Sad news, good news

Joe AlbertLots happening on the state’s outdoors scene. First, the sad:

  • Don McMillan, president of the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance and all-around good guy, passed away last Thursday. He was 74 years old. You can read tributes to Don elsewhere, but I think the turnout at his visitation and funeral on Tuesday was a testament to the difference he made.

The Church of the Assumption in downtown St. Paul was packed with people, the visitation line extending at times out of the church and onto the sidewalk.

  • Turkey hunters are enjoying good success so far. They killed more than 3,100 birds during the first season, which is nearly 1,000 more than they shot during last year’s first season.
  •  The Senate approved a bill that includes a wolf-hunting season this fall – to begin with the deer opener – and the fishing and hunting license fee increases necessary to keep the Game and Fish Fund solvent. The House, which earlier passed its Game and Fish Bill, did not agree to the Senate’s bill, which means the two must be reconciled in a conference committee. Assuming the conference committee approves a bill that includes the fee increases, it would go back to the House and Senate floors for passage. Votes will be tight no matter how you slice it, so now would be a good time to start letting your state representative and senator that you support the fee increases.

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