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OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: DNR sets spring road, trail closures

DNR sets spring road, trail closures

As it does ever spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close many roads and trails in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas because of wet, snowy conditions.

In a news release, the DNR said road and trail conditions are deteriorating rapidly, and many are not yet firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.

“These are normal spring closures that happen when roads and trails become wet and fragile,” said Richard Peterson, recreation program coordinator for the DNR’s Forestry Division. “We ask that people use good judgment, obey the closures and frequently check the DNR website for updates.”

The DNR updates online road and trail condition information by 2 p.m. every Thursday. Changes are added as soon as possible to the “Current Conditions” page on the DNR website at Signs may be in place before the website is updated. All signs must be obeyed.

For information on roads and trails on county land, contact the county directly.

— Minnesota DNR

Licensed youth can hunt entire turkey season

This year for the first time, youths age 17 and younger can hunt the entire Minnesota spring turkey season or until they shoot a turkey, and they can choose any location open to turkey hunting, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

Youths age 13 to 17 can buy a license for $5, while hunters 12 and younger need to get a free license. License vendors will add a $1 issuing fee.

Minnesota’s spring wild turkey season began Wednesday and continues through May 29.

In a news release, the DNR said the Minnesota change eliminates the need for young hunters to pick a single time period and risk getting shut out by bad weather or an unexpected conflict with school, work or family obligations.

“Adults should share their passion for hunting and get kids out in the field.” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “The season structure for youth and inexpensive license fees provide the opportunity to build the family turkey hunting tradition from the ground up — or the parents down.”

Licenses may be purchased from any DNR license agent, online at or by telephone at (888) 665-4236. More info:

— Minnesota DNR

Did you know?

  • This year marks the first year of a new three-year registration period for North Dakota boat owners. The new boat registration cycle runs through Dec. 31, 2016. The price to register motorboats less than 16 feet long and all canoes is $18, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length $36 and motorboats at least 20 feet in length $45. Game and Fish mailed renewal notices to boat owners last December. Those who did not receive a renewal notice should contact the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6335 or email
  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 20–26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in the state to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards. Spring is an especially risky time because of the abundance of dead and dry grasses that can easily catch fire. Info:

— compiled by Brad Dokken