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		<title>Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:44:36 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  “The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has remained &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/good-waterfowl-opener-expected-this-weekend-5/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21251"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21253" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-3-300x198." alt="" width="300" height="198" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-3-300x198. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-3-75x49. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-3-768x506. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-3-600x396. 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />“The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has remained fairly high in recent years, so hopefully that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “We also heard favorable reports on the number of duck broods over the summer.”</p>
<p>Wetland habitat conditions are variable across the state, with some dry conditions in the northern portion of the state.</p>
<p>“Canada goose hunting should improve as the season goes on,” Cordts said. “We had a poor goose hatch this spring and hunting success so far in September has been fairly low.”</p>
<p><strong>Duck seasons and limits</strong></p>
<p>The duck season structure is similar to recent years. The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway. Waterfowl hunting regulations are available wherever DNR licenses are sold and regulations are available online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE3Ljk0OTgwOTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNy45NDk4MDk5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3NTcyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;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>
<p>Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones:</p>
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<li>In the <strong>north zone</strong>, duck season is Sept. 22 through Tuesday, Nov. 20.</li>
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<li>In the <strong>central zone</strong>, duck season is Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 30, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 6, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 25.</li>
<li>In the <strong>south zone</strong>, duck season is Sept. 22 through Sept. 30, closes for 12 days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 13, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 2.</li>
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<p>“There seems to be fairly good support for our current zones and split seasons, so we’ve maintained that season structure,” Cordts said. “But weather and other variables play a large role in how the season goes.”</p>
<p>The daily duck bag limit remains six per day. The mallard bag limit remains four per day, including no more than two hen mallards. The daily bag limits are three for wood duck and scaup; and two for redheads, canvasbacks, pintails and black ducks.</p>
<p>The DNR will post a weekly waterfowl migration report each week during the duck season. The reports are typically posted on Thursday afternoon at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE3Ljk0OTgwOTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNy45NDk4MDk5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3NTcyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Goose and sandhill crane seasons</strong></p>
<p>Minnesota’s goose season will reopen in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 22, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20. “Light geese” include snow, blue and Ross’s geese. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.</p>
<p>The season for sandhill cranes remains open through Sunday, Oct. 21, in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license.</p>
<p>More information on duck, goose, sandhill crane and other migratory bird hunting is available in the 2018 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations booklet from license vendors and online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE3Ljk0OTgwOTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNy45NDk4MDk5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3NTcyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeking input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:43:27 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/dnr-seeking-input-on-lake-of-the-woods-and-rainy-river-regulation-changes/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Lake of the Woods School. <span id="more-21249"></span></p>
<p>The changes under consideration by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would reduce the number of walleye and sauger allowed to be kept in the winter on the lake, and on the river allow only catch-and-release fishing for those fish in the spring. The changes would take effect on March 1, 2019.</p>
<p><strong>Winter walleye and sauger proposal </strong></p>
<p>The proposed winter regulations would match the current summer regulations on Lake of the Woods, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit to six, with no more than four walleye. The protected slot limit would remain in effect.</p>
<p>The current winter regulation from Dec. 1 to April 14 on Lake of the Woods allows anglers to keep eight walleye and sauger, with no more than four walleye. There is a protected slot limit requiring anglers to immediately release any walleye between 19.5 and 28 inches, with only one fish over 28 inches allowed in possession.</p>
<p>DNR Baudette area fisheries supervisor Phil Talmage said expanding winter pressure has resulted in sauger harvest exceeding management objectives with 80 percent of the sauger harvest coming in the winter season.</p>
<p><strong>Rainy River spring season proposal</strong></p>
<p>The proposed regulation change is a catch-and-release season that would be in effect March 1 to April 14 on the Rainy River and Fourmile Bay. Increasing pressure and harvest focused on pre-spawn male walleye have impacted the spawning population in the Rainy River.</p>
<p>The current Rainy River spring season regulation allows anglers to keep two walleye or sauger, and requires the immediate release of walleye 19.5 inches in length or larger.</p>
<p>This regulation would maintain the spring sport fishery while protecting the long-term sustainability of the Rainy River spawning population and reducing the overall harvest of walleye from the Lake of the Woods-Rainy River system.</p>
<p>“Walleye and sauger populations on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River are doing well, but  increasing fishing pressure has resulted in increased harvest and stress on the fishery,” Talmage said. “These regulations are intended to be a proactive approach to ensure the high quality fishery that anglers have come to expect from the border water region.”</p>
<p>There will be a short presentation at the open house. Following the meeting, comments will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 18. Those not attending the meeting can provide comments by calling the Baudette area fisheries office at 218-634-2522 or by emailing <a href="mailto:baudette.fisheries@state.mn.us">baudette.fisheries@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
<p>Anglers who can’t make the meeting in Baudette can attend an open house about that and other regulation proposals from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road.</p>
