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How Do Deer Senses Work?
If a hunter is attempting to avoid the detection of deer while hunting, he must pay particular attention to sight, scent and sound. Deer hunting matches the hunter’s stealth against the deer’s alertness. You must check these three items for any flaws in your hunting game plan, before you start your trek into the woods...

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Are there benefits to low lake and river levels?

Are there benefits to low lake and river levels as a result of the recent drought?

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When are Minnesota lakes safely frozen?
Is there a specific date by which Minnesota lakes are typically froze over to allow for safe recreation?

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Can planting native species help suppress the growth of buckthorn?

Buckthorn has become a major problem throughout the state. Can planting native species help suppress the growth of buckthorn, especially after buckthorn is removed from an area?

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 What is the best way to keep bats out of my house?
Now is the time of year when animals start looking for winter shelter...

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What do reptiles and amphibians do to prepare for winter?
A telltale sign winter is approaching is the ongoing wildlife activity. Although birds migrate to warmer climates, many wildlife species stay put, including the creepy, crawly, and slithery critters. What do reptiles and amphibians do to prepare for winter?

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The Loon Party
Late summer and early fall large numbers of loons were recently spotted gathering on a number of lakes. However, they were not feeding and not fighting; they appeared to be partying. Why is this? Is this part of the fall migration?

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How does the money invested in the Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund benefit Minnesota's natural resources?
The Trust Fund provides money for a wide variety of projects such as the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program, which protects critical fish and wildlife habitat and related recreational opportunities...

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The DNR has been aggressively reintroducing sturgeon to Minnesota waters, especially in the Red River Valley. What is the purpose behind this work?
Until the late 1800s, lake sturgeon were abundant in the Red River basin. However, the construction of dams, decline in water quality, loss of critical habitat, and over harvest eventually ...

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How much influence can man-made actions have on grouse numbers?
The Minnesota DNR has drafted a new plan to improve ruffed grouse hunting in Minnesota. But with grouse populations regulated by a natural 10-year cycle, how much influence can man-made actions have on grouse numbers?

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Although the loon is a bird, it differs from songbirds and waterfowl. How?
The bones of most birds are hollow and light; however, loons have some solid bones that make diving easier but flying more difficult...

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How do I know if it is a minnow?
Not all small fishes are minnows; many are the young of other fish. A number of characteristics serve to separate small fish from true minnows...

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By mid-summer many lakes, rivers and ponds have turned green or have a green hue to them; the body of water may also have an odor to them. What causes this? And, is it correctable?
By mid-summer many lakes, rivers and ponds turn green due to the growth of small microscopic plants in the water called algae. Algae grow in all bodies of water when light and nutrients levels are sufficient. In many lakes...

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Our hot, dry weather certainly affects lake levels, but can it also impact fish populations?
Generally, fish populations are minimally effected by hot, dry weather in deep, permanent fish lakes. In these lakes, fish are able to move to cooler, deeper water if they desire...

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Every year during the first two weeks of August, the Minnesota DNR uses roadside surveys to estimate pheasant abundance. These surveys entail counting all pheasants observed while driving each of 152 survey routes - one to four routes per county - in Minnesota's pheasant range...

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