Senate approves hike in cost of hunting, fishing licenses

Hunters and anglers are leading the campaign to raise the cost of hunting and fishing licenses in Minnesota. If the increase approved by the Senate becomes law, it will raise money to improve fish and wildlife habitat and fight invasive species. But first the Senate must negotiate with the House, who passed a bill containing no fee increase.
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Hunters and anglers are leading the campaign to raise the cost of hunting and fishing licenses in Minnesota. If the increase approved by the Senate becomes law, it will raise money to improve fish and wildlife habitat and fight invasive species. But first the Senate must negotiate with the House, who passed a bill containing no fee increase.

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