<p>More information on fishing regulations can be found on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE3Ljk0OTgwOTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNy45NDk4MDk5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3NTcyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/fishing?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/fishing</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeking input on Leech Lake proposed walleye regulation change</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:42:26 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake would allow anglers more opportunities to keep walleye beginning when the 2019 open water fishing season opens. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on the change at an open &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/dnr-seeking-input-on-leech-lake-proposed-walleye-regulation-change-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake would allow anglers more opportunities to keep walleye beginning when the 2019 open water fishing season opens.<span id="more-21247"></span></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on the change at an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, at the Walker Area Community Center.</p>
<p>The proposed regulation change would remove the 20- to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four-fish walleye limit, only one of which can be over 20 inches.</p>
<p>The current walleye regulation on Leech Lake is four fish, requiring the immediate release of any walleye that are within a 20- to 26-inch protected slot limit. Only one fish over 26 inches allowed in possession. The four-fish walleye possession limit on Leech Lake has been in effect since 2005.</p>
<p>“The regulation was initially put in place to help protect spawning fish,” said Doug Schultz, DNR Walker area fisheries supervisor. “Regulation goals have been exceeded, prompting the DNR to propose increased harvest opportunity at this time.”</p>
<p>Carl Pedersen, the DNR large lake specialist on Leech Lake, said the walleye population is in excellent condition at this time and can afford some additional harvest.</p>
<p>“We have an abundant population of spawning-age fish with a wide distribution of sizes, and multiple year classes of smaller fish entering the fishery,” Pedersen said. “Protective fishing regulations combined with very consistent production of year classes over the past 10 years have put us in a very good position.”</p>
<p>If future fisheries assessments indicate harvest should be reduced, the DNR anticipates revisiting the protected slot limit at that time.</p>
<p>At the meeting, there will not be a formal presentation but DNR staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the proposed regulation with individuals who attend. Following the meeting, comments will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 5. Those unable to attend the meeting can provide comments by calling the Walker area fisheries office at 218-547-1683 or by emailing <a href="mailto:Walker.fisheries@state.mn.us">walker.fisheries@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
<p>Anglers who can’t make the meeting in Walker can attend an open house about that and other regulation proposals from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road. No formal presentations will be made at the open house.</p>
<p>More information on fishing regulations can be found on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE3Ljk0OTgwOTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNy45NDk4MDk5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3NTcyJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/fishing?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/fishing</a>.</p>
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		<title>Online harvest registration requires sign-in for better information security</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/online-harvest-registration-requires-sign-in-for-better-information-security/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:40:39 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters who harvest deer, bear or turkey starting this season will need to sign into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources electronic license system when registering a harvest online.   “Requiring hunters to log in adds another layer of security to &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/online-harvest-registration-requires-sign-in-for-better-information-security/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters who harvest deer, bear or turkey starting this season will need to sign into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources electronic license system when registering a harvest online.  <span id="more-21244"></span></p>
<p>“Requiring hunters to log in adds another layer of security to protect their personal information,” said Steve Michaels, licensing program director. “We recognize that online game registration will be a little less convenient and we appreciate hunters’ patience as they adapt to the new process.”</p>
<p>In 2017, half of all deer harvest were registered using the online system, so this new security measure is important.</p>
<p>To register a harvest, go to <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense">mndnr.gov/buyalicense</a>. The harvest registration system is available after hunters enter their information in the customer identification page, similar to when purchasing a DNR license or permit. Once signed in, click on the harvest tab. Harvest registration is the same as in past years, and requires hunters to enter a nine-digit harvest registration number that is printed on the license.</p>
<p>“While in the system registering your animal, we also recommend adding your email address to your electronic record,” Michaels said. “The DNR is increasingly using email to conduct surveys and communicate with license holders on a variety of wildlife issues.”</p>
<p>Hunters also can choose to register a harvest by calling 1-888-706-6367 and following the instructions, or in person at any big game registration station.</p>
<p>Hunting regulations and details about when harvest registration is required are available at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting">mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting</a>.</p>
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		<title>New spruce grouse survey gives DNR a window on tough-to-monitor birds</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:39:26 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/17/new-spruce-grouse-survey-gives-dnr-a-window-on-tough-to-monitor-birds/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers.<span id="more-21242"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21255" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-4-200x300." alt="" width="200" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-4-200x300. 200w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-4-50x75. 50w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-4-400x600. 400w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-4 667w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />Spruce grouse are a game species in Minnesota, but in neighboring Wisconsin they are listed as threatened. As a species dependent on conifer forest habitat, they are expected to have a smaller range in the future because of climate change induced habitat loss.</p>
<p>“We needed better information about the population to make informed management decisions,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This survey is expected to detect meaningful changes in the population over a 10 year period.”</p>
<p>DNR researchers spent four years developing a survey methodology for the difficult-to-survey spruce grouse. Cooperators, citizen volunteers and DNR staff count grouse signs (droppings) at spruce grouse sites. By conducting the survey annually, researchers can detect meaningful changes in the population.</p>
