Wildfire could mean even longer waits for some moose hunters

Hunters already wait years for a permit. Now the fire has scattered the animals and changed the landscape. One DNR official tells the Pioneer Press the fire is "a game-changer."
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Hunters already wait years for a permit. Now the fire has scattered the animals and changed the landscape. One DNR official tells the Pioneer Press the fire is "a game-changer."

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The DNR says temperatures in the 70s are expected in the next few days, which could help fuel the fire. The area has received some rain, but the DNR says hot spots could flare up as vegetation dries.

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The DNR is closing two zones to moose hunters but will allow limited bull-hunting in others. The agency has been reviewing the rules as the moose population continues to fall. The state is issuing fewer than 90 permits this year.

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