Temporary Hunting Rules to Become Permanent

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A number of hunting regulations, including many already set forth as temporary rules, would be permanently added to state law in a process that will be completed this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Written public comments will be accepted on the proposed rules through June 22. The proposals cover a variety of areas pertaining to hunting, trapping and wildlife.

"These rules won't come as a surprise to hunters and trappers. All of the significant changes have been presented and discussed at previous public information meetings," said Mike DonCarlos, DNR wildlife program manager. "This is a procedural step, required by law to make these changes permanent."

A copy of the proposed rules is published in the State Register and is also available online at www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/state.register.asp.

Among the rules that will be made permanent are:

- provisions for state wildlife management areas and game refuges

- controlled waterfowl hunting zones

- various deer hunting regulations

- moose hunting zones

- raccoon, fox, badger and opossum seasons

- wild turkey seasons, permit areas and use of sighting systems.

The DNR will accept written comments supporting or opposing the rule changes and requests for a public hearing with an administrative law judge through 4:30 p.m. on June 22.

Comments on rule changes and request for a public hearing may be submitted to Mike DonCarlos, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.