DNR asks Minnesotans to apply for new council to recruit hunters, anglers

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is starting a new council meant to recruit hunters and anglers, the latest effort to boost numbers amid what officials see as a shortage in the state.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to apply for 10 positions on the 15-person council, with several conservation groups including the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Women Hunting and Fishing in all Seasons, Trout Unlimited and Pheasants Forever also being asked to submit nominations for members to lead the council.

“Getting more people out in the water, in woods and fields is a significant challenge and worthwhile goal for all Minnesotans,” said James Burnham, hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator for the DNR. “The outcome may decide the success of conservation efforts valued by Minnesotans whether or not they hunt and fish. But we need the public’s help and guidance to move the needle.”

The idea for a council dedicated to increasing the numbers of Minnesota hunters and anglers came from a 2016 DNR summit, officials said.

Citizens can apply through June 22 on the DNR website