Gov’t Shutdown Could Shut Down MN’s New Walk-in Program
Minnesota’s closed government needs to reopen so pheasant hunters can purchase hunting licenses for the upcoming season, but even so, the state’s shutdown could further impact pheasant hunters. Minnesota planned to have up to 10,000 acres enrolled in its new walk-in hunting program this fall, access primarily aimed at pheasant hunters in the southwest part of the state. But the new program is in limbo thanks to gridlock over a budget deal at the state capitol.
Minnesota’s first-ever hunter walk-in program could fall victim to the state’s government shutdown if it continues for a prolonged period.
Department of Natural Resources seasonal workers were scheduled next week to begin posting signs on southwestern Minnesota properties enrolled in the new $2.7 million effort, funded by the federal farm program.
Signs on voluntarily enrolled lands were scheduled to be erected by Sept. 15, but that deadline might be missed.
The postings are one of many projects on wildlife lands affected by the budget impasse between Republican legislators and (Democratic) Gov. Mark Dayton.
“This is crunch time out here, and we need to be getting things done,” said Dave Trauba, manager at the 31,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area in western Minnesota.
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