Proposed amendment to game and fish rules

What is this rule about?

This rule covers topics of interest to hunters, wildlife watchers and landowners including small game hunting, big game hunting and regulations about public hunting land.

What will this rulemaking will do?

Most of the proposed changes have been in place as temporary rules for at least one hunting season and some have been in effect for several seasons. This rulemaking will cause these temporary rules to become permanent.

Proposed rule changes include:

  • Linking eligibility for future bear hunting licenses to previous rules that require successful hunters to submit a bear tooth sample by mail.
  • Making the sandhill crane season in northwest Minnesota permanent. The season has been held since 2010.

Who might be affected by these rule changes?

  • Hunters who use certain wildlife management areas or state game refuges
  • Landowners near wildlife management areas
  • Landowners who own or live near a state game refuge
  • Adults and youth who hunt deer
  • Adults and youth who participate in the Camp Ripley archery deer hunt
  • Adults and youth who hunt bear
  • Bear outfitters who place bait for clients
  • Landowners who may be affected by nuisance bears
  • Adults and youth who hunt for small game
  • Adults and youth who trap long-tailed or short-tailed weasels
  • Adults and youth who hunt with falcons
  • Adults and youth who hunt for prairie chickens
  • Adults and youth who hunt for migratory waterfowl or gamebirds
  • Adults and youth who take light geese during the spring harvest
  • Adults and youth who hunt crows

Where do I send my comments?

The DNR is accepting comments on the rule starting Monday, December 10, 2018, and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Send your comments to [email protected] or mail them to the DNR contact person at the address listed below.

Rulemaking documents

If you want a free copy of the proposed rules, call or email the DNR contact person listed below.

How can I sign up for rulemaking notices?

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Direct questions to:
    Jason Abraham
    Division of Fish and Wildlife
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN
    (651) 259-5197
    [email protected]