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A drumming ruffed grouse captured on a camera trap placed by Ryan Pennesi. Ryan Pennesi photo
Camera trap photographer captures stunning wildlife images
16 hours 25 min ago
The DNR is aiming to launch a Quality Bluegill Initiative to improve the opportunities for larger bluegills. Fisheries Chief Brad Parsons said special regulations will be proposed for about 100 lakes identified as having the potential to produce big bluegills. Nolan Cinco holds up his catch of bluegills in this West Central Tribune file photo. 
West Central Tribune file photo
Bigger bluegills, better access among Minnesota DNR fisheries chief's top goals
22 hours 25 min ago
February 14, 2020
Jay Boulanger, UND assistant professor of wildlife ecology and human dimensions.
UND student to lead deer research project
February 14, 2020 - 5:15pm
February 13, 2020
Bighorn sheep were released in late January on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwestern North Dakota. It's the first time the sheep have roamed free on the reservation in more than 150 years, thanks to a partnership with tribal and state leaders. Submitted photo / Special to The Forum
Bighorn sheep return to North Dakota reservation for first time in 150 years
February 13, 2020 - 6:15am
The Minnesota DNR is proposing special regulations that would lower bag limits on bluegills on some lakes in an effort to produce bigger sunfish in many waters around the state. These special regulation proposals currently include five lakes within the Glenwood Area DNR's work area and could include almost two dozen lakes in Otter Tail County. Forum News Service file photo
McFeely: Cheers to the Minnesota DNR's big bluegill initiative, with hope of more to come
February 13, 2020 - 6:00am
February 12, 2020
A wolf successfully catches and brings a fish on shore in Voyageurs National Park. Still frame from Voyageurs National Park video
Video captures wolves in northern Minnesota eating blueberries
February 12, 2020 - 3:16pm
February 11, 2020
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is planning to launch a new program focused on encouraging anglers to voluntarily switch to lead-free fishing tackle as a way to help save the common loon. Evan Frost | MPR News
Effort aims to persuade Minnesota anglers to go lead-free for loons
February 11, 2020 - 1:11pm
February 10, 2020
Matt Pipp of Bemidji holds the 5.85 pound northern pike that won him first place and $10,000 in the seventh annual Ice Castle Classic ice fishing tournament on Lac qui Parle Lake on Saturday. 
Courtesy photo
Bemidji angler is first at Ice Castle Classic, but New London angler the bigger winner
February 10, 2020 - 5:46pm
For the 2020 spring turkey season, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 6,230 licenses, 205 more than last year.  The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Photo/ North Dakota Game and Fish Department)
Deadline to apply for North Dakota spring turkey license slated for Wednesday, Feb. 12
February 10, 2020 - 5:41pm
DNR conservation officer Tom Hutchins, left, of Crookston receives the Conservation Officer of the Year award from Col. Rodmen Smith, DNR Enforcement Division director. (Photo/ Minnesota DNR)
DNR honors Crookston Conservation Officer Tom Hutchins
February 10, 2020 - 5:29pm
February 9, 2020
Completed in 2003 after the original lodge burned in July 2002, this lodge is the gathering place for visitors to Lawrence Bay Lodge on Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Randy Engen of Tolna, N.D., started the business in 1971 and remains involved along with son Phil and daughter Mindy. The family business marks its 50th season this summer. (Photo/ Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald)
Wilderness family business marks 50 years: Northern Saskatchewan is second home for Tolna, N.D., owners of Lawrence Bay Lodge 
February 9, 2020 - 8:30am
Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken column: Readers share thoughts on high Lake of the Woods fishing pressure
February 9, 2020 - 8:30am
Deep snow on the ground, especially if it lasts well into March and April, could have a profound impact on far northern Minnesota's deer herd this winter. (File / News Tribune)
Winter already adding up for northern Minn. deer herd
February 9, 2020 - 6:15am
February 6, 2020
A satellite photo taken Wednesday, on a rare day this winter that was mostly clear, shows nearly all of Lake Superior ice-free. Solid ice shows up as white in Chequamegon Bay and Thunder Bay. (Photo courtesy of NOAA CoastWatch Great Lakes)
Ice fishing on Lake Superior? Don't count on it this winter
February 6, 2020 - 4:01pm
February 4, 2020
Ed Forrestal uses a hairdryer to dry paint before adding the next color on a custom fishing lure in his basement workshop recently. Forrestal makes E&M Custom Tackle. (Steve Kuchera /
It’s all about that paint on fishing lures
February 4, 2020 - 8:00am