Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in outdoor and travel markets. A former small-town newspaper editor and reporter, she constantly hunts for news headlines you need to read. Barbara also publishes Women’s Outdoor News online and pens columns for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Shooting Sports USA. Hailing from the Ozarks of Missouri, this avid hunter is now mentoring the second generation of hunters - her own little bevy of Realtree-wearing grandchildren.
Hunting license increase? Is it worth it?
Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a bill that increased hunting and fishing license fees in the state. It’s not surprising that the state’s Department of Natural Resources favored the fee hike, and at last count, at least 60 conservation groups also approved the change.
It has been almost 13 years since the DNR raised its rates on hunting, and the fee went up about $5 for resident hunters. It also included new $5 youth licenses for hunters and anglers. And, the bill includes three-day licenses for hunting – especially appealing for non-resident hunters. The state, as most states, has been struggling to pay for wildlife management and conservation services, and it possibly staved off going into the red by 2013 with this move. Fee rate increases become effective March 1, 2013.
What do you think? Would you pay $5 more to hunt next year in your state?