Bill raising hunting, fishing fees passed

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2012 - 6:54 AM

The measure, which also sets the state's first wolf season, now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, where it is expected to get his approval. Bill targeting boaters is less certain.

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earneditApr. 29, 12 6:55 AM

taking money from fishing license fees to pay for hunter walk-in areas. That makes a whole lot of sense.

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howsurchangeApr. 29, 12 2:54 PM

This will justify the massive tax dollar waste by the DNR for a few years. Can't wait to be rounded up and checked for a drop of water in my livewell. We need more government without accountability. They seem to be very good at spending our money. How about minnow stamps?

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crestliner62Apr. 29, 12 3:31 PM

Typical of the "Nanny State", raise taxes and enforcement so no one can do anything and do not allow anything. ie fireworks Well, I'm sure North Dakota will keep taking my money for my kids college education (waayy cheaper then Minnesota tuition by the way) and fireworks purchases.hahahahaha

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akmscottApr. 29, 12 5:08 PM

If Dayton likes it-why isn't he pushing for unionizing hunters?

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radster63Apr. 29, 12 5:34 PM

Hunters are such mahcoo guys, money is no problem. They'll gladly pay whatever it takes so they can talk the talk on the monday morning coffee break.

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radster63Apr. 29, 12 5:36 PM

Maybe Ted Nugent can contribute to the cause since he has nothing to do now that his concerts have been canceled cuz he can't think as fast as he talks.

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getcrazyApr. 29, 12 6:48 PM

"The fine for failing to remove a drain plug from a boat, or transporting a boat or trailer with aquatic invasive plants attached, now $50, also would jump to $100." This isn't enough of a consequence. You possibly destroy a lake and only have to pay $100? I don't think so. How does a person get to ruin a lake for everyone in the whole state for a lousy $100? Make the fee about $50,000 and lifetime loss of boating privileges and I bet you won't see anyone bringing invasive species from one lake to another. If they only have to pay a lousy $100 it isn't going to stop a person anymore than it will stop a person from driving 63 mph in a 55 mph zone. Everyone with a brain knows this.

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mtrumanApr. 29, 12 6:58 PM

Florida and Texas is in my future.

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kenw1952wApr. 29, 12 7:44 PM

Pathetic. Hunters and fishermen pay 10's of thousands of dollars on boats, motors, equipment, guns, gas,trailors, etc. but yet they complain when a fishing hunting license increases once in the last 11 years and even then only a lousey $3-$5 per year. They don't check their boats for invasive species and guess whose taxes will be increasing to fund the DNR for these environmental hazards...yes, all of us who don't fish or hunt. The privelege of fishing should cost no less than $100.00 per year for adults and $50.00 for under 18. Out of stater's should pay double.

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awebb28Apr. 29, 12 8:46 PM

Agree with kenw1952w...it's about time that there was an increase to fees. The DNR does tremendous work with the little funding it gets from the state, and this increase is long overdue and widely supported by responsible and hunters. The increase in fees should be much higher, and it would still be a bargain considering entertainment and table-fare value.

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