Outdoors blog: Your input wanted on Minnesota hunting issues
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Sound off about Minnesota hunting issues
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on several proposed hunting-season issues. A meeting to discuss the issues will be held:
- 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 16 at the Hinckley-Finlayson High School board room, 201 Main Street, Hinckley; and
- 6 to 9 p.m. March 17 at Rainy River Community College in International Falls.
Among items up for discussion are the following:
- allowing river otter trapping statewide
- holding a four-day youth deer season statewide over MEA weekendallowing anyone 55 and older to hunt during the archery season with a crossbow.
- expanding fall turkey hunting to a single 30-day season
- changing the way duck season is structure to allow it to open in late September. For instance, under such a change, this fall’s season would open on Sept. 25 rather than Oct. 2.
- changing shooting hours for ducks on opening day to open at one-half hour before sunrise rather than at 9 a.m.
Some of the changes would require legislative action.
Those who cannot attend the meetings are urged to complete a questionnaire online at www.mndnr.gov.
Comments also may be submitted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail written to Season Comments, DNR Section of Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4007.