Outdoors Groups urge hunters and anglers to buy licenses
Apr 18, 2020 06:22AM
Here is the text of statement from outdoors groups to Minnesota hunters and anglers.
April 16, 2020
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.
The statement was signed by the following outdoors groups.
Delta Waterfowl Society
Lake Superior Steelhead Association
Minnesota Anglers for Habitat
Minnesota Back County Hunters and Anglers
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association
Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance
Minnesota Pheasants, Inc.
Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society
Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
National Wild Turkey Federation
Nicollet Conservation Club
Rainy River Guide Association
Ruffed Grouse Society
Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters
Lake Superior Steelhead