DNR Fee Increases Approved 30 Apr 12

A bill to raise fishing and hunting license fees and set a wolf hunting season now awaits approval from Governor Dayton. The bill passed the House 68-62 on Saturday night. The Senate approved it a few hours later 34-28. The governor is expected to sign it. The bill raises a wide range of license fees to maintain funding for fisheries and wildlife resource management programs. Adult resident fishing fees would rise from $17 to $22 a season. The increases would take effect March 1st, 2013. The state’s first wolf hunting season would open on the same date as the firearms deer season. A proposal to open the fishing season a week early this year was dropped from the final version of the bill.