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Published April 29, 2012, 03:09 PM

Minnesota Legislature backs Higher Fishing, Hunting Fees

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.

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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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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