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Time is now to buy new hunting, fishing licenses

Fish houses on Fall Lake for the Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Contest.

Now is the time of year for anglers and hunters to buy new fishing and hunting licenses.

Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2023 expire Thursday, Feb. 29.

Licenses for 2024 are now available wherever fishing and hunting licenses are sold, online ( and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

Online buyers can print the license or choose to receive a text or email that when displayed on a mobile device serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.

All 2024 fishing licenses become effective Friday, March 1. New licenses are required to participate in 2024 hunting and fishing seasons that continue past Feb. 29.

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