close—or partially close—the parks where these hunts take place,” Westbrook said.</p>
<p>For a list of parks that are open, partially open or closed during the 2017 hunting season, visit <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/hunting.html</a> or contact the DNR Information Center at <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Details on which areas of each park will be affected by the special deer hunts can also be found in the “Visitor Alert” boxes on the individual park webpages at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/list_alpha.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov</a></p>
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		<title>DNR invites public input on recreational trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/dnr-invites-public-input-on-recreational-trails-in-huntersville-and-lyons-state-forests/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:05:14 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public input meeting about the future of motorized and nonmotorized trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests and other state forest lands in Wadena County.  The meeting will be 6 to &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/13/dnr-invites-public-input-on-recreational-trails-in-huntersville-and-lyons-state-forests/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public input meeting about the future of motorized and nonmotorized trails in Huntersville and Lyons state forests and other state forest lands in Wadena County. <span id="more-20072"></span></p>
<p>The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Menahga Public School, 216 Aspen Ave. SE, Menahga.</p>
<p>Potential changes to trails within the planning area include adding new trails, connecting trails to facilities and amenities, and rerouting or closing unsustainable trails.</p>
<p>Comments received at the meeting will be used to develop a draft recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to forest trail designations must be made by commissioner’s orders.</p>
<p>Written comments may be submitted by fax to 651-297-1157, by email to <a href="mailto:foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us">foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or by mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039. The DNR will accept written comments through Wednesday, Nov. 8.</p>
<p>For more information:</p>
<ul>
<li>Contact <a href="mailto:Williamson,%20Timothy%20(DNR)%20%3ctimothy.williamson@state.mn.us%3e">Tim Williamson</a>, acquisition and development specialist, Parks and Trails Division, 218-308-2369.</li>
<li>Visit the Minnesota State Forest Trail Revisions Project webpage at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/designation/revisions.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov</a>.</li>
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		<title>Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 19-22</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/09/early-antlerless-only-deer-hunting-season-runs-oct-19-22/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:10:17 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/09/early-antlerless-only-deer-hunting-season-runs-oct-19-22/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-20069"></span></p>
<p>“This hunt aims to reduce the deer population because of high deer densities that damage agricultural crops and other resources in three of these permit areas,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “This year the hunt includes permit area 603 as one of several ways to reduce deer numbers to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease.”</p>
<p>Populations in permit areas 346, 348 and 349 have been over the population goals established in 2014 for multiple seasons. The antlerless-only season would help move populations toward established goals and provide additional hunting opportunity.</p>
<p>To participate, hunters must possess at least one valid unused early antlerless permit. Bonus permits may be used but hunters must possess at least one valid unused early antlerless permit.</p>
<p>Public land is limited in the early antlerless hunt areas and hunters need to ask permission to hunt private lands.</p>
<p>In the early antlerless deer hunt, only antlerless deer may be taken, and hunters may use up to five early antlerless permits. Deer harvested during the special season do not count toward a hunter’s statewide limit during other deer seasons. Early antlerless deer permits cost $7.50 for residents, $40 for nonresidents, and may be purchased wherever hunting licenses are sold.</p>
<p>Hunters in permit area 603 must have their adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMDA5Ljc5MjEzODAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTAwOS43OTIxMzgwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDU3MjEzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd/603?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd/603</a>.</p>
<p>CWD testing during the early antlerless and youth season outside the CWD zone is not required.  Mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season in these areas. Individuals can voluntarily have deer tested for CWD through the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of Minnesota for a fee. More information is available online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMDA5Ljc5MjEzODAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTAwOS43OTIxMzgwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDU3MjEzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.vdl.umn.edu?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">vdl.umn.edu</a> or by telephone at 612-625-8787.</p>
<p>The DNR has not yet made a decision about whether to have a late antlerless-only season in  permit areas 346, 348 and 349 this winter.</p>
<p>All deer harvested during the early antlerless-only season must be tagged with an early antlerless or bonus permit, or disease management permit if the deer was taken in permit area 603. Hunters also must have a valid archery, firearms or muzzleloader deer license to participate. The early antlerless season coincides with the four-day special youth deer season. More information can be found at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMDA5Ljc5MjEzODAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTAwOS43OTIxMzgwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDU3MjEzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/deer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deer</a>.</p>
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		<title>Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith set to open pheasant hunting season in Marshall this weekend</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/09/gov-dayton-lt-gov-smith-set-to-open-pheasant-hunting-season-in-marshall-this-weekend/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:08:40 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Marshall to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for second time Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.  It is the second time in the event’s seven-year history &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/09/gov-dayton-lt-gov-smith-set-to-open-pheasant-hunting-season-in-marshall-this-weekend/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Marshall to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener for second time</em></p>
