Hunting and fishing fees to increase under Game and Fish bill

Republicans in the House and Senate have signed off on a Game and Fish bill that would raise fees on hunting and fishing licenses. Rep. Dennis McNamara, R-Hastings, says the joint House/Senate Conference Committee agreed to raise the individual, annual fishing license $5. He said the fees will help the Department of Natural Resources manage hunting and fishing issues in Minnesota.

“It’s a good thing to allow the DNR to continue to good stuff around fishing and hunting,” McNamara said. “It’s been 11 years so they’re pretty stretched to their limit right now. They and we need this increase to continue the good things that they do.

The bill also establishes a wolf hunt in Minnesota that allows the Department of Natural Resources to issue 6,000 permits to kill up to 400 wolves a year. The conference committee also declined to make an earlier fishing opener for this year. The House and Senate have to vote on the bill before it heads to Governor Dayton’s desk.

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