Buying a license this year

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Buying a license this year

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"Dear Minnesota Anglers and Hunters:

While there are many uncertainties today, you can count on the start of the Minnesota hunting and
fishing seasons. Governor Walz’s stay at home order actually encourages people to get outdoors and
engage in activities that include hunting and fishing.

Whether or not you’re planning to hit the water or the woods in the coming weeks, you can still make
a positive difference for our fish and wildlife today! If your circumstances allow, we encourage you to
buy fishing and hunting licenses and stamps, even if you do not plan to fish or hunt.
Not everyone realizes the management of fish and wildlife by the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife, is paid for by hunters and anglers. This is done through the
sale of fishing, hunting and related licenses and stamps, as well as federal excise taxes on fishing and
hunting equipment purchases. This vital work is funded by anglers and hunters. It is not funded by
property or general income taxes.
We in the hunting and angling community have a long history of stepping up during times of adversity
to promote fish and wildlife management and conservation. Some of the best programs operating
today were created in the shadow of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Many retail locations that sell licenses remain open, and we encourage you to support them. If you’d
prefer not to go out, you can also purchase these from home. Visit the DNR webpage,
www.mndnr.gov or call the DNR at 888-665-4236.
We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the activities you love. If you do so, please stay close
to home and follow the social distancing guidelines set forth by Governor Walz. Most of all, stay safe.
Thank you.

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Always buy a license, one for my wife, and two trout stamps. My wife's license might not get used and I had to debate a little with the clerk who insisted I didn't need stamps as I was over 65.

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I buy all my licenses online, print a half dozen of them to keep in various locales. Download the pdf of my license to my phone, and always spend a buck or two to get the actual stamp mailed tome. I have them all since 1987.

A fishing license is easily the best bang for the buck I get out of just about anything.

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I've been doing the same thing. Keep one in my wallet, pack, hunting vest, etc. Even when purchasing the sports license, trout stamp, pheasant stamp, state and federal duck stamp (in case of a surprise duck on a WPA), and Walk-in Access, it's still half the price of a single Vikings ticket.

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Getting out fishing sounds great. Maybe enforcement on the N. shore didn't get the message. I've been told they are ticketing people and sending them home.
“What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land?” Aldo Leopold

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There has been alot of buzz about ppl getting sent home or fined all through the state I live on the north shore in the "bay area" i fish quiet a bit up here and have ran into DNR twice this season and no one has sent me home or ticketed me. Just a small debunk :D

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Trav wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:02 am
There has been alot of buzz about ppl getting sent home or fined all through the state I live on the north shore in the "bay area" i fish quiet a bit up here and have ran into DNR twice this season and no one has sent me home or ticketed me. Just a small debunk :D
Always good to have first hand, local intel. Thanks.
“What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one's own land?” Aldo Leopold

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I have been fishing Se Mn for over 25 years. Quite often in a couple popular state parks. Because I am close and it is convenient if I only have a couple hours. I have been asked once in my life for my license about 15 years ago. I stay away for the opener but otherwise I am down there year round. I haven't paid for the stamp in a while. I should start. Have stamps every year back to around 1980 from an uncle.

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