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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Minnesota Deer Hunting License bill on track in House

ST. PAUL (AP) - Despite resistance from a powerful hunters' group, a bill that would tack an extra dollar cost onto deer hunting licenses remained on track Monday in the Minnesota House.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Committee approved the surcharge on a 10-5 vote. The money it would raise each year - almost $500,000 - would repay meat processors who turn donated deer into venison for food shelves.

R. Jane Brown, executive director of the Second Harvest Heartland food bank, said finding enough butchered venison is a continual challenge.

"Deer meat is highly desirable because it is abundant and nutritious and high in protein, which is in short supply among donated food products," Brown said in an e-mail to lawmakers....

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