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Deer baiting on agenda for DNR spring hearings

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St. Paul  The DNR will conduct a series of meetings around
Minnesota in late February and early March to take public comments
and recommendations about hunting and trapping season regulations,
according to Ed Boggess, DNR Wildlife assistant director.

Public comments and suggestions will be taken on small game, big
game, waterfowl and wild turkey hunting seasons, and on trapping
seasons. In addition, some DNR proposals for season changes will be
discussed. These include:

Clarify provisions of the deer baiting regulation to make it
more enforceable. Deer baiting has been prohibited since 1991, but
the regulation is written in a very general way that is difficult
to enforce. Baiting activity has increased dramatically in some
areas of the state during the past several years. The proposal is
to develop more enforceable language that will maintain the
original intent of the regulation, without unduly increasing
complexity of hunting regulations.

Allow purchase of leftover wild turkey licenses by those who
have not previously applied. Last year, for the first time, surplus
wild turkey licenses were made available for unsuccessful
applicants through over-the-counter Electronic License System
sales. Not all surplus licenses were sold to unsuccessful
applicants. This recommendation would allow people who had not
previously applied to purchase a surplus license, beginning on the
second day of over-the-counter sales. If approved, this change
would not be effective before the 2003 spring wild turkey

Allow hunting of snow geese, Ross’ geese, and white-fronted
geese in the Lac qui Parle Zone after the close of the Canada goose
season. Since 1989, the Lac qui Parle Zone has been closed to all
goose hunting after the close of the Canada goose season. In recent
years, more snow geese have been using the area. Given the
continental objective of increasing snow goose harvest and the
increased presence of snow geese in the zone, the proposal is to
re-open the Lac qui Parle Zone to hunting of geese, other than
Canada geese, after the close of the Canada goose season.

Allow use of snares on land in the farmland furbearer zone. In
the past, use of snares on land has been allowed only in the forest
zone. Coyote populations have increased in southern Minnesota and
use of snares is one of the most effective techniques for capturing
coyotes, particularly after snow cover or when the ground is
frozen. The proposal would allow the use of snares on private
lands, outside of road rights-of-way.

Establish new waterfowl refuges. Two new waterfowl refuges are
being discussed as part of the overall goal to improve fall
waterfowl migration habitat and reduce disturbance to improve
waterfowl hunting in Minnesota. The proposed refuges would be on
Willis Lake in Waseca County and Donkey Lake in Cass County.

Tentative season opening dates. Most proposed opening dates for
2002 were previously announced, except for the bear and waterfowl
seasons. The bear season opener will be decided and announced the
week of Feb. 18.

All meetings will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All meetings
are on the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26, except the Grand Rapids
meeting is Monday, March 4. The meetings in Milaca and St. Paul
will be “open house” style and interested participants can come at
any time during the two hours to discuss issues and offer

Dates and locations of the 2002 hunting and trapping season
input meetings are:

Feb. 26 Cannon Falls, Elementary School Cafeteria, 1020 E.
Minnesota Street.

Feb. 26 Willmar, Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services
Building., 2200 2314 St. NE (off Business Highway 23 & 71 near
the North End of Willmar Lake).

Feb. 26 Milaca, Milaca High School, Media Center (on Hwy. 23,
two miles west of U.S. Hwy. 169).

Feb. 26 St. Paul, DNR/PCA Cafeteria, 500 Lafayette Rd.

Feb. 26 Bemidji, Northern Town Hall.

March 4 Grand Rapids, Shooting Sports Center (2 miles north of
Grand Rapids on Peterson Road).

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