Game & fish fund budgetary oversight

New members appointed

New members have been appointed to the fisheries and wildlife oversight committees. Committee activities for these members will begin in late January 2021.

These committees review and recommend how DNR should spend funds from the Game and Fish Fund and produce an annual report under the citizen committees' authority in Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.055, subd. 4b.

Minnesota's Game and Fish Fund is the DNR's most important fund for delivering fish, wildlife and law enforcement programs. It is used, among other things, to manage 4,500 fishing lakes, 1,400 Wildlife Management Areas and support 150-plus field conservation officers.

Nearly $100 million flows in and out of this account each year. The revenue is primarily the product of hunting and fishing license sales, federal reimbursements and a sales tax on state lottery tickets.

Members of the Fisheries Oversight Committee and the Wildlife Oversight Committee are appointed for two-year terms through an open application process and are limited to three consecutive terms. An application process for open seats on the FOC and WOC is conducted every year, starting soon after Labor Day.

The commissioner may make additional appointments to the committees as appropriate. Former members may seek another appointment if at least two years have passed since last serving on any oversight committee.

Five members are selected by each committee to serve on an umbrella Budgetary Oversight Committee, whose chair is also appointed by the commissioner. The BOC chair appointment is reviewed every year and is renewable by mutual agreement of the BOC chair and the DNR commissioner. 

The BOC develops a joint annual report with recommendations for improvement and other observations. The findings and recommendations are delivered to the DNR commissioner and legislative committees with jurisdiction over natural resources financing and policy for further consideration. 


Meetings (occur mid-December through May)


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If you have a question or comment about this fund please send an email to [email protected]. Your comment or question will be sent directly to the BOC chair.

General contact

Beth Carlson, BOC Facilitator
DNR Operations Services Division
[email protected]