<p>Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. <span id="more-20066"></span></p>
<p>It is the second time in the event’s seven-year history that Marshall, in southwestern Minnesota, has hosted the event.</p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-20067" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-8-300x116." alt="" width="300" height="116" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-8-300x116. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-8-75x29. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/-8 450w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will lead the festivities, which highlight the many community assets Marshall has to offer.</p>
<p>“I am proud of Minnesota’s great hunting traditions, and I have enjoyed pheasant hunting here for over sixty years,” Dayton said. “For the past seven years, we have held Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Openers, which have been very popular. I thank our wonderful hosts in the Marshall area for all of their hard work to make this year&#8217;s Opener such an outstanding event. I invite all Minnesotans to join us for this special Minnesota tradition.”</p>
<p>On Friday afternoon, a dedication of the James Meger Memorial Wildlife Management Area will take place at 4 p.m. The Department of Natural Resources worked with Pheasants Forever and more than a dozen other conservation groups and major contributors to make the WMA a reality. It is named for the late James Meger, a wildlife artist and Lyon County native who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for conservation groups through his artwork.</p>
<p>On Friday night, the public is invited to join Dayton and Smith at a community banquet at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m., with social hour, dinner and a program featuring the governor as well as local community leaders. Tickets are $30 and available by calling the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, 507-532-4484.</p>
<p>On Saturday, hunters will take to the field for the pheasant hunt.</p>
<p>Marshall previously hosted the second Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2012. The first Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was held in 2011 in Montevideo.</p>
<p>With a population of 13,680, Marshall is located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities at the junctions of U.S. Highway 59 and state highways 19, 23 and 68. Marshall and southwest Minnesota actively promote hunting and outdoor recreation. Within 25 miles of Marshall, there are 37 Walk-In Access areas totaling just under 3,000 acres, 20 waterfowl production areas totaling approximately 3,779 acres and 132 WMAs totaling 24,407 acres. In Lyon County alone, there are 47 WMAs totaling 11,184 acres. All are open to public hunting.</p>
<p>Hunters spend $725 million each year in Minnesota in direct hunting-related expenditures like equipment, food and lodging. That is an average of $1,412 per hunter. Travel and tourism generate $14.4 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota.</p>
<p>Explore Minnesota and the DNR are assisting the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce in planning the event.</p>
<p>More information can be found at <a href="http://www.exploreminnesota.com/mngpho">exploreminnesota.com/mngpho.</a></p>
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		<title>Zebra mussels confirmed in Kandiyohi County&#8217;s George Lake</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/06/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-kandiyohi-countys-george-lake/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:26:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Found on dock being removed from water The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in George Lake, near Spicer in Kandiyohi County.  A lake property owner contacted the DNR when he found two zebra mussels on a &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/06/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-kandiyohi-countys-george-lake/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Found on dock being removed from water</em></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in George Lake, near Spicer in Kandiyohi County. <span id="more-20063"></span></p>
<p>A lake property owner contacted the DNR when he found two zebra mussels on a dock he was removing from the lake. A neighbor reported a single zebra mussel on another dock nearby.</p>
<p>DNR invasive species specialists did not find any other zebra mussels during a search of that section of the lake. The DNR will consider whether to also add Nest Lake to the infested waters list, because it is connected to George Lake.</p>
<p>Zebra mussels are frequently confirmed when docks and lifts are being removed from lakes at the end of the season. Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.</p>
<p>Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not.</p>
<p>Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species<strong>.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport.</li>
<li><strong>Dispose</strong> of unwanted bait in the trash.</li>
</ul>
<p>Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.</p>
<p>People should <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist</a> if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake.</p>
<p>More information is available at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ais</a>.</p>
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		<title>Construction to begin at Camden State Park</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:44:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Bridges to be replaced over Redwood River Visitors at Camden State Park can expect parts of the park to be closed temporarily during upcoming bridge construction projects.  Work to replace three bridges on Lyon County Road 83, which runs through &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/10/05/construction-to-begin-at-camden-state-park/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Bridges to be replaced over Redwood River</em></p>
<p>Visitors at Camden State Park can expect parts of the park to be closed temporarily during upcoming bridge construction projects. <span id="more-20061"></span></p>
<p>Work to replace three bridges on Lyon County Road 83, which runs through Camden State Park, is set to begin on Monday, Oct. 9, and is scheduled to be complete before June 1, 2018. While County Road 83 is closed for construction, there will be no access to the park’s beach, north picnic area and lower campground.</p>
<p>The outdated bridges were deemed structurally deficient and will be replaced with higher and longer bridges, eliminating bottlenecks the old bridges created during high water events along the Redwood River.</p>
<p>The bridges will not only improve safety and river flows, but will also be aesthetically pleasing, fitting in with the overall look of the park.</p>
<p>“The stone imprint designs that are planned on the bridge abutments will look consistent with many of the park’s structures that are made of stone,&#8221; said Camden State Park Manager Bill Dinesen. Those structures were built in the 1930s by Veterans Conservation Corp workers.</p>
<p>The three bridges slated for replacement were moved to Camden State Park between 1986 and 1990, however the bridges were used elsewhere when they were first built in 1925 and 1931.</p>
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