<p>Before this survey, the only data the Minnesota DNR collected on spruce grouse were the estimated total of birds harvested by hunters as part of the annual small game harvest mail survey. That survey estimates the total harvest of spruce grouse at 10,000 to 27,000 birds per year since 2006; however, spruce grouse harvest is not a reliable way to track population trends.</p>
<p>“Citizen-scientist volunteers and cooperators are important contributors to the survey. We couldn’t do this survey without their help,” Roy said.</p>
<p>Last spring, cooperators at Chippewa National Forest, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, 1854 Treaty Authority, DNR Wildlife, Superior National Forest and 40 citizen-scientist volunteers including Vermilion Community College students, surveyed 65 routes throughout the northern conifer forest region of Minnesota.</p>
<p>Spruce grouse sign was found at 88 sites representing 32 percent of those surveyed. More sign was found in the northwest portion of the survey region, followed by the northeast and then the southcentral portion. The survey will be conducted annually to track population trends and changes in distribution.</p>
<p>The DNR’s 2018 spruce survey report and grouse hunting information can be found at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse">mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse</a>.</p>
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		<title>Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/14/angler-surveys-show-walleye-overage-can-be-paid-back-on-lake-mille-lacs/</link>
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		<description><![CDATA[Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/14/angler-surveys-show-walleye-overage-can-be-paid-back-on-lake-mille-lacs/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21239"></span></p>
<p>The survey results through the end of August indicate catch rates were still quite good this summer, but were lower than last year.</p>
<p>DNR experts say the lower catch rates are consistent with reports from anglers of seeing more baitfish, as catch rates decline with increases in small-fish forage for bigger fish.</p>
<p>“It’s good news that walleye anglers had lots of success on Mille Lacs and that we were able to stay under the state’s allocation,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.</p>
<p>The latest survey estimates include walleye harvested by state anglers in the winter, and in the summer those that died after being caught and released. This is a condition known as hooking mortality. During this time anglers took 42,396 pounds of walleye.</p>
<p>Cooler water temperatures and the normal decline in fishing pressure that occur in the fall indicate that total kill for the year will likely remain under 50,000 pounds of walleye, well below the state’s safe harvest level allocation of 87,800 pounds.</p>
<p>In 2016 and 2017, state anglers exceeded the allowable harvest by a combined 16,050 pounds and those overages needed to be accounted for in a future year. Since the 2018 state angler kill is well under the allowable harvest, the overage will be eliminated.</p>
<p>Walleye safe harvest level for Lake Mille Lacs is determined annually, based on population status, and predictions of how harvest will affect the walleye population in the future. The safe harvest level is divided between the 1837 Treaty Bands and state anglers. By agreement, the Bands and the state are required to monitor harvest by their members.</p>
<p>“Although the state and the Bands did not reach agreement on safe harvest level for this year, a kill of 50,000 pounds will be well below allocation regardless of whether safe harvest level is 150,000 or 120,000 pounds,” Parsons said.</p>
<p>The DNR is conducting its standard fall fish community assessments through September. The DNR’s angler creel survey runs through Oct. 31. The agency will announce its winter walleye regulations in early November.</p>
<p>Angler survey results and more information about Lake Mille Lacs can be found on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTE0Ljk0OTIwNjYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxNC45NDkyMDY2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ3MTIzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/millelacslake</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR invites public to attend tonight’s meeting on environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:10:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Public comments invited through Sept. 27 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a joint public informational meeting tonight in Moorhead to provide information and take comments on environmental review documents &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/dnr-invites-public-to-attend-tonights-meeting-on-environmental-review-for-revised-fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-project/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Public comments invited through Sept. 27</em></p>
<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a joint public informational meeting tonight in Moorhead to provide information and take comments on environmental review documents for the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.<span id="more-21236"></span></p>
<p>The public meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S. It will begin with an open house, where attendees will have an opportunity to engage the DNR and USACE staff on the content of the draft environmental documents for the revised flood diversion project (Plan B).</p>
<p>Following that, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a brief, formal presentation then the public will have opportunity to provide comments. People will also have the option to record private, individual comments or submit written comments.</p>
<p>In August the DNR released for public comment its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) and the USACE released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the flood diversion project.</p>
<p>Both the DNR and USACE environmental review documents are available for public comment. People may submit comments on one or both documents.</p>
<p>The two agencies are hosting the meeting together so that members of the public do not need to attend two different public meetings. The DNR and the USACE were both individually required to complete a supplemental environmental review for the Plan B project.</p>
<p>Comments received during the concurrent comment periods will be shared with both agencies.</p>
<p>For more information on the DNR DSEIS, visit <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/fmproject?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/fmproject</a>.</p>
<p>For more information about the Army Corps of Engineers documents, visit the link for the Fargo-Moorhead Project under the Civil Works Public Notices at <a href="www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices">www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices</a>.</p>
<p>Written comments on the DNR’s DSEIS must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Comments may be mailed to:  Jill Townley, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. Comments may be faxed to 651-297-1500.</p>
<p>Comments may be emailed to: <a href="mailto:environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us">environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us</a> with “Fargo-Moorhead SEIS” in the subject line. If using the email address, include name and preferred method of contact (email or mailing address) to be added to the mailing list.</p>
