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Minnesota Senate Oks Hunting and Fishing Fee Hikes

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ST. PAUL  (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has voted to raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

The Senate has approved a game and fish bill 36-30 that includes the fee hikes. The bill now goes back to the House, which passed it earlier without the fee increases.

Under the bill, a one-year fishing license for an adult resident would go from $17 to $22. A deer hunting license for residents would be bumped from $26 to $30. Other fees would increase by similar amounts.

Fees were last raised in 2001. The Department of Natural Resources and outdoors groups want the hikes to replenish a fund that pays for fisheries and wildlife programs.

The bill also allows for wolf hunting in the state after the species came off the endangered species list in January.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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