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Park Ranger checking fishing licenses

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Timber

I see the Park Ranger in the Voyageurs is checking fishing licenses. Why is a Federal employee (park ranger) checking a state of MN fishing license, and checking for state of MN fish limits? Isn't that why we have MN conservation officers? The Federal gov. should have nothing to do with the State of MN laws--------and vise versa.

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Dylan33

Aside from the big bad government overstepping their bounds....what is the problem?

I have no issue with this.

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IcePro

This is like saying that the local police can not be on a Federal Highway to catch speeders.

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booter

Considering the DNR has been challenged to fill the 2 open positions that cover the area, I am thrilled that the park service is stepping up to the plate and making the enforcement effort. Yes, you are fishing with a Minnesota license, but you are in a national park. If US Border Patrol wants to check my license and creel I am happy to oblige. You are also (at least on Namakan) on an international boundary.

Good fishing!

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fishkab

In regard to Rangers checking, there is joint jurisdiction of the waters in the Park. The Feds and State work together on many things here. Enforcement, fisheries work, snowmobile enforcement and grooming and various other things. Sportsmen who enjoy the Park and fishing should be happy that folks are checking. There are still too many that play with the rules, with an enforcement presence that helps maintain a quality fishery for all who enjoy this area.

Fishkab

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diesel

We've had a place on Namakan for 30 plus years and last weekend I was checked by the park which is the first time I can ever remember this happening.

They were not in the typical marked park service boat but in a red Lund which threw me off at first. I showed them our license, life jackets, fire extinguisher and air horn as requested and we were on our way again. They were nice and courteous so I did not mind.

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Satchmo

I too have spent nearly three decades on Kab myself and am always very grateful for any and all of the enforcement agencies out helping to protect this magnificent resource. I will gladly take a few minutes out of my day to visit with them and show my compliance. My sons take turns working as dock boys on Kab all summer and it does my heart good to know that they are yet another line of defense against the keeping of walleyes that are in the protective slot. They simply refuse to clean customers fish that are illegal to keep and immediately return those still alive to the lake. Every bit helps!

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SledNeck

Ive probably been stopped 12 times by park rangers

would 1000x rather be stopped by them than the game wardens

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duckster

It is a Natioanl Park and Rangers are the primary Law enforcement in the Park, they enforce everything. As far as fishing the park service adopts state law and has been doing fishing enforcement the 20 plus years that I have lived here.

Duckster

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