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Limited Motorized Recreation Use during Firearms Season

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department wants to remind off highway vehicle users that recreational riding on forest trails passing through Crow Wing County administered public lands is prohibited during the 2019 State firearms deer hunting season.

The restriction does not preclude deer hunters, with a valid hunting license, to operate an off-highway vehicle (OHV) before legal shooting time, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, or after legal shooting hours.

The restriction is in effect November 9th -24th inclusive of the 100 series zone, and November 9th -17th inclusive of the 200 and 300 series zones. Please refer to the Minnesota DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more detailed information on season dates and zones. All recreational users of county forest lands are reminded to wear blaze orange while they are out in the field during hunting season.

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Deer harvest numbers available online

Hunters, media members and anyone interested in deer harvest data can find current deer harvest figures and harvest reports for past years available on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources deer reports and statistics webpage.

“A key objective of our statewide deer plan is to provide timely and accessible information about deer management and one of the more popular metrics of interest – especially this time of year – is up-to-date deer harvest data,” said Barbara Keller, DNR big game program leader. “We’re excited to provide these data online so people can track the season along with DNR staff, and we’ll continue to work on additional ways to make relevant and interesting information more available.”

In past years, the DNR posted cumulative preliminary deer harvest figures by zone each Tuesday on its website following each of the three weekends of the firearms deer season. Reports were delayed until Tuesday because hunters have 48 hours to register harvested deer.

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Mille Lacs Lake winter anglers allowed one walleye starting Dec. 1

Population trends support harvest during ice fishing season

Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fourth season in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Sunday, Dec. 1, with a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.

“It’s good news that anglers will be able to harvest walleye again this winter,” said Sarah Strommen, DNR commissioner. “We’re encouraged to see evidence that our conservative approach to Mille Lacs is paying off, allowing continued walleye angling opportunities on this renowned fishing lake.”

Anglers are expected to make Mille Lacs a destination this coming winter. Under very similar regulations, anglers spent about 2 million hours fishing on Mille Lacs each of the last three winters.

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