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Need a new shelter license come Mar. 1 also?


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Also on March 1st the new, stiffer penalties for poachers go into effect. Let's hope they act as a deterrent.

Tougher poaching laws take effect March 1 (2003-02-25)
Poachers could have their fish and game licenses seized and face stiffer penalties, including having their boats, motors and trailers confiscated, under the state's new gross overlimits regulations that go into effect March 1.

The new laws are based on established restitution values that determine payments made to the state by poachers for illegally taken game and fish. For example, a walleye is valued at $30. Under the new law, the time period for license suspension is based on those restitution values. The higher the restitution values, the longer the suspension of hunting of fishing privileges. For instance, a poacher would lose his fishing license for three years if he had 18 walleye over the legal limit.

The bill also allows for a gross misdemeanor penalty when the value of illegally taken game and fish exceeds $1,000. The enhanced penalties apply to small game and waterfowl violators as well as commercial fishing operations. It is aimed at intentional poachers, according to Mark Johanson, acting DNR Enforcement Division director.

More on the new laws at:


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personally i think you should get a much tougher penalty than just three measly years for 18 'eyes over. How aboot 18 years for 18 fish over?

"If I get any dumber, I am gonna need to wear a helmet"

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