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Minnesota's state government shutdown will not affect upcoming hunting seasons or prevent a mid-season walleye regulation change at Lake Mille Lacs.

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"Some application deadlines are approaching fast but that's the only significant impact to hunters," said Ed Boggess, director of the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Division. "On the angling side, we moved quickly to implement a more liberal walleye length limit regulation on Lake Mille Lacs." The upcoming regulation change is based on an evaluation of the 2011 walleye harvest through June 30 that deemed a change was warranted.

The walleye length limit regulation on Lake Mille Lacs has changed to a 20- to 28-inch protected slot.

As DNR services resume operation, the following items relate to hunters and anglers:

E Bear license purchase deadline: Hunters who successfully applied in the 2011 bear license lottery must purchase their license by Aug. 1. Licenses that are not purchased will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Aug. 4. Bear baiting can legally begin Friday, Aug. 12.

E Fall turkey/prairie chicken: The application deadline for fall turkey and prairie chicken licenses is today, July 29. Applications may be made online, by calling toll-free 888-665-4236, or through the electronic licensing system wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

E Deer hunting: Licenses will go on sale Aug. 1. The deadline for lottery either-sex permit applications and special deer hunts is Thursday, Sept. 8.

Minnesota's state government shutdown will not affect upcoming hunting seasons or prevent a mid-season walleye regulation change at Lake Mille Lacs.

"Some application deadlines are approaching fast but that's the only significant impact to hunters," said Ed Boggess, director of the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Division. "On the angling side, we moved quickly to implement a more liberal walleye length limit regulation on Lake Mille Lacs." The upcoming regulation change is based on an evaluation of the 2011 walleye harvest through June 30 that deemed a change was warranted.

The walleye length limit regulation on Lake Mille Lacs has changed to a 20- to 28-inch protected slot.

As DNR services resume operation, the following items relate to hunters and anglers:

- Bear license purchase deadline: Hunters who successfully applied in the 2011 bear license lottery must purchase their license by Aug. 1. Licenses that are not purchased will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Aug. 4. Bear baiting can legally begin Friday, Aug. 12.

- Fall turkey/prairie chicken: The application deadline for fall turkey and prairie chicken licenses is today, July 29. Applications may be made online, by calling toll-free 888-665-4236, or through the electronic licensing system wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

- Deer hunting: Licenses will go on sale Aug. 1. The deadline for lottery either-sex permit applications and special deer hunts is Thursday, Sept. 8.

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