The Omnibus Game and Fish bill addresses multiple game, fish, and natural resource management needs proposed by the Department of Natural Resources, and includes many initiatives proposed by individual senators, including:
- Minnesota Veterans home residents would be allowed to take antlerless deer without a permit during the firearm or muzzleloader season.
- Authorizes individuals age 60 or over to use a muzzleloader with a scope to take deer during the muzzleloader season.
- Prohibits the setting, placing or operating of a body-gripping trap, except as a waterset, within 50 feet on each side of the center line of a public road or public trail.
- Prohibits the setting or placing of a trap or snare on private property without written permission of the owner, occupant, or lessee of the property.
- Creates a pilot program in the Series 300 deer permit areas to issue five free antlerless deer licenses to residents or owners of agricultural land who have suffered crop damage from deer.
The omnibus bill has already cleared hurdles for the Subcommittee on Game and Fish, the Committee on Environment and Energy, the Judiciary Committee, and the State and Local Government Committee. (S.F. 1303)