Panel supports raising Minnesota's fishing, hunting license fees

The Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight Committee says they plan to push for the increase during the next legislative session. Without an increase, the Game and Fish Fund -- the collection of fishing and hunting license fees -- is forecast to run a deficit in 2015.
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The Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight Committee says they plan to push for the increase during the next legislative session. Without an increase, the Game and Fish Fund -- the collection of fishing and hunting license fees -- is forecast to run a deficit in 2015.

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The Legislature has approved a bill that raises Minnesota's hunting and fishing license fees for the first time in eleven years. Officials say it will keep the state's game and fish fund solvent. The measure also sets a wolf hunting season, which would begin on the firearms deer opener.

Minnesota DNR wants lawmakers to raise license fees

Minnesota's fishing and hunting license fees haven't changed in 10 years. The Department of Natural Resources is pushing legislators to raise the fees during the next legislative session. If an increase is not passed, the Associated Press reports there will be deep cuts to popular programs.

Higher hunting, fishing license fees become law

Governor Dayton signed into law the outdoors bill that raises the cost of a fishing or hunting license in Minnesota. The additional revenue will help keep the DNR's game and fish fund solvent. The same bill authorizes the first wolf hunting season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list.

Fishing licenses reel in strong sales

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says roughly 531,000 licenses were sold through the Friday before Memorial Day, the Pioneer Press reports. Next year, the price of Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses will increase for the first time in 12 years. License sales help pay for fish stockings and surveillance of lakes.

Dispute over hunting, fishing fees leaves outdoors bill in limbo

Republican Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen says Gov. Dayton and other supporters have to find the Democratic votes to support the plan or he won't reopen the debate. The bill, which has some bipartisan support, would raise license fees for hunters and anglers in order to keep Minnesota's dwindling Game and Fish Fund afloat and prevent layoffs and other cutbacks. A discussion about the bill ended abruptly after a 39-27 vote to reject it.