Minnesota DNR To Require Stickers On Boats As Invasive Species Law Reminder

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 7:08 am

Changes are coming this spring for outdoorsmen. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a new law for boaters this year, and a separate bill is on its way to the house that would increase licensing fees for fishing and hunting in Minnesota.

First, the DNR has implemented a new state law requiring all watercraft to have a sticker listing the rules for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The organization hopes to prevent the transport of water from one lake to another. In hopes of keeping invasive species problems in check .

The stickers are required on all watercraft in Minnesota. That includes boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and personal watercraft and are available at DNR and DMV offices. You can also find them at many other local shops where fishing licenses are sold.

As far as those fishing liscenses, a bill passed the state Senate Monday that would raise fees on fishing and hunting licenses for 2013. The bill still needs to pass in the House, but after stalling for a week, it did receive the support it needed in the Senate.

Under this plan, a one-year fishing license for an adult resident would go up $5 bucks to a $22 dollar license. A deer hunting license for residents in Minnesota would bump up $4 bucks to a $30 dollar license. The same types of hikes will be in place for other licenses as well.

Supporters of the plan say it will also provide a $1 million dollar a year school trust fund for the state’s school districts. Detractors don’t like that it also allows for wolf hunting in the state.

These fees were last raise about 11 years ago, in 2001 when gas was still under $2. About 96 percent of the DNR’s operations budget comes from the licensing fees.

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