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		<title>Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/cannon-falls-artist-wins-duck-stamp-contest/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:53:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  This was Caturia’s first time &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/cannon-falls-artist-wins-duck-stamp-contest/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21233"></span></p>
<img class="size-medium wp-image-21234" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2-300x217." alt="" width="300" height="217" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2-300x217. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2-75x54. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2-768x554. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2-600x433. 600w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-2 960w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />
<p>This was Caturia’s first time winning the duck stamp contest.</p>
<p>The winning painting was selected by judges from among 19 entries. Five entries advanced as finalists that were selected during the Sept. 6 contest. The other finalists were Bradley Hadrava, second place; Thomas Miller, third place; Jake Levisen, fourth place; and Stephen Hamrick, fifth place. The duck stamp contest began in 1977.</p>
<p>The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects on state wildlife management areas and shallow lakes.</p>
<p>The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2020 stamp design will be the snow goose. For more on the stamp contests, visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEzLjk0ODU2NjMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMy45NDg1NjYzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ2NjY0JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/stamps?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/stamps</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in St. Louis County</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:51:00 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River state forests in St. Louis County to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  The &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/dnr-invites-public-input-on-proposed-forest-trails-in-st-louis-county-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River state forests in St. Louis County to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26. <span id="more-21231"></span></p>
<p>The meeting will provide an opportunity to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forests. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cook Community Center, 799 Third Ave. SE, Cook.</p>
<p>Draft recommendations include new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) trails, permitting ATV and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) use on portions of snowmobile trails, designating portions of the Taconite State Trail to allow ATV/OHM use and designating existing hunter-walking trails.</p>
<p>The DNR invites the public to visit the meeting to review maps of existing and proposed trails, discuss the DNR proposals, submit comments and suggest changes to the recommendations. The DNR will also accept written comments through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.</p>
<p>Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR commissioner for approval. Changes to state forest trail designations must be made by commissioner&#8217;s order and published in the State Register.</p>
<p>Written comments may be submitted by:</p>
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<li>Email to <a href="mailto:foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us">foresttrailplanning.dnr@state.mn.us</a>.</li>
<li>Fax to 651-297-1157.</li>
<li>Mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039.</li>
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<p>For more information, please call:</p>
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<li>The DNR’s Parks and Trails Division central office in St. Paul, 651-259-5279.</li>
<li>The DNR’s Parks and Trails Tower area office, 218-300-7842.</li>
</ul>
<p>Information is also available online at <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/designation/revisions.html">mndnr.gov</a>.</p>
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		<title>Special archery deer hunt begins Saturday in East Minnesota River Refuge</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/special-archery-deer-hunt-begins-saturday-in-east-minnesota-river-refuge/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:49:53 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Special hunt application and registration required A special archery deer hunt opens Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/13/special-archery-deer-hunt-begins-saturday-in-east-minnesota-river-refuge/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Special hunt application and registration required</em></p>
<p>A special archery deer hunt opens Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21229"></span></p>
<p>The refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River. It is open to archery hunting until Dec. 31 for taking antlerless deer and legal bucks. Deer hunters are allowed a bag limit of two deer (1 buck and 1 antlerless deer, or 2 antlerless deer). Hunters cannot exceed the statewide limit of 1 buck.</p>
<p>Hunter registration or application is required prior to hunting. The purpose is to assist in the tracking of the deer harvest and deer population in the refuge.</p>
<p>Also unique to this hunt: The entire hunting zone is on private land. That makes it important for hunters to request landowner permission before hunting the area. Trespassing is a misdemeanor, and could cost hunters their license to hunt. All conservation and peace officers enforce trespass laws.</p>
<p>Additional information:</p>
<ul>
<li>The number of permits to be issued is not limited, but hunters must apply before hunting.</li>
<li>There is no fee for this permit application.</li>
<li>This is special hunt area 991. More information and application information can be found on pages 98 and 109 of the 2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.</li>
<li>Harvesting deer of either sex is permitted.</li>
<li>The Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area is not open to public hunting.</li>
<li>This hunt has no total quota in 2018.</li>
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<p>More information is available by calling the DNR’s Nicollet area wildlife office at 507-225-3572.  It’s also available at <a href="mndnr.gov/hunting">mndnr.gov/hunting</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR releases plan for sustainable groundwater use in Little Rock Creek area</title>
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		<pubDate>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:57:50 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at mndnr.gov/littlerock.  The &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/12/dnr-releases-plan-for-sustainable-groundwater-use-in-little-rock-creek-area/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at <a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/groundwater_section/sustainability/lrc/index.html">mndnr.gov/littlerock</a>. <span id="more-21225"></span></p>
<p>The plan includes a variety of actions over the next five years, designed to ensure a sustainable groundwater supply while protecting Little Rock Creek, a designated trout stream in central Minnesota. The DNR’s initial focus will be collecting and analyzing more data to determine if any changes in groundwater use are needed.</p>
