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Last chance to comment on wolf plan

People are invited to share their thoughts about wolf management as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates the state’s 20-year-old wolf management plan. This public input opportunity is available through today on the wolf plan... Full story


Wild ride with the weather

Moose Lake resident Karen Slater captured this photo of a late-season watercraft rider on Moosehead Lake Sunday, when the temperature reached into the low 70s. Less than three days later, Carlton...


Rodd's Ramblings: Returning to the magic of the deer hunt

The annual event that brings families and friends together kicked off this past weekend when the 2020 Minnesota firearms deer season opened. Deer camps across the state welcomed young and old alike as... Full story


Deer opener was too hot for many

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers were busy during the opening of the firearms deer season last week. Here is what some of the officers from the region reported: Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a baiting case and other...


Walleye allowed on Mille Lacs

Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fifth season in a row. Starting Dec. 1, anglers will be allowed to keep one walleye between 21-23 inches or one fish longer than 28 inches. This is the same... Full story


Hunters encouraged to help protect the wild deer herd

Participation in voluntary CWD testing is critical to managing CWD in Minnesota’s wild deer The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding deer hunters to participate in chronic wasting disease testing in designated areas, following...  Website


ATV trails closed for hunting

Riders of recreational off-highway vehicles should be aware of upcoming closures of OHV trails on some state lands for firearms deer hunting season. The restrictions apply to all designated OHV trails and routes on state forest lands. Vehicles...


Korby's Connections: Deer hunt memories have twists and turns

Deer hunting season starts tomorrow, but the signs have been there for weeks. Behind shoppers' masks at the Super One grocery store, I've noticed more patrons (men, I think) sprouting beard growth... Full story


Firearms deer hunting opening is fast approaching

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate. To assist with your coverage of the deer season, here...


Hunting licenses taking some time

Anyone buying a license online from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — especially licenses with application deadlines — should be aware they may need to give themselves some extra time to verify their name in the electronic...

 By SWCD News    Outdoors    October 16, 2020

Nemadji Watershed management plan is ready for review

When you think about the Nemadji Watershed, what comes to mind? Maybe it is hunting and fishing in the Nemadji State Forest or one of the watershed’s many trout streams. Maybe it is where you call home or where your food is grown. Or you might thin... Full story


SWCD News: Our conservation heroes

For many years the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District has recognized outstanding conservation efforts by county property owners, contractors, developers, conservation groups, legislators,...


Wild rice season is nigh

Minnesota DNR Wild rice conditions are looking good this year in many areas of Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources is offering tips and a reminder of important regulations restricting...


$1.1 million to go toward big lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use a $1.1 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the work of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, fund three significant local projects and...


Mille Lacs fish rules are relaxed

Effective Saturday, Aug. 1, anglers can fish for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake and use live bait. The walleye fishing closure and live bait restrictions during the month of July were the result of record ice fishing pressure this past winter that...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 31, 2020

Dig deep for fish during these heated dog days

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been on several lakes all across the upper half of Minnesota. One thing they have in common, they register the highest surface temperatures I’ve ever encountered....


Break free of pandemic grip with some local fun outdoors

The summer of COVID-19. In northern Minnesota, pandemic responses have canceled most local festivals (but not Wrong Days in Wright, and only part of Carlton Daze) and many of the sports leagues that... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    July 17, 2020

On the Mark: Up north swimming vacation hits the spot

Tired of staying home and not hosting friends and family for meals, music evenings and overnights, my husband and I provisioned our small motorhome and set out for a week in the Northwoods. We'd...


Conservation News: Money available to turn yards over to pollinators

Have you heard the buzz? The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District has been busy helping community members plant pollinator habitat in their backyards. Carlton SWCD recently held its...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 10, 2020

Out In It: 'Just looking' morphs into unexpected camper buy

The entire Baker crew was in Duluth the other day, and, on a whim, we decided to check out some campers. We pulled into Bullyan RV and proceeded to drive through the line of small travel trailers...


Reader Photo: Busy doe

Pine Knot News reader Toni Hubbell spotted this mama deer and her three thirsty fawns in her yard on South Oak Street last week, and snapped a quick photo to share with the world. "They are in my... Full story

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 3, 2020

Out in it: Thanks prop, it was a nice run

A quick yank on the cotter pin, a spin of the wrench and she was loose. Ten years my Honda prop has been with me every second I've been on the water. Unceremoniously, I relinquished her to the... Full story


New maps detail state forest features

Eight new state forest maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources feature recreation highlights to help Minnesotans find their perfect adventure. The maps in print and mobile formats, are available for Bear Island, Big Fork, Burntside, G... Full story


Splish Splash

Pine Knot News subscriber and avid wildlife photographer Mike Farmer shared this photo series of a yellow warbler enjoying a splash in their new water feature. According to, studies... Full story


Fire danger high this holiday weekend in northeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cautions residents and visitors in northeastern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions this hot and dry holiday weekend. Recent heavy rains in... Full story


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