ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says there’s no way to get around the state’s fishing license requirements during the government shutdown.

The state’s electronic licensing system was taken offline when the shutdown began July 1, leaving anglers unable to buy fishing licenses. And that’s caused concern in the state’s tourism industry. The DNR made it clear Wednesday that fishing on the honor system is not allowed.

The DNR says some contract license agents and resorts have been issuing so-called “temporary licenses” on the condition that buyers promise to purchase a legal license when the shutdown ends.

But DNR Enforcement Chief Jim Konrad says those unauthorized documents are not valid. And he says anyone caught fishing without a valid license could be ticketed.

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Comments (35)
  1. randy says:

    WHY is the DNR NOT shut down? They’re not an essential service…..

    1. Mike says:

      The non essential services of the DNR are shut down. There are essential services that 186 conservation officers will continue to employee including, ensuring the safety and welfare of Minnesota citizens and the security of DNR property and facilities.

  2. What??? says:

    That would be your opinion. I for 1 am glad that they are still looking out for poachers and that they are patrolling our state parks to make sure that fires and other things do not threaten the outdoors we have here in MN. Does it make it more dramatic if YOU use EVERY other WORD in CAPS?

  3. Mike says:

    What an asinine comment. Go to the Minnesota historical society and take a look at some the photos from the 60’s that picture white trash with clothes lines full of fish!

    The only clue and point you have to make is the KKK is actively commenting on WCCO forums.

    1. 1965 says:

      you’re right mike, but they were not breaking the law back then. Do you know what limits were back in the 60’s. That is why we have very few trophy fish left anymore. I don’t know why you call them white trash though?

    2. Mary says:

      Wow, a fifty year old picture? Yeah, that’s current events.

  4. Shiner says:

    Hey Randy, how many of those cabin owners who are offering the paperwork to illegally fish are Asian or Indian? That would be ZERO, like your IQ.

    1. Ojibwe says:

      What would us Indians do? I’m pretty sure all the combined anglers in the state end up taking way more than us natives ever could with our nets, spears, and poles anyways.

      1. Les says:

        Ojibwe you would be wrong

  5. Big Larry says:

    They have Lakes in Wisconsin…and they have Miller and Coors tickets…and rest stops…What is wrong with the people in Minnesota?

    1. TwinsRAwesome says:

      It’s not the people, it’s the adolescent we have leading this state.

  6. Les says:


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  7. Stacy says:

    I say fish and if the DNR gives you a ticket tell them to stick it up there A$$.

    1. you are stupid says:

      How about their A$$.

  8. Ronald Raygun says:

    I wish the dirty republican filth would accept that the rotten lazy slackers need to pay some tax, and get things going again.

    1. TwinsRAwesome says:

      I am guessing “rotten lazy slackers” don’t make enough money to pay taxes. Now maybe if we had on idea of what compromise meant in the governor’s office, then maybe…….

      1. Les says:

        right on TwinsRAwesome

  9. TwinsRAwesome says:

    DNR is part of law enforcement in this state. I am guessing some part of that job description makes them essential. They are not just “game wardens”. They can pull you over for driving violations just like any other peace officer.

  10. T S says:

    don’t give any lee way—just like to miller —you knew the shut down was coming, should of bought your license BEFORE it started.

    1. chris says:

      Wrong… they promised to be there for us…
      If they ticket you, fight it!!!!
      They are arbitrarily deciding what to enforce…
      And that is WRONG!!!

  11. Waste says:

    All of this is not necessary.
    If Dayton would have just signed the lights on bill.
    What in incompetent a-hole.

  12. James says:

    How much is the fine for fishing without a license? Seems to me it’s worth a few hundred dollars, the resorts might want to reimburse customers for fines, they’ll probably make out better that way than not. for instance, my mother visited from out of state a few years ago. She read that a fine for no license was $100 and a 3-day fishing license for out of state was like $105. Dumb. Not sure how accurate that is.

  13. Open Season on CARP says:

    OK….you are right…I should have added “white trash” to my list up there as well…..I KNEW it would sound bad…..but I said it anyway……

    I have seen PLEANTY of white trash poachers in my time…..

    And I am not saying ALL Indians or Asians….I am just going by what we seem to hear about in the news on a regular basis.

    Truth is a true “Indian” who follows the rules of their ancestors are the ones that KNOW they can NOT poach! It would only hurt the supply next year! It’s the ones we pay 25k a month with casino proceeds that show up in their 60k SUV drunk and net thousands of fish and dump the remains on some poor guys land in northern MN that is left to clean it up……

    1. Ojibwe says:

      actually The Dakota tribes who get per cap like that, actually don’t have netting rights at the moment. So I can guarantee there isn’t any rich natives showing up drunk to dump netted fish up north.

      People should know what they are talking about before saying anything.

  14. tom says:

    Hu, I guess I just got Edited : ) CBS= can’t be said

    1. shrugged says:

      Me too. Leaving now cuz it’s the gustapo of freedom around here

  15. shrugged says:

    GO FISHING! If you get a ticket, state that you want a court date. Remember Article 13, Sect. 12 which states:

    Sec. 12. Preservation of hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing and the taking of game and fish are a valued part of our heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good. [Adopted, November 3, 1998]

  16. See BS says:

    Gas stations can sell fishing licenses — all this shows is how the Government lying to the people.

    A gas station can be used to collect taxes, you don’t need government workers to collect license fees.

  17. Tc Kelly says:

    Just another way of the government trying to rip us off. Go figure eh?

  18. joe says:

    What is even worse is the government employees who caused the shut down are still getting paid. I think that they are all at fault and I am sick of hearing about how the republicans caused it or the democrats caused it. They all caused it and they are all at fault.

  19. MrB says:

    DNR=Democrats Needing Reform!

  20. das says:

    Minnesota & this country are a mess. It will either be this genration or the next that will be the 1st to move out of the US. It’s getting that bad.

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