<p>Barring unforeseen circumstances, the DNR will not change existing water appropriation permits, including “limited” permits, through 2022. This decision is intended to give current groundwater permit holders as much certainty as possible. “Limited” permits are usually issued for shorter time periods than other groundwater permits.</p>
<p>“Groundwater is vital to the economy and people of the Little Rock Creek area,” DNR project manager Mark Hauck said. “This new management plan underscores that importance. The DNR is working with local residents and businesses to make sure groundwater remains available for drinking, irrigation, livestock production, and habitat.”</p>
<p>DNR action steps for the next five years include:</p>
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<li>Collecting more data on groundwater, stream flow and fish habitat.</li>
<li>Working with farmers to get a more accurate accounting of how much groundwater they are using.</li>
<li>Analyzing how groundwater use patterns are affecting Little Rock Creek.</li>
<li>Establishing a protected flow for Little Rock Creek (the amount of water needed in the stream to maintain habitat and water quality).</li>
<li>Identifying water conservation strategies for more efficient groundwater use.</li>
</ul>
<p>The DNR will continue to inform affected residents and businesses about groundwater management actions through the DNR website, email, and at least one public meeting per year. The DNR will update the action plan in 2022.</p>
<p>The Little Rock Creek area straddles northwestern Benton and southern Morrison counties. More than 95 percent of estimated water use in the area is for cropland irrigation.</p>
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		<title>Tickets available for Minnesota Governor&#8217;s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/11/tickets-available-for-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener-banquet-2/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 19:39:19 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[8th Annual Event to take place at Luverne’s Grand Prairie Events Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/11/tickets-available-for-minnesota-governors-pheasant-hunting-opener-banquet-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>8th Annual Event to take place at Luverne’s Grand Prairie Events</em></p>
<p>Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the community banquet at 6:00 p.m. <span id="more-21220"></span></p>
<p>Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing Minnesota tradition, and one that  Dayton has highlighted by hosting Governor’s Pheasant Opener events in each of his eight years as governor. Dayton created the Governor’s Pheasant Opener in 2011, when Montevideo hosted the inaugural event.</p>
<p>“I’m proud of the Minnesota hunting tradition, and have enjoyed pheasant hunting in Minnesota for over 60 years,” Dayton  said. “I thank our hosts in the Luverne area for all of their hard work to make this a terrific event, and invite everyone to join us for this special Minnesota fall tradition.”</p>
<p>Tickets to the banquet are $40 each and can be purchased at the Luverne Area Chamber &amp; CVB, or by calling 507-283-4061. The banquet will feature a social hour, dinner, and program which will include Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman, and local presenters.  Tickets are available until sold out.</p>
<p>The Governor’s Pheasant Opener banquet is part of a weekend of festivities in Luverne that showcase the many hunting, recreational, and travel opportunities the area has to offer visitors. Luverne has a population of 4,658 and is the county seat of Minnesota’s southwestern-most county, Rock County. The city is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 75.  Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting the Luverne Area Chamber &amp; CVB in planning the event.</p>
<p><strong>WHAT:</strong> Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet<br />
<strong>WHERE:</strong> Grand Prairie Events, 105 S Estey St, Luverne, MN 56156<br />
<strong>WHEN:</strong> Friday, October 12, 2018 — 5 p.m. Social Hour; 6 p.m. Community Banquet<br />
<strong>TICKETS:</strong> $40 per person. In person: Luverne Area Chamber &amp; CVB (213 East Luverne Street, Rock County Courthouse Square, Luverne, MN 56156)<br />
By phone: 507-283-4061</p>
<p>More information and updates on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener can be found at <a href="http://exploreminnesota.com/mngpho?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">exploreminnesota.com/mngpho</a>.</p>
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		<title>Get out and hunt Minnesota&#8217;s most popular game bird – ruffed grouse</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/get-out-and-hunt-minnesotas-most-popular-game-bird-ruffed-grouse/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:44:43 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[By Ted Dick, forest game bird coordinator It’s September, the leaves are turning and there is a chill in the morning air and if you’re looking for a good excuse to get outdoors and out of town here is a &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/get-out-and-hunt-minnesotas-most-popular-game-bird-ruffed-grouse/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>By Ted Dick, forest game bird coordinator<br />
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<p>It’s September, the leaves are turning and there is a chill in the morning air and if you’re looking for a good excuse to get outdoors and out of town here is a perfect one: grouse hunting.<span id="more-21216"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-21217" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-1-225x300." alt="" width="225" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-1-225x300. 225w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-1-56x75. 56w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-1-450x600. 450w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/-1 720w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" />Never tried it? Not sure how to go about it? Well it’s very easy to learn, you don’t need any expensive gear or lots of money. There’s still time to get ready for the ruffed grouse hunting season that opens on Saturday, Sept. 15 – actually from where I write in northern Minnesota some mark the opener as a major holiday.</p>
<p>The ruffed grouse is considered the “king of game birds” because it’s a challenge to pursue, a thrill to witness on the wing and the ultimate wild game entrée when served.</p>
<p>Volumes have been written and hours spent debating the merits of this bird as the ultimate quarry: They are native here in Minnesota, all of our ruffed grouse are wild and free-range, and it’s nearly impossible to release them from pens or raise them on a farm with any success. They are fast and they’re wary (mostly). Locavores like the idea that you can’t buy grouse at the grocery store: You have to venture out and kill them yourself.</p>
<p>Minnesota is the top ruffed grouse-producing state in the lower 48 and we have millions of acres of forest land that you can explore. With about 11 million acres of public land, you could hunt your entire life without ever having to ask permission to hunt private land. Public lands offering suitable grouse habitat may include DNR wildlife management areas, state forests, much of the land in the Chippewa and Superior national forests, and many acres managed by northern and central Minnesota counties.</p>
