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Give DNR blanket authority on seasons?
By Kurt Krueger

STATE anglers will be asked next month whether they support giving the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) blanket authority to decide if certain fishing seasons should be open the year around.
While the department acknowledges the importance of traditions such as opening day, they argue that season closures are not as effective as bag or length limits to manage a fish population.

Also, they claim it has proven difficult to set effective season dates because spawning dates vary greatly for different species, different parts of the state and from year to year.
The question reads: “If the Department finds that closed seasons are not biologically necessary to protect certain fish populations, would you support rule changes that would open fishing seasons the year round?”

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 2:47 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 2:49 PM
 

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