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Title: Turtle -Recreational License
Alternate Title:
Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allows licensee to trap turtles with commercial gear for own use.
Subject: Turtles and Tortoises
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:18:05 PM
Modification Date: 3/8/2010 10:14:18 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Division Name: License Center
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-355-0147
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
Please complete the following information as a part of your license application request and an application and rules will be mailed:
-Specify what application type being requested | Include your: -Name (First, Middle, Last) -Mailing address -Phone Number

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Only the following species of turtles may be taken:

western painted turtle (Chrysemys pica bellii)

snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine)

spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera)  

Angling License Required

An angling license is required to harvest turtles. A recreational turtle license, a turtle seller's license, or a turtle seller's apprentice license is required to use floating or submerged traps, turtle hooks, and other commercial fishing gear. Except for renewals, no turtle seller's licenses will be issued.  

Turtle propagation

A person with an aquatic farm or private fish hatchery license listing turtles as approved species can obtain, possess, transport, and propagate, and sell turtles and turtle eggs.  

Rules: 6256.0500

Statutes: 97C.605


Application for Turtle and Tortoise License, #743

Only licenses that renew the prior year can renew the next year.

Application for Recreational Turtle License, #742

Contact Ron Kullmann to request a license application.



Period of Issuance:

Annual (March - March)

Length of Determination: One to three weeks.
Other Info:
Activity: Turtle and Tortoise
License Detail URL:

Recreational Turtle License

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