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The lake is located in Shorewood, across the street from Lake Minnetonka, which is infested.

Much of South Dakota didn see the huge snowpack that blanketed much of Minnesota, and as a result, many more hens survived than the prior winter, according to the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The number of hens counted increased 55 percent from 2013.

Zebra mussels have been found near the boat launch on Christmas Lake in the west metro, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District announced Tuesday.

Add to that: typical spring temperatures and precipitation, allowing a successful nesting season. Total broods increased by 81 percent statewide and the size of broods bumped up 8 percent. The actual number of adult roosters counted was basically the same, according to the report.

Funding for the program has decreased, and the DNR believed increasing activities would boost support for SNAs.

Hunters have killed few deer the last two seasons, compared with previous years, prompting criticism from some that the DNR is mismanaging the population. With back to back severe winters, this fall hunt will feature stricter limits on hunters, with large swaths of northeastern Minnesota designated as 1 buck only zones for everyone.

The watershed district is planning a response to try to prevent the non native mollusks from spreading.

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Habitat, the ultimate determining factor in the total pheasant population, continues to decline. Most notably, acres enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program has fallen to 0.93 million acres in 2014, down from 1.56 million acres in 2007.

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The zones include large portions of northeastern, north central and east central Minnesota.

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A six duck limit with the state split into three zones all opening a half hour before sunrise Sept. 27 will be the overriding structure. Minnesota declined to allow for an early teal only season, and officials also declined to allow any blue winged teal to the regular bag out of concerns hunters might mistakenly shoot green winged teal. The only noteworthy change, aside from actual dates, is that the daily bag for canvasbacks is one, down from two last year. The possession limit remains three times the daily.

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Youth waterfowl day will be Sept. 13.

The discovery underscores the difficulties of keeping invasive species from spreading; Christmas Lake homeowners have been adamant about protecting the lake, and boats are inspected before launching.

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Minnesota roadside pheasant count index is due out next week.

The bad news: It not because the plowing under of pheasant habitat has abated. It more about the weather.

The ever hot issue of how many deer should be on the landscape will come to 40 of Minnesota 128 deer hunting areas next year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

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The state 159 SNAs fall into the alphabet soup of state owned lands that include WMAs (wildlife management areas) and AMAs (aquatic management areas). With the exception of state parks, most state owned lands including most WMAs, AMAs and state forests are open to public hunting and trapping. In fact, 68 SNAs already allow some level of hunting or trapping. (See page 110 of this year hunting regulations booklet.)

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board last week approved waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates and limits recommended by the Department of Natural Resources.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has backed off its plans to open 10 state owned scientific and natural areas (SNAs) to hunting, trapping, dog walking, swimming and other recreational activities, the agency said Tuesday.

Still, the numbers are well below 53 percent below the 10 year average. The rebound is real, the report says 85 of the 109 counting routes saw increases in pheasants counted compared to 2013 but it notes that it follows a year the lowest counts in 30 years.

Early August goose hunting the second Canada goose management harvest is already underway in a western portion of the state. It will continue through Aug. 26. The more familiar early September Canada goose season will run from Sept. 6 through Sept. 22.

Good news for nervous pheasant hunters: South Dakota has reported its annual index of roadside pheasant counts is up 76 percent statewide.

But apparently, not many hunters or trappers hunters spoke up during a public comment period. The vast majority of comments opposed opening the lands to additional recreation, saidSteve Hirsch, director of the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division.

Minnesota 2014 waterfowl hunting season will, in general, look similar to last year the Department of Natural Resources announced last week.

But SNAs aren established with recreation in mind. Rather, the intent is to protect rare Canada Goose Cheap Foxe Bomber Nz or fragile habitat. As such, the default for SNAs is that hiking and wildlife watching are allowed, but little more than that.