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May 8, 2012

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: I have a question about fishing during a closed season. If I just catch-and-release, could I target or intentionally fish for a fish that is in a closed season?

Answer: No, Catch and release is only allowed during open seasons, or during a designated catch and release season. If the season is closed for a fish species, you cannot intentionally fish for or target that species.

Question 2: How do I register my turkey?

Answer: You can register your turkey online or over the phone. See attached website:

Question 3: May I use live frogs as bait?

Answer: Yes, you may with these conditions. If you harvest the frog yourself, it has to be during the open season for taking frogs. Or, frogs can be purchased from a licensed bait dealer. The season for taking frogs from the wild opens on the Saturday nearest to May 1 and ends on December 31. The bag and possession limit for frogs is 5 of each species. However, a person using native frogs for bait while fishing may take from the wild, possess and kill more than 5 native frogs. However, a person may not possess more than 5 of any species of native frogs for more than 24 hours. A license is not needed to collect frogs, but it is illegal to shoot frog with a firearm or airgun.

Questions 4: I purchased two turkey permits for the same season. If I see two toms together, can I shoot both on the same day -- or can I only harvest one turkey per day?

Answer: As long as the two turkey licenses/ tags are for the same zone and time period, you may harvest both turkeys on the same day. It is just that when purchasing a turkey leftover permit that you are limited to purchasing one license purchase per day.

Question 5: How do I locate hunter education classes in my area?

Answer: Use this link - You can click on upcoming classes to enter in your county and the type of course you want to take. Search all counties around you as there may be a course in another county that is on the boarder of the county you are in.

Questions 6: I purchased a boat. Now what do I do?

Answer: You can transfer the boat into your name online, at a DNR Service Center or agent - Or you can fill out a paper application and mail it. If stickers are still current, transaction will be a transfer only. If the stickers are expired, transaction will be a transfer and renewal. Reminder: boats 16 feet and longer require the signed title from all owners and a lien release if any liens are listed.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012