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Proposal pays landowners for hunting access

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Minnesota landowners would be paid to open their property to hunters under a bill nearing a final Minnesota legislative vote.

Several other states have had success with similar programs, said Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids. He said the program is important because good hunting opportunities are becoming scarce.

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"It's getting to be if you don't own a piece of land ... you have a hard time getting on prime hunting land," he said. "I think it's a good thing to do."

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