ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Former Minnesota Vikings hall of fame coach and outdoor enthusiast Bud Grant testified Tuesday before Senate Natural Resources Committee in favor of a bill that would raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

The bill could give the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources some, but not all of the increases the agency is seeking.

Grant said first he wasn’t at the hearing to promote the stadium, but instead, to support a tax increase for hunting and fishing heritage.

“I’m 85 years old. I’ve been doing outdoor activities my entire life,” he said.

He called Minnesota the “Crown Jewel” of the United States.

“Minnesota has more opportunities for hunting and fishing than any other state in the union,” he said.

Grant has been retired for more than 25 years and said it is hard work having fun. Grant has six children, 19 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and they all live within 30 minutes of his house.

The one-year resident adult fishing license fee would rise from $17 to $22 under the bill. The DNR is proposing $24. A fishing license for a married couple would rise from $24 to $35, compared with the $40 the DNR is seeking.

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Grant called it a bargain.

“That is a small price to pay.” He said.

But the bill would raise the fee for a resident deer license from $26 to $30, the same as the DNR’s proposal.

“In order for us to maintain our position, as the greatest state to live in, it’s got to be addressed, and it’s got to be addressed monetarily.” Grant said.

DNR officials said fisheries, wildlife and enforcement programs face deep cuts without fee increases.

Comments (13)
  1. Rube says:

    It was only a month or two ago that there issues of where the DNR was going to spend the money collected by the sales tax Constitutional Amendment.
    Now they want more money ?
    Maybe spend what they have wisely for a change and that would take care of the issue. If they don’t have enough, sell off some land to get it back on the tax rolls.

  2. Marine 0311 says:

    I have a great idea, cut the DNR by 75%, and have fishing, and hunting licenses given for free to any MN. resident. Why do you have to pay the state money to catch a fish, or shoot a deer(in season) anyway?

    1. dashtek says:

      It’d be a free for all if we did not pay the DNR to manage it. There are a lot of good folks out there that would still fish and hunt smart but there are just as many people who would take advantage of the smaller DNR and lesser regulations if you did cut it.

      $7 more a year to keep our fisheries stocked and managed is worth it to me. As one other comment suggests, even though I support the increase, I would like to see the DNR spend the money more efficiently and wisely.

  3. Marine 0311 says:

    1. Andy says:

      I used to be a marine. A super tough one!

  4. G Dog says:

    Amazing how many posters want something for nothing. Brainwashed by the far-right GOP nut jobs.

  5. jake says:

    A sure bet that even more poaching will result if an increase was to happen. How stupid can this DNR be??? It almost tells that they PROMOTE poaching.

    1. Bob says:

      I bet not. $4 more to shoot a deer, and $5 more to catch fish. With as much as sportsmen spend on guns, ammo, equipment, lures, bait, etc., the license fee is cheap.

  6. Ron says:

    If I’m not mistaken, ol’ Bud’s summer home is in WISCONSIN. I guess Minnesota is only the “crown jewel” part of the time. Minnesota, YOU can have him……..

  7. Coolbreeze says:

    NO ONE in their right mind should EVER be eager to give ANY government more money. Idiots, one and all.

  8. G Dog says:

    Increase violations of hunting or fishing licenses to $1000. I wonder how many single-wides will face foreclosure? How many Camaros up on blocks will be forfeited? How many Slurpee vendors will be working overtime??

    1. desert eagle .50 says:

      I didn’t know Jackactionqu**ro had a Camero. What color, specifically?

  9. Ash says:

    How about 20 – 30% increased FEES on all sports?????????? Tickets, Beer, Hot dogs, burgers, Pop,,Parking, Additional suite fees. That will pay for the stadium and much more.

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