DNR planning public meetings

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will seek citizen input on three hunting and trapping issues at a series of public meetings this winter.

The DNR is seeking input on the following proposals:

• Requiring non-toxic shot for rail and snipe hunting.

• Adding a third waterfowl zone in southern Minnesota.

• Allowing snaring to begin earlier on private property in the farmland zone.

Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. on the following dates:

• Thursday, Feb. 23, Tandeski Center, 1200 Storr’s Pond Road, Winona.

• Tuesday, Feb. 28, Highland Middle School, 801 Central Ave. N., Crookston.

• Thursday, March 8, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane, Nicollet.

• Thursday, March 8, Mille Lacs Energy, 36559 U.S. Highway 169, Aitkin.

• Thursday, March 15, DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

If the Minnesota Legislature approves and the governor signs a bill authorizing a wolf hunting and trapping season, a separate public input process will be conducted.

The DNR regularly conducts public meetings across the state to gauge hunter and trapper opinions about regulations, seasons and other wildlife management issues. Those who cannot attend a meeting are urged to complete a questionnaire online at www.mndnr.gov/hunting starting Feb. 23.

Comments are also welcome via email at wildlife.dnr@state.mn.us. Written comments may be addressed to: Season comments, DNR Section of Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4007.

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