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State legislature backs higher fishing, hunting fees

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Apr 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A bill to raise fishing and hunting license fees and set a wolf hunting season now awaits approval from Gov. Mark Dayton. 

The bill passed the House 68-62 on Saturday night. The Senate approved it a few hours later 34-28. 

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/JEXPb7) the governor is expected to sign it. 

The bill raises a wide range of license fees to maintain funding for fisheries and wildlife resource management programs. Adult resident fishing fees would rise from $17 to $22 a season. The increases would take effect March 1, 2013. 

The state's first wolf hunting season would open on the same date as the firearms deer season. 

A proposal to open the fishing season a week early this year was dropped from the final version of the bill.

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