<p>The DNR website has information and printable maps of more than 50 ruffed grouse management areas specifically managed for the young forest habitat that grouse and woodcock prefer. You can find them at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/rgma">mndnr.gov/rgma</a>. Just click on an area near where you want to travel and a map will come up with aerial imagery, trail locations and directions on how to get to the site from the nearest town. The DNR website also shows locations and downloadable maps for 630 miles of hunter walking trails – many of which are cut through grouse habitat.</p>
<p>Ruffed grouse can be found in just about any of Minnesota’s forests, but a hunter would be well-advised to focus on mixed forests (containing both deciduous and coniferous species). Areas with an aspen component typically have higher densities of ruffed grouse. Also focus on areas where you find mixed ages of trees (such as young sapling-size trees near larger older trees). Grouse will use these different ages and sizes of trees at different times of the day or year.</p>
<p>Grouse often hide in the thickest vegetation – we joke that if you trip in good grouse habitat you won’t hit the ground because the dense growth will hold you up.</p>
<p>Though harvest of a grouse is necessary if you want to eat one, there is much more to grouse hunting than just putting a meal on the table. Surveys of our hunters show that many enjoy it because they find it a relaxing means of getting closer to nature and they like being out in the autumn woods. They like testing their skills and reflexes. People also like it because it gives them time to reconnect with a friend or relative, maybe the parent who took them Up North and showed them the lakes and woods long ago. To be successful it requires both patience and quickness to get your gun up and your eyes fixed on a speeding blur disappearing through a jungle of undergrowth.</p>
<p>Interested? All you really need is a hunting license, sturdy footwear, a shotgun and a box of ammunition.  When checking new areas it’s smart to carry the right paper or digital maps and it’s always smart to bring along a GPS, compass or phone with GIS capabilities. If you have questions or want additional tips, you can find more on social media or the internet on websites like the DNR grouse hunting page at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse">mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks public input about walleye regulations on 5 St. Louis County lakes</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/dnr-seeks-public-input-about-walleye-regulations-on-5-st-louis-county-lakes/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:39:22 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/dnr-seeks-public-input-about-walleye-regulations-on-5-st-louis-county-lakes/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the Namakan Reservoir. <span id="more-21214"></span></p>
<p>“These five lakes are popular fishing destinations. While each lake has had a different response to the current regulation, the fisheries are healthy overall,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We want to be sure the public has plenty of opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.”</p>
<p>There will be two meetings, each with a similar format: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Kabetogama Community Center along County Road 122 in Kabetogama; and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Crane Lake Fire Hall, 7400 Handberg Road in Crane Lake.</p>
<p>The DNR is presenting options to modify the current size and bag limit, and one option to extend the regulation as-is. The current regulation has been in place since 2007 and will expire on March 1, 2019. Input at the meetings will help determine if they are modified or extended to achieve fish management objectives.</p>
<p>The current experimental regulation for walleye requires the immediate release of walleye from 17 to 28 inches. One walleye more than 28 inches long is allowed in a possession limit of four walleye. Anglers are currently allowed four walleye in a combined limit of six walleye and sauger.</p>
<p>In addition to retaining the current regulation, another option under consideration would modify the protected slot to match the current Rainy Lake regulation of an 18-26 inch protected slot limit with one walleye over 26 inches. A third option could be to set a harvest slot that would not only protect a similar size range of larger fish as the protected slot, but also protect smaller fish from harvest. All options could be combined with a four-fish aggregate bag limit for walleye and sauger; a reduction of two sauger from the current limit.</p>
<p>“Angler preferences will have a great deal of influence over these regulations,” Peterson said. “At this point, we have some ideas of regulation options but input from the public will help us decide on the specifics.”</p>
<p>People unable to attend a meeting may submit written comments to the DNR area fisheries office, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649; by phone at 218-286-5220; or via email to <a href="mailto:kevin.peterson@state.mn.us">kevin.peterson@state.mn.us</a>. All comments must be received by Monday, Oct. 15.</p>
<p>Anglers who can’t make the meetings in Kabetogama or Crane Lake can attend an open house about that and other regulation proposals from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road. No formal presentations will be made but staff will be available to take comments.</p>
<p>More information on fishing regulations can be found on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEwLjk0Njc2NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMC45NDY3NjY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ1MzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/fishing?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/fishing</a>.</p>
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		<title>New tour at Soudan Underground Mine reveals geological wonders</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:38:01 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A lesson in state mining history See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/new-tour-at-soudan-underground-mine-reveals-geological-wonders/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.  <span id="more-21212"></span></p>
<p>“Our new tours provide an opportunity to walk the drift and to see how the rock formations and exploratory work done by miners, using specific tools, allowed them to determine the location of the iron ore deposit,” explained Park Manager Jim Essig.</p>
<p>Those who take the tour will also get to see a Minnesota fault line. Yes, Minnesota has them and yes, they are now viewable during the new weekday-only tour at the Soudan Underground Mine.</p>
<p>The new “walking drift tour” will occur at 2 p.m. weekdays in September at the mine. Visitors will descend a half mile into the mine via a “cage” elevator, followed by a three-quarter mile walk in search of geologic clues that show the way to iron ore. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and a sweater.  Once visitors are under ground, the hunt commences for geologic clues on the three-quarter mile walk formerly taken by miners. It takes about two hours and costs $20.</p>
<p>Visitors will learn about the tools used in the exploration of iron ore and will see a three-dimensional fault line. At the tour’s end, a train will transport visitors to the beginning of their journey. Until now, only geologists and students of geology studied the underground rock formations at the Soudan Underground Mine.</p>
<p>The tour includes a few uneven surfaces throughout the mine. Visitors will resurface with a new understanding of and appreciation for the men who mined the ore, and how they did it. Reservations are not required, and individuals must be 10 years of age and older.</p>
