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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:16 AM 02/20/08 (CST)
New fishing license proposed
State Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and State Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, introduced in the Minnesota Legislature Thursday a bill creating a new, reduced-fee, fishing license named the Conservation Fishing License.
The license would cost two-thirds the price of a standard fishing license. Anglers who purchase a conservation license would be allowed to take one-half the daily and possession limits of a regular-price license.
“This lower-priced license will not only provide more people with the opportunity to get out fishing, but it will also help conserve our fish populations,” Bakk said. “It’s a win-win for both the environment and anglers. Catch-and-release is great, but a lot of people want to take a few home to eat too; this would accommodate both. Why should anglers who voluntarily want to conserve fish populations be forced to pay for a full-priced license? The current situation provides no incentive to conserve. There’s also been discussion by the DNR about increasing the cost of fishing licenses. If that happens, sportsmen will feel a familiar frustration, pay more, get less,” said Bakk.
Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, is the author of the companion bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives. “A similar license is available and popular in Canada. The Canadian license is the genesis of our idea to lower costs and conserve fish stocks,” Dill said.
Recently, the Minnesota DNR discussed the idea of decreasing walleye limits throughout the state, which would be a drastic change and has the potential to hurt tourism businesses in the state. “A reduced-limit, reduced-fee fishing license would give the Minnesota DNR another option in conserving fish populations and could help avoid statewide limit reductions,” said Bakk. “With fishing license sales going down every year, a conservation license could have the potential to change the culture of fishing for the better.”

www.ifallsdailyjournal.com/news/state-news/new-fishing-license-proposed-7127
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:29 AM 02/20/08 (CST)
Sounds like a good idea to me.

Although if they reduce the limits and then begin offering this new license it will be doomed to failure I think.

Your average fisherman isn't going to like a 4 fish limit enough to go ahead and buy the new license as well which would again lower your limit to only 2.

But if they leave it at 6 and with the new license you are allowed 3 I think that has a chance. I would most likely buy it. I haven't keep 6 walleye in a single day for atleast 5 years. 3 would be plenty for a meal.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:49 AM 02/20/08 (CST)
I'd like to see a license reduction for disabled veterans in MN. Currently 100% service connected get free licenses, but I'd like to see it cover more. Even if it was free license for 100% and reduced license for 0% to 90%.

Just this disabled vet's opinion...




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:11 AM 02/20/08 (CST)
Sounds like a good deal for the out of state muskie anglers. They seldom keep anything except a few small northerns for shore lunch so I'm not sure it will conserve any fish. All the years I went to Ontario I bought the conservation license cause it saved me a few dollars. What I wonder is where the money is going to come from to replace the money lost in the Game and Fish fund? Fishing license dollars are what pay for stocking and fish management. Does the DNR cut walleye stocking to pay for this cost reduction to a few anglers? Last year it was cutting funds from fish house license this year it's this conservation license. The difference will have to be paid by the rest of us either in reduced programs or increased license fees. Dave O.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:15 AM 02/20/08 (CST)
If less fish are being taken i think the theory is that less fish stocking will be needed.

That is atleast the theory, whether it will be fact is yet to be seen.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:15 PM 02/20/08 (CST)
I like it.

But, I'm with nofishfisherman if they leave the limit where it is it might have a chance. Two Eyes (at least Eyes I catch) arn't enough for a meal.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:18 PM 02/20/08 (CST)
Hey Chewoneyes,

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:23 PM 02/20/08 (CST)
Would this apply to out-of-state anglers also? If they only offered it to in-state fisherman they could preserve some of the revenue. The fact is that as an out-of-stater, when I come there I am buying whatever they offer, and I'd probably buy the full limit one anyway b/c when we come we usually have a fish fry & invite over friends, relatives, etc. I currently buy the annual family license so my wife and stepson (and my infant son when he's old enough) can all fish.

Also, on lakes where the limit is already reduced, would the reduced limit apply? For example, if your limit on LOW is 8/4 walleye, would it be 4/2walleye? That might discourage in-staters from taking trips. All issues that need to be considered.
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