MN Senate passes bill to increase hunting, fishing fees

Greta Kaul

 

With support from anglers and hunters alike, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would increase hunting and fishing license fees for the first time in about 12 years, MinnPost reports.

An estimated $11 million in funds raised would go toward conservation officers, water monitors, fish stocking and the employment of biologists.

The bill stalled last week, but passed with bipartisan support in the Senate Monday morning after an amendment that would put 50 cents of the increase toward Minnesota school trust lands.

“Sportsmen and women are all over our state are concerned about protecting and preserving Minnesota’s heritage and hunting and fishing,” said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who chairs the environment and natural resources committee. “Our environment, members, is certainly a bipartisan issue.

A House of Representatives version of the bill passed in early April does not include fee increases.