Public forum March 10 on non-toxic shot only on farmland WMAs

People interested in learning more about a possible requirement that only non-toxic shot be used on wildlife management areas in Minnesota’s farmland zone can attend a public forum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters cafeteria, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul. 

“This is the first time the public has had a chance to express their opinions in person about the proposal,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations program manager. “There often is no substitute for a face-to-face conversation about topics like this that generate strong interest.”

During the meeting, attendees will see a brief DNR presentation explaining the possible non-toxic shot rule and reasons why the DNR may choose to enact it. Attendees will have the opportunity to make public comments at the forum as well as leave written comments.

The DNR received initial responses – both for and against – on the possible rule earlier this winter. Based on the strong interest about the proposal during this initial public comment phase, the DNR decided to further explore public views by hosting an in-person forum. Comments at the public forum will be considered when a decision on whether to move forward is made later this coming spring.

Information about non-toxic shot and the rule under consideration are available on the DNR website on the non-toxic shot page.