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Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Although many trails do not yet have adequate snow cover for grooming, this is a good time to register your snowmobile, inspect your equipment, download maps and do your trip planning,” said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. “Minnesota offers a variety of scenery and terrain to explore in state parks, in state forests, on state trails and on private land that citizens kindly allow snowmobilers to use throughout the winter months.”

The economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota is estimated to be approximately $1 billion each year, according to Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA). Minnesota snowmobile registrations totaled 216,144 last season.

“Outdoor recreation, including winter activities, is important to Minnesota tourism,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. “Snowmobiling Minnesota’s excellent trails, lakes and forests is a great way to take in beautiful winter scenery that can be found only in Minnesota.”

As riders head out on the trails, the DNR urges them to ride safely and responsibly.

“Know the rules and use common sense,” said DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block. “Obey signs, drive sober and be especially careful around wetlands, streams and lakes, because the ice may not be thick enough to ride on, especially this early in the season.”

Club volunteers maintain more than 21,000 of the Minnesota’s 22,000-plus trail miles. Trail clubs welcome new members to help keep trails open and join in other club activities.

“Snowmobile clubs and trail crews are out working on the trails now, and have been for some time,” said Terry Hutchinson, president of MnUSA, “but it could be awhile before trails in some parts of the state will be ready to ride.”

Snowmobile trail maintenance costs are partially funded through snowmobile registrations, trail pass sales, and gas tax attributed to snowmobile use. Donations, fundraisers, and volunteer work by trail clubs make up the remainder of the costs and efforts to operate these trails.

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DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children this Thanksgiving as they visit friends and family who l ..... 
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Hunters register 111,000 deer through the third weekend

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year during special hunts and t ..... 
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Hunters register 102,000 deer through second weekend

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Minnesota hunters registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. So far this year, hunters during special hunts, and ..... 
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Is there a moose in Peterson?

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

Is there a moose in Peterson? Photo by Megan Grebe

Minnesota’s snowmobile trails open Dec. 1

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditi ..... 
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Deer hunters encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Deer hunters in far southeastern Minnesota are encouraged to submit harvested deer for CWD sampling. Southeastern Minnesota deer hunters who harvest a deer in permit areas 348 and 349 are encouraged to have their deer sampled for chronic wasting ..... 
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Hides for Habitat

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is asking for your help to improve conditions for future hunters and hunting in general by donating your harvested deer hides. The Bluff Country Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has “Hides ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Recycling Education Coordinator Americans find all kinds of ways to celebrate special days throughout the year. We have Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Groundhog Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day, Election Day, ..... 
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