BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota wardens are suggesting
that the cost of hunting and fishing licenses be raised to keep
pace with inflation.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says its proposal
would prevent the state’s Game and Fish Fund from being depleted by
The fund helps pay for the conservation officers and biologists
who maintain wildlife and fish habitat. Minnesota Public Radio says
more than half the fund comes from license fees.
DNR spokesman Dave Schad says the fee hike wouldn’t be to create
new programs but to maintain current ones.
Newly appointed DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr agrees that
raising fees might be necessary.
But it might be hard to get the Legislature to approve fee
hikes. Republicans control both the House and Senate, and many
campaigned against tax and fee increases.