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Minnesota Wildlife

Jan. 8, 2020

Stay informed! Here’s a weekly summary of upcoming wildlife and habitat management activities, and ways you can discover, explore and experience Minnesota’s outdoors.


a turkey hunter sitting against a tree

Making it easier to hunt turkeys

Hoping to bag a tom turkey this spring? Check out the changes that simplify turkey hunting licenses. Hunters don’t need to enter the spring lottery for most wild turkey permit areas and most permits are not restricted to a specific turkey permit area.

People who want to hunt in Carlos Avery, Mille Lacs or Whitewater wildlife management areas do still need to enter the lottery for those permits. Apply through Friday, Jan. 24.

Get the details you need on the DNR’s turkey hunting page.


a deer in winter

Help shape deer population goals

The first round of local workshops to set deer population goals starts this month for northwestern and western areas of the state. Anyone may attend these workshops. Background information will be provided at the workshops and attendees are encouraged to RSVP. Visit the DNR website for details about the deer permit areas addressed in each block, the locations and times of these workshops, other ways to participate in the goal-setting process, and how to RSVP.


a firearms safety class

Time for firearms safety training

The start of the new year is a great time to think about signing up for a firearms safety course, whether you want to try hunting or just want to feel comfortable around firearms. Many classes already have been scheduled and more will be added to the calendar. Classes tend to fill up quickly. Firearms safety certification is required of anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, who wants to purchase a hunting license in Minnesota, but safety officials recommend it for anyone who’s around firearms. Details, exemptions and requirements are available on the DNR website.


goose banding with a student worker

In college? Intern at the DNR!

Help us create a healthy, sustainable, livable Minnesota for future generations.

The DNR has as many as 200 paid summer internships across the state in areas such as fisheries, wildlife, forestry, parks and more. This is your golden opportunity to get hands-on experience in the field of natural resources. Apply now through Friday, Jan. 31.


a young hunter in a WMA

No Child Left Inside grants

Public entities and nonprofit organizations have until 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, to apply for funding from the DNR in the second phase of the No Child Left Inside grant program, which supports getting more children outdoors. To learn more, visit the DNR website.


NASP national championship winner at right

Supporting archery in the schools

Schools and nonprofit organizations interested in introducing students to archery can apply for a DNR program that pays for some of the cost of archery equipment. Through the program, teachers can also receive training on how to teach archery in their schools to students in grades 4-12, using curriculum designed by the National Archery in the Schools Program. Apply by Wednesday, April 1.

Find hunting information

You can find the information you need about hunting and trapping regulations, harvest registration, contacting a conservation officer and pursuing a variety of species on the DNR hunting page at mndnr.gov/hunting.

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