Temporary hunting rules to become permanent
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on hunting regulations until 4:30 p.m. March 20.
Proposals cover areas pertaining to deer registration; deer, bear elk and moose hunter selection; and deer, elk, wild turkey and prairie chicken area designation.
"The majority of these temporary rules have been in effect for the past several hunting seasons," said Jason Abraham, DNR season setting specialist. "We are completing the process to make these rules permanent."
One new rule would allow bear hunters to accumulate preference points during years they don't wish to hunt by applying for a "preference only" zone.
A copy of the proposed rules will be published in the State Register and is available online at http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/state_register.asp as well as on the DNR Web site mndnr.gov.
Among the rules that will be made permanent are:
Written comments supporting or opposing the rule changes will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. March 20.
Individuals may send comments to: Jason Abraham, Box 20, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020; or by e-mail to Jason.Abraham@dnr.state.mn.us.