<p>The walking tours end for the season on Sept. 28. The other tours, which take visitors through the mine in rail cars are offered daily Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, and weekends in October through the annual Education Minnesota conference (with group tours available year-round by arrangement).</p>
<p>In addition to the mine tours, the park has a new campground, which celebrated its grand opening this past spring. The new campground features three group camps and 33 drive-in campsites, all with electricity and Wi-Fi. Other recently completed amenities at the park include hiking trails, a public water access in Cable Bay, and a new segment of the paved Mesabi Trail that connects the park to the nearby town of Tower. Another highlight of the park is the Armstrong Bay Day-Use Area, completed in 2013, which includes boat dockage, a fishing pier and a picnic area.</p>
<p>Other projects currently underway or coming soon include:</p>
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<li>Accessibility updates to a boat-in cabin on Blue Heron Island in Mattson Bay (final painting/decking is underway and will be completed this fall).</li>
<li>A picnic shelter designed for large groups near the historic mine (completion expected October).</li>
<li>A hiking trail from the campground to Onumuni Overlook on Cable Bay (trail is near completion with boardwalk to be added in spring of 2019).</li>
<li>Eight camper cabins that will each sleep up to six people (construction is planned to begin in spring of 2019).</li>
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<p>For more information, call the park at 218-300-7000, go to <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEwLjk0Njc2NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMC45NDY3NjY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ1MzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/vermilionsoudan?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/vermilionsoudan</a></p>
<p>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>DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 walleye stamp</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2019-walleye-stamp/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:24:51 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19.  The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2019-walleye-stamp/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19. <span id="more-21210"></span></p>
<p>The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75. Walleye stamps are available year-round and are not required to be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses.</p>
<p>“Walleye stamp proceeds help fund an account for purchasing walleye fingerlings from private producers,” said Shannon Fisher, populations and regulations manager for the Department of Natural Resources. “These fingerlings are stocked in lakes across the state.”</p>
<p>The stamp contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. The walleye must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota lakes and rivers.</p>
<p>Artists are not allowed to use any photographic, digital or electronic imagery product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.</p>
<p>Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, and online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEwLjk0Njc2NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMC45NDY3NjY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ1MzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/stamps?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/stamps</a>.</p>
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		<title>Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/hunters-reminded-about-whole-carcass-importation-ban-5/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:23:31 +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, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  The prohibition on importation of whole carcasses of these cervids from &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/hunters-reminded-about-whole-carcass-importation-ban-5/">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, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21208"></span></p>
<p>The prohibition on importation of whole carcasses of these cervids from anywhere in North America was put into place in 2016 as a proactive measure to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota and bring consistency to regulations.</p>
<p>Minnesota is one of 12 states with this type of ban; in total, 40 states have implemented some form of carcass important restrictions.</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.</li>
<li>Finished taxidermy mounts.</li>
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<p>Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction. Carcass import information available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEwLjk0Njc2NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMC45NDY3NjY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ1MzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;105&amp;&amp;&amp;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 2018 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook starting on page 63 and the questions-and-answers section on the back cover.</p>
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		<title>Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:22:17 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/10/grouse-hunters-can-volunteer-to-help-collect-samples-for-west-nile-virus-study-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-21206"></span></p>
<p>Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will be sharing protocols and results. The research seeks to examine exposure and active infections in ruffed grouse.</p>
<p>Hunters who would like to assist with the project should be willing to collect blood samples and hearts from birds within 30 minutes of harvest. Collection kits are available for pickup at the DNR regional headquarter buildings in Bemidji and Grand Rapids. Return postage and complete instructions are included in the kits. Samples also can be dropped off at Pineridge Grouse Camp near Remer.</p>
<p>Researchers will be working with hunters to collect samples at the Ruffed Grouse Society National Hunt in October, Pineridge Grouse Camp, Bowen Lodge, Hoot-N-Holler, from private hunting guides, and by working with wildlife students at Bemidji State University and Itasca Community College to reach a sample size of 400 birds.</p>
<p>More information about ruffed grouse management can be found on the DNR website at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTEwLjk0Njc2NjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkxMC45NDY3NjY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ1MzU4JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;106&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse</a>. Questions about the West Nile virus study can be directed to Charlotte Roy at 218-328-8876 or <a href="mailto:charlotte.roy@state.mn.us">charlotte.roy@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
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		<title>State pheasant index up 19 percent from last year</title>
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		<description><![CDATA[Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/05/state-pheasant-index-up-19-percent-from-last-year/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<h4><strong>Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern</strong></h4>
<p>The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average.<span id="more-21204"></span></p>
<p>“Given the April snowstorms and heavy rains across a good portion of the pheasant range this year, it was surprising to see increases in the pheasant indices across so many regions,” said Lindsey Messinger, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist who coordinated this year’s survey. “It appears hens may have delayed nesting and chicks were able to tolerate the rain in most areas.”</p>
