Ranking third in the nation as an inland fishing destination, wherever you are in Minnesota you are close to great fishing. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has listened to feedback and has created new options for Minnesota Fishing license purchasers.
The new license options the DNR has created include a 72-hour fishing license, a three-year license and a reduced price annual license for youth ages 16 and 17. Jennifer Wical, customer enhancement manager with the Fish and Wildlife division has said that the new options allow customers more choices for convenience and value. The new 72 hour license which is just $12 will most likely be a popular choice for anglers who tend to go out once a year. It could be a great way to get people fishing who have never done so before. From once a year fisherman to dedicated anglers the new 3 year fishing license is great for those anglers who are out on the water all summer. At $63 for three years it gives a price break of $3 and provides the convenience of being valid until 2016. The final option added this year is the $5 license for youth ages 16 & 17. Compared to the $22 they used to pay this is a great way to introduce a young adult to fishing or allow them to fuel their passion for a small price.
The new options allow for easier recruitment of people who have never fished, convenience for retaining those that do and quick reactivation for ones who have dropped out. Overall, license revenue helps the state of Minnesota maintain over 5,400 fishing lakes with a staff of 150 plus field conservation officers. Licenses can be purchased and printed online anytime at www.mndnr.gov/BuyALicense and details of new license types can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/heritage/index.html.