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Bill would start Minn. wolf season on deer opener

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s first wolf hunting season would open at the same time as the state’s main firearms deer season this fall under broad legislation a Minnesota House committee will consider this week.

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The session’s main game and fish bill will be sponsored by Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, who said Monday he would run the wolf season concurrently with the main deer season, instead of starting it afterward as the Department of Natural Resources proposed.

Hackbarth said the other key difference will be that wolf hunting and trapping licenses would cost $26, the same as a deer license, instead of the $50 the DNR recommended. Limiting the fee to $26 will encourage more deer hunters to buy them, he said.

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