<p>Weather and habitat are the two main factors that drive Minnesota’s pheasant population trends. Weather causes annual fluctuations in pheasant numbers. In the south-central region of the pheasant range, late-season snowstorms and heavy rain this past spring and summer has been tough for pheasants.</p>
<p>Habitat can help mitigate the impacts of weather and the availability of quality nesting habitat is more important for long-term pheasant population trends. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in particular play a large role in providing habitat for pheasants in Minnesota. The program, covered under the federal Farm Bill, pays farmers to remove environmentally-sensitive land from agricultural production and restore vegetation that will reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators.</p>
<p>Minnesota peaked in nesting habitat acres, particularly CRP acres, in 2007 but has declined since then. Minnesota added about 82,500 habitat acres in the past year, many of which were CRP acres; however, nearly 297,000 acres of CRP may be lost within the next two years due to contracts that are set to expire.</p>
<p><strong>Roadside survey data</strong></p>
<p>The DNR’s August roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. This year’s statewide pheasant index was 45.5 birds per 100 miles of roads driven.</p>
<p>The pheasant index increased in all regions except the south-central region, which decreased by 36 percent from 2017. The highest pheasant counts were in the west-central, southwest and central regions where observers reported 48 to 65 birds per 100 miles driven. Hunters should find the best hunting opportunities in these regions.</p>
<p>Minnesota’s 2018 pheasant season is open Saturday, Oct. 13, through Monday, Jan. 1.</p>
<p><strong>Annual weather impacts on pheasants</strong></p>
<p>Winters that linger can impact the start of the breeding season and success of early nests. Heavy rain, particularly at or just after hatching, can impact chick survival.</p>
<p>One indication of delayed nesting activity were the ages of broods that observers recorded during the roadside surveys. From brood ages, approximate hatch dates are calculated. The range-wide hatch date in 2018 was nearly a week later than in 2017, and a few days later than the long-term average. Hatch dates in the southwest of June 26 and south-central of June 23 were 20 and eight days later, respectively, than in 2017, and they were one to two weeks later than the 10-year and long-term averages.</p>
<p>Another key indicator of annual reproduction is the number of broods observed during roadside surveys. The 2018 statewide brood index increased 28 percent from last year. Regional brood indices increased in every region except the east-central region, where it remained similar to last year, and the south-central region, where it declined by 28 percent compared to last year.</p>
<p>“Unfortunately, heavy rains came during the period of peak hatch in the south-central region,” Messinger said. “And as our survey results indicate, brood survival was affected in this region.”</p>
<p><strong>Survey information</strong></p>
<p>Monitoring pheasant population trends is part of the DNR’s annual August roadside wildlife survey, which began in 1955. DNR wildlife managers and conservation officers in the farmland region of Minnesota conduct the survey during the first half of August. This year’s survey consisted of 171 25-mile-long routes, with 151 routes located in the pheasant range.</p>
<p>Observers drive each route in early morning and record the number and species of wildlife they see. The data provide an index of relative abundance and are used to monitor annual changes and long-term population trends of pheasants, gray (Hungarian) partridge, eastern cottontail rabbits, white-tailed jackrabbits, mourning doves, and other wildlife.</p>
<p>The 2018 August Roadside Survey report and a map of pheasant hunting prospects are available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTA1Ljk0NDg1MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkwNS45NDQ4NTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ0MTgwJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3RldmUuY2Fycm9sbEBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9c3RldmUuY2Fycm9sbEBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant</a>. Also recorded in this year’s survey:</p>
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<li>The gray partridge index remained similar to 2017 and was 50 percent below the 10-year average and 93 percent below the long-term average.</li>
<li>The mourning dove index decreased 7 percent from 2017 and remained below the 10-year average and long-term averages.</li>
<li>The cottontail rabbit index decreased 23 percent from 2017 but was 13 percent above the 10-year average and similar to the long-term average.</li>
<li>The white-tailed jackrabbit index was similar to last year and remains historically low.</li>
<li>The white-tailed deer index decreased 13 percent from 2017 but was still 19 percent above the 10-year average and 99 percent above the long-term average.</li>
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<p>During the 2018 pheasant season, the daily bag limit is two roosters through November, and it increases to three roosters on Saturday, Dec. 1. The possession limit is six roosters (increasing to nine roosters on Dec. 1). Shooting hours are 9 a.m. to sunset. Additional details are available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTA1Ljk0NDg1MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkwNS45NDQ4NTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQ0MTgwJmVtYWlsaWQ9c3RldmUuY2Fycm9sbEBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9c3RldmUuY2Fycm9sbEBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant</a>.</p>
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		<description><![CDATA[When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Hunters are encouraged to plan &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/09/04/mandatory-testing-during-archery-deer-season-in-southeast-disease-management-zone-2/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603. <span id="more-21202"></span></p>
<p>Hunters are encouraged to plan ahead and be aware of the testing that will be required.</p>
<p>Archery hunters in deer permit area 603 will be required to submit the head from all adult deer 1 year old or older so lymph nodes can be tested for CWD. Hunters cannot remove the carcass or carcass remains outside the CWD zone until a test result is reported as not detected. Hunters can check their test results online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTA0Ljk0NDIwMDkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkwNC45NDQyMDA5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQzNzYzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;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> by entering their nine-digit MDNR number into the search box.</p>
<p>Carcass movement restrictions do allow hunters to immediately transport out the zone quarters or other meat without the head or spinal column parts; boned-out or cut and wrapped meat; and antlers with a skull plate that is free of brain matter.</p>
<p>Complete details are available online at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwOTA0Ljk0NDIwMDkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDkwNC45NDQyMDA5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTQzNzYzJmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&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>
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