The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house at the Winona Middle School to highlight how hunting and angling license fees are being put to work in southeast Minnesota.
The open house is Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Attendees will hear about local DNR projects and meet area fisheries, wildlife and enforcement staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
DNR staff also will provide information on a proposal included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget to raise the costs of certain hunting and angling licenses next year by a few dollars to maintain the state’s Game and Fish Fund, which pays for most fisheries and wildlife management activities.
License fees were last raised in 2013, and the revenue generated from them is not keeping up with rising costs. Without an increase, some key fish and wildlife work may have to be cut.
More information on the governor’s proposal to address the declining balance in the Game and Fish Fund can be found at www.mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtWork.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR