St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Come March next year, you'll have to fork over more money if you want to go fishing or hunting in Minnesota.
Governor Mark Dayton today signed the Game and Fish Bill today, hiking the price of resident fishing fees from $17 to $22 and a resident deer hunting license from $26 to $30.
Most resident youth hunting and fishing licenses will be $5 or free. Youth under 16 do not need a fishing or small game hunting license.
This is the first time in 12 years that the state has raised the price hunting and fishing fees.
Once this bill is enacted, the state's Game and Fish Fund will be able to maintain it's finances for the remainder of this biennium, which ends on June 30th, 2013. The revenue from this hike in fee prices will start to come in March 2013.
The DNR estimates the fees will generate about $5 million in 2013 and approximately $10 million per year in following years.
According to the DNR, the fishing and hunting communities have supported this bill and are willing to pay the extra money for a fishing and hunting license.
Specific uses for the new revenue will be reviewed in the coming months and a budget proposal will be submitted to the legislature in January 2013.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns