The Department of Natural Resources would be able to give some service members and veterans first preference in lottery drawings for certain hunting or fishing licenses or permits, under a bill passed 123-6 by the House May 2.
Sponsored by Rep. Tim O'Driscoll (R-Sartell), HF836 would allow the DNR to first license those who have received a Purple Heart or who have a 100 percent service-related disability.
However, the bill does not include licenses or permits to hunt moose, elk or prairie chickens.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd) is the sponsor.
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